The Last Precinct : Scarpetta

  • by Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by Lorelei King
  • Series: Scarpetta
  • 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is under suspicion and criminal investigation. And the nightmare perpetuated on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.


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It is with mixed feelings that I write a review of a Patricia Cornwell book and give it less than a stellar rating. Unfortunately, in good conscience, I can't give this more than 3 stars. I even feel I'm being generous with that. The only reason it rates the 3 stars is that I'm giving a star to each of the main characters -- Kay, Lucy and Marino -- for showing up on these pages.
This is the 11th book in the Kay Scarpetta series and, as an avid fan, I wait patiently for the newest arrival (which I have already preordered at Amazon of course). The day it is delivered, I put everything aside and delve right in. So, when I say I'm disappointed, this is truly coming from the heart.
This is an absolute sequel to Black Notice and thus continues the storyline of Jean-Baptiste Chandonne, better known as Le Loup-Garou -- the "werewolf". In order to make this a stand alone book and for the benefit of those readers who haven't read Black Notice, Cornwell repeats everything we've already read in the previous book. This is fine and necessary for those who haven't read Black Notice. For those true fans who have already read this book, these constant reminders become redundant. I didn't like the werewolf storyline in Black Notice so I liked it even less as it continued in The Last Precinct. This book finds Kay recovering from wounds she suffered at the hands of Le Loup Garou, being analyzed to death by her friend and psychoanalyst Anna (150 pages of this), being accused of a crime that she didn't commit and spending the entire book being paranoid as to whom she can really trust. While I enjoy getting to understand Kay's inner psyche a little better, enough was enough after 75 pages of it.
I made the mistake of reading this book one morning while eating breakfast. It didn't make for a great meal to be reading about the werewolf shedding all his fine blonde hairs all over the place while I was eating my bagel. YUK. I, for one, have had enough of Le Loup Garou but, unfortunately, it is evident in the end of this book that this story will be continuing in Cornwell's next book.
I won't give up on my three favorite characters yet but I implore Cornwell to give her true fans a break and get back to the stories that made these books become bestsellers in the first place. By the time I read the last page, I was ready to head for The Last Precinct -- the place Cornwell describes as where you go when there is nowhere else to go -- or my own description -- where you go when you want to get away from this book.

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- Lia

The last precint

Being a Patricia Cornwell fan, the twists and turns of this book kept me completely attached to my head set. Love the csi research.
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- Karisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2005
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.