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Un thriller protagonizado por la doctora forense Kay Scarpetta
Al amparo de la noche, un brutal asesino esta actuando en Richmond,
Virginia, sin dejar mas rastro que una horrible serie de
estrangulamientos. Tres mujeres han aparecido salvajemente asesinadas en
sus propios dormitorios. No hay ningun patron de conducta, mas alla de
que el responsable de estos crimenes deja muy pocas pistas y actua
siempre los sabados de madrugada. De manera que cuando la doctora Kay
Scarpetta, jefa del Departamento de Medicina Legal de la ciudad, recibe
una llamada a las dos y media de la madrugada, supone que algo grave ha
sucedido: hay una cuarta victima. Y se teme que a esta le seguiran
otras, a menos que ella logre recabar nuevas pruebas que ayuden a la
policia. Kay Scarpetta recurrira a los ultimos avances en la
investigacion forense para desenmascarar al maniaco, y tendra que
verselas con aquellos que quieren sabotear su trabajo y arruinar su
reputacion, y es que no a todo el mundo le agrada ver a una mujer en un
puesto tan influyente. Post mortem fue el primer titulo protagonizado
por la doctora Kay Scarpetta que publico Patricia Cornwell. Por esta
novela recibio multiples premios literarios y con ella comenzo una de
las series de novela criminal mas exitosas de todos los tiempos.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION
In Richmond, under the cover
of Saturday nights, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of
stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta
suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer
whose signature offers precious few clues.

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Reviews for Post mortem / Postmortem (Doctora Kay Scarpetta) (Spanish Edition):

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May 19, 2018

English (Postmortem) / Italiano

«It was raining in Richmond on Friday, June 6»

The first case of Kay Scarpetta, the coroner who made the fortune of the American writer Patricia Cornwell, starts in the rain. The population of Richmond is upset about the presence of a serial killer who first rapes his victims, and then he strangles them in their bedrooms. The coroner Scarpetta, who examined the bodies of the killed women, awaits powerless the next victim.

A few weeks ago I picked from my bookshelf an

English (Postmortem) / Italiano

«It was raining in Richmond on Friday, June 6»

The first case of Kay Scarpetta, the coroner who made the fortune of the American writer Patricia Cornwell, starts in the rain. The population of Richmond is upset about the presence of a serial killer who first rapes his victims, and then he strangles them in their bedrooms. The coroner Scarpetta, who examined the bodies of the killed women, awaits powerless the next victim.

A few weeks ago I picked from my bookshelf an old copy of this novel, that I read in 2000 (I had the reading date on the inside cover). The cover is bright yellow, I remember liking it. Yes, let's read it again. Straightforward narrative, 320 pages of honest and concrete thriller, with a nice suspense. There are no striking twists and turns, but in my opinion the strength of this novel from 1990 is keeping a grip on reality, without flights of fancy that are scarcely digestible if carried out too far to improbable situations. Sometimes the imaginative final revelations typical of modern thrillers badly astonish me. After all... degustibus non est disputandum.

In any case, Patricia Cornwell has the virtue of starting the forensic medicine genre. Great opening narrative.

Vote: 8




«Venerdì 6 giugno a Richmond pioveva»

Inizia sotto la pioggia il primo caso di Kay Scarpetta, il medico legale che ha fatto la fortuna dell'americana Patricia Cornwell. La popolazione di Richmond è sconvolta per la presenza di un killer seriale che dapprima violenta e poi strangola le proprie vittime, all'interno della loro camera da letto. Il medico legale Kay Scarpetta, che ha analizzato i corpi delle donne uccise, attende impotente la prossima vittima.

Qualche settimana fa ho pescato dalla mia libreria una vecchia copia di questo romanzo, che lessi nel 2000 (avevo segnato a matita in seconda di copertina la data in cui lo lessi). La copertina è di un giallo sgargiante, ricordo che mi era piaciuto. Ma si, rileggiamolo. Trama lineare, 320 pagine di thriller onesto, concreto e con buona suspense. Non ci sono colpi di scena eclatanti, ma il punto di forza di questo romanzo datato 1990 secondo me è proprio il suo restare ancorato alla realtà, senza quei voli pindarici che risultano poco digeribili se esasperati a soluzioni improbabili. A volte lo "spiegone" finale che eccede in fantasia tipico dei moderni thriller mi lascia basito. De gustibus.

In ogni caso, la Cornwell ha il pregio di lanciare il filone del giallo medico-forense. Ottimo esordio.

Voto: 8

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5

Nov 14, 2013

This is a really terrific book. I think people forget how things started when they talk about current books by Patricia Cornwell. Back in the beginning, she was doing something no other woman was doing, and she did it really well. So well that she inspired folks like me. I figgered if she could get away with writing the kinds of books I like to read, then I could do it, too. I loves me some Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky, but they weren't into the hard stuff. Cornwell really forged a new trail.
4

Dec 20, 2012

In introducing the reader to Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell does a masterful job of developing both the character and a back story, while also forging ahead with a novel-based mystery. While the genre is supersaturated with these types of stories nowadays, Cornwell writes in such a way as to rise above the rest (putting aside that the novel came out before the aforementioned overkill). When a string of women are left strangled and murdered, Dr. Scarpett must piece things together and determine In introducing the reader to Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell does a masterful job of developing both the character and a back story, while also forging ahead with a novel-based mystery. While the genre is supersaturated with these types of stories nowadays, Cornwell writes in such a way as to rise above the rest (putting aside that the novel came out before the aforementioned overkill). When a string of women are left strangled and murdered, Dr. Scarpett must piece things together and determine whether this is a serial killer or simply horrific coincidences. The latest victim's death points fingers at someone close to her, leaving Scarpetta to use her forensic knowledge to decipher who it might be. Cornwell hints at numerous suspects throughout, leaving the reader to wonder 'whodunit' from beginning to end.

Cornwell uses great research to bring the book to life as well, from detailed forensics, police jargon, and computer-speak. This being before the wonders of GOOGLE, she took a great amount of time to thoroughly present things in a believable way. I cannot attest as to whether it was truthful, but it sounded as such. Anyone (like me) looking for a great series that many people have lauded, should surely begin with this novel and continue on the great journey Cornwell lays out for Dr. Scarpetta.

Kudos, Madam Cornwell, on a highly entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable novel. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the series has to offer. ...more
4

Jan 07, 2012

Patricia Cornwell's Postmortem was my first foray into the forensic science crime novel. While I am fully capable of reading detailed descriptions of gore and autopsies without getting sick, I was a tad worried that it would get too technical where I'd lose some of the understanding of the medical aspects. While it happens on occasion, the editors and author have done a great job at finding the perfect level of language to keep the words flowing properly most of the time.

Scarpetta is a true hero Patricia Cornwell's Postmortem was my first foray into the forensic science crime novel. While I am fully capable of reading detailed descriptions of gore and autopsies without getting sick, I was a tad worried that it would get too technical where I'd lose some of the understanding of the medical aspects. While it happens on occasion, the editors and author have done a great job at finding the perfect level of language to keep the words flowing properly most of the time.

Scarpetta is a true hero -- someone to admire, someone to fear. She will always solve the case even in the most intricate complex ones out there. The style is strong, the descriptions and setting vivid. You feel like you are in the story along side the protagonist.

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Oct 13, 2019

Post-Mortem (Kay Scarpetta #1), Patricia Cornwell
The novel opens as Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia, receives an early-morning call from Sergeant Pete Marino, a homicide detective at the Richmond Police Department with whom Scarpetta has a tense working relationship. She meets him at the scene of a woman's gruesome strangling, the latest in a string of unsolved murders in Richmond.
Four women with nothing in common, united only in death. Four brutalized Post-Mortem (Kay Scarpetta #1), Patricia Cornwell
The novel opens as Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia, receives an early-morning call from Sergeant Pete Marino, a homicide detective at the Richmond Police Department with whom Scarpetta has a tense working relationship. She meets him at the scene of a woman's gruesome strangling, the latest in a string of unsolved murders in Richmond.
Four women with nothing in common, united only in death. Four brutalized victims of a brilliant monster - a "Mr. Nobody", moving undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage . . . but few clues. With skilled hands, an unerring eye, and the latest advances in forensic research, an unrelenting female medical examiner - Kay Scarpetta - is determined to unmask a maniac. But someone is trying to sabotage Kay's investigation from the inside. And worse yet, someone wants her dead . . .

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز چهاردهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2019 میلادی
عنوان: پس از خاموشی؛ نویسنده: پاتریشیا کورن‌ول؛ مترجم: نورا نواپور؛ تهران: نشر خزه‏‫، 1398؛ در 358 ص؛ شابک: 9786229984550؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ‬ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 20 م

داستان «پس از خاموشی»، نخستین رمان بانو «پاتریشیا کورن‌ول» بود و ایشان با آفرینش شخصیت «دکتر کای اسکاپتا» در همین رمان، یکی از شخصیتهایای محبوب خوانشگرن آثار جنایی معمایی را معرفی کردند. برای همین «دکتر کای اسکاپتا»، شخصیت محوری رمان‌های بعدی ایشان شد؛
داستان «پس از خاموشی»، درباره ی قتل یک زن زیبا و جوان است. همسر این زن بازیگر تئاتر است، و این شائبه وجود دارد، که در صحنه زندگی هم نقش یک قاتل را بازی کرده باشد. در روند داستان، خبرنگاری وارد می‌شود، که با برخی مقامات شهر ارتباط داشته، و از جزئیات پرونده ی قتل زن جوان اطلاعاتی به دست آورده است. اما کشته‌ شدن خواهر خبرنگار همه معادلات و گمانه‌ زنی‌ها را به هم می‌ریزد. در ادامه ی داستان این رمان، قتل زنجیره‌ ای زنان ادامه پیدا کرده، و تلاش‌های پلیس و کارآگاه‌های خصوصی، برای پیدا کردن قاتل، به جایی نمی‌رسد. اما گره ماجرا از جایی آغاز به بازشدن می‌کند، که شخصیتی به نام «دکتر کای اسکاپتا» وارد می‌شود؛ کسی که نه کارآگاه است نه مرد. بلکه یک پزشک قانونی ارشد است...؛ ا. شربیانی ...more
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Dec 17, 2008

Mysteries have long been recreational reading for me. About every fourth or fifth book, I read is a mystery sandwiched in between literary best sellers and stellar non-fiction. I've been meaning to get around to Patricia Cornwall and had picked up a few of her books at yard sales, but I was waiting until I found the first book in her Kay Scarpetta series before I dove in. Postmortem won numerous awards when it came out in 1990 including the Edgar and the Anthony awards.

For the first 100 or so Mysteries have long been recreational reading for me. About every fourth or fifth book, I read is a mystery sandwiched in between literary best sellers and stellar non-fiction. I've been meaning to get around to Patricia Cornwall and had picked up a few of her books at yard sales, but I was waiting until I found the first book in her Kay Scarpetta series before I dove in. Postmortem won numerous awards when it came out in 1990 including the Edgar and the Anthony awards.

For the first 100 or so pages, I was not overly impressed. As a fan of Kathy Reichs, I felt that Cornwall was not as good but then I realized that Reichs' first book came out 10 years after Cornwall's first Scarpetta book. Put in that historical perspective, I understood that she was the antecedent who set the stage for writers like Reichs. There are other historical aspects of this book that make it fun. For instance there are no cell phones AND the use of the computer was infantile compared to now and Cornwall does a terrific job of employing computers as part of the mystery with a degree of sophistication that was likely unprecedented at the time.

Postmortem is definitely a page turner that kept me up late two nights reading. I'll be reading more of Cornwall in part to see her influence on later mystery writers. ...more
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Dec 15, 2018

A Post Mortem Report on Postmortem

Management/Performance: Careful project management led to successful achievement of outcome objectives. Tension was raised; stakes were high; stakeholders and key informants displayed a personal engagement with project that enhanced performance.

Communication: Efficient and professional; dry and often uninteresting. Occasional well-turned and resonant phrases made welcome albeit brief appearances.

Group Dynamics: Principal Investigator was expertly characterized. A Post Mortem Report on Postmortem

Management/Performance: Careful project management led to successful achievement of outcome objectives. Tension was raised; stakes were high; stakeholders and key informants displayed a personal engagement with project that enhanced performance.

Communication: Efficient and professional; dry and often uninteresting. Occasional well-turned and resonant phrases made welcome albeit brief appearances.

Group Dynamics: Principal Investigator was expertly characterized. Supporting characters, less so. Child character annoying; cop character confusingly developed. Villainous functionaries not provided with appropriate villainous attributes other than serving as assessors of PI's activities.
Assessor's note: Such activities are not actually "villainous" - despite the annoyance and melodrama displayed by PI upon assessment - as they are central to an Assessor's scope of work, for real.Tools: Forensic tools well-used. Forensic details did not overwhelm project.

Training Needs Identified: Project successfully outlined training needs for crime writers and humanity, e.g. train yourself to not drool over the gory details and don't embrace a pornography of violence because that's not a good look for crime writers and humans. Well done, project leader!

Key Problem Areas: Poorly developed motivation for killer. Killer found almost by accident, which caused snickers and dissatisfaction. Project created boredom and sudden sleep periods; serviceable as an airplane read (although cover should be hidden from fellow passengers' view, to avoid raised eyebrows and prevent feelings of shame).

Overall Project Assessment: Project is best-suited for viewers of CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and the like. ...more
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Sep 28, 2011



I loved the 1990s. There was great television, Pogs, scrunchies, and the Pittsburgh Penguins were amazing at hockey. (obviously Jaromir Jagr's mullet contributed a significant amount to this last part) And although I totally loved playing Seventh Guest, Oregon Trail, Carmen Sandiego, and the like on our old Macs, I'm happy with the advancements in technology. Okay, moving on, I also love crime novels. When they are set in ye oldey times, I get caught up in the story, seeing how Sherlock could

I loved the 1990s. There was great television, Pogs, scrunchies, and the Pittsburgh Penguins were amazing at hockey. (obviously Jaromir Jagr's mullet contributed a significant amount to this last part) And although I totally loved playing Seventh Guest, Oregon Trail, Carmen Sandiego, and the like on our old Macs, I'm happy with the advancements in technology. Okay, moving on, I also love crime novels. When they are set in ye oldey times, I get caught up in the story, seeing how Sherlock could deduce his way to victory. Or when they are set in the future, I like seeing Eve Dallas use new-fangled technology to find her man. (Or woman. Or robot!) Even when books are set in current times, or in the past few years, it's great! BUT Postmortem lies in the bottom of awkward valley for me at the moment. I read over and over and over about how "maybe" someone should change their words-only password on a networked computer and how "secure" the network was. Every time I read about dialing in from home to a network that was left in answer mode, I could hear the dial up noise in my head...and how grating is that? (Side note: do kids today even know what a dial-up noise is? I feel old.) I'm sure, nay, positive that I will enjoy the Scarpetta books further down the line as technology catches up but I was frustrated throughout this novel. There was many a dramatic eye roll and "Oh, brother" muttered. The printer paper still had those holey side parts and DNA evidence was new. They spend at least half of the book talking about some glittery substance and I couldn't figure out why they didn't just test it to figure out what it was. (Did I miss something here? Why couldn't they do chemical testing?)

In terms of the plot, I was entertained throughout. I wasn't sure whodunit until the big reveal and I suspected, as I'm supposed to, several side characters along the way. Cornwell definitely knows the building blocks to a successful medical crime thriller. It is easy to tell that she comes from the medical side of things and those were definitely my favorite parts of the book--the autopsies, discussions of injuries, etc. The least successful (read: most annoying) sections of the book for me were Kay Scarpetta's interactions with her precocious niece. Evidently her niece is the Doogie Howser of the computer hacking world but without his boyish charm. (and lab coat)

The book is entertaining but it didn't do much for me overall. I will keep going in this series though because my dear friend Maja is in love with it and I think it will get better as I get out of the dated technology era. I bet I would really enjoy this if I read it in twenty years!

At this point, I'm just going to rehash a few plot points for people who may have forgotten. As I keep following series for years (I'm on number thirtysomething with Eve Dallas!), I realize how much I forget about early books. This will serve as a reminder to me (and you?) about the events of book one in this series. Don't read on if you don't want to absolutely spoil the book!

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Several women are murdered by someone with a glittery substance on their hands. The perpetrator comes in through open windows. Simultaneously, Kay is near-raped by her psuedo-boyfriend, who'd done something similar to the local newswoman. (whose sister ends up being the last victim) Though she and Marino suspect a few other people first, Kay figures out that the link between all the women is that they'd all called 911 weeks/months before their murder for minor things. The 911 operator is the killer. The glittery substance was borax-based cleanser at his work that he used all the time because he had some random syndrome that made him smell like maple syrup all the time. (seriously) At the end, Kay's niece leaves her window open and the rapist gets in and is going to kill Kay but Marino arrives and shoots him before he can.
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Oct 21, 2015

Kay Scarpetta books, like Alex Cross books and anything V.C. Andrews wrote, are books I grew up seeing around the house but mostly stayed away from. They were/are names I associate with story-over-prose fiction, the type of popular books that are easily consumable but lack any writing prowess whatsoever. In the case of Patricia Cornwell, I was admittedly wrong. I have no problems with her writing, and her story is sound. No complaints there.

Mom always had Cornwell paperbacks strewn about the Kay Scarpetta books, like Alex Cross books and anything V.C. Andrews wrote, are books I grew up seeing around the house but mostly stayed away from. They were/are names I associate with story-over-prose fiction, the type of popular books that are easily consumable but lack any writing prowess whatsoever. In the case of Patricia Cornwell, I was admittedly wrong. I have no problems with her writing, and her story is sound. No complaints there.

Mom always had Cornwell paperbacks strewn about the house. But, nowadays, she can't remember a single storyline or why she even enjoyed the series. My mother has a tremendous memory, especially for books she's read (the woman can tell me the entire Terry Brooks's Shannara storyline in succinct detail, it's one of the reasons I've never read that series), but she can't wrap her head around why she used to love these books as much as she did. And I kinda understand that. While I did like the writing and the story, there's nothing remarkable here. Just an engaging read that is likely to maintain your interest. But will I remember it in a week... a month... a year? Highly unlikely.

Postmortem is an easily-accessible piece of forensic-thriller fiction. Think CSI or any of the lab moments from NCIS and you'll have seen this book coming from across the street. The only parts I stumbled on were some words that were not immediately familiar to me. Several times throughout the book, Cornwell dropped a seventeen-letter- or thirty-two-letter word I had to look up on Google. Your average dictionary does not have these words in it, and Cornwell is inconsistent when explaining what these procedures or pieces of equipment are used for. I cannot image what it was like to read this book back when it first came out. You know, what with the internet and Google not being around. Don't get me wrong, there are more times when Cornwell describes well these processes and the machines that do them than there are times that she doesn't, but a single time where I have to put down my book to research a word is one time too many. And yes, I'm aware that many people are able to gloss right over these words and move the fuck on, but I'm too damn obsessive-compulsive for that shit. However, it does piss me off when I look up a word and find there is an equally-adequate commonly-known word which the author could have used instead of the thesaurus-buckling word with which they chose to stuff their book. That's not the case here, though. Most of the words I didn't know, I didn't know because I don't work in forensic sciences. I can forgive that.

One final note before we wrap this up. Although I cannot remember the kid's name, I really dug the niece character. I'm a sucker for precocious kids in fiction, and this intelligent little girl fit the bill perfectly. I hope she's featured in future installments. That being said, Pete Marino stole the show. He was equal parts asshole, good guy, red herring, and comic relief. Truly my favorite part of the book. I have no comments on Kay Scarpetta. For me, she was faceless and unremarkable.

In summation: The occasional big technical word aside, this is an easy read. Not sure I'll read every book in the series, but I will continue on. I will probably end up synopsis hopping until I find a storyline that piques my interest. I already have a hardcover of Body Farm I scored for a quarter, so I think I'll read that one next. Any reason why I shouldn't skip books? Lemme know in the comments below.

Final Judgment: Not bad, but one good drunk will erase it from your memory. ...more
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Jan 30, 2008

If you can handle scary, and can look past gory and profane, Patricia Cornwell's novels are AMAZING. Aside from good old J.K. and Harper Lee, Cornwell is my favorite author. I'm convinced that all the CSI-esque shows were spawned from her books, and if you like that kind of thing, you'll LOVE these. Gripping, intense, nightmare-inducing ... plus you might learn some new things.

Start with the older books in the series, her newer works aren't as good.
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Sep 18, 2017

To start with, I was annoyed I had to read about another serial killer. However, the book is much more than that. I think this is why it is somewhat better than average. The political intrigue and incertainties as well as the characterisation make up for the cliched 'killer chase'. I can see why it became such a huge series.
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Apr 19, 2013

This was the first Patricia Cornwell novel I read, and I expected it to be good because she's an author you see around a lot. However I was disappointed with this book.

The book felt long. It was extremely detailed when it came to describe the technology used. I skimmed over most of those parts because the technology was extremely dated and it was hard to follow what she was saying. Also it described red-tape procedures in her lab that just put me to sleep.

Suspects were brought up and never This was the first Patricia Cornwell novel I read, and I expected it to be good because she's an author you see around a lot. However I was disappointed with this book.

The book felt long. It was extremely detailed when it came to describe the technology used. I skimmed over most of those parts because the technology was extremely dated and it was hard to follow what she was saying. Also it described red-tape procedures in her lab that just put me to sleep.

Suspects were brought up and never really dismissed as suspects; rather, they'd just find a new suspect and forget the one before. It felt like a wild goose chase.

Granted there were moments in the book that had me enraptured, but these were few and far between. I only really remember one of these moments, which was at the very end of the book.

Word to the wise, the ending is not worth the 300+ pages you have to read to get there. The whole book was resolved very quickly with no real connection to the rest of the book. The preceding 300 pages were a waste of Kay Scarpetta's time. ...more
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Jun 04, 2019

My first book from this author, and I'm now convinced that Ms Cornwell reigns supreme as a crime fiction writer. I'm hooked! I'll be reading as much as I can of her works.

Her series protagonist, Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist, seems as genuine as they come. The novel's prose is written with a level of sophistication above the norm for the genre, and the technical details are as well researched as the descriptions found in the books by Thomas Harris

Logically enough, I started with the My first book from this author, and I'm now convinced that Ms Cornwell reigns supreme as a crime fiction writer. I'm hooked! I'll be reading as much as I can of her works.

Her series protagonist, Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist, seems as genuine as they come. The novel's prose is written with a level of sophistication above the norm for the genre, and the technical details are as well researched as the descriptions found in the books by Thomas Harris

Logically enough, I started with the first of the series. The plot is one we've seen over and over, a brutal serial killer, but the way he is caught is a mind-bender that you won't see in any other similar story.

While the involvement of a Chief Medical Examiner in a crime investigation is slightly stretched, it is not totally out of bounds. The author focuses on real world dialogue rather than witty, smart-alec remarks, and this adds an earthy, graphic depth to the story.

If you love mysteries and crime fiction, this author's books are HIGHLY recommended.







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Dec 31, 2008

Recommended by my local librarian friend...she wouldn't let me just checkout "Scarpetta," the latest in this series, no-o-o-o, she makes me start at the very beginning, with this first, published in 1990. Well, and I did have to get up one night and make sure all my doors and windows were locked as I was reading the book at midnight.

And I kept making concessions for the year, like yeah, I bet this DNA stuff was pretty impressive for 1990, and I can kinda understand why she's explaining all this Recommended by my local librarian friend...she wouldn't let me just checkout "Scarpetta," the latest in this series, no-o-o-o, she makes me start at the very beginning, with this first, published in 1990. Well, and I did have to get up one night and make sure all my doors and windows were locked as I was reading the book at midnight.

And I kept making concessions for the year, like yeah, I bet this DNA stuff was pretty impressive for 1990, and I can kinda understand why she's explaining all this basic PC computer crap...when your story is that tied to technology, of course the effort is going to feel dated at a later time. I worked some time for a computer forensics company, and I kept wondering about the time frame for technology in that field...how easy now to see who accessed what, when, from where, and exactly what they did with it.

The other thing that was dated...thriller story-telling techniques. The main character (Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner) often blanks out, absorbed with her own thoughts, and only catches snatches of the conversation directed at her, in snippets. This mimics the brain's stilted way of processing during "shock" or fear. She begins to re-examine everyone around her as the potential serial killer or guilty of other crimes i.e. hacking into her database or leaking sensitive info to the press or planting evidence or framing her as incompetently tainting evidence...

This was about as satisfying as an episode of Law and Order on television. Not amazing. Not terrible. ...more
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Jul 15, 2012

Warning: Gore Alert.
Kudos for writing the 1st CSI crime thriller – I liked that it’s a bit of a time capsule with electronic memos as opposed to email & DNA in its infancy. Makes it no less relevant nor does it get in the way of a good story. While the 1st half was pretty dull the second is a roller-coaster ride. Kay Scarpetta is edgy and arrogant, love her or hate her she’ll hold your attention. The supporting characters are wonderful, Pete Marino the grubby tough cop who lumps all perps Warning: Gore Alert.
Kudos for writing the 1st CSI crime thriller – I liked that it’s a bit of a time capsule with electronic memos as opposed to email & DNA in its infancy. Makes it no less relevant nor does it get in the way of a good story. While the 1st half was pretty dull the second is a roller-coaster ride. Kay Scarpetta is edgy and arrogant, love her or hate her she’ll hold your attention. The supporting characters are wonderful, Pete Marino the grubby tough cop who lumps all perps into the category of 'psycho-squirrels’ is perfection; punchy dialog and Pete gets all the best lines. It finishes off with a surprise ending, I sure didn’t see it coming.
As an aside I’ve read a few of this series over the years and out of curiosity decided to read the 1st. No problem reading them out of sequence.

“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.” ...more
3

Sep 26, 2016


Before anything else, I extend my utmost gratitude to one of the best people I've befriended here on Goodreads, Itchy, for recommending this awesome series!

Heart-pulsing plot! It took me a long while to finish, because of running errands here and there, but I enjoyed every bit of it! This book is filled with suspense and interesting characters that you may either love or hate... damn you, Amburgey! Anyways, the plot is nicely paced and even if the technology mentioned in this book isn't as
Before anything else, I extend my utmost gratitude to one of the best people I've befriended here on Goodreads, Itchy, for recommending this awesome series!

Heart-pulsing plot! It took me a long while to finish, because of running errands here and there, but I enjoyed every bit of it! This book is filled with suspense and interesting characters that you may either love or hate... damn you, Amburgey! Anyways, the plot is nicely paced and even if the technology mentioned in this book isn't as highly-upgraded as ours today, it still intrigues its readers in knowing how forensic investigation was done back in the day.

What I think about Cornwell? Although I'm new to her work, I find myself drawn to her writing style. She has this way with details that you can perfectly envision the characters and scenes, but when it comes to the medical and technology jargon, they become so detailed that it can be a little difficult to follow or it gets a bit boring. Good thing is she didn't make the characters wholly good or bad; they were more complex than I imagined making them more interesting. I will still read more of her books, all things considered.

Quotable Quotes
"Many of us have the same feelings, the same emptiness, the same loneliness. But we don't have the tools to verbalize them. So we carry on, we struggle."
"Some people feel things more deeply than others, and some people feel things the rest of us don't."
"Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge."
"People often say they don't dream, when it's more accurate to say that they don't remember their dreams. It gets under our skin, Kay. All of it does. We just manage to cage in most of the emotions so they don't devour us."
"The public is blaming the city officials, who in turn have to find someone else to blame. It's the nature of the beast. If the police, the politicians, can pass the buck on down the line, they will."
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Aug 18, 2010

This was a pretty good first book in a series. It definitely had its moments that completely creeped me out and gave me goose bumps and had me looking over my shoulder making sure no one was watching me.
I will definitely be reading more in the series.
4

Aug 30, 2011

Having read all her newer stuff, I saw this in a bookshop and decided to go back to the beginning where it all began. Somehow I had missed this one, the very first in the Kay Scarpetta series. Maybe because it was initially published in 1990.
I definitely enjoyed it more than some of her later books. Her writing style was more descriptive and the plot easier to follow. In the special edition I picked up which commemorates 20 years of Kay Scarpetta, I was fascinated to read the extra chapter at Having read all her newer stuff, I saw this in a bookshop and decided to go back to the beginning where it all began. Somehow I had missed this one, the very first in the Kay Scarpetta series. Maybe because it was initially published in 1990.
I definitely enjoyed it more than some of her later books. Her writing style was more descriptive and the plot easier to follow. In the special edition I picked up which commemorates 20 years of Kay Scarpetta, I was fascinated to read the extra chapter at the end where Patricia Cornwell explains how she got started, found her plot and characters, etc etc. I always thought that like Kathy Reichs, she was a forensic pathologist herself, and it was quite illuminating to discover that she's actually a journalist and not a medical professional. For research purposes she worked in a morgue as a computer programmer.
Anyway, back to the story. I enjoyed the way she introduced Kay Scarpetta, and Lucy as a ten year old brat. Pete Marino she portrayed as a balding fifty-year something cop who wasn't so grammatically correct with his spoken English. It's interesting how through the series Lucy's character developed as she got older, but Pete Marino stayed the same age over twenty years. Because if he started at say 54 years old then by the last book he should be 74 years and I don't think he would still be out there as a cop solving murders.
If you have been a Patricia Cornwell fan, it is worth the visit down memory lane to read the book that started a whole new trend in crime fiction. ...more
5

Dec 30, 2012

What a ride this was! And a reread, no less. It's been so long since I read this, I remembered hardly anything. Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the fact that I was immersed so easily every time I picked this up. Oh! Loved the audio performance by C. J. Critt. The way she reads Marino is pinpoint perfect! I'd actually forgot how terrific this series is. I'm going to the library to pick up the second book tomorrow.

If you want a book that grabs you from page one, with main characters What a ride this was! And a reread, no less. It's been so long since I read this, I remembered hardly anything. Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the fact that I was immersed so easily every time I picked this up. Oh! Loved the audio performance by C. J. Critt. The way she reads Marino is pinpoint perfect! I'd actually forgot how terrific this series is. I'm going to the library to pick up the second book tomorrow.

If you want a book that grabs you from page one, with main characters you'll enjoy getting to know, pick up this first novel in the Kay Scarpetta series. You won't regret it. ...more
4

Apr 30, 2011

The first book in Cornwell's mega-selling Kay Scarpetta series, Postmortem is a brilliant debut novel that still puts all its CSI clones to shame. Cornwell writes with grit, which is rare in a female author, and has the technical know-how to maintain an aura of complete scientific authority throughout. Cornwell does surprisingly good dialog, and her male characters act totally authentic, never serving as props for some cutesy romantic subplot. Of course, this is an old book, and the technology The first book in Cornwell's mega-selling Kay Scarpetta series, Postmortem is a brilliant debut novel that still puts all its CSI clones to shame. Cornwell writes with grit, which is rare in a female author, and has the technical know-how to maintain an aura of complete scientific authority throughout. Cornwell does surprisingly good dialog, and her male characters act totally authentic, never serving as props for some cutesy romantic subplot. Of course, this is an old book, and the technology is very dated, so some readers might not enjoy returning to a world of cassette tapes, electric typewriters, and computer modems, but the science seems more-or-less current enough in matters where it counts, namely the forensic science stuff. The book stumbles in a couple places: there is a little too much talk and not enough action; a moment that comes across as being far, far to coincidental; and the resolution to the story doesn't live up to the cleverness of everything leading up to it. Still, you'd be hard pressed to find a more entertaining--or important--entry in the forensic science mystery genre. ...more
3

Jun 07, 2018

83% | B-

You should read this if you're into:
Serial killer mysteries, forensic science, starting a series, CSI/Criminal Minds/etc.
5

Mar 24, 2015

"Do no harm and leave the world a better place than you found it."

Even better than I remember from the first time I read it yearssssss ago! Audible on point!

2

Apr 24, 2012

I could not stand the main character in this book. Kay Scarpetta clearly hates all men. Every single male in the book is portrayed in a negative light, even when they actually do things to help Kay. On top of that I have trouble sympathizing with the overly defensive rich doctor.

Additionally Cornwall is clearly a tech head since she mentions a lot of technology in detail. She's accurate and certainly knew what she was talking about at the time, but it HEAVILY dates the book. I can't really fault I could not stand the main character in this book. Kay Scarpetta clearly hates all men. Every single male in the book is portrayed in a negative light, even when they actually do things to help Kay. On top of that I have trouble sympathizing with the overly defensive rich doctor.

Additionally Cornwall is clearly a tech head since she mentions a lot of technology in detail. She's accurate and certainly knew what she was talking about at the time, but it HEAVILY dates the book. I can't really fault Cornwall for that, especially since she's accurate and whatnot, but it took me out of the story. The same goes for her medical references. It's at least a little interesting that the characters were so amazed at using DNA in police cases, where nowadays that's obvious and expected.

I personally wouldn't read another of this series because I think the sexism is so offensive. If I were reading a book about a male protagonist who hated women I'd feel the same way. At first I thought the book was just an interesting exercise in an unusual antihero, but having done some research on Cornwall's background I suspect she shares the views of her main character. ...more
4

Mar 03, 2019

This is my first Patricia Cornwell book and I can defintely see why this is a 30+ book series.

I loved Dr Kay Scarpetta. She's probably now one of my new favourite characters. I loved the fact that we were following a medical examiners perspective in a case. I usually read from the detective inspector perspective, so this made a nice change.

I really enjoyed the writing style, the characters and findings out the background/ personal life of Dr Scarpetta.

It was gorey and gross in places, but it This is my first Patricia Cornwell book and I can defintely see why this is a 30+ book series.

I loved Dr Kay Scarpetta. She's probably now one of my new favourite characters. I loved the fact that we were following a medical examiners perspective in a case. I usually read from the detective inspector perspective, so this made a nice change.

I really enjoyed the writing style, the characters and findings out the background/ personal life of Dr Scarpetta.

It was gorey and gross in places, but it was also realistic and interesting. There is a lot of medical jargon but it's not hard to read and is actually really fascinating.

The only reason I couldn't give it five stars was because it's quite outdated now in terms of some of the technology and I wasn't shocked by the ending although I didn't guess it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it ...more
2

Jan 09, 2014

When I'm reading a book and all the while I'm thinking of what to read next, that's not a good sign. When I'm reading a book and I have to constantly fight the urge to put it away, that's not a good sign either. It means that I'm bored and not enjoying the book at all. Unfortunately this is what I felt like while reading Patricia Cornwell's debut novel Postmortem. Having read so many good reviews and received recommendations for this book, this was really an anticlimax for me.

I knew that this When I'm reading a book and all the while I'm thinking of what to read next, that's not a good sign. When I'm reading a book and I have to constantly fight the urge to put it away, that's not a good sign either. It means that I'm bored and not enjoying the book at all. Unfortunately this is what I felt like while reading Patricia Cornwell's debut novel Postmortem. Having read so many good reviews and received recommendations for this book, this was really an anticlimax for me.

I knew that this book was written a quarter of a century ago, so I was expecting to read about some obsolete forensic and DNA tests and computer systems and programming. It wasn't that that put me off. It was rather the way the author delivered such information in her book. I found myself reading whole pages about how to insert a new password or a certain query function in the computer to obtain a certain result or about how a forensic test is carried out step by step in the lab. Though the author's intention was to give us a clearer picture, (since DNA testing and computers were at a very early stage back then), I found such detailed information too technical and annoying and it actually did not add anything to the story. I thought its use was simply to increase the book's volume. The book could very well have had half its pages axed.

Though the actual crimes are very gruesome and well illustrated and explained, the story was more concentrated on politics and on how somebody wanted to taint Dr.Scarpetta's reputation. I have to say that the only chapters I found somewhat engrossing and exciting were just the first and the last one. The chapters' excessive length simply added to my frustration.

As with regards the characters in this novel, I could not warm to any of them, not even to Kay Scarpetta. I found her rather bleak, negative and arrogant. I know that this is just the first book of a long series and definitely the author would have developed these characters in the books that follow, but I'm sorry to say that I will most probably not read the rest, at least not for the time being. With all the praise given to this author, I was expecting to be reading a much better crime novel and this was indeed very disappointing. ...more

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