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Postmortem Unabridged

by Patricia Cornwell

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 13, 2000 | Audio Book (Cassette)

Postmortem Unabridged is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.

The first novel featuring Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta from the #1 bestselling author of Black Notice and Point of Origin

Winner of the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award for best first mystery

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 . . .

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Dimensions: 6.11 × 4.11 × 1.11 in

Published: January 13, 2000

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0694522899

ISBN - 13: 9780694522897

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Probably better in 1990 than 2008, but still a good thriller Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia is working a case concerning a series of women who are brutally raped and strangled. Each case appears to be the work of the same man and a serial killer must be on the loose. Things escalate and danger feels closer to home, making Kay feel as if she can trust no one. This is a well-paced and well written thriller. I often felt I knew where the story was going only to be surprised as it turned in a different direction. I enjoyed the mystery part of the story but was disappointed with the revelation of the killer. Also, I read a lot of forensic mysteries and watch all the CSI-type shows on TV so I found the 1990s technology very hard to take seriously. In this book DNA was fairly new, there were big scenes describing high-tech for the layman such as how Kay could connect her modem to the 'server' computer at work, print outs were on perforated green-lined computer paper. All the emphasis on the pre-internet 1990 technology did spoil the effect for me a bit. I think another 20 years are needed to make this read more like an historical mystery, rather than just dated. I will continue reading the series. I really enjoyed the characters especially Marino the brusque, burly, coarse cop Kay has to work with but does not like. Also Kay herself is a very likable strong, yet feminine female character.
Date published: 2008-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro to Patricia Cornwell This was the first book of Cornwell's that I have read. I am just about to start the second when I finish this review. I was great to see a change from the typical "narration" style read to a first-person account of events. I loved that it felt like Dr. Scarpetta, the main character, was telling me the story, rather than feeling like an outsider watching the scenes unfold. Not to gruesome, but still detailed enough allowing for the creation of vivid images while reading. I was hoping for more detail on the actual investigation procedures, because her website is dedicated to them, but there wasn't much in the book. I decided to read the books in order of publication to thee the progession of Dr. Scarpetta, so I still have over 16 books to go to see where she ends up. I'll let you know how Body of Evidence is. Happy Reading
Date published: 2006-07-29

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Postmortem Unabridged

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Dimensions: 6.11 × 4.11 × 1.11 in

Published: January 13, 2000

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0694522899

ISBN - 13: 9780694522897

About the Book

The first novel featuring Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta from the #1 bestselling author of Black Notice and Point of OriginWinner of the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award for best first mystery

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 . . .

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The first novel featuring Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta from the #1 bestselling author of Black Notice and Point of Origin

Winner of the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award for best first mystery

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 . . .

About the Author

The first novel featuring Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta from the #1 bestselling author of Black Notice and Point of Origin

Winner of the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award for best first mystery

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 . . .