Predator

Predator

Book - 2006 | Spanish | 1a ed.
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Baker & Taylor
Kay Scarpetta and her colleague Pete Marino investigate the case of a man killed by a shotgun blast to the chest, while a woman is trapped in an abandoned house in the South after being kidnapped by an unknown captor.

Independent Publishing Group
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston—one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now.


Publisher: Barcelona : Eds. B, 2006.
Edition: 1a ed.
ISBN: 9788466629119
8466629114
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 23 cm.

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Jul 30, 2013

This was the first book I have ever read by Patricia Cornwell because a friend loaned it to me. I certainly need to preface my thoughts about the book by saying I read a lot of mysteries, but don't often read gory or obscenely gruesome ones. This one was a bit too graphic for my taste, and although I had to lay it aside for a break now and then, I still felt compelled to finish it.

First, the pros; I thought the story line was very interesting and I liked that several random chapters were devoted to the voice of the killer, giving a change of pace to the story. It was obvious a lot of research went into the psychological aspect of the characters and their motivations.

The cons: The story dealt with a psychopathic killer and overall seemed quite intense and dark. I got confused several times in the story. The descriptions of the torture and mutilated bodies were far too graphic. There wasn't one character that I felt I identified with or felt a connection to. All the characters thought fairly highly of themselves. No one seemed to get along or respect each other. Even the relationship between Benton and Scarpetta seemed flat.

I would have to think twice about reading another Cornwell book.

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