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Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Marino is a caricature of his former self. Bryce is an annoying chatterbox that I'm having trouble believing works for Scarpetta. She would never suffer a fool like that gladly. I'm sure there was an actual plot, but it took forever to get to amongst all the bloviation.
I can't even give this book a single star, because I felt like I got nothing out of it. The characters should be familiar but they are not I borrowed it. Perhaps Cornwell should take some time off and try to focus herself better.
I suggest she re read her first 4 novels and try to re create that magic, because it's not evident at all any more. View all 15 comments. Jan 16, James rated it really liked it Shelves: 1-fiction , 3-multi-book-series , 9-readjanuary. Dust by Patricia Cornwell is the twenty-first book in the Kay Scarpetta series consisting of about twenty-five and still counting novels in the medical and FBI thriller mystery sub-genre.
I began reading the novels nearly two decades ago but stopped for a while when I ventured into other genres. I recently picked them up again and want to get current before the next one releases in late from what I can tell thus far. They focus on a medical examiner who's worked for the states of Virgin Dust by Patricia Cornwell is the twenty-first book in the Kay Scarpetta series consisting of about twenty-five and still counting novels in the medical and FBI thriller mystery sub-genre.
They focus on a medical examiner who's worked for the states of Virginia and Massachusetts but now runs an even larger firm where she employs security, investigative and technical staff. Her husband, Benton, is an FBI profiler. Her niece, Lucy, is a tech whiz. And her best friend, Marino, is now a cop again.
All in all, I don't particular like any of them as people; however, as characters they're strong, complex, and challenging In Dust, the body of a young tech whiz who was suing a company for losing some of her money, is found dead on campus. A weird dust covers parts of her body and she's wearing underwear that don't belong to her.
Scarpetta realizes the girl has ties to a serial killer several states away, but she shouldn't know this because Benton let a few things slip about his case.
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Unfortunately, his boss is out to get him, which makes the case and any next steps quite difficult. Benton comes home for a surprise weekend and helps Kay connect the dots on the cases, which leads to an all-out investigation.
What is Benton's boss hiding? How is a dead person's DNA still showing up on new murder victims? What does this have to do with a case Kay oversaw years ago where she thought the victim was murdered but her deputy filed it as a suicide? And how connected is Lucy to this new victim since they were both working on the same tech inventions?
Phone records show many people were connected in secret. Overall, the plot is intense and complex. It's the best part of the book. The story unfolds with a great deal of medical and technical details; some is over the top, but much of it is easy to follow. The conclusion has a nice surprise twist and made the book feel quite strong.
That said, I had a few concerns which I can't help but wonder how they slipped through in the final editing process. The reason the first victim was killed is still unclear. Unless that's the plot of a future story, that's a problem for me. It's just dropped as a suspenseful cliffhanger mid-book, then shares a one-page explanation near the end where we're supposed to connect the dots on our own of how it all began. It needed more development in those areas to tie things together more closely.
There were a few other incidents like this which prevent me from giving it a 5-star rating. I end up with 3.
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I'm ordering it this week and will buddy read with my friend, Medhat, in the near future. View all 14 comments. Aug 13, Samantha rated it did not like it. I am really concerned that I read a totally different book than the other reviewers Where to start? What Dust needs is an editor and a plot. This book was absolutely everything I can't stand about what the Kay Scarpetta series has become in one page novel. Implausible timing, totally no character development, and a storyline that takes less than 50 pages to wrap up with a neat, tidy bow.
If this was a book by any other author, I would have stopped, but as a Scarpetta series fan I felt I I am really concerned that I read a totally different book than the other reviewers If this was a book by any other author, I would have stopped, but as a Scarpetta series fan I felt I owed it to the good doctor to finish. This whole novel reads like one run on sentence. I know that Dr. Scarpetta is an amazingly talented woman, but it's actually tiresome for the reader to have no change of scenery.
I don't know if Cornwell is tired of this cast of characters or what, but she seems completely content to make their lives miserable and depressing. Huge disappointment for a big Scarpetta fan. View all 7 comments. Oct 04, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: wom-flipping-the-pages.
Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta has an abundance of troubles: she's traumatized after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings; she's recovering from a bad flu; her head investigator Pete Marino has bailed on her; her FBI profiler husband - Benton Wesley - is on the outs with his boss; and a serial killer seems to be at work in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she lives. As usual in Patricia Cornwell's series, Kay and Benton are in the cross-hairs of self-serving or demented bad guys - and have to Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta has an abundance of troubles: she's traumatized after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings; she's recovering from a bad flu; her head investigator Pete Marino has bailed on her; her FBI profiler husband - Benton Wesley - is on the outs with his boss; and a serial killer seems to be at work in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she lives.
As usual in Patricia Cornwell's series, Kay and Benton are in the cross-hairs of self-serving or demented bad guys - and have to contend with them while concurrently chasing criminals.
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Pete Marino is also true to form, resentful that Kay never fell in love with him and determined to make her life difficult by behaving in a childish, crude, and unpleasant manner. Personally, I've had about enough of Pete Marino and wish that Kay would cut him loose so he'd disappear from future books.
Kay's genius niece Lucy is also on hand - and in this book she's behaving a little better than usual -refraining from getting involved with psychopaths and using her IT skills to help the investigation. Lucy, however, is a hard to believe "over-the-top" character: she drives around town in an armored SUV worthy of the Russian mob, flies helicopters, hacks into any computer anywhere, and so on.
I liked Lucy much better when she was a youngster in the early Scarpetta books. The plot of the book is fairly straightforward. Kay is determined to help capture a sadistic murderer who apparently killed several people in Washington, D. Kay is thwarted, however, because the head of the FBI seems to be tampering with the evidence and a large, wealthy, corrupt corporation is also obstructing the investigation.
Kay carries on trying to catch the perp, however, and does numerous forensic examinations that are described in great detail. Readers interested in this type of thing will probably like this book. Though this book is a little better than the last couple of books in the Scarpetta series it isn't as good as the early books. I'd mildly recommend it to mystery fans, a little more if they're huge Scarpetta fans. View all 4 comments. Nov 12, Carol Jean rated it did not like it. Did someone hit Patricia Cornwell in the head while she was writing this?
I've never been a big fan of her harsh, unpleasant world filled with unusually disturbed killers, but this book isn't even well written. I can't resist quoting: "Lucy does her best not to show what she feels. Anger, embarrassment, picked on, and hurt I know wh Did someone hit Patricia Cornwell in the head while she was writing this? I know what she is trying to say, which is that the man can't keep a secret, but there are surely ways of expressing it more clearly.
How could she possibly know that? In fact she means that the space itself IS four thousand square feet. Again, clarity is all! That and not stopping her readers in their tracks to try to figure out what she means. Where was her editor? Did they just run the manuscript through spell check and call it a day? I loathe Cornwell's mean little characters, always picking on each other and keeping secrets to their own detriment, but I have not previously had a problem with her writing.
However, this book annoys me on so many levels that the terrible writing, although it remains in the forefront, has some stiff competition. Don't make me listen to her keen about her hunger pangs and low blood sugar for fully half of the novel!
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