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The Scarpetta Factor

Format:  Hardcover,

494 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Oct 2009

ISBN-13: 9780399156397

ISBN-10: 0399156399

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From the world's #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.
It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta-despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN- to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead. Moments later during the same telecast, she receives a startling call-in from a former psychiatric patient of Benton Wesley's. When she returns after the show to the apartment where she and Benton live, she finds an ominous package-possibly a bomb-waiting for her at the front desk. Soon the apparent threat on Scarpetta's life finds her embroiled in a surreal plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable sex crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionairess with whom Lucy seems to have shared a secret past.
Scarpetta's CNN producer wants her to launch a TV show called "The Scarpetta Factor." Given the bizarre events already in play, she fears that her growing fame will generate the illusion that she has a "special factor," a mythical ability to solve all her cases. She wonders if she will end up like other TV personalities: her own stereotype.
"The Scarpetta Factor," the seventeenth in the series, finds the familiar cast of characters together again in New York. Marino is working for the NYPD; Benton Wesley uses his forensic psycho-logical expertise at Kirby and Bellevue; and Lucy continues to dazzle with her expertise in forensic computer investigations as she works yet another case with NY prosecutor Jaime Berger.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Oct 2009
ISBN-13: 9780399156397
ISBN-10: 0399156399
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 494
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.87
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 1.89 x 9.62


Review by Library Journal (2009-10-12)

The 17th entry in the popular Scarpetta series (after Scarpetta) finds the Massachusetts medical examiner investigating the death of jogger Toni Darien in Central Park-and finding suspicious similarities to a case of a missing financier. She also must contend with a suspicious package delivered to her apartment, the possible theft of her BlackBerry, menacing communications from a former psychiatric patient of husband Benton, and the reemergence of notorious characters from past cases. Never-before-seen glimpses into the innermost thoughts of key characters Pete Marino, Benton, and niece Lucy Farinelli intensify the plot.

Verdict: A finely crafted, pulse-racing thriller that readers won't want to put down. Scarpetta fans will notice more pages devoted to character development and less to the autopsy room.

[Main selection of BOMC, Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Mystery Guild.] - Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 4reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Scarpetta at her finest Once again Patricia Cornwell has produced a fantastic crime-thriller with her smart, strong, gutsy heroine Kay Scarpetta. If you are one that enjoys getting schooled in forensic proceedures while you read a fantastic crime drama, this is the book for you. It's better than TV. I found myself up way too late (or early depending on how you look at it) and I couldn't put it down no matter how tired I got. Put another feather in her cap; Cornwell rocks!! 01/05/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by The Scarpetta Factor As Always a great read from Patricia Cornwell 11/10/2009
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