The Scarpetta Factor

The Scarpetta Factor

Book - 2010
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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 psychiatrist 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 millionaires with whom Lucy seems to have shared a secret past.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780425236284
0425236285
Characteristics: 572 p. ; 19 cm.

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rahmmie
Feb 09, 2015

I had trouble following the plotline of the book. It seemed like it started in one direction and then it went off in a completely different one. It was okay and much better that some previous ones, but definitely not the best by Cornwell

B2K2rEaD May 30, 2013

Took me awhile to get into this Book. Then, it moved well and read smoothly.
Lots of plots.

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msandlier
Jul 28, 2012

I've read a few of the earlier books in the Scarpetta series that were much better reads. I had a hard time with this one. Set it aside several times, and only read it because I was out of reading material. There were times this book went on and on and on describing a situation or event. Scarpetta was in a snit about something and it went on for pages!! Another event went for almost a chapter...saying the same thing over and over. An interrogation went on forever that repeated the same stuff over and over again. I'm done with this author.

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canadalady62
Sep 12, 2010

Maybe I've grown less intelligent with age but this book and the ones just previous to it are not in the same league as the first in the series. When I first discovered Patricia Cornwell i was fascinated by the books and devoured them faster that they were written. But the last few, this one included seem dull and way too long. Whether it is the lack of sexual tension caused by her marriage, or what I don't know but I find them tedious and boring. Tried three times to read this failed to finish each time.

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FCLauzon
Aug 06, 2010

boring ; nobody's going anywhere

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briandumont
Apr 16, 2010

She's been writing about this character too long.

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penyak
Mar 29, 2010

Main characters (Lucy, Scarpetta, Benton, etc.) have devolved into unbalanced individuals with serious communications problems. Much of the book drones on about their problems. Not up to previous standards.

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joycekane
Dec 01, 2009

a page turner

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RussNeverSleeps
Nov 22, 2009

The Scarpetta Factor is the latest volume in Patricia Cornwell's increasingly self-indulgent & tiresome series featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. I found this to be an incredibly tedious read, each of the nearly 500 pages is a chore. Methinks this will be my last kick at this weary pretentious can.

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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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