Port Mortuary (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries)

by Patricia Cornwell | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0751543926 Global Overview for this book
Registered by rainbow3 of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 9/17/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by rainbow3 from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, September 17, 2011
Bought as it was on my bookcrossing partner, Vespa’s, wish-list and I finally found a copy that was not a heavy, pricy hard-back so I snapped it up. We’re taking part in the Not-So-Secret-Not-Going-To-The-BC-Unconvention-Surprise or what ever we are calling this event on BC UK Yahoo Groups calander of NSS postal events in 2011. I’d not touched on any of Patricia Cornwall’s work for ages as I had felt it at one point it had bogged down in formulaic style. Instead, this I found was a stormingly exciting read, so I am delighted I was prompted to buy and read it! Thanks Vespa.

BOOK COVER: ‘Port Mortuary’ is literally a port to receive the dead – and the deaths are mounting.

Kay Scarpetta had been training at the Port Dover Mortuary, mastering a ground breaking forensic procedure. And it is not long before these new skills nee to be pout into practice.. A young man drops dead, eerily close to Scarpetta’s home. When his body is examined, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was locked inside the cooler.

When the revolutionary 3D radiology scans reveal internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen, she realises that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why before more people die…

Told for the first time in many years for the perspective of Kay Scarpetta herself – and unveiling secrets from her past that have never been revealed – this is a thrilling and compulsively readable tour-de-force.

‘A gripping read and made more chilling by Cornwall’s note that the technology she’s describing actually exists’ METRO

‘Port Mortuary’ has got a strange, almost restrained, screaming tension and claustrophobic feel built on a piecemeal delivery of disjointed information that made it unputdownable! Being fascinated by what I call why-done-its I appreciate the focus on the interrelationships of the protagonists. As though who is carrying out the murders is important to every story why they feel driven to do so is the key to the events actually talking place.

Wrapped up as I was, in Scarpetta’s thoughts of a horror early in her career, her feelings of inadequacy and vulnerability, while the approach to some unthinkable disaster happening in the institution she had set up loomed, the immediacy of the unfolding events seemed nearly overwhelming. The frustrations of realising those around her were withholding information was as unbearable to me, the reader, as it was to Scarpetta. Such brilliantly skewed plotting set a hectic pace and the truly scary nature of the technology described and the uses to which it can be put, chills thought. One of the plot threads here was terrorism and it was frighteningly ironic of course to note that, all the contributing factors to, and the most acute danger to the public here, as so often in life, was the home grown one!

Journal Entry 2 by rainbow3 at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (9/17/2011 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


...planning getting this into the post today, via my local post office, 15 East Norton Place or Edinburgh's main Post Office. Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 3 by Vespa at Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom on Saturday, September 24, 2011
thank you for this I love Patricia Cornwell

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