Postmortem: AND All That Remains
6 journalers for this copy...
Also the repeated search for a payphone made me think how quick mobile phones made their way in our daily lifes.
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Ein Meetup hat's gegeben, ein Meetup soll's nehmen. ;-)
Came to the meet-up today and found a new home :)
I very much hope at least one of the stories is better than Blowfly. Oh, I just see it's the first in the series, so this looks promising...
However, I had difficulty wrapping my head around the second one as I'm just not particularly interested in that military stuff, and I also was a bit confused by the time gap between the stories. (Interestingly enough, although I don't remember a lot about Blowfly I kept trying to work out the future developments by comparing what little I could recognize.)
Not surprisingly, despite being rather busy, I read each of the stories within two days and stayed up late to finish them.
I found the first title (Postmortem) rather cheap for a story dealing with forensic examination but it is the first in the series, so I guess it makes sense. All That Remains is a bit more in keeping with the theme of the story. The difference in both stories's quality from that of Blowfly can only be measured in light years, or the equivalent thereof.
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Now I've read three books surrounding Kay Scarpetta and in all three of them the killer in the end meets death. Justifiably so, but still... Is this just a bad sample or an indication of Cornwell's view on the American judiciary?
The twist at the end of the second book (wrong DNA) came too late to have any impact on me as a reader. I mean by that time the killer was already dead! The solution was really neat (and one I'd coincidentally had a recent conversation about) but I really would have liked one or two chapters in between for the characters to wonder whether they got the wrong person.
The books not being up-to-date didn't bother me at all. I did think it was funny how they were so suspicious of DNA comparison (I think they still are, a bit) and how computers seemed to be a mystery to most of the characters involved. Conversely, I didn't even notice the payphones until I read Rabe-de's comments but that's probably because I don't own a mobile myself.
I don't know yet what I'll do with this book. I might wild release it but it seems a bit of a waste for the first story. Maybe I'll read it again before doing so, or I'll find another way to pass it on.
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I took it along to yesterday's meet-up (as I'd planned for the one before that, where I forgot to take any books with me) and it seems it's been snatched up by someone to read. :)