Physically and psychologically bruised by her encounter with the killer Chandonne, Dr Kay Scarpetta has to leave her home in the hands of the police team investigating the attack. She finds shelter with an old friend, Anna Zenner, but it is not the haven of security she needs when she discovers that Anna has been sub- poenaed to appear before a Grand Jury which is investigating Scarpetta for murder. Kay knows she is being framed and she also knows she can trust no-one. Meanwhile it appears that Chandonne killed a woman in New York before his murderous spree in Virginia, but when Scarpetta looks more closely into that case with the NY prosectuor Jaime Berger, proof of his guilt is far from certain - in fact she begins to believe that he may not be the perpetrator of any of the crimes he is accused of. As she follows the forensic trail to the real killer she gradually realises that someone has been spinning a web for years with the aim of entrapping her. Who is it, and why are they so desperate to be rid of her? Visit the author's own website on www.patricia- cornwell.com
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Patricia Cornwell's legendary crime fiction creation, Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, has logged a host of fans among mystery readers and, within the bounds of her fictional world, an equally impressive tally of individuals intent on causing her grievous physical or psychological harm.
The 11th Scarpetta novel, The Last Precinct, doesn't add any new names to the second roster. Instead, in a sweeping narrative gesture toward retrospection (less-than-fervent fans might whisper "or stagnation"), the novel depends largely on ground already covered in its predecessors, Black Notice and, to a lesser extent, Point of Origin. All the familiar faces--friend and foe--are here: police captain Marino, Kay's niece Lucy, the so-called Werewolf murderer, and (in memoriam) Kay's lover Benton Wesley and his killer, Carrie Grethen. Kay, who nearly killed the Werewolf in self-defense as Black Notice came to a close, now finds herself the target of a corrupt police investigation that will dredge her darkest secrets from the deepest corners of her past.
Torn between a desire to clear her name and the instinct of a wounded animal to turn against even its would-be rescuers, Kay sifts through the forensic evidence that seems to link Chandonne to other horrific events in her past, up to and including Wesley's murder. Physical analysis, however, will not be enough to right her up-ended world. Instead, Kay must rely on the strategic support of her niece, cofounder of the Last Precinct (an odd, ill-defined organization that is, in the words of its motto, "where you go when there is nowhere left"), and on her willingness to examine her own fears, misconceptions, and anything-but-altruistic motives. The most important setting in this novel is not the morgue--it's the living room where Kay's therapist forces her to address (you guessed it) "unresolved issues."
The novel's focus on Kay's emotional evolution does not, unfortunately, mask the leaps of illogic that pepper the plot's murky stew. More disturbing than these occasional lapses, however, is the feeling that Cornwell has written herself into a corner. The Scarpetta of The Last Precinct is a far cry from the irritably independent woman of previous books. Her often over-inflated musings are more tiresome than tantalizing. Cornwell's impressive track record makes this excursion a bit disappointing, but that same record means that loyal fans will race to acquire the book anyway and that the odds of her returning to her usual stellar form next time are (hurrah!) favorable. --Kelly FlynnFrom the Publisher:
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Buchbeschreibung London, Warner Books, 2001. 8°, Softcover/Paperback. Buchzustand: Gut. 565 pp antiquarisch gut erhaltenes Exemplar, good copy, K14610 ISBN 0751525359 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 302. Artikel-Nr. 939848
Buchbeschreibung Warner Books; Auflage: New edition. Buchzustand: gut - gebraucht. Taschenbuch ordentliches Exemplar, Gebrauchsspuren vor allem am Einband durch mehrmaliges Lesen, berieben Zustand: 3, gut - gebraucht, Taschenbuch Warner Books; Auflage: New edition , , The last precinct, Patricia Cornwell. Artikel-Nr. BU109635
Buchbeschreibung Warner Books, 2001. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Gut. 565 Seiten Ecken knickspurig, Kanten berieben, Schnitt gebräunt,sonst gut. ISBN: 9780751525359 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 315. Artikel-Nr. 533771
Buchbeschreibung London: Warner, 2001. kart. 576 Seiten ,Taschenbuch - Paperback - kart.- Akzeptables Exemplar ------Preis inklusive MwSt.------- Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 310. Artikel-Nr. 3196360
Buchbeschreibung Warner Books, 2001. Taschenbuch. 565 Seiten. GUTER ZUSTAND. ENGLISCH Inhalt: We enter 'The Last Precinct' through the reverberating aftershocks of 'Black Notice', inconceivably finding Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta an object of suspicion - and criminal investigation. And the nightmare perpetuated on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past. When a formidable prosecutor, a female assistant district attorney from New York, is brought into the case, Scarpetta must struggle to make what she knows to be the truth prevail against mounting and unnerving evidence to the contrary. Tested in every way, she turns inward to ask where do you go when there is nowhere left? The answer is 'The Last Precinct'. By the end of the novel, it is clear that Scarpetta's life can never be the same. Artikel-Nr. 34009
Buchbeschreibung Warner Books, London, 2001. Broschur. Buchzustand: Befriedigend. 565 S. Size: 17,5 cm. Taschenbuch. Artikel-Nr. 034314
Buchbeschreibung Little, Brown Book Group, 04.06.2001., 2001. Auflage: New edition. 576 Seiten Cover kann abweichen, Auflage:2001, Warner Books, 565 Seiten O143,2 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 297 17,4 x 11,4 x 3,8 cm, Taschenbuch. Artikel-Nr. 141740
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Buchbeschreibung Little, Brown Book Group, 2001. Taschenbuch. 576 Seiten 77024 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 299. Artikel-Nr. 76470
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