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Port Mortuary por Patricia Cornwell
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Port Mortuary (original 2010; edição 2010)

por Patricia Cornwell (Autor)

Séries: Kay Scarpetta (18)

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When Scarpetta examines a young man's body, she discovers stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked inside the cooler of her new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties, and she races against time to discover who and why before more people die.… (mais)
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Título:Port Mortuary
Autores:Patricia Cornwell (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown (2010), 512 pages
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Cornwell's Scarpette series continues to be a disappointment. After reading about 200 pages, I decided that none of it was even needed. Kay Scarpette plays hardly any role in catching the killer or figuring out the murder and yet again at the end she becomes a victim and someone saves her (which is starting to get a little old). Thankfully I didn't buy this one and only borrowed it because it would not have been worth the money. For a 500 page book, only the last 150 pages was probably needed and maybe another 50 pages from the beginning to explain what was going on. I also found it quite unbelievable that Cornwell suddenly had the audacity to bring it up so far into the series that Kay got through college paid for because she had been in the military?! There were also other things found in the beginning that were just much too difficult to believe. In addition Kay Scarpetta is Giving this book 2 stars might have been a little too nice of me. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Good read. Entertaining. ( )
  DannyKeep | Mar 11, 2021 |
This book was from the voice of KS, like the first few books of the series were, and it was better for it. I fleetingly wondered if a story from the perspective of Pete Marino would be interesting- I’d certainly read one.
The timeline of this story is actually quite short, so you experience the story almost in real time. The ‘new information’ about KS and her history doesn’t seem to fit with the earlier stories as much as I would like it to. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
Een zesjarig jongetje is op gruwelijke wijze vermoord in zijn achtertuin. Vrij snel wordt een verdachte opgepakt die de moord bekent: Johnny Donahue. Maar dan ontdekt patholoog-anatoom Kay Scarpetta dat hij het nooit gedaan kan hebben.
Ondertussen wordt duidelijk dat Scarpetta's collega, Jack Fielding, zijn bevoegdheden in het mortuarium ruimschoots overschreden heeft...
  Lin456 | Oct 20, 2020 |
I started reading Scarpetta novels several years ago, in order. I discussed them generally with the friend who first suggested them to me. We both agreed that Scarpetta is a snob. I had difficulty getting past the details of the meals she made, the way she thought of others, particularly Marino, a way that said she is above it all, however much she pretends otherwise.

I haven't changed my mind. I don't like her. Yet I continue to read her books. I got a bit behind and have been catching up lately, and wondering why I keep reading. This book in particular made me wonder.

On the book flap I read that Cornwell has gone back to "the intimate way her fans loved in the early novels", that we return to Scarpetta's point-of-view. I hadn't noticed. What I noticed is that it is all me me me. I wanted more investigation and way less mea culpa and navel-gazing. I want a forensic procedural.

But to the story. The book is a bit mis-named because it begins with Kay Scarpetta returning from the Port Mortuary, where she had spent the last six months as part of a military team. Having been away, she tried to separate herself from her new position as head of the newly-formed Cambridge Forensic Center (CFC), tried to focus on her work and let her second-in-command run CFC. What she did at the Port Mortuary is train in CT-assisted virtual autopsy, a type of autopsy that allows investigation with less damage to the victim's body and therefore less chance to miss clues.

When she returns she immediately begins to feel that something is off. First, a man who had been pronounced dead was delivered to the CFC but then bled copiously overnight. Corpses do not bleed, as a rule, so Scarpetta needs to rule out the possibility that he was not dead to begin with. Next, her second-in-command does not show up for work. His situation becomes a matter of additional investigation as Scarpetta learns some aspects of the way he ran the center. She continuously wonders whether she did the right thing by, in the first place, helping him become a forensic scientist years ago, and later, by taking him under her wing.

It always seems odd to me, this inclination of Scarpatta's to take in others, to be loyal to those she clearly thinks are screw-ups. Including Marino, the detective who is devoted to her yet who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Scarpetta acknowledges his detective abilities, yet is constantly being disgusted by his habits. I can't remember a sentence that reveals real affection for him. To me, she's a fake. Or more correctly, Cornwell doesn't create a believable caring individual in her.

The investigation of the young man's death leads to additional unusual forensic finds and additional suspicions about Jack Fielding, Scarpetta's second-in-command. Further, the dog, a rescue greyhound, that was with the young man who was killed is missing. Scarpetta believes the dog holds clues to the ultimate resolution of the mystery. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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Inside the changing room for female staff, I toss soiled scrubs into a biohazard hamper and strip off the rest of my clothes and medical clogs. I wonder if Col. Scarpetta stenciled in black on my locker will be removed the minute I return to New England in the morning. The thought hadn't entered my mind before now, and it bothers me. A part of me doesn't want to leave this place.
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When Scarpetta examines a young man's body, she discovers stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked inside the cooler of her new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties, and she races against time to discover who and why before more people die.

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