The body of a woman has been discovered inside the gates of MIT, draped in an unusual cloth. An examination reveals that the body is covered in a fine dust that under ultra-violet light fluoresces blood-red, emerald-green and sapphire-blue. As Kay Scarpetta pieces together the evidence, she draws herself and her team deeper into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology and shocking corruption at the highest level.
©2013 Cornwell Entetainment Ltd (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"America’s most stimulating and chilling writer of Crime fiction." (The Times)"A perfectly formed thriller." (Sun)
I have been a fan of Cornwell for years and have avidly followed Scarpetta. I read the less than encouraging reviews of this latest book but decided that I should make my own decision; unfortunately they were correct. This book is poorly written and the dialogue very stilted and false sounding. Even intense exchanges between Kay and Benton sound far removed from reality. The story line is all over the place not realistic. I stuck with the book almost to the end - 1:54 left - but couldn't bring myself to finish it.
Well over halfway through and this is going nowhere fast, endless referrals to things that happened in previous books, i doubt i'll bother finishing this one and will return it if i can
"Why do I keep hoping and wasting money .."
I keep hoping to re-capture my initial love of the stories from this author, however it does not happen. This story line is weak; continual complaints about her family; going over and over old decisions and past positions held; .... kindly have someone kill-off Kay and be done with it!
Never again will I purchase another Scarpetta saga.
"Enjoyable enough but ..."
If you've been with the Scarpetta series for this long, you may want to read this too. I don't think it's the best in the series but it's what we've got. I found it enjoyable enough.
The plot was interesting enough for me to stay with. The familiar characters are here. Some unfamiliar criminal types are also here and they're mildly interesting without being particularly compelling. In the recent novels Scarpetta seems either less angry or more world-weary, or both. Having said that, this novel conveys genuine anger about Newtown. It also expresses objections to so-called spectacle murders, which seems ironic given the contribution of the earlier Scarpetta novels to the forensic crime genre, which in its screen equivalents does involve spectacle.
Well read, predictable.
I think of a younger Glenn Close as Scarpetta. Jennifer Lawrence would be her niece. The late James Gandolfini could have been Marino, but I'm not sure who would be best in the role now. As for Benton .... ? Also, on second thoughts, I'm not sure this cast would be so great together ... would like to know how other readers respond to this question.
Recent Scarpetta novels have received bad to mixed reviews. At this stage in the series, anyone who knows the earlier novels can decide for themselves how interested they are in persevering. Those unfamiliar with the novels should start with the early instalments.
No, I didn't like the way Lorelei King spoke and I thought the plot and the characters weak.
Not Patricia Cornwell sadly.
Her voice was irritating.
As Elvis once said 'A little less conversation, a little more action please'
Of course, she's still the original and best!
Not much with what she had to work with!
I'd have tried to move away from the conversations predominantly held between two characters at a time and had some of the conclusions that were reached come about in the investigative field.
Well I guess everyone writes a ‘not so good’ book from time to time, but I think that this deserves a special mention. I suppose you could say that I’m a fan of Kay Scarpetta, and possibly even a big one. Patricia Cornwell’s last offering featuring Kay Scarpetta, who is undeniably the matriarch of this genre, The Bone Bed, was far more enjoyable and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. However, like the one before last Red Mist, I found Dust, a bit tedious and Kay’s character both a little arrogant and conceited.
It never really got going for me and felt like it was hard work for the usually excellent Lorelei King to get the conversational parts to flow like a narrative should. That said, the story was also weak, particularly for Cornwell, and I felt it assumed that the reader knew the back story, as far too many references were made to previous happenings, without ever qualifying them. It seemed that the cast didn’t really fit their shoes in this outing, possibly because it relied too heavily on conversational supposition, as opposed to “shoes on the ground’ police work or even Scarpetta’s real domain, the dissection table.
I wonder if maybe the back story is perhaps a hindrance here, and that both Lucy’s and Kay’s lifestyles and access to the finest things in life have made the story a little bloated and over indulged. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have a Porsche Turbo like Benton or fly a chopper like Lucy, but it’s got a bit too ‘Thunderbirds’ for me.
Despite all of this, will I buy the next Scarpetta novel? Of course I will, I’ve stuck with her this long and I’m a sucker for punishment, but I have a feeling that Scarpetta will be back firing on all cylinders before too long!
"Such a shame!"
It's written as if to readers meeting Scarpetta for the first time. Repetitive about her own backstory and patronising to the point of boredom.
Bring back the edge that got me hooked on her books in the first place!
Because of the material, the narrator's voice became a drone and difficult to stay focussed on.
It's such a shame that after all this time waiting, I was disappointed, I'm usually a loyal fan. Let's hope she can bring it back in the next one.
I had such high hopes for this book but maybe Cornwell's just become lazy, because it was a very poor effort.
I used to pounce on new Scarpetta books, knowing that I would enjoy them. Last time I was disappointed, but then when this book came out I somehow forgot about the previous one and decided to give it a go - how bad could it be? The books have always been ridiculous, always full of a grasping and unreconstructed obsession with extreme wealth. But now there is virtually no story to compensate and the characters simply cannot bear the emphasis they are given in place of a plot. Kay and Benton are more humourless, arrogant and two-dimensional than ever; Lucy more of a bizarre and unconvincing one-woman Halliburton, and Marino such a constant punch bag for Cornwell's relentless social prejudice that the book would have been difficult for me to stick with even in paper form. But Lorelei King's narration, giving every sentence the same breathy rhythm meant that I just couldn't finish it.
Top form Cornwell.
Spoiler - no way!
I'm just so pleased that one of my favourite author's of all time has delivered a fab book!
"Same old same old"
It's as if the author hit upon s winning formula 15 or so years ago and hasn't bothered to update it since. Same old flat characters and same old plot. All of the books in this series are now so alike that I cannot really distinguish one from another. It's the last time I buy one.
"You won't be disappointed!"
Whenever I read or listen to a book by one of my favourite authors, I worry that I may be disappointed, that it may not be as good as others that I've read. "Dust" by Patricia Cornwell was as beautifully crafted as I would have expected from her. The story is complex and satisfying, with a well balanced narrative, rich in story telling and description of both people and places. Lorelei King reads well, and unobtrusively, switching voices and characterisations unnoticeably. If you haven't read Cornwell before, she will fill you in as far as Kay Scarpetta's history is concerned, subtlety, making sure that the reader is not left wondering about the heroine and her background. A very good story, with a satisfying denouement.
"difficult to listen to"
Struggled to finish this on a long car journey. Both my passengers fell asleep. The narrator's accent has a bit of a soporific twang. The story took a very long time to develop and kept changing timelines. Tricky to follow who did what and when, to whom, let alone working out why.
I have always Liked cornwall's stories but this one required a great deal of tenacity to finish it. Too much irrelevant detail coupled with a boring narrator. No more - sorry
"Cornwell at her best"
I have been reading her books since the series began; to now hear the voices, accents & emotions performed is like listening to my favourite play.
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