Predator

Predator

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston; one that at first appears as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team—Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli—to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now. Predator is proof once again that Patricia Cornwell has few peers with her extraordinary ability to entertain and enthrall.


Baker & Taylor
Kay Scarpetta and her colleague Pete Marino investigate the case of a man killed by a shotgun blast to the chest, while a woman is trapped in an abandoned house in the South after being kidnapped by an unknown captor.

Blackwell North Amer
Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, digs into a case more bizarre than any she has ever faced, one that has produced not only unusual physical evidence, but also tantalizing clues about the inner workings of an extremely cunning and criminal mind.
She and her team - Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and her niece Lucy - track the odd connections between several horrific crimes and the people who are the likely suspects. In Florida, Scarpetta is investigating the puzzling disappearance of four people who have been abducted from their quiet home, leaving their car parked haphazardly in the driveway and a stove burner on low. Then Marino finds something in a nearby house that stops him cold: a woman who has complained of harassment from a citrus canker inspector has been viciously murdered in her bed.
As one psychopath, safely behind bars and the subject of a classified scientific study at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital, teases Scarpetta with tips that could be fact - or fantasy - the number of killers on the loose seems to multiply. Are these events related or merely random? And what can the study of one man's brain tell them about the methods of a psychopath still lurking in the shadows?

Baker
& Taylor

Kay Scarpetta and her colleague Pete Marino investigate the case of a man killed by a shotgun blast to the chest, while a woman is trapped in an abandoned house in the South after being kidnapped by an unknown captor, and on Cape Cod, Kay's niece Lucy Farinelli begins to suspect that she has made a terrible mistake. 1,200,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2005
ISBN: 9780399152832
0399152830
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 25 cm

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StoneGal9
Aug 13, 2017

This was a second read for me as I had originally read this a few years back, before I started the whole series. I am now a steadfast Kay Scarpetta fan and have gone back to the very first book and have been reading my way through the series. So I reread Predator to have the correct chronology with recurring characters. Not necessary though, as a stand alone book it is a wonderful mystery that grabs your attention and keeps you guessing. Patricia Cornwell always gives your mind quite a ride as you try to put the pieces together and figure out the case before Kay does. That's the challenge.

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gracious1109
Apr 06, 2015

As old as the book is, I still enjoyed it tremendously! Scarpetta is always at the top of her game!

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rgally
Aug 20, 2013

Cornwell's Scarpetta series seems to be descending into dysfunctional relationship analyses and departing from forensic analyses. This is the 14th and probably my last in her series

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tnjohnstone
Sep 06, 2011

Patricia Cornwell sparked my interest in serial crime/forensic science drama, so I have a soft spot for her. However, I spend most of this book feeling like I was missing something.
It wasn't up to par with her previous adventures with Scarpetta. I found myself struggling to finish the book.
The story seemed to jump around from character to character and never really settled in one spot. There were too many characters with big stories that weren't given any real depth or focus.
This wasn't Cornwell's best.

Dani_106 Oct 23, 2009

I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did her earlier novels... In my opionin, she seems to be focusing too much on the characters and not enough on the case. Her older books had a much better balance between the two.

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Cabby
Nov 05, 2007

I love this author. This book was very good but there seemed to be things missing from between her last book and this book.

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johnmonson
Sep 10, 2006

Cornwell's earlier books were much better written. This one was very hard to read; there did not seem to be any continuity throughout. Some of the victims were never explained and some loose ends never 'tied up'. Overall a very disappointing book by an author I used to enjoy.

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