Cruel and Unusual

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Radiolabs presents the inaugural episode of their More Perfect podcast, exploring three little words embedded in the 8th Amendment of the U. On the inaugural episode of More Perfect, we explore three little words embedded in the 8th Amendment of the U. And outside of the court, the debate drove one woman in the UK to take on the U. It also caused states to resuscitate old methods used for executing prisoners on death row. And perhaps more than anything, it forced a conversation on what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Scarpetta's personal life, but, when said p There was something slightly off-putting about this fourth novel in the Kay Scarpetta series. Scarpetta's personal life, but, when said personal life becomes central to both the current case and the lead character's very personality, then the issues which shape Kay as a person need to be explored on a deeper level.

Speaking of Dr. Scarpett'a personal life having an impact upon Cruel and Unusual 's cases, this seems to be a pattern for Cornwell: her heroine gets way too involved in her work. Given the nature of her responsibilities, their depth and weight, this is to be expected to a certain degree, but to feature Kay as such an integral part of every single crime — whether she's a potential victim, a victim's friend, or a suspect, by Cornwell using this approach too much, it's going to become staid and predictable.

Rather, the plot device should be saved for special books, should be used sporadically, and should be something that is unexpected for readers.

At this point, the question is just how is Dr. Scarpetta going to wind up in trouble this time? Finally, despite multiple murders — some of which hit a little too close to home for Cruel and Unusual 's heroine, the novel seemed to move much slower than some of Cornwell's other Scarpetta books.

It wasn't really until the last fourth of the book when the pace seemed to pick up, when the suspense seemed to really pull in the reader. Plus, because of the nature of the clues — the hacking, the feathers, the average reader in all likelihood would struggle to follow their trails and could very easily get bogged down in all the technical jargon bandied about. Essentially, this novel wasn't as reader friendly for those who like to attempt to solve the cases right along with Kay. As a result, Cruel and Unusual wasn't as entertaining of a read.

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While the series' strengths are still there: the varied natures of the homicides, the friendship between Kay and Marino, and the great mix between science and psychology, there were more flaws to be found, the biggest of which is the fact that, at the end of this book, the murderer is still at large and, after more than four hundred pages, nothing feels resolved Kay Scarpetta series, and I have to say that I enjoyed it, quite a bit. Scarpetta to be a believable and very sympathetic character. In this book, Dr. Scarpetta, along with Lt.

Pete Marino, try to explain how the only fingerprints at a recent crime scene belong to an already executed criminal.

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Apr 12, Sherri F. Kay Scarpetta series and 4th I've read just not in order and some I liked more than others. This one did remind me a lot of 1 in not only there were multiple murders happening, but that 1 KS was eventually being targeted or set up to look like she may have done 1 or some of them or was somehow involved; 2 someone broke into the medical examiner's database UNIX system? Somethings do get figured out and some people punished at end of this but it is also a cliff hanger ending.

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This one falls into that category. I was starting 10 Points of Origin and realized quickly in, it was strongly centered around a previous case or criminal. Feb 28, Daniel rated it it was ok. Kay Scarpetta is in it up to her neck this time. A death row inmate, Waddle, is executed, but before his body is even cool, murdered corpses start piling up with Waddle's fingerprints found at the scene of the crime.

Next thing you know, people are dropping like flies, some of them close to Dr. Kay, and she is publicly implicated in the deaths. Cornwell has written a workably entertaining mystery here. The plot is engaging and bubbling with intrigue, and the writing isn't hampered by too much Dr. The plot is engaging and bubbling with intrigue, and the writing isn't hampered by too much extraneous detail or incidental goings-ons. There is a subplot with Kay's niece, Lucy, that I found a tad ingratiating and annoying, but for anyone reading the Scarpetta mysteries in order, it is an understandable and rather necessary bit of character development.

I do, however, object to Cornwell relegating some of the more serious character development to the back story. I'm talking about the sudden death of Kay's long-time love interest, Mark, and, to a lesser extent, her decision to quit smoking. These are pretty significant events in Kay's life, and to leave them in the background as part of the story dressing seems at odds with an author who wants us to sympathize with her character.

To that end, some of the story ended up either ringing false to me, or just falling flat. For example, there is much made of Kay's financial secrets, which she refers to in connection with embarassment and rage. When the secrets are finally revealed, I found them to be maudlin and a little silly. It baffled me why Kay would take such pains to keep them hidden. Furthermore, I respect Cornwell's decision to keep her novels secured solely in the Holmesian realm of mystery solving, but this means that there is very little action in the book, and a lot of key details are discussed and reviewed over and over again by the characters.

It makes for repetitive reading. It also means that the actual discovery of the culprit's identity is never as important as the sleuthing that went into discovering that identity. In other words, if you're looking for closure with this story, you won't get much. Cornwell does a great job of setting up quite a puzzler, and it will keep you guessing.

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But, much like a magician with an amazing magic trick, once you learn the secret, you're bound to be a little disappointed. Nov 26, Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm rated it really liked it. Kay Scarpetta steps up her game in this series. She confronted the most bizarre of the many investigations she had uncovered in her body of work yet. Everyone wonders how Ronnie Joe Waddell's unique fingerprint appears at the murder scene of Eddie Heath a few hours after Waddell was executed. Scarpetta, together with her expert team consisting of the charismatic Pete Marino, Benton Wesley and her niece Lucy, they went to great lengths to investigate and expose the murderer, but not without h Kay Scarpetta steps up her game in this series.

Scarpetta, together with her expert team consisting of the charismatic Pete Marino, Benton Wesley and her niece Lucy, they went to great lengths to investigate and expose the murderer, but not without her getting practically destroyed.


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Among the female crime writers I've read, I think the legendary Patricia Cornwell is my favorite. She's got to be an exceptional author who uses her expertise in the investigative field to make sure that there is substance in the novels that she write. I like how her stories get me engaged until I have reached the last page of the book.

Truly this has been a nail-biting suspense mystery that readers and thrill seekers would appreciate and enjoy. I was a bit skeptical over whether or not I should have picked this book up. This is due to the fact that I hated how the previous one ended. However, I must admit that I was really wrong. This book was great and my new favorite of Cornwell who I think is the master at this genre This book was totally creepy, and I loved every page, and the fact that the killer runs at the end, really intrigues me to keep up on these novels.

The thing I love about Cornwell, is that she makes getting from point I was a bit skeptical over whether or not I should have picked this book up. The thing I love about Cornwell, is that she makes getting from point A to B, so much fun. I've read so many mysterys where getting from these two point was just pure BLAH, and the action never came until the killer was revealed. This is not the case with this book.

I thought it was just amazing Dec 01, Gary rated it really liked it.

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The 4th book in the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. She is also known as one of the top forensic pathologist in the country. I really enjoyed reading the first half dozen or so books in this series and The 4th book in the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. I really enjoyed reading the first half dozen or so books in this series and then I felt they went a bit stale.

I will probably go back to series at sometime. This was 3. I like the main character in this series.

She is flawed but strong. The author describes her well including her struggles and disappointments. The other characters were also well thought out. The story moved along quickly.

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I have read three other book by this author, and I either really liked them or I really didn't. There doesn't seem to be a middle road. Mar 10, Mark Harrison rated it really liked it. Blood, death, politics, intrigue, red herrings and lots of bodies. Excellent Scarpetta novel - really, really like this series and this was a great read. Jul 18, Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it. This is book 4 of Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series.