Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
(Kay Scarpetta, No. 18)

58%

8 Critic Reviews

...there are times in this overlong and very complicated book when Dr. Scapetta seems overwhelmed by her chosen profession, and who wouldn’t be.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

The world's bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell presents an extraordinary novel in which Kay Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could ruin her professionally-and personally.
 

About Patricia Cornwell

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Patricia Cornwell is one of the world’s major internationally bestselling authors, translated into over thirty-five languages in more than 120 countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Sciences and Medicine; a founding member of the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Sciences Training Program at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City; and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. In 2008, Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards’ Book Direct Crime Thriller of the Year—the first American to win this prestigious award. In 2011, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Her most recent bestsellers include Port Mortuary, The Scarpetta Factor, The Front, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.
 
Published November 30, 2010 by Berkley. 505 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Political & Social Sciences, History, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Port Mortuary
All: 8 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
on Dec 02 2010

...it has little feeling for its new characters and shows the regulars wallowing in complications instead of developing them...

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Guardian

Good
on Nov 28 2010

It's less about the chase than about why the chase is happening at all, and proves that Cornwell's not running out of ideas...

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Examiner

Excellent
on Nov 29 2010

Port Mortuary easily ranks as one of Cornwell’s best...and is arguably her most accessible book in more than a decade.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Nov 30 2010

The story’s engine seems to strain under the weight of a complicated plot in which new twists are continually added.

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Washington Times

Below average
on Dec 10 2010

...there are times in this overlong and very complicated book when Dr. Scapetta seems overwhelmed by her chosen profession, and who wouldn’t be.

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Independent.ie

Good
on Dec 11 2010

This is vintage Cornwell, full of the technical detail that fascinates her fans...

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Scotsman.com

Below average
on Nov 26 2010

...the killer comes out of nowhere and motivation remains obscure.

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Metro

Good
on Nov 10 2010

It’s a gripping read made more chilling by Cornwell’s note that the sci-fi technology she’s describing actually exists.

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