Blow Fly (Kay Scarpetta Series #12)

Blow Fly (Kay Scarpetta Series #12)

by Patricia Cornwell
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Blow Fly (Kay Scarpetta Series #12) by Patricia Cornwell

Readers are in for the shock of Kay Scarpetta's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425198735
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Series: Kay Scarpetta Series , #12
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell is considered one of the world's bestselling crime writers. Her intrepid medical examiner Kay Scarpetta first appeared on the scene in 1990 with Postmortem—the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. Ms. Cornwell's work is translated into 36 languages across more than 120 countries.


Boston, MA and New York, NY

Date of Birth:

June 9, 1956

Place of Birth:

Miami, Florida


B.A. in English, Davidson College, 1979; King College

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Blow Fly (Kay Scarpetta Series #12) 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 305 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia Cornwell has been one of my favorite authors for quite some time, and I've been an avid fan of her Kay Scarpetta series (though not the Andy Brazil series). I suppose that may be why I was so disappointed with Blowfly, the eleventh novel in the Scarpetta series. Cornwell created a formidable and impressive heroine in Kay Scarpetta a lawyer, as well as a medical doctor, serving as the Chief Medical Examiner of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her own experience working as a medical examiner helped her weave a vivid image of that world, and the politics surrounding it. But somewhere, Cornwell has jumped the rails and taken her writing from dark and mysterious into just dark and wounded. Scarpetta, once the indomitable spirit who lets the dead speak and finds the justice, albeit a dark and foreboding chase, now spends much of her time sitting and whimpering to herself about all the bad things that she¿s suffered lately. What was once a model of self determination, now reads like a case of clinical depression and self pity. Also, where the first eight or nine books are able to stand alone, even if the reader hasn¿t read the preceding ones, the last few have read more like chapters than actual books. Blowfly, even more than the others, requires the reader to have pretty much memorized what happened in the two preceding (Black Notice and The Last Precinct) in order to understand the story at all. Blowfly's story line is convoluted and very difficult to follow, even for a reader who is very familiar with the entire series. Characters whose lives and loves are well known to the reader are muddied to the point that they become unfamiliar, and then seem to have changed entirely. One character, long dead, is even resurrected his supposed murder now linked to the present chaos, although none of it had even occurred yet when he 'passed'. There was a profound and unexplained change in Cornwell's writing style as well, that began in The Last Precinct, the book immediately preceding, and continuing with Blowfly. Where the other books have been written in first person, past tense (I walked into the room and saw the victim), the last two have been third person, present tense (Scarpetta walks into the room and sees the victim). The change is dramatic in that it not only distracts the reader it tends to make it sound like a screenplay instead of a novel. It is commonly held that the ending is the hardest part of a novel to write, and Blowfly seems to hold this up. It ends abruptly in the last five pages, leading the reader to wonder if there may be some pages missing. There is no build and release, only a tension that never ends. If the pattern follows, I have no doubt that the next book in the series will pick up as if it is the missing chapters to the unfinished story. Linda Dark Horse
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I found out that Patricia Cornwell was coming out with a new Kay Scarpetta novel. I counted the days for it's release and ran to the bookstore to get a copy. When I started into it I was shocked to see that she had written it in a third-person style and had done away with Kay's vision of the story. Then after reading for a while I found that Kay wasn't even the main character, really. It centered more around Lucy, who is as confusing as ever. Even the other characters had more scenes than Kay did. The ending was so horrible that it almost seemed to be from a different story. It just tumbled along forever and then just stopped. By far the worst Kay Scarpetta novel ever and I have been reading them since 'Postmortem'. If you still want to read it, borrow don't buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and my oh my is it a disappointment! Please tell me this will be the last of the Cardonne family. I am really bummed about how things got revealed with Benton. I really hope TRACE is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book I ever read. I don't know if this was supposed to be a fairy tale or a Stephen King-type thriller. It certainly wasn't a murder mystery. The crazy Chandonne character has been stretched way past the point of believability. This requires much more than the suspension of disbelief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not thrilled. How can people that are supposed to love KS live with this one?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's so funny reading the other reviews. This was definitely her best book so far! I am so bored with Kellerman, Patterson, and Sanford...Lee Child is the best writer so far.....
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I have read Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series in order.  My appreciation and enjoyment of the series went from a high level to a very high level, back to a high level … and then plummeted.  Finally, with “The Last Precinct”, I thought that Cornwell's rut might be over and the series was about to climb back into my favorites.  That book felt like a literary “catch-up, catch breath, and prepare to move forward” effort. I was wrong.  “Blow Fly”, the 12th in the series (13 if you count “Winter Table”), has the same “rebuilding” feel about it as did “The Last Precinct”.  However, I was incredibly disappointed in how she handled characters that I THOUGHT were familiar to me.  Lucy … oh, Lucy, you are NOT the same person you were just a few books ago – and while people and characters do grow and evolve, this felt more like “mishandling” than “evolution”.  Even the memory of the late Benton Wesley is fully turned upon its ear with revelations as to who the character was and what his motivations / actions were.  And let's not even talk about Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the medical examiner who barely gets the opportunity to examine the dead for clues as to their demise and to the person or people who led to it. I think I might have really enjoyed this book if it were about characters I hadn't known and loved for years.  In that case, there wouldn't be any inconsistency – we'd just be learning about new characters and their ideosyncracies.  Instead, “Blow Fly” felt like “deep breath and regroup”.  Again. The next book in the series may actually be that breath of fresh air that the last 2 have promised, but it'll be awhile before I find out for sure – after the last 2 books, I'm in no hurry to read it.   Sorry Dr. Cornwell – I admire you and your work / talent, but sometimes things aren't going to feel right to me, and it isn't much of an “honest review” if I gloss over them. RATING: 2 stars.
TKC More than 1 year ago
Patricia Cornwell's character Kay Scarpetta continues to reign supreme in another book in the series.
kip0926 More than 1 year ago
In the last year I have picked up on Patricia Cornwell novels and have loved every one! "Blow Fly" was fast-paced, exciting and a great read to get you away from it all! I highly recommend all of Cornwell's books in the Kay Scarpetta series!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I'm only 100 pages into this book and I can't keep up. It's all over the place. Not sure I'll be able to finish. Would not recommend.
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BLOW FLY This book is a departure from Ms. Cornwell's usual style of writing. And ... it is brilliant! This book does require that the reader be familiar with the characters from previous Scarpetta books, and it does continue the story line that started in Black Notice and The Last Precinct. Ms. Cornwell has taken a chance in changing her style with this book. It reminds me somewhat of the writing of Steig Larsson. The reader has to keep thinking as the storyline moves from one character to another; we get some interesting insights into the minds and psyches of the characters. I found only one disappointing thing about the book. The ending is rather abrupt, and the readers are told through one of the characters what happens to the "bad guys". After investing time into reading and following the story, and feeling much dislike for the "bad guys", it seems a let-down that we are not given more details. However, I am impressed with this book, and will probably read it again. Bravo Ms Cornwell ... well done! LFB
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ComplicatedGuy More than 1 year ago
Read all of the earlier books in the Kay series years ago and just got back into them now. I get a feeling part of this story comes from Paticia C's own inner demons as her character evolves. Whatever the case it keeps the story line interesting.