From Potter's Field (Kay Scarpetta Series #6)

From Potter's Field (Kay Scarpetta Series #6)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425204696
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Series: Kay Scarpetta Series , #6
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 67,266
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 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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"Perhaps the best entry in the Scarpetta series yet."—New York Daily News

"Cornwell's galloping plot lines, technical expertise, and strong sense of atmosphere keep matters zinging along."—San Francisco Chronicle

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From Potter's Field (Kay Scarpetta Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
AirForceWife810 More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** This was my second time reading From Potter's Field. I enjoyed it the first time, but enjoyed it much more this time after reading all of the books leading up to it. The book has more meaning and makes more sense with the added history you get from the previous books. This was not my favorite of Cornwell's books. This book started out slow for me, got really interesting in the middle, and exciting at the end. Gualt takes a toll on Dr. Scarpetta in the book. Her determination really shines through every chapter. Cornwell does a good job, as she always does, at throwing in the unexpected turn of events. I would have never guessed the identification of Gualt's final victim and that surprising twist kept me turning the pages. I am eager to read the next book in The Scarpetta Series with the new turn of events that occurred in From Potter's Field. Gualt was the focus of the last few books. I can only anticipate with excitement the new character Cornwell will introduce.
Parapro419yrs More than 1 year ago
This book hooks you from the start! The ending was one I wouldn't have thought of. I have read Kay Scarpetta Series for years. Once you pick up her books you can't put them down....I love Marino's ways and attitude too! I highly recommend this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been one to pick up a book and not be able to put it down, but these books will not let you. The most excitng and enthralling book I have ever read. Twists and turns on almost every page. I have only read one other of her books, the BODY FARM, it too was great. Patricia Cornwell is truley a great writer. I intend on reading all of her books!!!
MsBeautiful on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Good mystery, especially for someone who likes science/anatomy
hopkinshj on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Perhaps _From Potter's Field_ was not the best Patricia Cornwall book for me to start with. I always hear the hype about the Kay Scarpetta books, but the quality of the writing and the author's knowledge of her subject seems, well, weak. I had always assumed Cornwall was or had been a medical examiner. Halfway through _From Potter's Field_ I found myself looking for her bio and was not at all surprised that she actually had been a crime reporter and worked as tech writer and a computer analyst in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia. Maybe that is why I feel the medical details in the novel ring false. Or maybe I have just been spoiled by Kathy Reichs, who has a wonderful flair for sharing the more technical aspects of her profession with clarity, while not dumbing-down the information. I will, of course, give Cornwall another shot - this is the sixth book in the Scarpetta series - perhaps I simply selected a novel Cornwall phoned in. After all, _Postmortem_ (1991) has the distinction of making Cornwall the only author ever to win the Edgar Award, John Creasey Memorial Award, Anthony Award, and Macavity Award all in the same year.
miyurose on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I started this series near the end and then went back to the beginning. I think that if I had started at the beginning I would have given it up by now. This series is merely "meh" for me. The storylines are entertaining enough, but it seems like the last few books have just been major downers. Everyone is so unhappy all the time. Every single one of them! I'm not sure I can take all the melancholy.
delphimo on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Serial killer Temple Brooks Gault's rampage compels the reader. Kay Scarpetta, Pete Marino, Wesley Benton, and scores of FBI and police frantically search for Gault before he strikes again. The people protecting justice have no holidays or vacations. Christmas rings in the air, and Gault strikes in New York City. The story quickly moves among New York, Richmond, and South Carolina. The woman killed in New York appears to be a homeless Jane Doe, but she has extensive gold fillings that would have cost thousands to install. Plus the nameless victim seems to have been a musician. Why did Gault select her? Other issues invade the story. Gault has invaded the FBI computer and sends messages listing himself as CAIN, as the Cain in the Bible. This story forces the reader to continue, as normal routine tasks remain undone. The ending is poetic justice as to who will be buried in Potter's Field.
skinglist on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'm glad the Temple Gault arc is wrapped up - interesting twist with his sister Jayne and Carrie dressing like him. I hope Carrie is resolved too since we're not sure if she survived. Nice to see Lucy getting into the FBI more.
Darrol on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I cannot help but think that this style of thriller--it is not really a mystery--errs by being over done. I perversely begin to almost root for Temple Gault. He is almost too mythical. Real killers are evil, but also banal and shabby. Some shabbiness comes through in his drug addiction, but he is just too clever. Stories with real insight into police and ME procedure and real insight into the psychopathic criminal mind are much more satisfying.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great read
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
Summary from Goodreads: "Christmas has never been a particularly good time for Dr Kay Scarpetta. Although a holiday for most, the festivities always seem to heighten the alienation felt by society's violent fringe; and that usually means more work for Scarpetta, Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner and consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI. The body was naked, female, and found propped against a fountain in a bleak area of New York's Central Park. Her apparent manner of death points to a modus operandi that is chillingly familiar: the gunshot wound to the head, the sections of skin excised from the body, the displayed corpse - all suggest that Temple Brooks Gault, Scarpetta's nemesis, is back at work. Calling on all her reserves of courage and skill, and the able assistance of colleagues Marino and Wesley, Scarpetta must track this most dangerous of killers in pursuit of survival as well as justice - heading inexorably to an electrifying climax amid the dark, menacing labyrinths of the New York subway." My Thoughts: I am so hooked on this series! I literally am trying to take my time with this series and not just blow through all of the books but it is so hard when the books are this good. The reading experience is different for me compared to other readers because I've read two of the more recent books previously. Now that I'm actually reading the earlier books (and in order) I can see how some of these books are building up to those later books. It is pretty awesome if I do say so myself! The thing that I liked best about this book is that feeling where absolutely anything could happen next. This feeling is actually present in most of the books that I have read by her but it was especially strong in this book. There was this creepy scene in the morgue where I was on the edge of my seat while reading. It was SO intense!! I never know what the characters are going to do or how they are going to react despite being in each book from the very beginning. I don't know how else to describe it. Benton, Lucy, Marino.....heck, they are all mysteries from time to time which really adds just another layer of suspense to these novels. The best part of this book though was that Temple Brooks Gault was back and seemingly on a killing spree. We first read about him a few books back and he was even more terrifying in this book. I may say this with every book but I felt like this was one of the most suspenseful books in the series so far. It was crazy at times and I just couldn't get enough of it! At this point I'm a huge fan of this mystery series and am enjoying every minute of reading these books. This book was everything that I enjoy in a thriller and mystery all combined into one. It was hard to put down, and I found myself flying through the pages. I really love the way this author writes in such a way as leaves me questioning everything that is going on. I just can't get enough of these books! I already have the next book waiting patiently on my shelves- I won't be waiting long to read it so that I'm able to see what kind of trouble Scarpetta finds herself in next. Highly, highly recommended! Bottom Line: Yet another amazing addition to this series which is a favorite of mine! Disclosure: I picked up my copy of this book from my local used bookstore. Worth every penny!
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This series is a must read
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