Predator (Kay Scarpetta Series #14)

Predator (Kay Scarpetta Series #14)

by Patricia Cornwell

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ISBN-13: 9780425245736
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Kay Scarpetta Series , #14
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 130,315
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(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.

Hometown:

Boston, MA and New York, NY

Date of Birth:

June 9, 1956

Place of Birth:

Miami, Florida

Education:

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

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Sensationally plotted, with a twist at the end that will leave you gasping for breath.”—The Daily Express (U.K.)

“A fine psychological thriller…recalls the work of writers like Minette Walters or Thomas Harris.”—The Denver Post

“[Readers] will find themselves entertained and surprised by the ending.”—The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (Stuart, FL)

“There is a steely authority to the prose.”—The Independent (London)

“Cornwell and her original heroine Kay Scarpetta are both back in top form.”—Birmingham Post

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Predator (Kay Scarpetta Series #14) 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 233 reviews.
kat5900 More than 1 year ago
In the past I have really liked the Patricia Cornwell books, but this book spends way to much time on how personally scarred this group of people are. While I like some back story about the characters there was too much time spent on things other than the "predator" in the story. I would try to get it from the library or from a friend and don't spend your money on it. I hope her other books are better.
Marged04 More than 1 year ago
I don't know why there were so many negative reviews on "Predator"! I am half way thru & it's great! Perhaps the readers who dissed it were reading the books out of order. Because of the poor reviews from readers, I got the book from the library first. When I realized it was good, I went ahead & bought it for my Nook. I will take readers' reviews less seriously in future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Cornwells books but did not like this book at all. I wish I would have read the reviews before I ordered this book. I will never order another nook before reading the reviews. I'm sure I will never read another Cornwell book.
smorton17 More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid Patricia Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta reader and fan for many years, but this book was truly disappointing. The book itself was a horribly slow read, whereas with most of this series I haven't wanted to put them down once I started reading. I also feel like the main characters (Scarpetta, Benton, Lucy and Marino) are changing, and not in a positive way. Bring back the old characters!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I too have really enjoyed the Kay Scarpetta books, but this one stinks! I wish I had trusted the bad reviews, but I really hoped they were wrong. I won't waste my time on characters that I no longer even like. I won't try another Scarpetta book and that is sad.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I wanted to love this book. I've always enjoyed the stories of Kay Scarpetta, Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy. Even the premise of PREDATOR intrigued me-- Benton is heading a new program where he studies the brains of volunteer test subjects, mostly convicted felons of heinous crimes. He hopes to find a scientific and physical reason for why people do the things they do, and sets out to find if the molecular make-up or abnormalities of the brain cause people to commit vicious crimes against each other. Sounds good, right?

It could have been a great story. There's a plot, of course, where people are dying, strange events are taking place with related murders that seem random, and where an inmate might hold the key to solving the deaths.

The problem is I wanted to shoot almost each and every character that I've grown to love over the years. Benton Wesley is his same, staid self, and I don't have too many complaints about his behavior in PREDATOR. After all, the guy is back from the dead, and I'm happy about that. Kay Scarpetta, on the other hand, has turned into an alternately brooding/b***y whiner. Marino is a bad-boy-wannabe who now talks in monosyllables such as "mmm" and "mmm-hmm". And Lucy. Sigh. What the HECK has happened to Lucy? As if it wasn't bad enough that in Cornwell's last book, TRACE, Lucy was involved with a psycho-woman, in PREDATOR she's doing all the stupid things she did last time, except this time her involvement with a physcho-woman might get her killed.

What has happened to my favorite characters? I was eagerly anticipating the release of PREDATOR, only to be so let down that I've decided to wait and rent each new Patricia Cornwell release from the library.

I gave the book three stars for the basic plot, which was interesting. If I had to rate the behavior of the characters, it would be in the negatives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the Kay Scarpetta books ... this one was by far the most difficult to follow. I couldn't put the book down until the last few chapters. I became so confused by the plot that I had to scan through the other chapters to see if I missed something. It is an interesting book ... but she could have explained everything in more detail.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is now working at the Natural Forensic Academy where she is the director of forensic science and a consulting forensic pathologist for the Broward County Medical Examiner¿s office. Pete Marino works there as the head of investigations and a part-time death investigator for the Broward County¿s Medical Examiner¿s office. Benton Wesley is at Harvard working on PREDATOR, a study using cutting edge technology to discover whether the brains of mass murderers are different than the average person................ Hog calls Pete Marino who asks Scarpetta to look into the Johnny Swift case. Johnny¿s twin brother discovered him dead. Evidence at first suggested suicide but now the theory is murder might have occurred. Lucy Farinelli,, Kay¿s niece is tracking Johnny¿s last days in the hopes of getting some answers because he was special to her. She picks up Stevie for a one night stand and notices tattoos on her breasts and buttocks. Benton, who is asked to examine a body sees the same tattoos that were on Stevie¿s body. A thug is keeping track of Benton while Kay needs to find the key that will unlock the answers they all seek................. This is a very different book then all the other Kay Scarpetta novels as this is told in the third person and is a stand alone book meaning that it doesn¿t require reading previous novels in the series. The key protagonists go their way as if the previous events in their life didn¿t really change them. This crime thriller is a fantastic work with equal parts of action and character development, but as always the research done on the book is scientifically correct and meticulously researched.................... Harriet Klausner
FMRox on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Kay Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, her boyfriend Benton Wesley team up to investigate murders form Florida to Massachusetts. They may all be related, of course. The world is too small in Cornwell's novels. There don't seem to be any other investigators that get this case. And, one of the culprits always has it out for Lucy, Kay, Marino or Benton, of course. It's all too contrived. That being said the ending came on in 2 pages and left us hanging as to who did what to whom. The why was all supposition which is all unusual for a police procedural based on evidence collection. Not sure why I keep reading the Scarpetta series...
CDianeK on LibraryThing 22 days ago
The Scarpetta series, like James Patterson's Alex Cross series, is one that I cannot seem to quit reading, no matter how badly I want to do so. I didn't keep track back then, but I'm pretty sure that it's been 5-6 years between reading (listening) to the previous entry, Trace, and reading (listening) to this one. I just couldn't make myself. And I see nothing much has changed.Scarpetta continues to be annoyingly perfect (doctor, lawyer, excellent cook, aging backwards, apparently) but in this entry she becomes irritatingly whiny and just...angry. Benton hasn't changed much, though, as has been said, when one comes back from the dead, one can only go up from there. Marino is being written as a complete buffoon - I'm expected to believe that his unrequited love for Scarpetta has turned him into an idiot? And it doesn't help that the reader of this audio book reads him as an even bigger doofus than he's written, and I wouldn't have believed that was possible until I actually heard it.But it's Lucy who's bearing the worst of what has to clearly be the author's self-loathing. Lucy started out as this child prodigy, the product of uncaring parents who found her way in the world with Scarpetta's and Marino's help. Now, she's just a hot mess. She hates herself, and even though Scarpetta has FINALLY come out of her own self-absorption to actually notice it, it appears she intends to remain in that state. How she can even function in the exalted position as head of the company she's created from the ground up is beyond me. Cornwell could go a long way toward redeeming this series by dialing down the pathos a notch or two hundred.I don't know if the plot was too complex (I don't think that's it) or the fact that I was listening in the car during the holidays, such a hectic time anyway, but I found it difficult to follow at times, and had to keep going back to catch myself up. There was a plot - and I'd like to know what it is about this group of people that attracts the lunatics to them. Is it something in Scarpetta's magnificent dinners? And it was resolved, eventually, though there was a lot a exposition, in-fighting, and general buffoonery out of Marino before it was. And we dropped right off into another adventure, did we not?I give this one star for the book, and one star for me actually getting all the way through it.
debavp on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Yes again I am hopeful that Cornwell is returning Scarpetta to someone interesting. This time the focus is on Lucy and leaves plenty of room for future exploration with her character, and she's expanded on Marino again as well. Is it just me or does Pete Marino seem to be getting younger with each book? With the story line introduced here, the next couple of installments should prove to be very interesting--I hope she keeps up the great work for those!
jenspeaks on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I'm not loving the later Cornwell novels.
delphimo on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I enjoy reading the Kay Scarpetta series, but feel that these later books are not as thorough. The killer, HOG, who later turns out to be Helen Quincy, talks to a she-like God with an IQ of 155. When all the killers are captured, there is no mention of GOD, and I am wondering if this GOD is one of Helen's other personalities or if GOD is Helen's evil uncle, Adger Quincy. At times, the story seems disorganized. Plus, the evil characters too often fool Lucy, Benton, and Kay.
MrsLee on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Scarpetta has a mole in her Academy, and doesn't even suspect it, she only knows that the people around her who she trusts the most are not behaving in their normal way. On top of that she is trying to sort out some very twisted murders and feels that she is being led by the nose.I took the liberty of sitting and reading this all in one day. It is that kind of writing, the pace is fast, the mystery good as well as the writing. However, I probably won't read any more Cornwell books. Her stories are grittier and harder to read than I enjoy. For those who like such stories, this would be a great book.
wcath on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This Scarpetta is an improvement over the previous few in this series. However, it is still nowhere close to the books that started the series. The characters have become completely unlikeable. The plot was better than the last few but still left me a little wanting. I also did not care for the point of view in this one. Oh Patricia, where have you gone? I was such a fan of the first books and you just seem to have wandered off and lost your way somewhere. I read this one because it was on loan from a friend. I don't know how much longer I can keep giving this series another chance.
MarthaHuntley on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I got this one on CD's to find out whether I like Patricia Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta any more than I used to...and no, I don't. The problem with Cornwell and this book is that there is no one to like. It's not just that all her characters have flaws; they are mostly despictable. Not people you want to hang around with. They seem to have no graces nor virtues except efficiency (eventually). And on this CD, the reading of Marino's character was awful. He sounded like a teen age biker wannabe. Tough guy, right? I will give my points for plot, because you do want to know what's going to happen next (nothing good) and how the whole thing is going to get resolved. With a twist, but no happy endings here. But if there are no good guys, why do you care?
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good book Well ???
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I¿m not sure why I read this, other than it was around the house. With the last book, I said I wouldn¿t read any more of Cornwell¿s Scarpetta mysteries and yet I did. It sucked. Over Christmas, I re-read Postmortem, the first book and remembered just how great they were. Major disappointment.
oldbookswine on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A mix of cases in Florida and in Boston leds Scarpetta and her team to search for connections.
MsBeautiful on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Better than Trace, but still not up to her first few books in this series.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A bunch of creepy characters doing psycho-violent crimes in a scarpetta, morretti, and the gang story.
heidilove on LibraryThing 5 months ago
honestly, since Postmortem, something seems a bit off in Cornwell's writing, and i don't mean merely in the literary sense. perhaps the whole case-closed thing has gone a bit to her head? the works seems defensive and on edge.
cbrown612 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I've loved the Kay Scarpetta books for years but my interest in her is waning. Lucy is getting to screwed up. Kay and Benton didn't share a single tender moment with each other. And what was the purpose of Dr. Self? The killer changed his/her mind - what is up with that?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very confusing and story lines don't really tie in very well. So far fetched in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a bit more scattered than other Scarpetta books. There’s also some under developed characters & unfinished stories. Loose ends that are left hanging. The story is very original, though, and a compelling read.