Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta Series #19)

Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta Series #19)

by Patricia Cornwell
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Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta Series #19) by Patricia Cornwell

With high-tension suspense and cutting-edge technology, Patricia Cornwell—the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer—once again proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall in this remarkable novel featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

On her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months before, Scarpetta drives to the Georgia Prison for Women to meet a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent husband, Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out.

Scarpetta has both personal and professional reasons to learn more about a string of grisly killings: the murder of a Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and then other inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace. Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale.

And she is the only one who can stop it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780751548020
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 04/28/2012
Series: Kay Scarpetta Series , #19

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell is one of the world’s major internationally bestselling authors, translated into more than thirty-five languages in more than 120 countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science 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 the 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’s 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 Ministry of Culture in Paris. 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 & 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.


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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Red Mist 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 634 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the last two, I swore I wouldn't purchase another P. Cornwell novel. Well, I did hoping this would be better than the past three. It wasn't. Reading this was torture. What happened to Kay? Does Patricia Counwell even write these books anymore? Go back and read some of the older ones. You'll know what I mean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Scarpetta novels but must confess that after reading the confusing mess that was Port Mortuary I said I would no longer read them. Well, of course I bought and read Red Mist. Never again. The 4 main characters (Scarpetta, Benton, Lucy, Marino) no longer have any redeeming qualities. None. They have become so very unlikable that it is easy to understand that in every recent book someone is trying to kill one of them; I would to. They live in an insular world of their own and nobody is allowed in, lest that person somehow contaminate their brilliance and beauty. The writing and plotlines have also become dreadful. As another reviewer put it, it seems that Scarpetta...and ONLY Scarpetta....... has to save the world in every novel. So THIS time I really mean it when I say I won't be reading any more P.Cornwell novels. Good riddance, for heaven's sake.
cewilch More than 1 year ago
I never thought I would say that I am through with reading about Kay Scarpetta, but that is exactly how I feel at this point. I wish the author would revisit her earlier books in this series and the way they were written. I feel that things started going south for the Kay Scarpetta storyline after her FBI husband's death was faked (in an earlier book) and everyone in Kay's inner circle knew, except her. I am uncomfortable with the dysfunctional, melancholy feel Kay's stories have now. How are the readers ever supposed to believe how accomplished and professional these characters are supposed to be, when they can't even handle their own personal relationships? The book before this one wasn't even that good, but now it is being addressed as a central there in this story. I could only get through about 1/3 of this book before I gave up on it. . . . so disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many of her books are well written, but lately the characters are just too depressing.
Avid_ReaderLL More than 1 year ago
After reading Port Mortuary, I felt like either there were unanswered questions or I just didn't like the book enough to care that I didn't get it. Red Mist answers all the questions left from Port Mortuary and plainly explains what happened in that book. Written in the first person again, thankfully this time Kay actually has more interaction with other people and it's not 500 pages of long technical narratives and her suspicions that never get resolved. That said, the Scarpetta books aren't as great as the earlier ones and recurring themes are becoming apparent - such as constant paranoia and someone trying to frame Kay for crimes. I also figured out the ending very early in the book - it was almost too obvious. So, I'm going with 3 stars, better than it has been, but not as good as it was in the beginning.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. it's very entertaining & well written. did not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do I keep reading these books??? I keep saying that I won't but then I read another one with hopes it will be better than the last, but it never is! Patricia.Corwell has changed her writing/style so much since her earlier books and I have no clue why. This book was not good. Her writing is annoying and pretentious. Think I'm finally done.
Deborah Marchegiano More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of her books, and will continue to do so in the future. No matter the price. Always worth the price. I just hate to have to wait.
JeremyJLandry More than 1 year ago
The last few Scarpetta novels have seemed like an exercise in futility. The characters I grew to love from my favorite crime novelist seemed to disintegrate with the turn of each page. The plotlines were just so god-awful: not cheesy, by any stretch... just all-too-human, mired in heavy subject matter, with seemingly no purpose. Even the "resolution" to the past few novels just felt hollow. Each story worked together to destroy whatever positive feelings I had for any of the characters. I've always liked Lucy, Benton was just "whatever", but Scarpetta, and most of all, Marino... I can't believe Ms. Cornwell went there with his character (in Book of the Dead). It's like the author just began to... hate them all. The feeling of totally stifled rage, and shrewish lashings-out was pervasive in every book. Scarpetta was no longer a strong, powerful woman, but a whiney, "why me" personality. It seemed like Ms. Cornwell wanted to tear each of the characters apart. It was, in a word, painful (both to read and to process). So, starting this novel, it was more of the same. I liken this book to riding a rollercoaster where the first 40% of the novel was riding up the incline at the start of the coaster... only it felt like it would never end... endlessly droning and droning... the absolute opposite of everything I love about Patricia Cornwell's writing. (At this point, you're probably really starting to wonder if I mis-rated my review...) Then, it's like the dam broke and it all began rushing back. Why I liked her writing so much. Why I liked the characters so much. I finished the second half of the book in only a few sittings. For the first time in several novels, at the end, I felt... hope... for the future... for all of the characters, and most of all, for a return to what made Ms. Cornwell the household name she is. That, and there was resolution... not total, but still some resolution nonetheless. I just hope she can finally realize that she doesn't have to torture her characters (and the rest of us, for that matter) to make her novels interesting. We loved them both before she ever went down that road.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not up to the level of older Kay Scarpetta novels! There are so many repetitive descriptions and thoughts in this book that it seems like Ms. Cornwell had a quota to meet and never mind how it made the story flow, or not flow, as long as she made her word count! The last couple of Scarpetta books I've read have been this way; sorry to say but I won't be reading any more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell was hard for me to put down. I found it intriguing. Scarpetta is still searching for clues as to why her deputy, Jack Fielding was murdered. A prison inmate seems to have some new information. Berger and Marino seem strangely ¿different¿ from what she remembered. There are many fascinating twists, hair-raising scenes and great and compelling characters. An enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story moves along but is a bit strained with villains popping up and down. To my view it makes little sense if one hasn't read "Port Mortuary." As with many of the Scarpetta series it depends on a deus ex machina for its ending.
readerkathy More than 1 year ago
after the last Scarpetta outing - Port Mortuary - i knew the character was corrupted beyond redemption - the only writing involves Kay talking to herself and telling the story. What happened to the clues, the discovery, the plot twists, and the hidden story lines? After the first Scarpetta novel i read i slept with the lights on for a, i fall asleep reading them. Obviously, Patricia Cornwell has resorted to writing for the sake of writing and not to tell the story...i am done with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I quit reading her books awhile back because of the "f-bombs" but now it will be because the character has become too unlikeable. The author spins the plot until it is completely without reason! Pretty pathetic.
lovefitness More than 1 year ago
Witout a doubt, Ms.Corwell has a unique talant for the forensic side of the grisley deaths that end up in her morge. I think that what makes her writing so seductive to the reader, is her ability to bring the vunerable personalities of Marino,Benton& Lucy into the mix.What a complex set of people each with ther own burdens to bear. Like alot of readers,I to followed Ms. Cornwells "Scarpetta" series.Might I suggest that your local library should have any of thses books avaiable to you [at no charge] on audio,hardcover and downloading onto an ipod. Check out these resources fellow readers.Until then,don your green scrubs, those bone need boiling!
SheSheLaree More than 1 year ago
I have never been disappointed in any of Ms. Cornwell's books. She is a master, and implore anyone who hasn't yet, to start reading the Scarpetta series from the beginning, otherwise it's like going into a movie at the end. Happy Reading!
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ktyktn More than 1 year ago
I've struggled to get half way thru but find "Red Mist" simply not in the same league as the earlier editions in this series. I no longer care about any of these characters. Much too wordy and dull. Conversations take up entire chapters and don't really get anywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it had not been a Kay Scarpetta novel I would not have finished this read. Way too much past history and too much internal struggle. After all these years only Benton has maintained any wisdom and his is rather tedious. The plot was lost in all internal struggles of everyone involved. Ilove you Kay, but you lost your way on this one. Come back to us soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read it! I have read all the books in the series and was commenting to a friend today and discovered she has started reading the series. When she showed me a list with "Red Mist" listed as "2011" I screamed and thought I had missed the hardcover edition :)!! This is a MUST READ series no matter the price! The only down side... I'm a fast reader and will be done in two (lazy) days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so dry and so slow and boring i doubt i would try another of this author's books for some time. I gave up midway through which is smething i rarely do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike other readers, I did not find the book boring at all. I guess TV programs like CSI here, there, & everywhere have made this type of mystery too slow for some folks. What I did like about the book is a return to somewhat normal relationships & personalities for the regular cast. Kay's insecurities & the food are back, but Kay is not overly neurotic as in the last several books. Benton is a little flat, but is coming back as husband/FBI profiler. Marino is back to being a friend, rough & grouchy, but protective & part of the family. Lucy is way less psycho & seems to have regressed to the little girl computer whiz of the earlier books (which is actually refreshing considering what a far out nut she had become). OK, not the best book but it gives me hope that Cornwell is moving in the right direction & future books will be more like the earlier ones where the plots were believable, the main characters were sympathetic, & there were no soap opera antics like Benton's return from the dead to slay a vampire-like character a few books ago. This book gives me hope that Cornwell will do better & keep us supplied with some more good Scarpetta novels in the future.
rgsredhead More than 1 year ago
After over reading 200 pages, I still couldn't decide if I liked the book or not. I kept reading because I like Patricia Cornwell's books, but this one just seemed to go in circles. Not like her previous books.
ekeller More than 1 year ago
This book is really bad. It is just a repeat of the last theme and is just plain boring. I am sorry that I pre-ordered it. I should have waited for the reviews. She should have quit while she was ahead
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt even finish it !