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Blow Fly

By Patricia Cornwell

Blow Fly
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2003,
    480 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2004,
    480 pages.

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The world's number-one-bestselling crime writer is back with another scorching thriller featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virginia in quest of peace but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida. There she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.

Chapter 1

DR. KAY SCARPETTA moves the tiny glass vial close to candlelight, illuminating a maggot drifting in a poisonous bath of ethanol.

At a glance, she knows the exact stage of metamorphosis before the creamy carcass, no larger than a grain of rice, was preserved in a specimen vessel fitted with a black screw cap. Had the larva lived, it would have matured into a bluebottle Calliphora vicina, a blow fly. It might have laid its eggs in a dead human body's mouth or eyes, or in a living person's malodorous wounds.

"Thank you very much," Scarpetta says, looking around the table at the fourteen cops and crime-scene technicians of the National Forensic Academy's class of 2003. Her eyes linger on Nic Robillard's innocent face. "I don't know who collected this from a location best not to contemplate at the dinner table, and preserved it with me in mind . . . but . . ."

Blank looks and shrugs.

"I have to say that this is the first time I've been given a ...

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The Barnes & Noble Review - Tom Piccirilli

...an engaging, well-crafted story that lures you with a series of chilling incidents....This powerful entry in the Scarpetta canon mesmerizes with its unflinching glimpse into the darkest depths of the human heart.

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Cornwell never provides any of the unblinking set pieces that have made her so widely imitated. A more serious problem is that the perils feel recycled, shapeless, and so soaked in evil that they're headed nowhere in particular for Sisyphus Scarpetta.

Author Blurb Harriet Klausner, Amazon #1 Reviewer
Outstanding - one shock after another - Ms. Cornwell is at the top of her game with her latest novel. It keeps readers on the edge of their seats absorbing one shock after another.

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Lila J

Are all these reviews by the SAME PERSON?
I actually liked this book. Sorry, folks! As people evolve, and things happen to them: they change. Such as in real life! I am wondering if all these reviews are written by the same person! They sound the same. Scarpetta is burnt out and so is...   Read More

Renee

I have so enjoyed previous Scarpetta stories. I felt that Blow Fly however, went off in too many plotlines without doing any of them justice. There was too much going on in a shallow sense, none of it really deepened into situation thats would ...   Read More

puckrat

In my opinion this book is good, but only as a stand-alone and not as part of a series.

As an installment in a serial, there are too many inconsistencies in the events reported in earlier installements versus how those same events are represented ...   Read More

sengirl

this book was really disappointing to me. i've read all of the scarpetta books and was really glad when she came out with another. when i first started reading the book, i was confused becuase the books went from Kay Scarpetta speaking in first ...   Read More

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