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The Last Precinct

by Patricia Cornwell

The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell X
The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell
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    Oct 2000, 432 pages

    Jul 2001, 480 pages


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a most captivating book, intence. i couldn't put it down!!!!

I have read every book that Patricia Cornwell has ever written and the last two books "Black Notice" and "The Last Precinct" were my favourites by far. I found that I could not put the books down I just had to keep turning the pages. Many times I fell asleep with the book in my lap, not from being bored, for any true fan knows that the books are far from boring. I applaude "The Last Precinct" for it was a truly rivoting book that kept me in suspense. For any readers od Patricia Cornwell that are looking for another author in the same genre look no further than Kathy Reichs. The main character Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist. Truly another great writer.

Never have I been so captivated by a book such as the Last Precint.The first time I read Postmortem, one of Patricia Cornwell's first novels in the Kay Scarpetta series, at the age of 12 in 1996,I became hooked.I then went on to read nine of her other works,but must confess, that the The Last Precint, is most gripping.Each chapter brought me deeper into the world of Kay,and gave me an undescribable sense of justice,where all I wanted to do was protect her.The book touched on past novels in the Scarpetta series, such as The Body Farm, which only a fan would recognise, but a beginner would be curious enough as to read.I am a little disappointed with these marvellous pieces of works not being brought to life on the big screen,however if there are videos,I would live some news of their existence.I am looking forward to the next Scarpetta novel.
This book is truely a MUST READ!!!


I just finished reading this book and absolutely loved it! I am a recent fan of Kay Scarpetta, having read the first eight or so novels since September. This one tied everything together that I had read about previously and also let readers in to the depths of character of Kay Scarpetta more than ever before. This book may make little sense to someone who has not followed Scarpetta from the beginning, or at least from about "The Body Farm", but those familiar will appreciate the details included, drawing from previous novels. "The Last Precinct" is set up perfectly for a sequel which I am anxiously awaiting. I was disappointed to learn that "Isle of Dogs", Cornwell's latest is not the sequel, or even a Scarpetta novel, for that matter.
I highly recommend this book!

I think that the book showed great emotion. It was a compelling sort of life story that makes you want to live with them. I've read thousands of books and very few are moving. Very few make you feel the compassion of the writer. But I think that this book, The last Precinct, makes you feel what she's feeling. You want to laugh with her, cry with her, make love along side her. IT's a very deep and moving novel and I'll always hold it dear to my heart.

I have read, no devoured, the entire Kay Scarpetta series over the past year. I have enjoyed Kay as a character who is smart, caring, assertive, honest - possesses all the qualities that every woman could want. Here, with what could possibly be the end of the series, I struggled through overlong, overly repititous story, as depressed as Kay - because I was so disappointed in her. Thankfully, the last few chapters just wrapped everything up and sent her off in Lucy's helicopter. What a sad ending to a great series and a truly great fictional character.

The Big Whine
I've really enjoyed the Scarpetta series, mostly for the interesting characters and the amount of education I get from them. Black Notice was riveting, but seemed to begin a decline in the strength of the characters and a fascination with the morbid--less educational than simply sensational and depressing. Last Precinct does seem to be its sequel in that respect. The character of the characters just keeps spiraling downward, becoming more and more self-absorbed and less interesting--so far.

I have to admit that I have only reached the point in the story where it is becoming apparent that Kay is a suspected of murder, but it has been a painful slog thus far. In short, I am extremely tired of listening to Scarpetta whine.
I have checked the internet reviews to see whether this book is even worth finishing. Apparently, it is, so I will keep on. I just keep wondering--Is there a story in here somewhere???? Or is this just an opportunity for all of these characters to feel sorry for themselves and make everyone else around them miserable?

My friend, also an avid Scarpetta fan, has read the book and felt the same way about the beginning. Just get past it and get on with the good stuff. I'm looking forward to finding it.
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