Chaos

Chaos

Large Print - 2016
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"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell."

--New York Times Book Review

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CHAOS

From the Ancient Greek (χάος or kháos)

A vast chasm or void. Anarchy. The science of unpredictability.

On a late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner, Pete Marino, respond to a call about a dead bicyclist near the Kennedy School of Government. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force.

Even before Scarpetta's headquarters has been officially notified about the case, Marino and Scarpetta's FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, receive suspicious calls, allegedly from someone at Interpol. But it makes no sense. Why would the elite international police agency know about the case or be interested? It soon becomes apparent that an onslaught of harassment might be the work of an anonymous cyberbully named Tailend Charlie, who has been sending cryptic communications to Scarpetta for over a week.

Even Lucy, her brilliant tech-savvy niece, can't trace who it is or how this person could have access to intimate information. When a second death shocks Scarpetta to her core, it becomes apparent she and those close to her are confronted with something far bigger and more dangerous than they'd ever imagined.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9780062436733
Characteristics: 546 pages ;,23 cm.

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kmeci
Apr 22, 2019

I've enjoyed all of Cornwell's books, but not this one. The story was pain-stakingly slow. The level of unnecessary detail and the repetition of information made me wish halfway through the book that it would be over soon. This story could have easily been told with 70% of what's presented. The other 30% was really mind-numbing.

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bonito
Dec 27, 2017

Funny how all the Critics liked this book. I had to finally go to audio books when it came to a Patricia Cornwell book, I could not finish the last few books because of all the unnecessary filler that made the book drag on, at least with audio books I can forward thru the boring parts (and there were alot of those) and not get lost if I went too far and needed to back up. In one audio book of hers ,I forwarded thru almost 4 cd's total without missing any of the story. Take out the parts we all know about, Lucy being gay, all of Marino stuff unless his character changes, he brings so much negativity to the story that has no purpose, besides if this was to be believeable , she would not be working with him after all he has done to her. So my advice is go with the audio book if you read P. Cornwell.

macika Aug 15, 2017

The first book I have read from her. It is well written, but, yes too much detail can be a bad thing. I found it slow moving and never felt the adrenalin really start pumping....but you have to give her the credit for giving us some next gen. technology info.

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mmracer
Jul 14, 2017

200 pages before KS finally gets to see the body? Ms Cornwell has used up these characters and it is time for some new ones. The first 4 or 5 Scarpetta novels were really good but then began a slide into to being overwrought and to much personal drama. Marino, who started out a good side kick, has deteriorated into a testosterone addled moron and yes, we know Lucy is gay and it's ok, so can you dwell on something else now? I think I have read my last Scarpetta novel and I hope Ms Cornwell turns her considerable talents to some new, believable, characters in new places.

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Emmysmom1
Jun 10, 2017

Disappointing. Marino needs to retire. First time I didn't enjoy reading this author.

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melek
Apr 09, 2017

Not at all the Patricia Cornwell that once enthralled me. Boring to the point of not being able to make it past 40-50 pages without deciding it was a waste of my time. No likable characters, but there really have never been any. Marino should have been killed off at least seven books ago, because never has there been a more genuinely unlikable character. His character has ruined the last several books for me. Curious how a 'feminist' author devotes so much ink to a would-be rapist and bully. More curious as to why Scarpetta coddles him after his attempted rape of her. Makes zero sense.

If you like the Scarpetta series, re-read the first 20 or so. Since then, a really big yawn. Two so far (this and the bone garden) that I just couldn't even get past 50 pages without tossing aside. Dust was the last one that actually was somewhat interesting.

And sooo much ink devoted to inconsequential details. I personally don't care about their uppity wine choices and constant flaunting of their wealth, without using any of that wealth to do anything of value for anybody but themselves.

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Lara Allison Jones
Mar 15, 2017

ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz So much describing of the apparel and surroundings. So. Much.

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carol507
Mar 09, 2017

I agree with last Comment - way too wordy, not as good as her prevous novels.

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love1dog
Mar 08, 2017

I have to agree with the previous comments.. Could barely get through all the tedious descriptions of EVERYTHING! Loved her early novels with Scarpetta in Richmond. Haven't enjoyed last few..

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darladoodles
Mar 04, 2017

I have been hooked on Kathy Scarpetta novels since I picked up "Postmortem" in the mid-90's. Sometimes I miss the earlier books when Kay lived in Richmond and would be working to tie a string of murders together, but if she were still that Kay she would not have grown as a character.

The older, successful and mature Kay does have more on her mind. She has a reason to be paranoid about what people like Benton, Lucy and Marino are not telling her. They have done it before. . .

I believe Patricia Cornwell is still going strong. May Dr. Scarpetta have many more cases to solve so that we can read about her for years to come.

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