Blow Fly

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Penguin, 2004 - Fiction - 467 pages
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In 'Blow Fly', Kay Scarpetta stands at the threshold of a new life after her work as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner has come to a jarring end. At the close of The Last Precinct, she knew she would have to leave Richmond if she were to find any peace. She feared that she was about to be fired by the governor. More alarming, she was hounded in the media and in the courtroom, for what some claimed was her involvement in the murder of a deputy police chief. So Scarpetta packed up her belongings and set out for the warmth and solace of the Florida sun. She is settling into a new life as a private forensic consultant and is deep into a case that has left colleagues in Louisiana profoundly disturbed. A woman is found dead in a seedy hotel, dressed to go out, keys in her hand. Her history of blackouts, and her violent outbursts while under their spell, offer more questions than clues about the cause of her death. Then Scarpetta receives news that chills her to the core; Jean-Baptiste Chandonne - the vicious and unrepentant Wolfman, who pursued her to her very doorstep - asks to see her. From his cell on death row, he demands an audience with the legendary Dr. Scarpetta. Only to her will he tell the secrets he knows the authorities desire; the evidence that will bring a global investigation to a swift conclusion. Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and her colleague Detective Pete Marino are left to wonder - After all the death and destruction, what sort of endgame could this violent psychopath have in mind? And could this request be somehow related to the Louisiana case? Her friends and family by her side, Scarpetta must unravel a twisting conspiracy with an international reach and confront theshock of her life - a blow that will force her to question the loyalty and trust of all she holds dear.
 

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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

The plot twisted and intricate, the characters developed nicely. Scarpetta seems like she plays a smaller role, or rather other characters emerge. Old villains continue to plague the members of the Last Precinct. The ending leaves room for another novel...I'll get it next month. Read full review

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User Review  - sallyawolf - LibraryThing

This book was a continuation of the story of Kay Scarpetta. I think that this is not one of the better Kay Scarpetta books it lacked the fire and suspense that the others had, but if you like Patrica ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
5
Chapter 3
9
Chapter 4
13
Chapter 5
15
Chapter 6
19
Chapter 7
22
Chapter 8
31
Chapter 64
259
Chapter 65
261
Chapter 66
265
Chapter 67
270
Chapter 68
273
Chapter 69
275
Chapter 70
279
Chapter 71
283

Chapter 9
36
Chapter 10
40
Chapter 11
43
Chapter 12
47
Chapter 13
53
Chapter 14
56
Chapter 15
62
Chapter 16
70
Chapter 17
73
Chapter 18
83
Chapter 19
92
Chapter 20
95
Chapter 21
102
Chapter 22
107
Chapter 23
110
Chapter 24
114
Chapter 25
119
Chapter 26
126
Chapter 27
127
Chapter 28
130
Chapter 29
134
Chapter 30
138
Chapter 31
143
Chapter 32
145
Chapter 33
150
Chapter 34
152
Chapter 35
155
Chapter 36
160
Chapter 37
164
Chapter 38
169
Chapter 39
174
Chapter 40
178
Chapter 41
180
Chapter 42
182
Chapter 43
185
Chapter 44
187
Chapter 45
190
Chapter 46
195
Chapter 47
198
Chapter 48
202
Chapter 49
205
Chapter 50
210
Chapter 51
213
Chapter 52
215
Chapter 53
221
Chapter 54
223
Chapter 55
228
Chapter 56
233
Chapter 57
235
Chapter 58
238
Chapter 59
241
Chapter 60
244
Chapter 61
247
Chapter 62
253
Chapter 63
255
Chapter 72
285
Chapter 73
287
Chapter 74
290
Chapter 75
292
Chapter 76
295
Chapter 77
298
Chapter 78
301
Chapter 79
304
Chapter 80
306
Chapter 81
310
Chapter 82
314
Chapter 83
315
Chapter 84
320
Chapter 85
324
Chapter 86
326
Chapter 87
330
Chapter 88
333
Chapter 89
335
Chapter 90
337
Chapter 91
340
Chapter 92
342
Chapter 93
345
Chapter 94
347
Chapter 95
349
Chapter 96
352
Chapter 97
354
Chapter 98
356
Chapter 99
360
Chapter 100
367
Chapter 101
371
Chapter 102
374
Chapter 103
378
Chapter 104
384
Chapter 105
387
Chapter 106
390
Chapter 107
392
Chapter 108
395
Chapter 109
396
Chapter 110
401
Chapter 11l
403
Chapter 112
411
Chapter 113
413
Chapter 114
416
Chapter 115
419
Chapter 116
431
Chapter 117
435
Chapter 118
439
Chapter 119
446
Chapter 120
449
Chapter 121
451
Chapter 122
453
Chapter 123
459
Chapter 124
464
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Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida on June 9, 1956. When she was nine years old, her mother tried to give her and her two brothers to evangelist Billy Graham and his wife to care for. For a while the children lived with missionaries since their mother was unable to care for them. After graduating from Davidson College in 1979, she worked for The Charlotte Observer eventually covering the police beat and winning an investigative reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association for a series of articles on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte. Her award-winning biography of Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham, A Time for Remembering, was published in 1983. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a technical writer and a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. While working for the medical examiner, she began to write novels. Although the award-winning novel Postmortem was initially rejected by seven different publishers, once it was published in 1990 it became the only novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Adventure, in one year. She is the author of the Kay Scarpetta series, the Andy Brazil series, and the Winston Garano series. She has also written two cookbooks entitled Scarpetta's Winter Table and Food to Die For; a children's book entitled Life's Little Fable; and non-fiction works like Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed.

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