An intriguing Dr Kay Scarpetta novel which will take Kay an ocean's breadth away from home. The case begins when a cargo ship arriving at Richmond, Virginia's Deep Water Terminal from Belgium is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway. The post mortem performed by the Chief Medical ...Read MoreAn intriguing Dr Kay Scarpetta novel which will take Kay an ocean's breadth away from home. The case begins when a cargo ship arriving at Richmond, Virginia's Deep Water Terminal from Belgium is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway. The post mortem performed by the Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, initially reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification. But the victim's personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that leads to Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, where she receives critical instructions: go to the Paris morgue to receive secret evidence and then return to Virginia to carry out a mission. It is a mission that could ruin her career. In a story which crosses international borders, BLACK NOTICE puts Dr Kay Scarpetta directly in harm's way and places her and those she holds dear at mortal risk. For more on Patricia Cornwell and her books visit her website at ...Read Less
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May 10, 2007
Suspenseful and captivating
Black Notice keeps you in suspense as Kay Scarpetta tries to solve an international mystery and deal with her own personal demons. Patrica Cornwell continues to excel in her writings as she explores this unusual scenario. She is inventive and accurate in her portrayal of the life of a medical examiner.
Apr 1, 2007
Contents really stink
In this book you will find great and effusive descriptions of smells encountered as a byproduct of being the Medical Examiner. Each novel by this author reveals at length aspects of her job and this one will take you a long way by the nose. Beware if you have a delicate stomach because some of the means to examine the dead body are lovingly elaborated upon. All of her wonderful companions are still here; Lucy is still having relationship issues and Pete Marino is still as unhealthy as ever having an almost superhuman tolerance for all the vices. Dear readers who follow Dr Scarpetta's career might find this a bit formulaic but for an introduction to this series-well it is so good it really stinks!
Publishers Weekly, 1999-06-14 It's like a splash of cold water on a hot day to be plunged, after the irritating third-person satire of Cornwell's last novel, Southern Cross (1998), back into the bracing narration of medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. As in the nine Scarpettas past (Point of Origin, etc.), here it's not the novel's events, startling as they are, that propel the story so much as the deep-hearted responses of Kay, as real a hero as any in thriller fiction, to the "evil"?her word?that threatens. Evil wears several faces here, from petty to monstrous. Most insidious is the office sabotage?insubordination, thefts, fraudulent e-mails?that's making the grieving Kay look as if she's lost her grip since her lover's murder in Point of Origin. More destructive are the overt attempts by calculating Richmond, Va., deputy police chief Diane Bray to ruin Kay's career as well as that of Kay's old friend, Capt. Pete Marino. Then there's the wild rage at life that's consuming Kay's niece, a DEA agent. Finally?the plot wire that binds the sometimes scattered plot?there are the mutilation killings by the French serial killer self-styled "Loup-Garou"?werewolf. The forensic sequences boom with authority; the brief action sequences explode on the page?in the finale, overbearingly so; the interplay between Kay and Marino is boisterous as always, and there's an atmospheric sidetrip to Paris and an affecting romantic misadventure for lonely Kay. A thunderhead of disquietude hangs over this compulsively readable novel, sometimes loosing storms of suspense; but to Cornwell's considerable credit, the unease arises ultimately not from the steady potential for violence, but from a more profound horror: the vulnerability of a good woman like Kay to a world beset by the corrupt, the cruel, the demonic. One million first printing; $750,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild main selections; unabridged and abridged audio versions; foreign rights sold in eight countries. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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