Port Mortuary

Also available in: Spanish

Synopsis of Port Mortuary

Port Mortuary, the title, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta’s past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on.

We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt. And she found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base. There, she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy. A procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector.

As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally.

A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta’s new Cambridge home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked inside the Center’s cooler. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties.

She realizes that she is fighting a cunning and cruel enemy that is invisible as she races against time to discover who and why before more people die.

In Port Mortuary, Patricia Cornwell brings Scarpetta together with Marino, Benton, and Lucy in an intimate way that is reminiscent of the early novels, and we welcome a voice we haven’t heard in years. The point of view is Scarpetta’s, and this is her story.

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Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell Review

Another SUPER Scarpetta story. I’m not tired of saying it: it’s a shame she’s degenerated like this since the first novels. She has become a completely megalomaniacal character, everything is about her. She’s the only one who can solve cases that, on the other hand, would not exist if Scarpetta didn’t exist. Crime rates would be reduced by at least fifty percent without her, as she’s the cause of most of them.

The other characters have also become obnoxious: Marino, Lucy (the SUPER niece)…

I don’t know if I’ll read any more. The continuation of this one has just come out in Spanish: “Niebla roja”. I doubt I’ll buy it, unless a not-too-expensive electronic version comes out.

I was so set on criticizing that I almost forgot to say that the story improves in relation to the latest novels in the series. Still, it’s not enough to not take the rest into consideration.

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Series:  Kay Scarpetta; 18

Year 2010
ISBN 9780748117093

Language: English
Format: eBook

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