Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell. 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 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. For more on Patricia Cornwell and her books visit her website at www. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
Published August 1st by Berkley first published August 2nd More Details Original Title. Kay Scarpetta Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Black Notice , please sign up. Did I miss something? What happened to the ending! So many unanswered questions. Is there another book that will answer all theset question? I couldn't believe it easy dedicated her going with Talley after being attacked. Who killed Bray,etc?
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I won't be reading anymore if this is what she is putting out. PhebeAnn This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Loup Garoux, the secret son from the rich crime family who has Hypertrichosis, killed Bray - the same guy who tries to attack Scarpetta at the end. He …more Loup Garoux, the secret son from the rich crime family who has Hypertrichosis, killed Bray - the same guy who tries to attack Scarpetta at the end.
He had been watching Scarpetta and the whole police team at the scene where his brother's body was found and then went on to kill Kim Luong and Bray. It was a ridiculous plotline but she did answer who did it. The romance with Talley did seem pretty sudden, I agree. See 2 questions about Black Notice…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: 1-fiction , 3-multi-book-series. Book Review 3. For me, this was a transitional book in the series, not so much from good to bad, but in the terms of who Kay Scarpetta is and what happens with the people in her life. If you are still reading the series, or think you will, don't read the next few lines Knowing what happens later in the books, and thinking about what we learn in this one and the previous one, I really questioned what Cornwell was doing in the series Cornwell didn't delve into fantasy, but there is a disease that could make someone look like a werewolf and that's where we go in this installment.
Rather than cover the actual details of the story It's highly focused on extreme medical conditions, takes you across the continent, involves shipping procedures, politics, FBI investigations. This is not a normal everyday writer's story Cornwell may have a few downs in some of her books, but you can never question her ability to write a good story and to put the effort into surprising her fans.
She excels in this area, and this book is one of those reasons for me. You don't want to stop turning the pages and will end up reading it in one rather long sitting, just to understand what this werewolf thing is all about! About Me For those new to me or my reviews I write A LOT. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note : All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them.
Many thanks to their original creators. View all 3 comments. Feb 19, Jeff rated it it was ok Shelves: who-done-it. If you ever want a prime example of a book series that has taken a sharp nosedive in quality, this is the one. Kay Scarpetta is the chief coroner for some place, somewhere in Virginia and consequently sees her share of unusual murders that need to be solved. The early books were clever variations on the procedural genre and are entertaining reading. Then things went south. She stretched plot If you ever want a prime example of a book series that has taken a sharp nosedive in quality, this is the one.
She stretched plotlines and subplot lines over books and then wrapped them up in the most head scratching perfunctory way. Her niece was ten when she was first introduced in the series and Scarpetta was in her early fifties. As her niece ages into her late twenties, Scarpetta pulls a Benjamin Button or Dorian Gray and now seemingly ages backward or not at all. At least Agatha Christie aged her characters normally. The one positive constant throughout the books is the character of Marino, a police officer who is mixture of a drunken circus bear, Archie Bunker and Columbo.
This guy is about as un-PC as a character can get and breathes a little corrosive energy into the stale air of the later series. This particular book is an odd one a wolf like guy kills people and the storyline will get stretched over several books like your Christmas sweater. You can stretch it out, but it looks like crap when you actually wear it. Sadly, I bought a box of books at a library sale and threw in several Scarpetta books. They now clutter my shelves. View all 28 comments. The best thing about Black Notice are the many white pages between the short chapters.
My copy doesn't even have any contents or a blurb, just the author's picture covering the back, underlining that she's sold as a must to a certain group of people I guess. As predicted, now that Cornwell "killed" off Benton, he's suddenly much more beloved and gets more space.
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Kay is exactly the same, but her frequent crying and "feeling depressed" is now attributed to his loss I will never ever buy another s The best thing about Black Notice are the many white pages between the short chapters. Kay is exactly the same, but her frequent crying and "feeling depressed" is now attributed to his loss I will never ever buy another so I skimmed wikipedia with one eye - I'll never get to see his resurrection and omg engagement. Lucy is exactly the same, ie. All conversations are monologues of people talking apart from each other, which sadly does not seem to be an intentianal post-p-p-modern statement since Cornwell has never managed dialogue, though if she enhances her incompetences to make them work for her, I guess one has to give her cudos, just don't think the target audience see above even recognises that.
Everyone is out to harrass and hurt dear Kay, as usual, until in the end she calls in a few favours of her thousands of powerful friends that come out of nowhere, just like the many luxury items she buys in some limbo time. I've tried hard to stop rereading paragraphs to make sense of mistakes, not just in missing sentences or information, but also in contradicting descriptions of place, all the more annoying because detailing every move always made up most of Cornwell's novels.
She still phones up a French restaurant owner at home instead of googling a word, so it's no surprise she skips over to Europe for a bit again. The weird erroneous lecturing this time was about tattoos, where she tries to make a respectable parlor sound like a depraved dark den of perversion, and even then the tattooist comes across as sensible. As with e-mail, remember that in tattoos were at their new mainstream height, with every little girl and every run of the mill secretary having one, yet here this renowned crime author says it's only for criminals and gangs. The title is once again misleading and a wasted opportunity, the Black Notice that interpol uses for unknown victims seems as irrelevant as loup-garou.
Instead Cornwell spends the whole first half of the book, at least pages, to rehash how many envious bad people under Kay make her life difficult. In the first novel, the backstabbing and politics were just awfully realistic, later they became grating, the pervasive bitterness that is suffered for too long and then always finally handled with a friend in a high place, unsatisfactory in both respects. Now it's another set-piece she pointlessly repeats, and of Kay's employees bound to be traitors or victims or both.
There is more oh-godding and yay-death-penalty, but again, just an escalation of her norm. Added up, I think she must do some political free lancing since she doesn't do regular work otherwise yet harps on and on about success-less people undermining the great. The funniest line of the book was when she shouts again that she just doesn't cry, what with crying all the time.
Cornwell had so obviously seen the French films about perverted mishapen murderers shielded by their rich families that I couldn't believe she added nothing at all of herself, just subtracted, less than nothing. Interpol and all Europeans are idiots, it needs her flown in via Concorde with the usual useless and unexplained Marino to stipulate what I thought had been obvious from chapter one, ie. The second to last incredulous laugh escaped me when she fucks the stunningly beautiful rich young ATF guy with the sculpted body who finds her so beautiful, sucks on her big breasts and is helpless in the face of her sexual expertise.
She just uses him, but after telling him to leave her alone she then pines for his sexual expertise yeah, what? The last laugh was when she of course lets the killer into her house again. Sadly they never succeed. The end. View all 6 comments. Aug 11, Amy Metz rated it it was ok. I'm starting to be disillusioned with the Scarpetta series. The characters are getting harder to like--including Kay Scarpetta herself--and the plots are just so-so. We have a bad guy, he kills a lot of people, Marino and Scarpetta go after him, Kay has a brief fling, the killer tries to kill Kay, the end.
I didn't like the abrupt ending of this book, and I didn't buy Kay's feelings for Tally. Two business meetings, a one-night stand, and a lovers' spat, and suddenly she can't get him off her mi I'm starting to be disillusioned with the Scarpetta series. Two business meetings, a one-night stand, and a lovers' spat, and suddenly she can't get him off her mind and is desperate to find him.
Yet nothing ever comes of it. It was disappointing. I think Cornwall leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and a lot of the plot points dangling. I never did get a sense of why this killer kills--only that he does, and very violently. What happened to Chuck? What about Joe? And why does Cornwall make a smart woman like Scarpetta so dumb that she keeps letting the bad guy into her house? This book kept my attention throughout, but when I finished it, I felt a little cheated.
It just didn't all add up. View all 13 comments. May 16, Guera25 rated it did not like it. It never ceases to amaze me how Cornwell can spend four hundred pages setting up complex cases and building suspense and then blow it all in the last three pages like a case of explosive flatulence. It doesn't help that the narrative arcs of her books all follow the identical repetitive sequence of evil, evil criminals and corrupt bureaucrats gunning for the noble, studiously moral Kay Scarpetta, who spends ninety percent of the time being a complete jackass and pettish, needy judgmental harrida It never ceases to amaze me how Cornwell can spend four hundred pages setting up complex cases and building suspense and then blow it all in the last three pages like a case of explosive flatulence.
It doesn't help that the narrative arcs of her books all follow the identical repetitive sequence of evil, evil criminals and corrupt bureaucrats gunning for the noble, studiously moral Kay Scarpetta, who spends ninety percent of the time being a complete jackass and pettish, needy judgmental harridan, only to have everyone trip over themselves to defend her at great cost to themselves. Cops, ATF agents, senators, Interpol agents, other MEs, they all feel deep and abiding affection for a cold person who has done nothing to deserve such constant and consistent emotional largesse.
It's ludicrous, exhausting, and, after nine tedious iterations, boring. Feb 06, Mappi rated it did not like it Shelves: patricia-cornwell , read Kay and Marino come together to solve the mystry behind a unidentified body found in a container, which leads them to France to unreveal a horrible serial killer who calls himself Le Loug Garou - The Werewolf. Kay is again put down when she choses to flirt and Lucy irritates me that i feel I have reached my limit.
And the way Marino is treated shows clearly that the series has started to sink. She thinks she can do anything and cryout. Just wanted to say that it does not work all the time. I remember in the middle of the series, I really felt for her.
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Now she has really turned into some stranger to me. Positive - Interesting to see Kay moving forward always. Negative - Really do not understand, why there is so many thing going on and are connected, but has not been well climaxed. At points, you feel like the scenes are rushed and should be finished as its already pages and we have hit nothing. Comments : Needs some good solid characters, some new and comical ones then and there, just to bring down the very dark atmosphere! What I learned from this book : Watchout for Loup-Garou, no one knows what happened including himslef!
View 1 comment. She has worked herself into the ground. She has distanced herself from her friends and employees. She has even started smoking again. She is mired in guilt and regret over every unkind word she ever spoke to Benton.
No, Kay Scarpetta is not handling her grief well at all. In that letter he asks her to remember their life and love together and believe that he is still somehow able to be aware of her and look after her. Then he asks her to metaphorically take his hand and walk with him, through memories, into her new life. Upon reading the letter, Scarpetta loses it completely. But even as Senator Lord comforts her, he tells her that he must now distance himself as she has become a political liability to him.
Lucy refuses to talk to her, not about the letter, not about anything else. So, feeling abandoned by all and in a frantic attempt to belay the emotional pain, she drives herself to the docks, ready to immerse herself in yet another case. The body of the man in the cargo container has a note with it. First, when she arrives on scene, there are none of the typical responders present, no CSI people, no ambulance, no recovery team, no one but a lone female rookie detective with a surly attitude.
Thirdly, the four-months new Deputy Chief, Diane Bray, arrives on scene, oozing power, seduction and entitlement with every step, the epitome of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. Bray makes it clear to Kay that she is responsible for the new protocols at the crime scene and that she has deliberately reassigned Marino so as to break up the professional relationship between Marino and Kay. Unfortunately, these situations are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. And it has become an embarrassment to her employees and her superiors.
Thirdly, someone has hijacked her office email account and is sending directives to both her employees and her superiors, directives clearly designed to get her in trouble with the media, with the public and with her bosses. When the murder of a convenience store operator takes place shortly after finding Container Man and the crime scene contains trace evidence identical to that recovered in the cargo container, Kay fears that an international serial killer is at large in Richmond.
While the mystery that is Container Man is both convoluted and medially unique, it is only the vehicle by which the real purpose for this novel is transported. In fact, the first two pages of the book are so emotionally charged that tears would fail to flow from someone only if they were truly made of stone. While the behavioral symptoms expressed by Kay are primarily those of grief, the behaviors exhibited by Marino and Lucy are more exactly attributed to guilt, to the keeping of secrets. And those secrets are eating them alive. Every reader knows that Benton deliberately avoided Kay before all three went off the grid.
Maybe Marino is really trying to help Kay get over her grief by using a type of reverse psychology on her. Maybe Lucy is genuine when she repeatedly tells Kay that she needs to find someone else. This book was exactly what I needed. I was sitting on the edge of my seat speculating most of the time. I didn't want to put it down. It was not boring in the least! There is an international killer on the loose in Richmond and this killer is leaving behind some strange evidence. There are dirty cops in high places on the force.
It's up to thorough Chief medical examiner Dr. From Richmond to Florida to Paris.. I haven't read a full fledged crime mystery in a long while. I needed a little excitement in my reading so I decided to jump back into this genre for a little while. I really enjoyed the suspense and the sense of constant "who done it". This is actually book 10 in the Scarpetta series and it's my first book by Patricia Cornwell.
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I like the fact that even though I have never read any of the previous books, I felt as though the author quickly brought me up to speed and the majority of the book was moving forward with only slight reminiscence on the past. Being that my first love is actually Historical fiction and I read that because I enjoy learning with my fiction, I was glad that I felt enlightened by the author's expertise in the field of medical examination.
I learned so much about this field that I knew nothing about. So, along with everything that comes along with a crime novel, I also learned something.
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I also liked how the author broke up the seriousness of crime, the rawness of the examinations, the mystery of the investigation with Captain Marino's wry humor. He cracked me up on many an occasion and I think it helped attract me to this book. Yes I do recommend to my crime, thriller and mystery readers. This is a goody. Four and a half stars because I usually save five or more for greatest books of all times. I will be going straight to the next book Aug 23, Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it.
My friend periodically gives me bags full of books she's read and I found this one in the last batch. Scarpetta book, just long enough for me to miss them and really enjoy this one. The mystery in this case begins with a decomposing body found in a cargo container that docks in Richmond. The murderer's trail will lead Scarpetta and Marino to France and back again and will be very difficult to solve. Meanwhile, it has been one year since her FBI lover My friend periodically gives me bags full of books she's read and I found this one in the last batch. Scarpetta returns to Virginia in Trace , convincing herself that she was fired from her position, at the request of her replacement, Dr.
Joel Marcus. In Predator , Scarpetta becomes the head of the National Forensic Academy in Hollywood, Florida , a private institution founded by her wealthy niece Lucy. In Scarpetta , she has relocated to Massachusetts , where she is an M. This novel points out that the underlying pun is similar to the name of Caligula.
The novel features a website named Caligula, which is involved indirectly in the murder of a young woman. Lucy is first introduced in Postmortem as a precocious 10—year—old, the only child of Kay's sister Dorothy, who is presented as flighty, irresponsible, and narcissistic, the last of which is common to Scarpetta. She looks to her Aunt Kay for stability and understanding, and although she is frequently sulky in her adolescence, she shapes herself into a very strong woman with Kay's model to follow. She enters the FBI at 18, but is not well accepted due to her suspected sexual orientation and her genius IQ.
Lucy has a habit of establishing long-term romantic relationships which last a few books and then end with little explanation. For example, Jo is last seen taken home in Black Notice by her parents following an underground operation that went bad during which Lucy shot her. She also has several one-night stands—even a few with men—and engages in other risky behaviors with firearms and various high-speed vehicles.
At one point, she gets drunk and wrecks Kay's new Mercedes-Benz. She also gets into a firefight between two helicopters , using handheld firearms. Early in her FBI career, Lucy is seduced by Carrie Grethen, a sociopathic coworker who is in cahoots with Temple Gault, a cold-blooded murderer who had crossed Kay's path a few years before. The relationship haunts Lucy and those who are close to her in several books. Lucy becomes a self-made millionaire by the age of 25 by building and selling internet search engines —years before Google.
She has a penchant for buying expensive machines like helicopters , Ferraris , and motorcycles. She also purchases a private jet, for which she earns a private pilot license. In Predator , Lucy is diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that alters her physical appearance and seems also to modify her personality. In The Book of the Dead she is undergoing treatment; in later books the disease is not mentioned. According to the timeline presented below, Lucy's chronological age does not correspond with the time between the publication of each book.
Other characters' ages are similarly mixed up; e. However, by the time of the novel Blow Fly , Lucy is almost 30, while Scarpetta is still 46 rather than a more realistic In the earlier books of the series, Pete Marino worked as a homicide detective for the Richmond police department, eventually rising to the rank of Captain. Marino is an excellent detective and has worked well for many years with Dr.
Scarpetta, eventually joining her at the National Forensic Academy after retiring from the police force in Predator. Marino seems to have problems with women through the whole Scarpetta series, stemming from a prior marriage which resulted in a son who becomes a lawyer for a drug cartel. Throughout the series Marino plays a great part in the upbringing of Lucy, although it seems that he has issues with her sexuality. Pete Marino grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey. In Book of the Dead , Marino's not so secret crush on Scarpetta comes to a head. He reacts badly to news of Scarpetta's engagement to Benton Wesley, and after getting drunk and under the influence of a testosterone drug, he attacks Kay and almost rapes her.
His actions lead to a confrontation with Lucy and her almost shooting him, after which Marino disappears. It is unknown if he has killed himself or just runs away as the book ends. Marino reappears in Scarpetta.
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