|Plot Summary of Postmortem|
|"Horrific rape/murders bring Marino, Scarpetta, and Benson together. This top rate crime fighting team faces limitations after suspecting an inside trader and possible murderer. Unsure of the murderer, but certain of how to draw him out, a brilliant plan to use the media proves more then helpful when the killer takes the bait. "
Tracey Ray, Resident Scholar
|"Dr. Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner, is on the case of a serial killer. She and/or her office is also being blamed for the leaks about the case to the media. Hard edged Officer Marino is also working on the case and believes that what Kay says is true; the leaks are not through her and they develop a kind of love/hate/friendship relationship and start working together to get the killer. The killer is increasing with his level of violence with each murder and the time span between each murder is getting shorter. They plant an article in the paper with news of new DNA evidence bringing them closer to catching the killer in hopes of tricking him into making a mistake.
Amy in Wisconsin, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Postmortem|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 60%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- character killed during/after sexing
- Big focus on forensic evidence
- Big focus on autopsies
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- describing scientific process
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Mid-Atlantic states
- scientific labs
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- rape (yeech!)
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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