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After thwarting a murder attempt, Kay Scarpetta finds herself coping by busying herself in her work. A series of grisly murders appear to be unconnected to the apprehended Wolfman, Jean-Baptiste Chandonne, but Kay soon discovers otherwise.
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The review of this Book prepared by LaPierre

Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta faces the biggest challenge of her life and career. Brutal murders have occurred all around Kay and she is being held as a suspect. Captain Pete Marino and Kay's niece fight to prove her innocence and bring to justice the true killer. The discover they have but one place to turn and that is The Last Precinct.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

This is the sequel to Black Notice. Chandonne is now in prison whilst Scarpetta is being accused of murdering Bray and is being hauled before a grand jury. Suspicion grows around Jay Talley and more grusome murders have been committed.
The review of this Book prepared by Clare Smith

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is always fighting...fighting to uncover truth about victims of violent crimes, fighting to discover the identity of those who commit those crimes, and fighting to bring them to justice. In "The Last Precinct", Dr. Scarpetta continues her life-long, self-imposed quest to make right what is wrong, but this time she is forced not only to defend those who have been victimized but also herself. Against a system that has turned on her, long-time enemies, ghosts from her past, and her own carefully guarded emotions Dr. Scarpetta must find the proof that will send a killer to jail and prove herself innocent in the process.
The review of this Book prepared by Kel

This is another Kay Scarpetta book, leaving off from her last book, Black Notice. Dr. Scarpetta is on trial for Bray's murder... but she didn't do it, and it's obvious to everyone who did do it, but the evidence points to Scarpetta. Only someone on the inside of the government could plant and remove evidence. Who? What happens will change Kay's, Marino's, Lucy's, and other's lives forever. Nothing will ever be the same.
The review of this Book prepared by Amber

This is the lastest in Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series. This novel picks up after Dr. Scarpetta was attacked in the previous book Black Notice. It gives the reader the most intimate and personal look at Dr. Scarpetta of all her books. Before the end, she will accused, violated and had her entire life turned upside down. It is by far my favorite in the series!
The review of this Book prepared by Kareema Sharif

Scarpetta is back in this sequal to Black Notice. Chandonne is in police custody. A special prosecuter from NY is brought in to build a case against him based on a previous murder in NY thought to be his work. Kay finds herself in the middle of the investigation, with evidence being submitted against her for the murder of Diane Bray. With the discovery of new bodies, and information she has found in a file Benton created, Scarpetta finds that she is dealing with something more cynical and evil than she had imagined.
This book was a fast and furious read. It ties up alot of unanswered questions from previous books. EXCELLENT!!
The review of this Book prepared by Caroline Thompson

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals 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 The crook is....    -   criminal's rise in a crime organization Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Deep South    -   Mid-Atlantic states City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   hanging Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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