|Plot Summary of Post Mortem|
Dr. Scarpetta is looking into the deaths of four young women who all seem to be killed the same way- she suspects a serial killer and the whole town is in fear. The killer has a similar pattern- he looks for women who live alone, always climbing through a window, raping the victim before he brutally kills her. He has no known pattern in choosing his/her victims. But one small detail in the latest murder of a surgeon triggers the solution to the case. But, this is not before she herself is attacked by the killer. There are other subplots including her niece's visit, her romance involving the DA and the politics involved with being chief medical examiner.
This synopsis report prepared by Evert Borgia
Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is embroiled in a series of murders that have terrorized Richmond, Virginia. The female victims are seemingly chosen at random, they had no relationship with eachother prior to death. Using her skill in forensic pathology, Scarpetta must help find the killer before he strikes again, and he will. All the while she must ward off threats of deception from inside her own office.
This synopsis report prepared by LaPierre
Post Mortem was the first crime novel I read and I've been hooked on Patrica Cornwell ever since. It introduced me to the genre and have enjoyed many more since. I don't think Cornwell has topped Post Mortem for plot, intrigue and forensics, but once you start reading her Scarpetta novels, you're an addict and you'll hang out for the next novel.
This synopsis report prepared by Donna Maroz
this was the first cornwell book i read. i came to respect Kay Scarpetta as a professional and a woman. we get to be involved in her work as chief medical examiner, and learn much about this side of police work etc. I was "hooked"
This synopsis report prepared by Carolyn Brown
|Chapter Analysis of Post Mortem|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
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:
- 2000+ (Present)
- bad docs cutting corners
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- chronically deranged person
Murder of certain profession?
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?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Mid-Atlantic states
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- scientific labs
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
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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