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Book of the Dead

Cornwell, Patricia
Lucy treats a couple of kids at a cancer clinic to a spin around the parking lot in her rented Ferrari, and Kay threatens to burn down an old lady's house. Oh, and a bunch of people end up dead, and no ones' relationships are satisfactorily resolved. Sure are a lot of brand-names mentioned. I guess writing "Zodiac" is more intimate than "rubber-bottomed boat".

Quote:

Got my own filing system ... Sort of like the Dewey decibel system. (pg. 63)

Some Fancy Stuff:


Agusta Brutale motorcycle -- Lucy's bike.
Lancia automobile -- Dr. Moroni's car.
Ferrari F430 Spider -- Lucy's rental.
Cessna Citation X -- Lucy's plane.
Indian Roadmaster motorcycle -- Marino's ride.
Glock 40 cal. -- Marino's pistol.
Smith & Wesson .357 -- Marino's other pistol.
Glock -- Lucy's ankle gun.

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1/2008

Hornet's Nest

Cornwell, Patricia
A reporter joins the police auxiliary. Not one of the Kay Scarpitta series.

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7/1998

Point of Origin

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay Scarpetta investigates a murder at a fire scene.

QUOTE:

"You tell me what you're planning to cook, and maybe I can give you some advice," he offered... "Different things," I replied. "Mostly I'll be boiling things."

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4/1999

Port Mortuary

Cornwell, Patricia
In which we learn a lot about Scarpetta's past in the Air Force. Also, more of how she can't run an organization. Read in one day.

Words I Had To Look Up:

...Galaxy is the length of a football field (pg.8) -- Well, it's sixty feet short of a football field.
Roman Inquisition (pg. 31) -- Not interesting.
sided in titanium (pg. 137) -- Who'd a thunk it? This led to discovering the phrase "titanium chic".
an eight-by-eleven gray envelope (pg. 181) -- Guess my 8 1/2 x 11 paper won't fit in that.
...twenty-foot Mako...on a jack stand (pg. 378) -- A feat of balance!

Quote:

Can U call Evelyn!? (pg. 431) -- Saved two typing two letters there!

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1/2011

Predator

Cornwell, Patricia
I guess I missed this 2005 of Kay in Florida, and a BUNCH of missing people. Probably dead.

Quote:

She eases the throttle at a hundred and thirty-nine thousand rpms... -- (page 287) That a hundred and thirty thousand more than a stock Harley redline!

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5/2012

The Isle Of Dogs

Cornwell, Patricia
In the manner of Carl H., a Virginia island revolts, the governor get a mini-horse, and the Head Tooper's dog is kidnapped. Kay Scarpetta makes an appearance.

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6/2002

The Last Precinct

Cornwell, Patricia
Takes place after Black Notice. Clears up several loose ends.

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8/2001

The Scarpetta Factor

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay investigates a woman whose body was found near Central Park, yet she seems to have died a couple of days previously somewhere else.

Words I Had To Look Up:

PUSH pack (pg. 338) -- A nifty shoulder bag, you can Google it.
and rockets and Howitzer rounds (pg. 353) -- Why is it capitalized?
Rabbit Tool (pg. 465) -- Related to the Jaws Of Life, a portable forcible entry device.

Quote:

The kind of high-power jamming system that can paralyze RF bands between twenty and three thousand megahertz. (pg. 466) -- One would think the power of this sucker would be causing electronic communication problems for anyone in the vicinity, and it would be noticed.

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7/2010

Monster Hunter International

Correia, Larry
The ugly accountant Owen joins up with MHI after tossing his (werewolf) boss out the office window. Lots of action, guns, and gore.

Quote:

It didn't have the perks of accounting, but I do have to admit that punching people in the face had its own certain charms.

Quote:

I loved Julie's idea of home decor. She had a weapon stashed every ten feet.

Quote:

"So did you score with your friend's dead mom?"

"It sounds gross when you put it that way."

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12/2022

Hannibal Enemy Of Rome

Cottrell, Leonard
Interesting account of the great general's life focusing mostly on his exploits throughout Italy.

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12/2015

A Fatal Vineyard Season

Craig, Robert
J.W. Jackson investigates the harassment of African-Americans living on Marth's Vineyard by a pair of local bullies.

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3/2002

Off Season

Craig, Robert
J.W. Jackson lives on Martha's Vineyard and investigates the murder of a local. He also set the wedding date with Zee.

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3/2002

A Dangerous Man

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole #18. An old man wants his nineteen million dollars back.

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6/2023

Chasing Darkness

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole re investigates a serial killing when the man he helped clear years ago is found with incriminating proof, and is dead.

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8/2010

Demolition Angel

Crais, Robert
Former bomb squad member Carol Starkey wants to get back on the squad. Excellent story! LATER: This was book 349 but I had to delete the old entry because I messed up the author.

Quote:

"This is foolish, Red, meeting in a library like this. What kinda mook talks about shit like this in a library?" "A mook like me, I guess. I like the order you find in a library, Angelo. It's the last place left where people behave with manners, don't you think?" pg. 78

Bonus Quote:

John hated the socially disgusting, fingerless misfits like Dallas Tennant who inhabited his world. They gave serious explosives hobbiest a bad name. pg. 240

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12/2001

Free Fall

Crais, Robert
A sweet young girl asks Elvis Cole to find out what is troubling her policeman fiance.

A lot of authors mention brand names in their stories to add a certain verisimilitude. I was thinking while reading the description of Jennifer's clothing (page 2)that it would be amusing if her underwear specifics were mentioned. On page 24 Elvis finds a red 36c Lily Of France brassiere under Mark's bed. Elvis doesn't think Jennifer is a 36c.

Words I Had To Look Up:

backseat of her MB (pg. 87) -- Oh, it stands for Mercedes Benz. I had to look that up!
an ordinary TDK half-inch VHS cassette (pg. 214) -- Rather than one of them special ones, I guess.

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8/2010

Indigo Slam

Crais, Robert
Elvis is hired by three children to find their missing father. As usual, very little is what it seems. Also, he gets to meet Lucy's ex.

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5/2023

L. A. Requiem

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole #8. A woman Joe Pike was once involved with is brutally murdered. Joe and Elvis promise her father that they will find who is responsible.

Quote:

...stood on the ridge overlooking the parched hills at Camp Pendleton Marine Training Depot just south of Oceanside, California. -- Pretty sure it isn't

Quote:

He glowered at Dolan, who was leaning back in her chair. "You letting him just walk around like this?"
"For Christ's sake, Harvey, I'm right here. I can shoot him if I have to."

Quote:

"They raise cows there, don't they?" -- Burn!!

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5/2023

Lullaby Town

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole gets a famous film director for a client. He wants to find his ex-wife and the child he never knew. Because he was a jerk. Did I say "was"?

Words I Had To Look Up:

screwguns (pg. 23) -- I thought the author screwed up here, but there really are such a thing. By the way, what's a screwgun cost? More than a...oh, forget it!
Knockando (pg. 45) -- A whiskey from Scotland.
Tama Janowitz look(pg. 158) -- An author I've never heard who has long dark hair. Sort of a dark Christina Applegate. Huh.
marcel (pg.169) -- A kind of hairstyle. Very wavie.
TRAVIS BICKLE WAS RIGHTEOUS (pg. 210) -- Robert De Niro's character in Taxi Driver. Never seen that movie!

Quote:

Anyone saw it, they'd think Pike played bass for Lou Reed. (pg. 132)

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8/2010

Racing The Light

Crais, Robert
Elvis gets hired by some strange old lady (who has a security detail with her!) to find her missing son.

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5/2023
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