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  • Furthermore, Carrie had been Lucy’s first lover and had access to the personal details of Lucy and Scarpetta

    • by Jacinth K Lee

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      Point of Origin was written by Patricia Cornwell and published by Berkley Books, 1998.

      The story could have been good, if not for the dreary medical and forensic jargon and unnecessary details of tedious proceedings. These do not impress; I suspect these are to fill up space for a book with almost 400 pages.

      Dr Kay Scarpetta had to cut short her vacation with Benton Wesley – thus creating a bone of contention between them. A farm had been

      set on fire, burning down almost everything - horses, stables and house. The firemen later discovered a dead body as well. The owner of the property, Kenneth Sparkes was suspected of arson, but was later cleared of suspicion. The next piece of bad news she received was that Carrie Gretchen had escaped from prison and now out on the loose, targeting Scarpetta and her niece Lucy. Scarpetta had killed Carrie’s lover, the serial killer Temple Gault.

      • Furthermore, Carrie had been Lucy’s first lover and had access to the personal details of Lucy and Scarpetta. Carrie started a smear campaign through the media, proclaiming innocence and being framed on evidence doctored by Scarpetta; and she soon resorted to fear and stalking tactics.

        It is a pity that the author decided to retire Benton (who was killed) ; he could have kept Scarpetta sane amidst her world of professional and personal madness. It is difficult to

        feel sorry for Lucy, who appeared to be angry at the whole world; when she seemingly has almost everything – looks, money and brains. Must brilliant people be portrayed as awkward, rude and bad-tempered? Apparently the only human character (with the usual bad habits) is Marino, the sergeant who seemed to hoard more than friendly feelings for Scarpetta. I would have seriously appreciated the story more, if I did not have to wade through pages of wearisome data.

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