3 of 5 stars to From Potter’s Field, the sixth in the Kay Scarpetta thriller series, published in 1994 by Patricia Cornwell. After five books, you begin expecting more and more from a series, wanting it to up its game, thrown more mystery and character depth… and you get that in this book; however, you also get a bit of a different perspective this time. A few things about this one:
1. It picks up from a previous book with the same killer who still hadn’t been caught. It’d be helpful to read the previous one so you are fully up to speed.
2. Potter’s Field is a real place. It’s where all the bodies of unknown identity have been buried in NYC.
3. Involves a murder in Central Park. Hits a little too close to home, given what happened in CP years ago.
4. The ending is just… bang… killing spree over and let’s fly back home.
5. The killer is directly after Scarpetta… finding victims beforehand to get Scarpetta to find him.
6. You learn a lot about the underground. And a killer’s lair.
7. Scarpetta never learns. She won’t partner with someone the way she should.
8. This was probably the take off point in the series where the author became quite famous. She had recognition before this book, but the series was widely known when this one was released.
That said… it’s a solid read but a bit more focused than previous books. When you have some history from earlier reads, you feel more connected. But in the end, it was more or less just a good thriller book for me. Still enjoy the series… and this was the most relate-able to me given the location.
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