A renowned crime novelist has found an uncomfortable new subject for her latest drama--herself. Patricia Cornwell is suing her former financial management firm in a Boston court, claiming the stewards of her money fleeced her out of millions of dollars and lost millions more by making risky investments without her consent.[Snip] But the trial has cast a harsh spotlight on the 56-year-old, who is intensely private. Evan Snapper, a former principal at New York wealth management firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, agrees Cornwell´s money is gone--but only because she spent it all on a lavish lifestyle.
Comments: I liked Cornwell´s earlier books but her last few--not so much. The one about Jack the Ripper I found so weird I couldn´t finish it.
You got further than I did, OP. I think the last Scarpetta book I read all the way through was "Body Farm." I don´t think I finished "From Potters Field." If Cornwell had stuck to the forensics of her stories and had not delved into ´lifestyle choices,´ I might have read the whole series.
I quit reading her when the niece was suddenly gay and Scapetta was having the affair with the FBI agent, she was supposed to be friends with his wife (yeah, right). Guess somebody must have still been reading. Mrs. Cow
Gave up on Patricia Cornwell and Kay Scarpetta years ago as did every reader I know. Used to love her mysteries, but when it became all about Kay and the niece and their private and public exploits I was out of there. Can´t believe she is still on the bestseller list.
I tried really hard to like Cornwell´s books. Read a few. The last one I read - she just sort of stopped writing. No real ending. Scarpetta is not a likable character. The only one who is - I think his name is Marino (the fat cop) - she never misses a chance to belittle him. I don´t know who´s reading her books now but I won´t read anymore.
Folks, you have to read Vince Flynn! He writes some good stuff. Try ´Term Limits.´
And I love Clive Cussler!
I read Cornwell years ago but gave up on her. For a while her plots read like she was under contract for X number of books a year and she was just fulfilling her contract. That said…it´s her money and she can spend it any way she wants.
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I used to like Cornwell´s books. They had great plots, but then one day I realized I simply didn´t like Kay Scarpetta and her whiny niece at all. So I quit reading them. Now, I am a huge fan of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, C.J. Box, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais and Andrew Klavan.
A few years ago she claimed there was a conspiracy to post negative reviews of her book on Amazon. You didn´t need a conspiracy - her later works are awful. But as others have said, the first couple were very good. Sounds like she is trying to buy happiness, which is impossible in this world.
I don´t know who´s right or wrong in the lawsuit but it´s a little hard in these times to feel sympathy for someone "down to their last $13,000,000." And that for writing junk books and being admittedly bi-polar which is the PC way of saying she has absolutely no self-control.
She seems to be unaware of how much money she actually spends. She´s unhappy that her asset managers didn´t "insulate" her from her wealth, but they probably accommodated her every whim, since they work for her -- what are they going to say? No?
Makes me think of that funny Walter Matthau movie, A New Leaf. A wealthy man exhausts his fortune by living a lifestyle that exceeds his income from said fortune. He devises a scheme to marry an heiress (played by Elaine May) and then kill her, but events don´t don´t play out according to plan.
I too stopped reading Cornwell many years ago. The first few books were okay and then she went off the rails. #12 Thanks for a new author, C.J. Box. Never read him but have read every book by all the other authors you mentioned. So glad to have a new author. Gregg Hurwitz and John Lutz are pretty good too.
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