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The lavish spending of crime writer
Patricia Cornwell revealed: $100M law-
suit lays bare personal helicopter, $5M
for private jets, $11M on estate
and a lease at Trump Tower

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/14/2013 6:26:34 AM

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.

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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.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 1/14/2013 6:43:03 AM     (No. 9115121)

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.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fireman28, 1/14/2013 6:44:48 AM     (No. 9115124)

I´m with Attercliffe.
Recent books not so hot.
Love Tom Clancy and Jack Jr.

Anyway, the Big Thing about Cornwell is she earned her money, just like other authors writing late at night.

Her taxes paid for a lot of Obamaphones.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: rollingcow, 1/14/2013 7:08:31 AM     (No. 9115150)

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

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 1/14/2013 7:15:57 AM     (No. 9115158)

But then again, #2, Clancy got harder and harder to read as his universe got harder and harder to believe in -- after the Capitol Building was destroyed...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/14/2013 7:39:49 AM     (No. 9115185)

Ditto, 3.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/14/2013 7:40:36 AM     (No. 9115188)

Personally, I am a big fan of Clive Cussler. His heros Austin, Pitt and Cabrillo are great. I also enjoy the fact that somebody writes books that have heros that still love America.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: The Other Guy, 1/14/2013 7:46:25 AM     (No. 9115195)

Just finished "Threat Vector",Clancy´s latest, #4. The premise, while realistic, is too far reaching to be realistic. I´ve been a fan since his first book, but he´s starting to lose me.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/14/2013 8:09:41 AM     (No. 9115226)

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.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JAN, 1/14/2013 8:32:38 AM     (No. 9115259)

Nice to see a pal of hitlery klinton getting the same treatment they give to the rest of us.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: Catherine, 1/14/2013 8:56:49 AM     (No. 9115303)

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.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: southernboy, 1/14/2013 9:14:52 AM     (No. 9115335)

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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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/14/2013 9:16:22 AM     (No. 9115336)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/14/2013 9:16:49 AM     (No. 9115337)

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.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/14/2013 9:31:04 AM     (No. 9115369)

The book reviews are interesting, but this article is not about her books. It is about her belief that the company she hired to manage her financial interests didn´t do so properly.

What she has spent is no one´s business, including the snoopy tabloid Mail´s. And her being a lesbian is beside the point as well.

It should not be difficult to prove her contention legally. The rest is just gossip.

Now, about Mooch and her spending. And her books don´t hold a candle to Cornwell´s earliest ones.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: skedaddle, 1/14/2013 9:43:39 AM     (No. 9115391)

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.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: harleynyc, 1/14/2013 9:59:20 AM     (No. 9115432)

I maintain, lesbians are a crazy bunch.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/14/2013 10:09:42 AM     (No. 9115452)

If you have it, spend it! You can´t take it with you. Still, I wonder how much good 100 million could do rather than just flashing it and wasting it as this dumb gal seems to do.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: cheeflo, 1/14/2013 1:30:46 PM     (No. 9115967)

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.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: cheeflo, 1/14/2013 1:35:42 PM     (No. 9115979)

What I mean is "... events don´t play out according to plan."

Is there an echo in here?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 1/14/2013 3:26:05 PM     (No. 9116180)

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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Reply 21 - Posted by: eorsc, 1/14/2013 4:02:29 PM     (No. 9116230)

I loved A New Leaf, #18. It was one of my all time favorites.
As for writers--I´ll just keep reading J.A.Jance. J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady are my kind of people.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ktwo, 1/14/2013 4:06:22 PM     (No. 9116236)

Article is a bit confusing. The disputes with Snapper seem to have been going on since 2009.

There is probably truth on both sides, she spent a lot of it and Snapper, et al, also took some.

I can imagine $40k/month for a fine apartment in Trump Tower. The best in NYC costs plenty. But the article says $40k for a room? What kind of room would that be?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/14/2013 9:48:46 PM     (No. 9116819)

What does Gruber do with her money if they blew all of Patricia´s ?

It´s still a free country and we don´t care how they spend their time or money.

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