Mémoires mortes : Une enquête de Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

By Patricia Cornwell

" Quel régal de retrouver Scarpetta en texte intégral ! "  Le Nouvel Observateur

 Le livre :
Une romancière à succès qui a fui l’homme qui l. a. harcèle depuis des mois est retrouvée violée et égorgée à Richmond. Ainsi démarre pour Kay Scarpetta, professional légiste, une enquête sur un crime aussi alambiqué qu’étrange. Ses recherches sont perturbées par des témoignages incohérents et des rencontres déplaisantes. À cela s’ajoutent l. a. disparition du dernier manuscrit de l. a. victime et sa mystérieuse relation avec un écrivain renommé. Alors que Scarpetta examine les indices, son enquête, commencée dans un laboratoire au milieu des microscopes et des lasers, se transforme peu à peu en un cauchemar qui finit par être le sien…

L’auteur :
Patricia Cornwell est née à Miami, en Floride. Elle est membre émérite de l’Académie internationale du John Jay university de justice pénale qui concentre ses recherches sur les scènes de crime. Elle a contribué à fonder l’Institut de sciences médico-légales de Virginie. Elle est aussi membre du conseil nationwide de l’hôpital McLean, affilié à Harvard, où elle défend l. a. reason de los angeles recherche en psychiatrie. Son greatest roman, Postmortem, remporta dans l. a. même année cinq des plus importants prix distinguant un roman policier. En 2008, Patricia Cornwell a été le most effective auteur américain à recevoir le prestigieux prix du Galaxy British e-book Award, récompensant le meilleur mystery de l’année pour Registre des morts. Scarpetta, L’instinct du mal, et Havre des morts font partie de ses récents best-sellers internationaux. Elle réside l. a. plupart du temps dans le Massachusetts.

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Scott Fitzgerald sport denies the ability to predict the future based on what has happened; there was no way to know what would happen in a given game, and hence no real way to explain what did happen. But when things seem to be predictably turning out one way, and then radically change, those who feel invested in the game, those who occupy the position of “spectator,” try to find a way to structure what they’ve witnessed; they try to find meaning in that which seems random. Fans of the Chicago Cubs turned away from the facts of the game at hand and instead towards the narratives of history in search of explanations.

In doing so, Cubs fans also latched onto a particular story that had arisen in each of those historical seasons, a story that Sianis, owner of the billy goat, had placed a literal curse on the Cubs that they could not escape. In other words, they saw in the 2003 playoffs a continuation of the curse narrative, the next logical step in the story that had begun in 1945. The 2003 playoff loss was viewed as inevitable, almost natural, given the storyline that fans constructed by viewing their tragic history through an eye of narrativization.

Fitzgerald matriculated at Princeton only a year after Hibben gave the above cited “chivalry” speech at graduation, and his years at school were saturated with personalities and attitudes both reinforcing and, at times, challenging Hibben’s vision for the University. Fitzgerald’s years at Princeton, culminating in his dropping out of the university to fight in World War I,4 is often considered (by Fitzgerald himself and by contemporary scholars) to be the most significant period in terms of formulating his interests in status, class, and nationhood, issues which he would spend a lifetime dissecting through his fiction.

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