We met this past Tuesday at my house (Bob) to discuss Patricia Cornwell’s ‘From Potters Field’. Had a Mexican theme dinner (Chips and Salsa, Guacamole, and Chicken Enchiladas) then we sat down to discuss the book. All members were present with the exception of Harry. But, Harry did provide his thoughts and ratings on the book via email.
Paul led the discussion and provided a synopsis of the authors life and career as per our custom. Then the fun/bashing started. The book was blasted by most of the members. Mike brought up the first telling point when he mentioned that the authors name on the book cover is larger than the book title itself. Can you say Ego? When Paul posed the question ‘… was the book confusing?’ Mike commented that he felt it was like being on the other end of a shotgun, Pellets everywhere. Craig said that he felt the book was ‘confusing without a purpose.’ with no twists or turns and no red herrings.
When it came to the characters all of us felt that they were flawed and basically unlikable. In addition they were portrayed unrealistically. The idea that a Chief Medical Examiner of the state would be a gun toting investigator was pretty absurd and her niece, a college student, a FBI super programmer/Ninja is not very realistic. Harry pointed out ( and I concur ) that any system developed along the lines of CAIN, would be a massive undertaking by a large team of developers.
So I doubt we will be reading any more Patricia Cornwell in the future. In her defense I have read other books in this series and have found them better done that Potters Field.
Thanks to all, and we will see you in March at Waynes.