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Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
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Aug 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, murder, forensics, washington-dc, kay-scarpetta
Read in August, 2010

Second in the Kay Scarpetta series takes place a year after the close of Postmortem. Kay is well ensconced in her job as chief Medical Examiner, there has been a change in management and her new boss is much easier to work with. The brutally murdered body of a well known writer comes into the morgue, in her personal effects are two "xeroxed" personal letters written to a mysterious "M" written in Key West where she was in hiding from a stalker who threatened her life. But it's never what it seems and the book revolves around the how's - how did the killer get let into the house to kill her, how did the killer find her, how come her old mentor was murdered, how did the manuscript of her latest book go missing and why is it so important to a New York lawyer. And equally important to Kay is how come her old love Marc is suddenly back in the picture and what is he up to? (this subplot is the only why that gets answered) The why of the murder is never fully answered but it almost seems irrelevant in the action to find out who and how. Kay and Pete Marino become more developed as people, Pete a little bit less of a biased, racist jerk from New Jersery and Kay a little more well rounded as a person full of self doubt and yet strong of will and her background is revealed a bit more.

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