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Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it

I listened to this book on CD, which, in my opinion, is the best way to take in Cornwell's Scarpetta series. The narration was excellent, as usual. I had read several reviews that claimed this volume got back to the heart of the Scarpetta series, and I'm not sure that's true. For a book that claims to have Scarpetta herself as its subject, it was awfully sparse in terms of chapters from her perspective. I also feel that the "crisis" that drives Kay, Benton, Lucy, and Marino apart was somewhat manufactured, and definitely off-putting. With all that said--even though this one was a slow starter, with a lot of relationship issues to work through, it did ultimately pick up and rattled to a satisfyingly creepy and gory conclusion. Hopefully this "reset" volume in the series does just that, and we can enjoy a future of engaging mysteries, set in New York or Boston, in which the whole team is focused on the crime and not so much on their own dysfunction.

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