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Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
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Aug 11, 2011

Read in August, 2011

Hammer, West, and Brazil go to battle crime in Richmond, Virginia. Cornwell revels in exploring historic information. After each novel, I investigate to verify the data. Jefferson F Davis and his second wife, Varina, are buried in Hollywood Cemetery, in Richmond, Virginia. The cemetery also contains a statue of Jefferson Davis. Hammer, West, and Brazil fight the growing juvenile crime spree. Many of the minor characters are notable, such as Bubba. In the beginning of the book, Bubba appeared to be that stereotypical rendition of the Southern good ole boy that loves guns, dogs, and beer. The final chapters show Bubba as a dimensional character ready to risk his life for someone. Another character is Pigeon, a down on his luck veteran who has a mangled hand and foot. Pigeon aids both the police and the troubled boy, Weed. The juveniles in this story show a world of bitterness and ignorance. Smoke is a privileged son that hates all and only wants his moment of glory. Divinity gives her body freely to all in hopes of finding acceptance and love. Weed just wants to enjoy art and music class and to live in his own world, but falls prey to Smoke. I felt a little disappointed that Cornwell did not explain all that happened after Hornet's Nest. Also, the computer glitch problem with the police files seemed out of context with the rest of the story.

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