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Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
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Feb 23, 2012

really liked it

Kay Scarpetta questions her own sanity as she drives a broken down cargo van she fears will soon leave her stranded along the deserted back woods road leading to the Georgia Prison for Women. How she managed to find herself manipulated into meeting face to face with the woman she holds responsible for the irreparable emotional damage inflicted on the late Jack Fielding leaves her questioning her judgment. Stubborn as she is, thinking back to her intense argument the night before with Benton and his failed attempt to change her mind notwithstanding, she continues on the journey, which may prove to be either her biggest mistake or at last give her the answers to questions that continue to plague her. Scarpetta’s only company along this lonely drive are the thoughts she tries to evade which taunt her that as far as Jack is concerned, she is guilty of damage of her own. Through all of these musings however, Kay has the distinct impression someone yet unseen is following her. Patricia Cornwell’s newest release in her Scarpetta series Red Mist is a highly charged, spell binding story that guarantees to lead the reader down one false trail after another. In true Cornwell form, Red Mist provides the cohesive threads that continue to weave answers to the past, which allow us to delve further into the backgrounds of her insular cast of characters along with a shocking turn of events that will keep you turning the pages. What should have been a one-day trip leads to the reopening of an investigation into unexplained deaths of prison inmates awaiting execution on death row in which Scarpetta finds herself questioning a colleagues findings. Compounded by questionable evidence in an unrelated and long cold unsolved murder case outside the prison, Scarpetta cannot help but be intrigued by the possibilities of a link between them all.

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