Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Review: DUST by Patricia Cornwall

Kim Hammond reviews the next Patricia Cornwell book ... 
Dust by Patricia CornwellDust by Patricia Cornwell features Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, trying to unravel a posed corpse's impossible death while her FBI-profiler husband involves her in the case of D.C.'s sexual predator, the Capital Murderer (available November 12, 2013).
I've enjoyed following Kay, Benton, Lucy, and Marino through the years, but it’s hard to believe this is the 21st installment in the Kay Scarpetta series that started with Post Mortem in 1990.
Marino is now a cop with the Cambridge police and he’s calling Kay because of a body found at MIT on the athletic fields: a young woman who was posed dramatically and has no apparent injuries, but is dead nonetheless. She may be a young woman who is the plaintiff in a 100-million dollar lawsuit that is week away from trial.
Kay is still stinging from Marino’s sudden departure from the Cambridge Forensics Center (CFC) and she isn’t sure she can work with him again. He has already fallen back into the old cop persona that she doesn't like.
Kay is also wrestling with her own demons at the moment. She has just returned from a gruesome case of a tragic shooting that left twenty-seven children dead at an elementary school. Her mind keeps experiencing flashbacks:
Television and production trucks were everywhere, and we made sure all of the blinds were drawn. Dark brown carpet. Thick slicks of dark coagulated blood that I could smell as it began to decompose. Sticky on the bottom of my shoes as I moved around inside that room. There was so much blood and I tried so hard not to step in it, to work the crime scene properly. As if it mattered.
Hope on over to Criminal Element to read the rest of the review...

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