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by Patricia Cornwell

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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Its been a year since the brutal
murder of FBI Agent Benton Wesley. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, her ATF Agent niece Lucy and Police Captain Joe Marino are all still grieving. In the past year, they have all drifted apart. A letter left by Benton to be delivered a year after his death jolts them all into looking hard at their emotions.

This emotional catharsis coincides with the realization that both Kays and Joe's careers are under attack by the new Police Deputy Chief Diane Bray. While Deputy Chief Bray can't demote Joe, she forces him back into uniform and tries
to keep him off cases.

Ms. Bray seems equally determined
to destroy Kay who finds that someone has been trying to sabotage her by
impersonating her on the Internet.

Meanwhile, a strange new serial killer has arrived in town. Calling himself Loup-Garou or the Werewolf, this vicious killer is stalking the streets of Virginia. The case grows even more bizarre when Kay and Joe find themselves flying over to Interpol to discover more about this apparently international killer.

BLACK NOTICE is by far Ms. Cornwell's most emotionally intense
and wrenching Scarpetta novel to date.
As always, the plot is intriguing and
the forensic details are fascinating and graphic. (Jul., 432 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Putnam

Published: July 1999

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