Image of Scarpetta


Image of Scarpetta

For 20 years, since the beginning of the modern forensic thriller, Cornwell has been writing about medical examiner Scarpetta. At times the series seemed as if had jumped the shark, but Cornwell's latest story about murder and the physical and psychological understanding of the crime and criminal that lead to his capture is a skillful, fascinating mystery with everything her fans, old and new, will expect.

Medical examiner and CNN personality Kay Scarpetta comes to New York to inspect a mass-murder suspect. He's asked to be brought to Bellevue Hospital, where he knows Kay's husband works, and demands that only she examine him. For reasons no one understands he trusts her and tells her an unbelievable, paranoid story which might be true. Soon Kay is not only working with her husband but also her niece, a brilliant computer expert, and old friends at the NYPD. Adding to the tension, an online gossip column is attacking Kay and seems to have entirely too much information about her. (PUTNAM, Dec., 512 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor