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Patricia D. Cornwell


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/3/2012)
Paperback (5/1/2007)
Mass Market Paperback (9/26/2006)
Hardcover (10/25/2005)
Compact Disc (11/1/2005)
Paperback, Spanish (7/1/2009)
Paperback, Chinese (8/30/2018)
Paperback, Large Print, Large Print (9/1/2006)


It's not often a crime novel offers such a smorgasbord of oddball elements, including autopsy advice, methods of combating tree blight, the use of spiders in sadomasochist torture and couples covering the sexual and psychological waterfronts. There's even a little nasty fun at the expense of television psychoanalysts. With geographic locations switching slightly faster than the speed of sound, it's to Reading's credit that she smoothes out the ultra rumpled excesses of Cornwell's mind-boggling plot and takes full advantage of the yarn's narrator-friendly present tense. Having given voice to several earlier books in the series, she's got the main characters down cold. Her Dr. Kay Scarpetta is all snarky professional reserve and personal insecurity. Self-loathing lesbian niece Lucy, sounds properly troublesome and troubled, with an added catch in the throat due to a secret she's keeping. Publishers Weekly

Ediciones B, 9788496581661, 464pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2007