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Red mist [sound recording]
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
Adult Fiction CORNWEL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The aftermath of the bloodshed in 2010's Port Mortuary figures heavily in bestseller Cornwell's solid if scattered 19th thriller featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Lured from her home in Cambridge, Mass., to Savannah, Ga., to visit Kathleen Lawler-the woman who molested Scarpetta's recently murdered colleague, Jack Fielding, as a child and later bore their daughter-at the Georgia Prison for Women, Scarpetta angrily realizes that she's been tricked. Ex-Manhattan ADA Jaime Berger wants Scarpetta's help exonerating a woman on death row for the murder nine years earlier of Savannah's Dr. Clarence Jordan and his family. What first seems like a cold case becomes terrifyingly current when fresh bodies start appearing. Scarpetta begins questioning whether the Jordan family slaying is linked to the murders in Massachusetts in Mortuary at the hands of Dawn Kincaid, the brilliant psychopath daughter of Lawler and Fielding. As in other recent work, Cornwell overloads the plot, but Scarpetta's tangled emotional state and her top-notch forensic knowledge more than compensate. Author tour. Agent: Esther Newberg at ICM. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In Cornwell's 19th Kay Scarpetta novel (after Port Mortuary), the medical examiner meets with a female inmate in the Georgia Prison for Women to learn why her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, was recently murdered. But she soon uncovers incredible and potentially destructive connections compelling further investigation-despite the personal and professional implications. Those linked to Fielding's murder were also involved in the brutal massacre of a wealthy Atlanta family, the deaths of numerous homeless vagrants in California, and the installation of a young woman on death row. For Cornwell fans, although Lucy, Pete, and Benton Wesley contribute their unique expertise, Scarpetta's relentless ambition compels her to discover the unimaginable. Verdict Typical of her recent works, Cornwell's latest overwhelms the plot with distracting details that contribute little to the overall story. Understandably, Scarpetta brings credibility and expertise to the quest; however, Cornwell has her protagonist often lecturing her colleagues in an officious tone rather than providing helpful advice-as she had in earlier novels. Fans, however, may overlook these distractions. [See Prepub Alert, 6/6/11.]-Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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