It’s a sunny morning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday.She’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their home. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cell phone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher was shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. Yet no one heard or saw a thing.
In this twenty-second Scarpetta novel, she finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible to achieve, yet they are so perfect that they cause death in an instant. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and now it looks like the killer has moved elsewhere, to the murky depths off the coast. It’s here that Scarpettadives a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. Andwhere she comes face to face with shocking news that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s very own flesh and blood.
With the bravura storytelling and state-of-the-art forensic details that are her hallmarks, Patricia Cornwell again raises the bar with this highly entertaining new tale, her most captivating Scarpetta novel yet.
Bestseller Cornwell's thrilling 22nd novel featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after 2013's Dust) pits the chief medical examiner against a threat uncomfortably close to home. On the eve of a Florida birthday trip with her FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, Det. Pete Marino calls Scarpetta to the scene of a fatal shooting in Cambridge, Mass., with all the hallmarks of a sniper attack. Even worse are the alarming similarities between the victim, music teacher Jamal Nari recently erroneously classified as a terrorist and two shooting deaths in New Jersey. Not only is the killer an ace shot, but even handcrafts the bullets. Scarpetta knows the signature copper bullets are somehow connected to an odd discovery outside her and Wesley's home: seven shiny pennies, all from 1981. Soon the hunt is on, stretching from the tonier streets of Cambridge to the murky waters off the coast of Florida. Series fans may be pleasantly shocked by the return of a once-vanquished nemesis.
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Flesh and blood
This is not up to Cornwall's normal standard. The entire book is a set up for her next book. It does an ok job of setting up a dilemna, but then ends as the reader meets the cause of the problems. Nothing is resolved, leaving the reader flat and i guess "wanting" to read her next book to see how it gets resolved. Boring. If all future books become a precursor set of chapters for future books, i will likely stop purchasing. Still believe this genre of books should have beginnings, middles and endings. No problem with subplots, but thats where they should stay --sub/secondary- not primary.
Flesh & Blood
This new release by Patricia Cromwell needs to take us to some future story, but needs a temporary Conclusion.......not sure I am on board for the follow up?
Flesh and Blood
Moves along at the usual brisk pace of a Cornwell novel. Enjoyed the interactions between the main characters. The ending left me wishing the next book would arrive around Christmas.