Patricia Cornwell's first novel, POSTMORTEM, was published in 1990 and won five international awards. Her Scarpetta novels have since become No. 1 bestsellers throughout the world. She has also published three police procedurals, HORNET'S NEST, SOUTHERN CROSS and ISLE OF DOGS.
Cornwell tries a new cast of characters in this brief mystery whereby a 20-year-old cold case in Tennessee catches the interest of an ambitious female Massachusetts D.A., who assigns it to her most trusted investigator. At times a political novel more than a forensic tale, this book has secrets and manipulations that cause intrigue in three states. Not as fully realized as the tired Scarpetta series, this new cast can offer Cornwell a new direction while still highlighting her familiar expertise. Although very well read by Kate Reading, the story feels a bit as if it were abridged. Recommended for mystery collections that like to mix the tried-and-true with the new.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.