Author: Patricia Cornwell, 2009.
Genre: Crime Thriller.
Other Details: Hardback. 494 pages
Recent books in this series have been something of a disappointment for me compared to the early ones in the series, though last year's Scarpetta suggested that Cornwall was getting back on form. As a result I was so pleased when I began this one as there was certainly evidence of a return to the same energy and enthusiasm present in her vintage work.
Set in the week before Christmas, its plot is quite complex and involves the interwoven cases of a murdered jogger, the disappearance of a high profile financial planner, a recent psychiatric patient of Scarpetta's partner who may be stalking both him and Kay, and a Hollywood actor suspected of some very creepy sexual practices. Scarpetta herself is working pro bono for the New York Medical Examiner and continuing to appear on CNN in order to educate viewers on issues linked to forensic evidence. This public role is causing her considerable stress and putting strain on both her personal and professional relationships.
Cornwell handled the multiple plot streams well, weaving them together in a real page-turner that was very satisfying. In my opinion, this has been the best in this series for some time.