I started listening to this one today and I just don't think I can stay with it long enough to finish, there is just too much verbiage. The story seems slightly forced and the performance by CJ Critt is too 'prissy'. So far her delivery is nowhere near a comfortable pace and at times the tone is vaguely inappropriate for the action she's narrating. Some of the earlier Scarpetta novels benefitted from a 'narrator' with a smoother delivery
The flashbacks are a little too frequent. Even though I know the stage is being set for the current story some of what is presented is just superfluous. In my opinion this is a book that will benefit from an abridgement. I truly enjoyed the rhythm and stories of Patricia Cornwell's first books but this one and the last one I listened to just didn't seem to pull things together enough to interest me.
Classic early-Scarpetta, when she was fearless and had grit and drive. I'm a fan of Scarpetta stories told in first-person -- as most of the early books were -- rather than the remote third person of the more recent novels. Great character development, edge-of-the-chair thriller.
Okay.... Cornwell fans... if you'd like to read a book that talks about a series of murders, then changes completely, talks about a smart aleck detective that doesn't get what's coming to him, and a "solving" of the case by accident - by all means, read this book. I thought a great idea for a plot, poorly executed. I have read many of her books, also Baldacci, Child (the genius, as I like to call him), DeMille (the GREAT genius :)), but to me, this book falls wayyyy short of my expectations.
Its possible there is a sequel like book that addresses the detective, but I'm not sure I want to find it.