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.