Unfortunately, I listened to Scarpetta first since I figured the Scarpetta series would start with the namesake book, but found I was wrong. If I had listened to this one first, I probably would not have continued the series. I found the plot lost with the endless explanations of all the technology and all the machinations of what all of it does and how. I also found myself wanting more in the way of explanations of the ancillary characters, but apparently these characters just provided fluff to fill pages. "Scarpetta" continues where this one left off, it's a far better listen than this book. It doesn't take much to figure out what happened with the characters in this book to allow Scarpetta to succeed.
Author Patricia Cornwell has yet to disappoint the readers of the Kay Scarpetta series. This book is no exception. Though the plot lacks the extra something that sets it apart from previous books, it still provides the reader with a who-done-it that isn't clear until the end. Unlike other books, however, this book ends with the reader unfulfilled about the fates of those closest to Kay. All in all a good book for those times when you need to get away and amerce yourself in another person's world.
I enjoyed this book. I have missed a few between the last one I read and listening to this one, and after hearing about Marino's escalating problems, I must find the ones I missed.
I'm glad to see Marino being fleshed out and becoming a more important character. I am a little puzzled by Scarpetta's odd reactions to events and any interactions that are confrontive, especially with Luci. Scarpetta seems to be withdrawing in many ways. There is something going on that suggests that there may be a novel coming that resolves her behavior, and since the denoument was left open regarding Marino, the next novel should be one of Cornwell's most exciting. I will wait awhile and then go back and listen to this one again.
I gave Patricia Cornwell another chance and read this book. Happily, I really enjoyed it, and some of the issues I had with the past few Scarpetta novels have been resolved. It was well worth my time and I will continue to read future installments. One snipe: (I thought IIS was proprietary and pronounced Eye Eye Ess - but perhaps Lucy's version is pronounced "iss")
Very well written and I liked it very much. An excellent choice for those who like audiobooks or those who like the pleasure of holding the written manuscript. They will not be disappointed in this book.