Excellently written, excellently read. Darker, perhaps, than others of the Mary Russell stories (why doesn't Audible have more Laurie King?).
I own most of Laurie King's works and always find them quite engaging, with gripping plots and well developed characters that appeal even to us male Tom Clancy fans but still atract my mom and sisters. If you're first getting into Laurie King, I recommend going for this and her other earlier works (of course, I'd recommend Beekeeper's Apprentice, this first in the series, for your first listen or read). As with others, I'm disappointed with her most recent works.
As an occasional student of microbiology, I must say that the "technical details", as they relate to microbiology, are unnecessarily contrived and fairly silly. Clancy was more believable in "Executive Orders". Like Bond in the movies, Pitt escapes time and again from unnecessarily contrived death traps (one, in fact, which appeared first in "Moonraker", if I remember correctly) - you have to wonder why the bad guys don't just shoot him...
A pleasant enough listen, none the less.
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