Red Mist

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Little, Brown Book Group, Nov 26, 2011 - Fiction - 512 pages
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Kay Scarpetta has arranged to meet an inmate at the high-security Georgia Prison for Women. The prisoner is a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer.

Against advice, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out - she believes she may hold some answers to the murder of her former deputy. But soon she finds connections to a string of grisly killings, including the slaughter of a Savannah family years earlier. She can see a pattern to these killings, but who is behind them and why?

As she learns more, Scarpetta is compelled to conclude that this is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it...

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I always enjoy reading Cornwell and Kay always comes to life, however, Benton and Lucy seemed like side bars and not full characters in this one. Marino just kind of disappears and even when present it's not like he is fully present. This is disappointing and it seemed like 'filler' and not part of the story. I knew early on that there was a twin and that the twins were in cahoots and that would have been an interesting development if there was more in the now kind of action with them both.The prison warden is out in limbo as well.. another potential for some treacherous interaction that never came to pass. So while I would read to the end because I like Kay herself and even if just reading like a journal entry I still enjoy reading about her ..but this one was disappointing. If I had not followed the Scarpetta files I would not have been able to develop any kind of tension or feeling for anyone but Kay and even that would have been shallow.  


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Love Patricia Cornwell. Love this author. great boook Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Patricia Cornwell's first crime novel, Postmortem, was published in 1990 and became the first novel to win all the major crime awards in a single year. In 2008 Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards' Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year - the first American ever to win this award. In 2011 she was awarded the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Often interviewed on US national television as a forensic consultant, Cornwell is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine; a founding member of the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Sciences Training Program at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, NYC and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital's National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research.

Fox have acquired the film rights to the Scarpetta novels, featuring Angelina Jolie as Dr Kay Scarpetta. Cornwell's books are translated into thirty-six languages across more than fifty countries, and she is regarded as one of the major international bestselling authors.

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