Kay Scarpetta is a really solid decent character and you instantly warm to her from the beginning. I especially loved the parts with her and Lucy as it really showed the normal, human side to her. I also really loved Marino even though I don’t think we, as readers, were supposed to as Kay really hates him but I think he was a really good, tough-guy cop character and I enjoyed all the parts with him in them.
The plotline is good with a really evil, sadistic killer on the loose and Kay and the rest of the team are on the hunt for him. I loved the way throughout the book the author has us suspecting all the different characters as the killer. I think at one point I thought about it being nearly every character in the book but then something would happen and you’d start to doubt yourself again.
The only flaw with the book and it really isn’t anything that could have been improved as it was beyond the author’s control but because it was written in the early nineties its way behind in terms of the technology of today which can be a bit frustrating for the reader. For instance there is limited trust put in DNA evidence which as we all know from shows such as CSI and the like is the most indisputable bit of evidence that can be found at a crime scene. I found it mildly frustrating but I also found it really interesting to read a book written so long ago that you could see how they used to catch people old-school style! Great book will be investing in future installments in the Scarpetta Series.
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