Flesh and blood a scarpetta novel
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Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
Flesh and Blood
It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.
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It's July 12, , and Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday. The morning of they are due to leave Kay discovers seven shiny pennies lined up on the back wall in her yard. She wonders if they signify a threat or if a neighborhood child put them there. The year is noteworthy, for it is the year of Kay's niece, Lucy's birth. Kay and Benton are enjoying a light breakfast on the patio when Lucy flies overhead in her helicopter. Lucy, more like a daughter than a niece to Kay, is a computer genius.
The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels, but writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Before I purchased my Kindle, I would always carry whatever novel that I am reading at the time in my book bag. I would always dread getting the latest Cornwell novel because they seem to get heavier and heavier with each successive novel. To show that I am not just imagining that her books are getting bigger, I have graphed the number of pages found in each first edition hardcover novel within the series versus their order of release and this is what I get:. As you can see from the graph there is a general upward trend in the number of pages in each successive novel in the series. I am mainly pointing this out because the quality of a Scarpetta novel seems to be inversely related to the number of pages that are in each novel which is illustrated in this graph:. Interestingly, if you take notice, the latest novel, Flesh and Blood, has a significant decrease in page numbers and I have a theory to why this is so.
If so, why are all of the coins dated and so shiny they could be newly minted? A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing. In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death.
Written by Patricia Cornwell — Have you ever been stuck in an interminable traffic jam on the motorway? One where time seems to slow down as you stare, bored, out of the window and pray for rescue? Flesh and Blood is the 22nd to feature Kay Scarpetta and in truth the series appears to have run its course and deserves to be towed away to the scrapyard, so tired is the formula. With her history of forensic expertise, she is now the chief medical examiner for the state and husband Benton Wesley is an FBI profiler. The break is long overdue and both are looking forward to it.