Another Patricia Cornwell novel that had me hooked from the get go. So much incredible detail that sometimes you might have to put it down for a break back into reality. Then you realize sadly, that THIS is some people's unfortunate reality. I appreciate the "truth" in her stories.
I love crime mysteries, particularly forensics. But so few novels incorporate REAL forensic science. (Don't even get me started on the lame forensic TV shows!!) I love Patricia Cornwell's books because the science is real, yet the plots creep me out & keep me turning the pages. I highly suggest reading her books chronologically.
For the most part, this book is a page turner and I can't believe Scarpetta took so long in realizing that the killer had hypertrichosis after finding out the long hairs were human. I had to restrain myself from flipping to the end to take a peak to see if I was right, which was a first in the series. However, I'm glad I didn't, because the same old redundant, annoying ending happens in the book. It ends too fast and the common sense is completely non-existent.
I also found the author's views (through Scarpetta) of why people get tattoos to be ridiculous and innacurate. As well as her opinion of pitbull terriers. I was really disappointed in the misinformation preached in this book about the species, making them seem to be child-killers.
And then there's Lucy. She's got to be the most annoying character in the book, hands down. How many times is she going to keep having an affair with a co-worker before her unprofessional attitude catches up with her? Of course the same could be said for her aunt, so maybe she really does take after Kay.
Overall, it's unbelievable how I am so hooked on a series even though I keep finding so many flaws in it. I guess it's like watching Jerry Springer or something. You don't want to waste your time, but you can't help it.
Patricia Cornwells Kay Scarpetta is a character who becomes addicting. Smart, Funny, brave, and tough she is a character who sticks with you, and you will find yourself wanting to read the whole series. Chapters are on the shorter side so the book is easier to digest.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
The nightmare begins when a cargo ship arriving at Richmond's Deep Water Terminal from Belgium is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway. The autopsy performed by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta initially reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification. But the victim's personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that leads to interpol's headquarters in Lyon, France, where she receives critical instructions: Go to the Paris morgue to receive forbidden, secret evidence and then return to Virginia to carry out a mission. It is a mission that could ruin her career.