At the time it was written, this was a stand alone book by Patricia Cornwell - in other words, not about her usual main character, Kay Scarpetta. I stopped reading the Scarpetta books a number of years ago, but decided to try this one. It was very good and well read by Kate Reading. The characters in the book are interesting, and their interaction with each other is well-written. There is now a sequel to this book. If you enjoy this one, you will probably enjoy The Front, also.
Well, I have been a fan of Patricia Cornwell, but this book was a disappointment. I kept waiting for something to happen, for the plot to pick up, but it never did. It also bothers me when an author pretends that a book is a whole book, even though the spacing is at 1.5, there are lots of empty pages, and there is really no story. It's more of a mini book - she left out a lot of words, a storyline that was interesting, and made sure there were a lot of blank pages. It was insulting. And because I have enjoyed her previous work, this was really disappointing, a waste of money, and a waste of time.
I just couldn't get interested in it. Read the first half in an evening and then skimmed the rest. I think Patricia Cornwell's writing career is "At Risk".
This book may be the one that finally convinces me not to bother with any more of Patricia Cornwell's works. The writing was choppy and insubstantial, and the same could be said for the plot. The cynicism and meanness of the main characters (the good guys!) overshadowed their interesting qualities, while characters that had lots of promise were relegated to supporting roles. Fast to read, but not satisfying.
Definitely not one of her better works, and I'm usually a big fan of hers. A quick read but I didn't care for the characters at all.