What a refresing forensic mystery! This is what Patricia Cornwell promised with her first few books and then ceased to deliver. Well-done science, a believable, likable protagonist, good plot. (Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta has, for me, become so neurotic and relationdship-impaired that I want to do bodily harm to her!)
A tad slow to read at the beginning as she sets the pace, but not plodding and still captivating. Definitely heats up as it progresses. I DID figure out the villain before she did, but it was still a very fun read. I definitely want to read the next one!
Dr. Alex Blake is trying to find her place in the medical community. As a DNA specialist working for the US government, she is working on a serial killer case. The Tattoo Killer is indiscriminately viscously murdering women near military bases. Alex is instrumental in solving this case and "Rosie's Flu" as well as FBI director Devon's troubles. She's a great multi-tasker. LOL
The pace is a little slow with false leads, political intrigue and backstabbing (it does take place in DC) and even a little romance. I enjoyed the convoluted mystery and the process to solve it even when it got too technical. This is my first book by Lori Andrews but I've already added her next one - Silent Assassin to my books to read list.
I really enjoyed the story & character. I wish there were more than 3 books by this author & about 'Alex' the main character.