The 2nd thriller told by Dr. Kay Scarpetta. She is still shaky and quick to take
comments personally and be offended and react emotionally. She lets killers into
her house. She continually forgets her gun. The plot is too complicated. At the
end it takes several pages to tie up all the loose ends. The niece is not in this
one. A woman novelist is murdered, then her mentor is murdered, then his sister
kills herself, then a young man who knew a lot about what was going on kills himself.
Scarpetta does some good detective work to identify the killer. He threatens her
and she flees to Key West to escape and to find the dead novelistís manuscript. The
plot is complicated by the novelistís sleazy lawyer and a former boyfriend of
Scarpetta who works for the lawyer. Pete Marino is on the scene a lot and livens up
Scarpetta is attracted to extremely handsome men regardless of their character
defects such as being serial killers or wimps.
Year Read: 2006
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