I wonder if Patricia Cornwell dislikes Ayn Randís philosophy so much that she chose to us the last name of Randís super hero as the name of the psychopathic murderer in this story. Cornwellís hero Kay Scarpetta is a bleeding-heart liberal scold who Ayn Rand would have hated. One of the characters in this book, the woman in charge of the NYC Transit Authority police, is depicted as having Randís novels in her book collection.
Scarpetta has some redeeming qualities that make me root for her. She bends the law when it helps her to catch the killer. She uses guns to defend herself. She is a good detective. She is resourceful and intelligent. When the chips are down these virtues outweigh her annoying liberal prejudices and busy-body tendencies.
Year Read: 2005
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