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To each his own, I'll take Cornwell and Scarpetta
on November 24, 2007
As a licensed P.I. for over 30 years, there are very few crime novels that capture my attention as many have absolutely no connection to how investigations are really conducted. Patricia Cornwell is the exception. The Book of the Dead unfolds with a series of seemingly unrelated events that causes one to read closely and think about where the evidence takes you. As in her book, sometimes evidence is scattered, difficult to follow, you ask yourself after you have read a chapter, did I miss something,you may even have to read it over. Guess what readers, in the world of real investigations that exactly what happens, and Cornwell captures this as well as any crime writer today. What occurs with Marino, Scarpetta, and Lucy, is very common in the real world. These type of investigations, seeing the worst of people, the most dispicable type of murders, wear on the investigators and cause the type of melt downs that Marino experienced,and the constant tension between Kay and Benton. Cornwell captures this in The Book of the Dead, I didn't see the "drama" between the characters, I didn't see the story as confusing, and I certainly didn't feel disappointed when I finished the book. I thought Cornwell did it again, she entertained me, she made me think, she kept me guessing till the next one. If you want a look into the real world of investigations, let Patricia Cornwell be your guide.