SHORT TAKE: Depraved Heart – Patricia Cornwell

Props to one of the consistently best-selling thriller writers in the industry. This is Cornwell’s twenty-third Scarpetta novel and advance reviews point to another winner.

“Another gritty, world-weary tale of mayhem by masterful mysterian Cornwell….Stir phony IRS agents and wisecracking Boston cops and a few red herrings into the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a real puzzler. Suffice it to say that there’s enough familial psychodrama here to fuel a couple of dozen episodes of Dr. Phil. . . . A trademark Cornwell mystery: terse and tangled, messy and body-fluidy, and altogether satisfying.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“In bestseller Cornwell’s stirring 23rd novel starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, what at first appears to be an accident quickly turns to murder….Meanwhile, Scarpetta receives a mysterious text… [with video from] a surveillance camera clearly planted by Carrie Grethen, Scarpetta’s archenemy, who was Lucy’s one-time mentor and lover, and now sociopath Carrie is sending potentially incriminating video to Scarpetta at the same time Lucy’s nearby house is being raided by the FBI. Scarpetta’s current case, Lucy’s troubles with the Feds, and Carrie’s spooky blast from the past are all on an inevitable collision course, and Cornwell shows surprising restraint in reining in her plot and keeping it tightly focused on her well-developed core characters.”
— Publishers Weekly

Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (9780062325402) by Patricia Cornwell. $28.99 hardcover. 10/27/15 one day laydown.

 

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