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Book Review - Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell

April 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 163

Released in 2012, Red Mist is the nineteenth novel in the Kay Scarpetta series by award winning author Patricia Cornwell.

Following on from the death and destruction Scarpetta returned home to in Port Mortuary, Red Mist once again delves into the potential devastation and destruction bio-terrorism can cause when it falls into the wrong hands.

Red Mist opens with Scarpetta en route to the Georgia Prison for Women to visit with Kathleen Lawlor, a convicted murderer and biological mother of Dawn Kincaid, who not only attempted to murder Scarpetta in Port Mortuary but is also responsible for the deaths of a child, a college athlete, and Scarpetta's former deputy chief ( and Kincaid's biological father) - referred to by the media as the Mensa Murders.

From the opening page Scarpetta is nervous and uneasy about her journey to Georgia, sensing something is wrong. When Kathleen Lawlor slips Scarpetta a note to call Jaime Berger - former New York DA and Scarpetta's niece's former lover -she knows for certain that all is not what it seems and her reasons for being in the South have been manipulated.

Creating a compelling case based on the need for discretion for all involved, Berger presents Scarpetta with information and evidence to suggest that a convicted murderer on death row is innocent of the crimes she has been found guilty of committing. To say Scarpetta is angry at this point is a gross understatement, yet readers will feel for Scarpetta as the events of her evening with Berger play out.

Within twenty-four hours, Scarpetta, along with Marino, Benton, Lucy, and fellow medical examiner Dr Colin Dengate, find themselves caught up in a series of murders, including those of former inmates who appeared to die naturally within the walls of the Georgia Prison for Women. As death once again hits too close to home for Scarpetta and her team, the devastation that began in Port Mortuary comes to a climatic end for all.

In typical Cornwell fashion, Red Mist will keep you hooked from beginning to end as you become caught up in the world Scarpetta and her team find themselves in. From the heat of the Savannah sun to the tragedy of the various crime screens, Red Mist will keep you enthralled and eager to discover the truth with each turn of the page.

Cornwell has once again lived up to her reputation as one of the best crime writers of our time and her Kay Scarpetta series continues to receive acclaim with each and every novel she writes.

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