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One of the Better Scarpetta Novels in Recent Years
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2015
I've been a fan of Cornwell's for years, and I've noted the ebb and flow of Kay Scarpetta during that time. The later books seem to lack the same soul as the earlier works. As for Cornwell's writing style, the point of view may have changed back and forth over the years, but it has remained crisp and tight. Flesh and Blood struck a familiar tone for me because it reminded me of some of her earlier works. The story drew me intensely and the plot was tight.
As with any Scarpetta tale, the characters are the seasoning in the stew. They're all there — Scarpetta, Benton, Marino and Lucy. It's nice to see a bit more emotion out of Benton in this novel, while Marino is his usual bullish, crude self. And that's a compliment. Lucy, however, is mega-rich, a computer genius but, surprisingly, rather a boring character. More work needs to be done here I'm afraid.
No spoilers here, but I was let down by the ending. It seemed rather formulaic and sudden. Still, it didn't change the way I feel about the book — it was well worth the time.