I enjoyed the plot but found far too many bits with Scarpetta talking about her relationship with Benton, and how they met (really, who cares?) and their feelings for one another and Benton's (honorable) dislike towards his boss... none of this was relevant to the story. All in all, I am a wee bit disappointed....Continua
La Corwell da tempo ha reso lo stile di scrittura molto pesante, ed inoltre la trama é divenuta poco scorrevole in quanto continuamente gravata da flashback e considerazioni interiori che hanno tolto molta della facilitá di lettura che avevano i suoi primi romanzi.
Peccato perchè le intuizioni ed i personaggi sono ancora pregevoli....Continua
Especially at the beginning, I felt the novel flew too slowly. It took more than 60 pages for Dr. Scarpetta to get out of her house. At the end, though we've got quite a detailed and horrific picture of Gabriela Lagos' death, it's not explained exactly how Martin Lagos died or disappeared in 1996. Somehow, I felt that if Ed Granby didn't kill himself, it's non-trivial for prosecutors to prove beyond reasonable doubt about his wrongdoings.
The aspect that I have disliked the most (somehow feeling stronger and stronger in recent years) is that all the main characters have appeared to be arrogant and snobbish. They all felt that they were the best in their profession and all the other people were inferior to them (in their respective profession). Maybe, this style appealed to me when I first read the Scarpetta series but now it's a bit disgusting.
In a good Japanese detective/deductive novel, the smartest detective would jump through hoops to make deductions from all the tricky and hidden clues and finally discover the guilty guy in an exhilarating but humble process, in which you could feel their pain as well as the joy of overcoming all the difficulties. Dr. Scarpetta kind of did that through her forensic skill, in an arrogant way because she, her niece and her husband were always the best and nobody could fool them. I didn't feel much excitement and didn't empathize with them. It felt like the bad guys just somehow emerged themselves.
On the book jacket, it's stated three times that the victim was "Gail Shipman" (2nd, 3rd and 4th paragraphs); but in the novel, it's "Gail Shipton", starting with the 1st line on p. 3. On p.104 (3rd line from the bottom), the beginning of the sentence/question has missed an open quotation mark " before "Some kind ..."....Continua