The beginning is very slow and I've almost lost my patience. It's all about the psychology of Kay Scarpetta. For the most part, it seems to be a very pretentious setup to me. Though I probably know them too well, what the familiar characters, such as Pete Marino, did or said when they first showed up was just too cliché for me. Often I felt like watching a typical and unsurprising American TV/movie. Suddenly, in the last 100 pages or so, it accelerates and it's this place which seems to be where the "real" substance is. The last 100 pages seem like a traditional detective story. The mysteries and suspicions were disclosed one after another and quite a few people died. The critical breakthrough isn't really due to any technology but it's Kay's careful observation and logical deduction that had untied all the knots, which is good !
We know what Kay was thinking very well and at times I asked myself whether it's necessary I knew all those details. But the same cannot be said for the other characters and their faces and thoughts seem very vague. I guess now the author has exhausted all the links with the character of Jack Fielding ?! It's also sad to see Jamie Berger leave us in this horrible fashion. Benton is very cold as a husband. Towards the end, the way that Kay blamed herself for not having saved Jamie etc. seems to be applying the standard of being a Saint to herself. Come on ! ... Lucy's shooting and killing seems to be a wrong judgement again and it seems to me that the police/FBI had let her off too easily....Continua