What is peculiarly impressive about The Last Precinct
, Patricia Cornwell's new addition to her popular series about the pathologist Kay Scarpetta, is that it is a book in which everything is up for grabs and all is at stake. Murders we thought settled for good in previous books, with guilt allocated and people arrested or killed, suddenly come bubbling to the surface again. Kay finds herself accused of killing difficult Deputy Police Chief Diane Bray, and of framing the deformed psychopath who killed Diane and burst into Kay's home with murderous intent. Even the hideous death of Kay's lover Benton, several books ago, turns out to have been more complicated than we thought. Kay finds herself in jeopardy several times over with her headstrong lesbian niece, her only entirely reliable ally. This is a book in which Cornwell takes her heroine into new areas--we get the same amount of complicated forensic lore, but there is a new personal urgency to it, a sense that detection is not a game. Kay's relationships with colleagues have always been prickly, but here they become more problematic than ever before; Cornwell's admirers will be pleased by this, her most tense and nervy book for years. --Roz Kaveney
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** 'This book is classically constructed, moves logically along an absorbing plot line, creares enough tension to make it a page-turner, and packs a smashing surprise denouement.' SCOTSMAN ** 'Cornwell has written an elegy to the way in which we create and destroy our own worlds. And whe she is this good, she is hard to beat.' NEW STATESMAN ** 'Cornwell is the queen of the forensic thriller.' MAIL ON SUNDAY
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