Tedious start, finishes somewhat better,
This review is from: Red Mist: Scarpetta 19 (Paperback)
This was the first (and quite possibly the last) Patricia Cornwell book I have read. I nearly gave up when the first half contained no action, but plenty of dud pyschology - musings by the chief character, Kay Scarpetta, on the criticisms, deviousness and unkindnesses of Jaime - physician, heal thyself, is what I say.
Things improved when the action picked up - improved sufficiently to keep me reading, but with no more than a dull curiosity to find out whodunit and why. To me, not having met any of them before, the characters seemed cardboard cut-out and one-dimensional, apart from Kay, whom I found it hard to like. As for the 'global' character of the real threat, this remained undeveloped - sort of thrown in to persuade us this was something truly terrifying - sorry to say, it didn't work.