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on 10 March 2014
I've read all of these books in hardcover but not in the right order, so I've gone back, repurchased in e format and oh I wish I'd left it.
The previous book irritated me to death with the weird grammar- always putting the adjective before the verb, eg Marino was blatantly gawking; and many others that in their entirety grate on my nerves. Also Benton Wesley is so smug and lifeless he could be on the autopsy table!
Lucy too gets ever worse and would certainly improve with a good smacking. Scarpettas patronising attitude to everyone other than Lucy and Benton is rude and ill mannered and her treatment and criticism of Marino is ungrateful at the very least.
I don't know whether too much is reiterated eg the acronyms, the roles of the different FBI teams, the geography of Richmond and the decor of the morgue but I found the whole book tedious and hard going.