After several disappointing novels, fans of Patricia Cornwell and medical examiner Kay Scarpetta have been waiting for the author to return to the top-notch form that made her so popular in the first place. Scarpetta is not that return, but at least it's better than the books have been in some time.
A man, the prime suspect in a brutal murder, has committed himself to New York's Bellevue Hospital. He's willing to talk -- but only to Scarpetta. It turns out that he's obsessed with her and more than a little crazy. Despite that, it appears he might be innocent.
Scarpetta is a slow-moving book, especially for one that's nominally a thriller. But the scenario is reasonably interesting and the characters are nicely rendered, even if they do spend way too much of their time arguing with each other. This will appeal mostly to existing fans of the series, but it's worth picking up.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, January 4, 2009