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Returning to her bestselling Kay Scarpetta series after a foray into nonfiction (Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper -- Case Closed), Patricia Cornwell takes her forensic pathologist heroine into another unsettling tale that blends fast-paced action with skillful character development.
After sending Jean-Baptiste Chandonne up the river in The Last Precinct, Scarpetta now faces the vengeance of his insane brother, who is rampaging through the Louisiana bayous, hideously torturing and murdering a number of Scarpetta look-alikes. As if this weren't enough, she's eventually forced to turn to the demonic Jean-Baptiste in an effort to catch yet another killer; but his help comes at a horrific price.
Blow Fly is an engaging, well-crafted story that lures you with a series of chilling incidents. Never one to shrink from disturbing material, Cornwell does a particularly fine job of fleshing out her villains -- a cruel, depraved, and thoroughly intriguing cast of characters who keep the action moving at a steady pace. This powerful entry in the Scarpetta canon mesmerizes with its unflinching glimpse into the darkest depths of the human heart. Tom Piccirilli