By Jennifer Reese
Updated October 19, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Book of the Dead

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  • Book

Patricia Cornwell continues her slide toward complete incoherence. Book of the Dead begins with a typically grisly murder: A tennis star is slaughtered, her eyes filled with sand, her thighs hacked up ”as if she had been attacked by a shark.” But after some snappy early commentary (the vic’s stomach contains ”very bad lasagna”), we rarely see forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta in action. Instead, Cornwell wanders off on bizarre tangents: the machinations of a celebrity shrink; the meltdown of sidekick Pete Marino; the health problems of subsidiary characters. It’s as if the plot had been attacked by a shark. C-

Book of the Dead

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Patricia Cornwell
publisher
  • Putnam

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