One of the most interesting and singular bodies of work in popular fiction.
One of Cornwell's very best... Brilliant readership manipulation, with unease cultivated as prolifically as cress and a militantly hard line taken on law 'n
Imitators now abound, but - pathologically speaking - nobody does it like Cornwell
Cornwell's vision is a bleak one and Scarpetta is a lone crusader against not simply evil but also chauvanism, prejudice and loneliness, mediocrity and compromise. This is perhaps the bleakest- and the best- of Cornwell's novels; its denouncement is painful and shocking, but it has the unmistakable taste of reality.