Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Deranged Sniper and Danger for Kay and Her Family

Kay Scarpetta and her husband, Benton Wesley, are enjoying a peaceful morning. They're headed for a vacation in Florida to celebrate Kay's birthday. The mood changes when Kay discovers seven shiny pennies with the date 1981 and Benton sees a flash of light that might come from a camera lens or a rifle scope.

The mood becomes darker when Jamal Nari, a local music teacher, is killed by a sniper not far from Kay and Benton's house. Kay goes in to work hoping she'll be finished and able to make the plane to Florida, but the case is complicated. Marino thinks it's related to two deaths in New Jersey, and Kay has the uncomfortable sensation that she is somehow involved in the killings.

If you enjoy Scarpetta novels, this is a good one. It's fast paced with twists that keep you wondering what will happen next. The opening chapters focus on Kay's work as medical examiner with plenty of medical detail. In the later chapters the pace picks up, and we hear more about ballistics and begin to get a clue about who the killer is.

I enjoyed the book. I like the combination of facts with an intricate plot. If you enjoy medical thrillers, this is a book for you.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.