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Flesh and Blood: by Patricia Cornwell (A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22) | Summary & Analysis
Patricia Cornwell's books featuring her forensic sleuth Kay Scarpetta have been bestsellers for years, since her debut Post Mortem in inaugurated what is now a book sequence. I once asked her how she felt about each new female pretender to her crown being announced on the jacket as "The Next Patricia Cornwell"; she replied: "But I want to be the next Patricia Cornwell! She notices something curious on a wall: seven pennies. It doesn't appear to be a child's game, as the coins are dated and appear to have been newly minted. Is it connected with the killing, a short distance away, of a music teacher shot as he took groceries from his car? Like every vacation that every sleuth has taken in every crime novel, Scarpetta's break is to be cut short, and she is soon on the trail of a serial sniper — one who leaves no evidence after his logic-defying executions.
It's July 12, , and Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday. The morning of they are due to leave Kay discovers seven shiny pennies lined up on the back wall in her yard. She wonders if they signify a threat or if a neighborhood child put them there. The year is noteworthy, for it is the year of Kay's niece, Lucy's birth. Kay and Benton are enjoying a light breakfast on the patio when Lucy flies overhead in her helicopter.
IF you're thinking of living in the suburbs, be careful; your children may grow up to write about it. In fact, this seemingly sedate landscape has provided a vivid setting for fiction ever since the 's. And in his wonderful new novel, "Flesh and Blood," Michael Cunningham author of the well-regarded novel "A Home at the End of the World" proves that there's plenty of life -- at least of the literary kind -- left on the crabgrass frontier. The Stassos family is ruled by its patriarch, Constantine, an immigrant who makes it big in the construction business; an ambitious, unpolished striver, he lords it over his meek, unfulfilled wife, Mary, and their children, Susan, Billy and Zoe. Constantine's uncontrollable rages sometimes erupt in violence, with Mary and Billy most often on the receiving end. Not surprisingly, their resentment grows -- year-old Billy even threatens to kill his father. The Stassos lineage is Greek, and so, in a way, is the drama of the novel.
Kay Scarpetta, the chief medical examiner for the state of Massachusetts and an awesome force in the field of forensic science. Scarpetta and her husband, the F. The use of copper bullets is unusual enough to make this case interesting. But with the coming Boston Marathon trial stoking anti-Islamic passions, and President Obama in town to speak against the indiscriminate hostility toward Muslims, the terrorism angle is also a factor. So much for that vacation. Cornwell deftly conveys the lingering mood of outrage after the Boston bombing.