Scarpetta ) finds Scarpetta—who's the senior forensic analyst for CN"/>

The Scarpetta Factor

Patricia D. Cornwell, Author . Putnam $27.95 (512p) ISBN 978-0-399-15639-7

Bestseller Cornwell's solid 17th thriller to feature Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after Scarpetta ) finds Scarpetta—who's the senior forensic analyst for CNN—probing the murder of a Central Park jogger as well as looking into the disappearance of Hannah Starr, a wealthy financial planner. Quizzed on-air about previously undisclosed details of the perplexing Starr case, Scarpetta realizes that the tentacles of the case reach further than she imagined. Her niece, forensic computer whiz Lucy Farinelli, has her own reasons for digging into Starr's disappearance, along with Lucy's girlfriend, New York County ADA Jaime Berger. NYPD Det. Pete Marino, another series staple, is also in the loop as a member of Berger's task force. But it's the dark past of Scarpetta's psychologist husband, Benton Wesley—particularly his presumed death in Point of Origin and shocking reappearance five years later in Blow Fly —that binds the disparate pieces together and make this one of Cornwell's stronger recent efforts. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/28/2009
Release date: 10/01/2009
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