a book review by Nancy Carty Lepri: Flesh and BloodThe focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels, but writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Before I purchased my Kindle, I would always carry whatever novel that I am reading at the time in my book bag. I would always dread getting the latest Cornwell novel because they seem to get heavier and heavier with each successive novel. To show that I am not just imagining that her books are getting bigger, I have graphed the number of pages found in each first edition hardcover novel within the series versus their order of release and this is what I get:. As you can see from the graph there is a general upward trend in the number of pages in each successive novel in the series. I am mainly pointing this out because the quality of a Scarpetta novel seems to be inversely related to the number of pages that are in each novel which is illustrated in this graph:. Interestingly, if you take notice, the latest novel, Flesh and Blood, has a significant decrease in page numbers and I have a theory to why this is so.
Flesh and Blood
In , Constantine Stassos, a Greek immigrant laborer, marries Mary Cuccio, an Italian-American girl, and together they produce three children: Susan, an ambitious b. In , Constantine Stassos, a Greek immigrant laborer, marries Mary Cuccio, an Italian-American girl, and together they produce three children: Susan, an ambitious beauty, Billy, a brilliant homosexual, and Zoe, a wild child. Over the years, a web of tangled longings, love, inadequacies and unfulfilled dreams unfolds as Mary and Constantine's marriage fails and Susan, Billy, and Zoe leave to make families of their own. Zoe raises a child with the help of a transvestite, Billy makes a life with another man, and Susan raises a son conceived in secret, each extending the meaning of family and love. With the power of a Greek tragedy, the story builds to a heartbreaking crescendo, allowing a glimpse into contemporary life which will echo in one's heart for years to come. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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.
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