The book club was snowed out for the December meeting so the January discussion went on to what was supposed to be a light, easy, entertaining reading over the holiday.
In this second to last installment of the series, The Scarpetta Factor, Kay Scarpetta is doing pro bono work in New York City while working as a senior forensic analyst for CNN. During a CNN show she is asked for details about an ongoing case which, of course, she refuses to respond to and thus the mystery begins. Her refusal to discuss the case on the air becomes a pointless conflict for the remainder of the book.
Our beloved librarian, Veronica had a lot to say about this story and none of it good. In a brief summary of her own words: “Someone should tell Cornwell that we know quite enough about her. How can we not? Every voice in the book is Cornwell. She’s Lucy, Marino, Benton and Scarpetta – how does she keep it all separated while seated around that big computer talking to all her alter egos at once? Sentences the length of a New York City block: meaningless, hollow and often repeated… which are ever-expanding Google-searches skipping from one word to another on treatises, lectures, theories, never-ending nonsensical connections, sharing intellectual exercises or just the thousands of hits one can get hour after hour, day after day denoting nothing!”
She also said that after 4 discs (she got the 13 disc book on CD from the library) she couldn’t remember who got killed and no longer cared.
OK, The Scarpetta Factor definitely lacked the beautiful inner-dialogue of Scarpetta that readers enjoyed in the earlier books but Veronica and I are quite fond of one quote: “We can’t take anything back. All we can do is step around the messes we make and take responsibility and try to move on.”
April Brown is a voracious reader for whom writing reviews provides an excellent cover story for the tower of books leaning toward her chaise lounge. She is currently working on two books and slacking off on her blog, http://fearlessspirituality.blogspot.com.
April works as a corporate trainer with almost twenty years of experience training everything from HIV/AIDS prevention programs for incarcerated youth in Virginia to health insurance continuing education.