I check my oversized titanium watch on its rubber strap and reach for my coffee—black, no sweetener—as distant footsteps sound in the corridor of my bullet-shaped building on the eastern border of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s campus. It isn’t light out yet this third Monday of October.
Seven stories below my top-floor office, traffic is steady on Memorial Drive, rush hour in this part of Cambridge well under way before dawn no matter the season or the weather. Headlights move along the embankment like bright insect eyes, the Charles River rippling darkly, and across the Harvard Bridge the city of Boston is a glittery barrier separating the earthbound empires of business and education from the harbors and bays that become the sea.
It’s too early for staff unless it’s one of the death investigators, but I can’t think of a good reason for Toby or Sherry or whoever is on call to be on this floor.
Actually, I haven’t a clue who came on at midnight, and I try to remember what vehicles were in the lot when I got here about an hour ago. The usual white SUVs and vans and one of our mobile crime scene trucks, I dimly recall. I really didn’t notice what else, was too preoccupied with my iPhone, with alert tones and messages reminding me of conference calls and appointments and court appearance today. Poor situational awareness caused by multitasking, I think impatiently.
I should pay more attention to what’s around me, I chastise myself, but I shouldn’t have to wonder about who’s on call, for God’s sake. This is ridiculous. Frustrated, I think of my head of investigations, Pete Marino, who can’t seem to bother updating the electronic calendar anymore. How hard is it to drag-and-drop names from one date to another so I can see who’s working? He’s not kept up with it for quite some time and has been keeping to himself. Probably what I need to do is have him over for dinner, cook something he likes, and talk about what’s going on with him. The thought of it tries my patience, and at the moment I seem to have none.
Some mentally disturbed person, or maybe evil is the word.
I listen for whoever might be prowling around but hear no one now as I search the Internet, clicking on files, pondering the same details repeatedly as I realize how defeated I feel and how angry that makes me.
You got what you wanted this once.
There really isn’t anything gory or gruesome I’ve not seen or can’t somehow handle, but I was caught off guard last night, a quiet Sunday at home with my husband, Benton, music playing, the MacBook open on the kitchen counter in case anything happened that I should know about immediately. In a mellow mood, I was preoccupied with making one of his favorite dishes, risotto con spinaci come lo fanno a sondrio, waiting for water to boil in a saucepan, drinking a Geheimrat J Riesling that made me think of our recent trip to Vienna and the poignant reason we were there.
I was lost in thoughts of people I love, preparing a fine meal and drinking a gentle wine, when the e-mail with its attached video file landed at exactly 6:30 Eastern Standard Time. I didn’t recognize the sender: BLiDedwood@stealthmail.com.
There was no message, just the subject heading: ATTENTION CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER KAY SCARPETTA, in a bold uppercase Eurostile font.
Copyright © 2012 by Cornwell Entertainment, Inc.
A chilling video kicks off the action in The Bone Bed, the new page-turner in Patricia Cornwell’s bestselling series involving Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Director of the Cambridge Forensic Center—and Kay doesn’t know what to make of it. Why would someone send her footage of an obscure dinosaur bone bed in Alberta of all places? Then Kay recalls hearing of the disappearance of paleontologist Dr. Emma Shubert…
Kay doesn’t make a connection to the missing scientist when she’s called to testify in the trial of obscenely wealthy Channing Lott, accused of murdering his wife—despite the absence of a body. Only when a third vanished woman is recovered from Boston Harbor are trace pieces of evidence discovered that hint at a bizarre link to all three incidents.
Usually Scarpetta can depend on investigator Pete Marino and her niece Lucy, a computer expert, to have her back, but both are distracted, as is her husband, FBI hotshot Benton Wesley, whom Kay suspects of having an affair with an attractive new colleague. Which means she’s on her own. And with questions piling up as fast as the bodies, Kay knows only one thing for sure: this cunning killer is enormously powerful…and he’s coming after her.
Hardcover Book : 512 pages
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group/Mbr Of Penguin Put ( October 16, 2012 )
Item #: 13-619301
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.08inches
Product Weight: 16.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I aknowledge that over the last few books Scarpetta has been dealing with some emotional situations, however, who doesn't go through a few hard and emotional times? I think we see the developement of a maturing women. I love the suspense of this novel better than her last. I have seen some negative reviews on this book but I disagree, so if you are a Scarpetta fan read this book and decide for yourself!
Personally, I think she, like all writers, get out of their comfort zone and give something different a try. Based on all reviews here, it's not going over well. I think it's a different side of Kay Scarpetta. However, I do agree I like the "whodunit" writing better.
Love Patricia Cornwell's books, sorry to say this was a let down.
I don't know what Cornwell is going through, but I don't buy her books to read about some guy's chiseled features, all the men who are jealous of Scarpetta or someone brushing up against her during an autopsy. This book was more like a romance novel. VERY disappointing.
I stopped reading her books a long time ago. They started getting stranger and stranger. Patricia has truly disconnected with her character.
Reviewer: Mystery R