Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell

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Patricia Cornwell turns from forensics to police procedures in her latest novel, Hornet's Nest. This book is less a thriller than a character study of the main characters: Judy Hammer, chief of police in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hammer's deputy, Virginia West; and Andy Brazil, a young reporter assigned to ride with the police as they go about their jobs.

About Patricia Cornwell

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Patricia Cornwell is one of the world’s major internationally bestselling authors, translated into over thirty-five languages in more than 120 countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Sciences and Medicine; a founding member of the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Sciences Training Program at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City; and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. In 2008, Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards’ Book Direct Crime Thriller of the Year—the first American to win this prestigious award. In 2011, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Her most recent bestsellers include Port Mortuary, The Scarpetta Factor, The Front, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.
Published February 1, 1998 by Berkley. 449 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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to smite them in the name of America.'' The action boils furiously, but the hostility--between cops and crooks, cops and the press, cops and cops--is so unrelenting that eventually Cornwell's cast, divided into superhuman workaholics and lesser mortals driven by envy and lust, starts to get monot...

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While Hammer struggles with city politics and a depressed, obese husband, West contends with Brazil (a ""handsome and fierce"" 22-year-old with ""total photographic recall""), who is on assignment to write about police activity, having impressed his editor by turning in ""a hundred of hours' over...

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Detective-fiction author Patricia Cornwell has enjoyed enormous success and built a fanatical fan base with her Kay Scarpetta novels, an absorbing series which combines the fascinating nuts and bolts of forensic medicine with good, solid adventure plotting.

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When, for example, Deputy Chief West spots a middle-aged computer systems analyst across the room, she immediately identifies her as ''a cowardly little worm...exactly fitting the profile of people who set fires, sent bombs by mail, tampered with products like painkillers and eyedrops, and h...

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