Patricia Cornwell has a sixth sense about the men and women in blue. In Hornet's Nest, her page-turning novel about crime and police in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cornwell moved behind the badges of these real-life heroes to uncover flesh-and-blood characters who strode through her pages to reveal vulnerable, passionate, brave, sometimes doubting, always fascinating figures.
In Southern Cross, Cornwell takes us even closer to the personal and professional lives of big-city police, in a story of corruption, scandal, and robberies that escalate to murder. This time, her setting is Richmond, Virginia, where Charlotte Police Chief Judy Hammer has been brought by an NIJ grant to clean up the police force. Reeling from the recent death of her husband, and resented by the police force, city manager, and mayor of Richmond, Hammer is joined by her deputy chief Virginia West and rookie Andy Brazil on the most difficult assignment of her career. In the face of overwhelming public scrutiny, the trio must bring truth, order, and sanity to a city in trouble.
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Widowed of the pusillanimous husband who worshiped her from afar in her debut (Hornet’s Nest, 1997), Charlotte (N.C.) Police Chief Judy Hammer, backed up by Charlotte transplants Virginia West and Andy Brazil, travels to more familiar Cornwell territory—Richmond, Virginia, home turf to Dr. Kay Sc...| Read Full Review of Southern Cross
It's fortunate that Cornwell has a new Kay Scarpetta thriller (Black Notice) coming out in July, because this second novel featuring southern police chief Judy Hammer is as disappointing as last year's Hornet's Nest.| Read Full Review of Southern Cross
Richmond, VA, an elegant city steeped in rich Southern tradition, is the setting where Patricia Cornwell plants her witty characters in SOUTHERN CROSS.Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Southern Cross
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