Friday, December 5, 2008

Blowback

This morning's offering is my latest review at The Rocky Mountain News, a judicious analysis of the latest Kay Scarpetta novel from Patricia Cornwell. Not that it will make a bit of difference to the legions of the novelist's fans who have already snapped up the novel via pre-orders, most of whom will like this offering just fine.

Anyway, it looks like Cornwell's long-running forensic investigator could outlive the Rocky, which has been put up for sale by Scripps just a shade before the paper's 150th anniversary. The headlines say that the company will entertain offers for the next four to six weeks but after that point, its future remains uncertain. Well, hell.

For more cheerful reading, check out USA Today's profile of Cornwell (and her Ferrari Spider and Bell 407 helicopter and many other toys...) or better yet, Sarah Weinman's list at the L.A. Times of her favorite mysteries of the year, including a host of books I've celebrated myself this year like Don Winslow's The Dawn Patrol, Tara French's The Likeness and Tom Rob Smith's Child 44.

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