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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Book Reviews: Patricia Cornwell's Isle of Dogs


Like many others, I'm a big fan of Patricia Cornwell's books on criminal investigation but I stopped reading crime books for a few years now since I didn't want blood and gore in my reading fare.

However, I decided to pick up this book after reading too many war love stories and it was quite a refreshing change. Also, I have to warn you, this is not the usual Patricia Cornwell book as it has some pretty humorous and ridiculous characters - and it paints the state of Virginia and its law enforcement and government as some kind of lameduck establishment.

There are also many caricatures in the characters - from Hooters who has all the stereotypical qualities of an African-American woman - to Barbie Fogg - who has all the stereotypical qualities of an American blonde airhead.

And to make it even more bizarre, Patricia puts a supernatural spin to things - like making dogs and crabs talk - and making one of the killers Unique - assume a supernatural state - making her able to change her "molecular composition" - whatever that means.

It was a fun read although there were some pretty violent slasher scenes. The ending was a bit of a letdown, it was like Ms. Cornwell just wanted things to end Hollywood-style - predictable and without much suspense.

Better to stick to her Kay Scarpetta series if you're a hardcore fan.

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