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SYNOPSIS: Patricia Cornwell has a sixth sense about the men and women in blue. In Hornet's Nest, her page-turning satirical 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 as vulnerable, passionate, brave, sometimes comical, always fascinating figures. In Southern Cross, Cornwell takes us even closer to the sometimes zany (but always threatening) experiences of big-city police, in a story of corruption, scandal, and robberies that escalate to murder. This time, the setting is Richmond, Virginia, where former 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 Richmond police force, city manager, and mayor, Hammer is joined by her deputy chief, Virginia West, and rookie Andy Brazil on their most difficult assignment of her career. In the face of overwhelming public scrutiny, the trio must find the like between the desecration of Confederate president Jefferson Davis's statue and the brutal murder of an elderly women. Following in the path of her most recent blockbuster Kay Scarpetta thriller, Point of Origin, Patricia Cornwell's new novel is a testimony to the singular versatility and narrative power of one of the country's best-read story-tellers.

This book was published by the BERKELEY PUBLISHING GROUP in 1999 . It is the paperback edition. I am not a professional book grader but I would consider this book to be in EXCELLENT CONDITION. This book has been very carefully read. The only imperfections I found were a bit of bumping along the edges and a slight crease on the spine. The pages are crisp, clean and complete. I would consider this to be a great gift or an addition to any Patricia Cornwell collection. This book comes from a non-smoking environment and has been stored in an archival box. It will be bagged and wrapped in cardboard when shipped.

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