I don't remember which book it was, but the first time I tried to read Patricia Cornwell I gave up after about four pages. It was way too graphic, as medical examiner Kay Scarpetta performed a grisly autopsy while speculating on the bizarre manner in which the person was killed. Well, either I was feeling exceptionally squeamish that day or my tolerance level has increased because eventually I became a fan, especially enjoying the audio versions of her series while battling my daily commute.
Today, first-time readers may have a similar reaction to TRACE. Not because it starts out too graphically, but because it doesn't seem to start out at all. There are trace elements of a story in several