Patricia Cornwell has written a murder mystery shrouded in a highly suspenseful story. Her usual characters are all on stage: Kay Scarpetta, her husband Benton Wesley, her niece Lucy, and Marino, a cop who used to be her investigator. Each of these characters brings interesting points of view to Cornwell's work. Sometimes they work well together while at other times are fighting like cats and dogs.
In DUST, the murders in Newtown, Connecticut are on their minds. Scarpetta has performed the autopsies on the children whose lives were lost there and has come down with a fierce case of the flu. In the meantime, Marino seeks her out to s