Red Mist, Hardback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Kay Scarpetta has arranged to meet an inmate at the high-security Georgia Prison for Women.

The prisoner is a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against advice, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out - she believes she may hold some answers to the murder of her former deputy.

But soon she finds connections to a string of grisly killings, including the slaughter of a Savannah family years earlier.

She can see a pattern to these killings, but who is behind them and why? As she learns more, Scarpetta is compelled to conclude that this is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781408702321



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Cornwell has mastered crime fiction and has a string of successes to her name stretching back many years. Red Mist is a different book from many of her earlier novels. This is an inward looking examination of Kay Scarpetta, her past and her relationships. Set in a steamy American South the claustrophobia and feelings of entrapment about which you can do nothing are very strong. This is a book where not much happens but every page is loaded with meaning and foreboding for Scarpetta. Keeping the focus on Scarpetta heightens the suffocating insularity of the situation, but makes some of the key offstage activities seem dream-like and inconsequential. A fine read that I found genuinely scary without any explicit horrors.

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