After two relatively erudite novels, I felt the need to induldge in a spot of American crime – the CSI of literature, to my mind. This was the “oldest” Kay Scarpetta novel I could find on the library shelves, and it deals with a time when Scarpetta is still working out her feelings for Benton, and getting over the death of her previous lover, Mark. Lucy is in the early years of her career and still honing her skills as an FBI agent. In other parts of the plot, Patricia Cornwell offers dismembered bodies both sides of the Atlantic, and a mutant smallpox epidemic spread by postal deliveries. See, very CSI.