Hornet's Nest Hardcover – 1996
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The beginning to about 3/5 in was overtly sexual in tone, all the descriptions of persons for one and most characters being either wildly homosexual or homophobic, then it leapt to kooky when she began telling parts of the story from the point of view of characters who mattered little and do I have to mention the cat? Then it was back to the heavy sexual tones and interlaced with kooky feline perspective that was rather distracting and detracted from the main story.
The book is not great. Like I said, I can imagine this being written under the Change or a menacing deadline, maybe even as an exercise to vent gone weirdly awry. While not told in a very Scarpetta way, it was okay. If anyone paid attention to the beginning of the novel and the explanation about the Hornet's nest and takes that into the account through the rest of the book, it makes an insane sort of sense.
I was not thrilled with the ending and would have thrown the book had I not feared harming someone else in the room. I don't recommend buying the book. Check it out from a library if you're curious. Or, if you have to buy it, make sure you have the address where you can sell it back. It will help pass the time of two days, I guess I read it rather quickly, and lend to some interesting psychological profiles but other than that... I can't say the book would do much for diehard Scarpetta fans.
This book is not a Dr. Kay Scarpetta series book. Instead, it is a police procedural that focuses on three individuals: Charlotte's stalwart Police Chief Judy Hammer, her drop dead gorgeous Deputy Chief Virginia West, and Andy Brazil, an intrepid, young news reporter. Unfortunately, while the premise may have been inspired, the book fails in its execution, with characters that never quite work, relationships that are far fetched or never quite gel, a plot that lacks focus and fails to capture the reader's imagination, as well as an excess of mediocre writing in need of serious editing.
This audio book also suffers from a painful reading by noted actor Chris Sarandon, whose performance on this audio book is almost embarrassing. Narrated in a precise, almost prissy manner, his performance lacks a certain grit that is almost demanded by a police procedural. Moreover, his segues into the different characters are done in a way that grate upon the ear. Chris, a word to the wise...don't quit your day job.
Readers beware. This book was DOA. Do not spend one cent on this turkey. If you feel the urge for turkey, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Be thankful that you have not wasted your money on this book.
Most recent customer reviews
If you're a fan of the Kay Scarpetta series, it's hard not to be disappointed going to Hornet's Nest. The writing in the beginning of the book hit me strange, almost non-cornwell. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Patty Philbrook
I nearly didn't buy this book because of the reviews,well I loved it.No it is not like the Kay Scarpetta series which I also am enjoying. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by B.Lofts
This has to be the worst of Cornwell's novels. I love the Scarpetta series, but I will never buy anything that has the name "Hammer" in it.Published on May 27 2003
I first received this book years ago and, because of the bad reviews, I let my girlfriend read it first. Read morePublished on March 28 2003
I can not believe that this novel was written by the same woman who has given us the Kay Scarpetta series. This book was boring and lacked plot and substance. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003
After reading this novel, I had to ask myself "why was this ever even published?" I've enjoyed Cornwell novels immensely over the years and was horribly disappointed in this piece... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by K. M. Chance
I've heard good things about Ms. Cornwell's books. Perhaps I started at the wrong end of her literary scale. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002