Cornwell, Patricia. The Book of the Dead.
The book of the dead is the morgue log where Kay Scarpetta enters all the cases that pass through her morgue. Opening with a brutal murder in Rome, then moving to Charleston, South Carolina, Cornwell creates one-dimensional bad guys (Dr. Self is almost funny in her egocentricity) and the "good guys" have so many personal flaws, I wanted to smack each one. Twice.
This is the first time in years that I've bothered with Cornwell. Should have left well enough alone.
Fiction. Mystery. 2008. 511 pages.