Southern Cross

Southern Cross

Book - 1998
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Patricia Cornwell has a sixth sense about the men and women in blue. In Hornet's Nest, her page-turning novel about crime and police in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cornwell moved behind the badges of these real-life heroes to uncover flesh-and-blood characters who strode through her pages to reveal vulnerable, passionate, brave, sometimes doubting, always fascinating figures.In Southern Cross, Cornwell takes us even closer to the personal and professional lives of big-city police, in a story of corruption, scandal, and robberies that escalate to murder. This time, her setting is Richmond, Virginia, where Charlotte Police Chief Judy Hammer has been brought by an NIJ grant to clean up the police force. Reeling from the recent death of her husband, and resented by the police force, city manager, and mayor of Richmond, Hammer is joined by her deputy chief Virginia West and rookie Andy Brazil on the most difficult assignment of her career. In the face of overwhelming public scrutiny, the trio must bring truth, order, and sanity to a city in trouble.Following in the path of her latest blockbuster Kay Scarpetta thriller, Point of Origin, Patricia Cornwell's new novel is a testimony to the singular versatility and narrative power of one of the country's best-read storytellers.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1998.
ISBN: 9780399144653
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,25 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Apr 03, 2014

I thought this book was strange, for lack of a better word. I don't know if the author intended to do so, but it came across almost like a cartoon representation of the police department in Richmond, Virginia and most of the characters could have been played by toddlers in a daycare

Oct 02, 2011

Not up to the Scarpetta series standard. Didn't finish it.

Nov 08, 2007

hard to get into

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at my library

To Top