Superintendent Judy Hammer and State trooper and
Internet columnist Andy Brazil are still assigned to
Richmond, where they are rooting out corruption in the
police department. The Virginia Governor assigned them to
clean up the state trooper office, but Judy is finding this
difficult since she has trouble communicating with the Head
State official. Neither Judy nor Andy knows that somebody
close to the governor is blocking all attempts for the trio
to talk to one another.
The troublemaker in the governor's office is in
collusion with a gang of road pirates, the leader of who
has a score to settle with both Andy and his boss. On a
lighter note, the people of Tangier Island, fed up with
governor's antics, kidnap a dentist and declare their
independence from the state of Virginia. In a dazzling
climax, all problems are resolved in a most original manner.
Although ISLE OF DOGS is nothing like the Kay Scarpetta
medical thrillers, it is a fine work that deserves equal
praise, as the author's more renowned tales receive. Ms.
Cornwell has written a satirical police procedural that
allows the audience an insider's look at the workings of
the police department. Andy is wonderful as an Internet
writer ferreting out corruption in high places and some
really low ones too. There are actually moments that
readers will laugh out loud at a dark criminal scene. Read
this superb book to understand how this is possible.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 13, 2001