Patricia Cornwell turns from forensics to police procedures in her latest novel, Hornet’s Nest. This book is less a thriller than a character study of the main characters: Judy Hammer, chief of police in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hammer’s deputy, Virginia West; and Andy Brazil, a young reporter assigned to ride with the police as they go about their jobs.
I didn’t even know this book existed because all of the Patricia Cornwell books I’ve read have been of the Kay Scarpetta Series.
This is a great story and so much of it rang true because a very close relative was in the policing business for many years even becoming a Chief, so I know how much patrol offices love to have “ride alongs”, NOT!
Andy Brazil is a newspaper reporter who wants to work the police beat but also dreams of being an actual policeman and he is assigned begrudgingly to ride with a female Deputy Chief and although this is crime fiction it also is a study in human nature and a very good one. Andy is very diligent about his job, sometimes too much so. He’s a sweet young man that you don’t want to see get hurt.
I will have to scout out other books in the Andy Brazil Series because it was a very good read.