Hornet's Nest (novel)

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For the 2007 novel, see The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.
Hornet's Nest
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First edition
Author Patricia Cornwell
Country USA
Language English
Genre Crime
Publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 372
ISBN 978-0-425-16098-5
OCLC 38177366
Followed by Southern Cross

Hornet's Nest (1997) is a book by author Patricia Cornwell, set in Charlotte, North Carolina, which was called "a hornet's nest of rebellion" by Cornwallis during the American Revolutionary War.

Plot summary[edit]

The author reveals the heart and soul of a metropolitan police department. With Charlotte as her simmering background, she propels us into the core of the force through the lives of a dynamic trio of heroes: Andy Brazil, an ambitious younger reporter for The Charlotte Observer and an eager - sometimes too eager - volunteer cop; Police Chief Judy Hammer, the professionally strong yet personally troubled guardian of Charlotte's law and order; and her deputy chief, Virginia West, a genuine head-turner who is married to her job. To walk the beat with Hammer, West, and Brazil is to learn the inner secrets of police work - the tension and the tedium, the hilarity and the heartbreak, the unexpected pump of adrenaline and the rush of courage that can lead to heroics ... or death.



The book was adapted as a made-for-TV movie that premiered Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8 p.m. exclusively on TNT. The television film adaptation starred Virginia Madsen, Sherry Stringfield, Michael Boatman, Robbie Amell, Jane McNeill, and Quentin Kerr.[1]


  1. ^ Blevins, Ken (2011-12-16). "'Hornet's Nest' cast enjoy stay in Wilmington". Star-News. Retrieved 2012-02-18.