Islands of the Gulf-Part I slipped down like fine sherry, as did the first book in the quartet.
Herbert West self-metamorphosizes into a new persona, Francis Dexter, one who now eschews revivification and has morals. It's all very fascinating, and Driscoll, a superb writer, takes you on a fine series of adventures at sea and to the Pacific Northwest with her stellar prose and pitch-perfect tone. That I've sailed in and around Desolation Sound and Victoria Island only made things better.
The characters of Andre Boudreau and Margaret Bellgarde are perfect foils for our deranged hero. The author paints them well, bringing them to life as they respond to the strangeness around them.
As a physician myself, there's something paradoxically attractive about these novels of a rogue doctor. I love 'em. Beware, though, reader, there's more than a bit of Patricia Highsmith in Ms. Driscoll, and her heroes--like the Talented Mr. Ripley-- have a dark side. Of course, this adds to the fun.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)