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Patricia Cornwell
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8 Mar 2007 Winston Garano Series (Book 1)

A 'one-off' from the best-selling creator of the Dr Kay Scarpetta series, based on the serialisation in the New York Times.

Moving between the chill of Cambridge, Massachusetts and the sultry humidity of Knoxville, Tennessee, Winston Garano, a police investigator, is instructed to look into a twenty-year-old murder case. Although Win reckons there are many more pressing current cases which should have higher priority, he gets on with the task, unaware of the can of worms he will prise open. With her hallmark qualities of deft characterisation, perfect research and tense story-telling, Patricia Cornwell has created a novel which entertains, intrigues and satisfies.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (8 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075153871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751538717
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Cornwell is the 2008 winner of the Galaxy British Book Awards' Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year - the first American ever to win this prestigious award. Postmortem was the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year and Cruel and Unusual won the coveted Gold Dagger Award in 1993.

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Another Patricia Cornwell appears, and it's a pretty safe bet that At Risk will storm its way to the top of the best-selling charts. Cornwell has been at the top of the American crime writing tree for so long now that her position is virtually unassailable--even when she produces the odd misfire (which he has been known to do). Fortunately, At Risk can be counted among her successes, though its brevity may disappoint some.

The book is based on a recent story of the same name serialised in The New York Times, but those hoping for the return of Cornwell’s resourceful forensic specialist Dr Kay Scarpetta will have to wait a little longer, as Cornwell introduces a new central character in this book. Having inhabited the mind of a female protagonist for so long, the author has felt the need to move into very different territory with a charismatic male police investigator at the centre of the narrative. The book takes the reader from the cool climes of Cambridge, Massachusetts to the overbearing heat of Knoxville Tennessee. Win Garano is handed a tricky assignment: he is to investigate a murder case that is over two decades old. District Attorney Monique Lamont isn't concerned about the difficulties of the case, though--she simply wants results for personal reasons. Win is convinced that he has been saddled with a very low priority case, but quickly finds that there is much more to this twenty-year-old mystery than he thought. As some very dangerous secrets are uncovered, Win finds himself dealing with both the consequences of his investigation and the remarkable ambitiousness of Monique Lamont as he pursues a political grand prize. In the past, when Cornwell has moved away from the safe territory of the Kay Scarpetta novels, she has slightly alienated her dedicated fan base. But she is absolutely right to take chances like this in order to freshen her literary inspiration, and this fast-moving piece is a laudable effort, even if it comes in at a rather shortish page count. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


This sparky novella-length work... is read with aplomb by Kate Reading. There are two great characters, crackling with suppressed chemistry (Sunday Times)

Kate Reading's telling of AT RISK keeps the listener hooked from the start (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

The pace is cracking. (DAILY MIRROR)

This book is just as exciting as one of the author's Scarpetta thrillers and is thrilling from start to finish. (THE LADY)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear!! 6 April 2007
I have always loved the Kay Scarpetta series and picked up this book thinking that it was going to be just as good. How mistaken I was. The story has no plot and jumps from one aspect to another without any thought. The charcters seem to have some sort of sixth sense (in my opinion) as they somehow manage to solve the crime without using any of the evidence, of which there is very little.

If you, like me are used to the standard of the Scarpetta series, then you would be better off ignoring this book, I wish I had!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorely disappointed 12 July 2006
By the elf
In line with other readers I found this very disappointing. It seems hurried. Rushed out to make a bit more money. Preying on the gullibility of fans. Don't waste your money!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling 9 April 2007
By G. Peet
Having read Ms Cornwells books from the early Potters Field, it has been saddening to see her novels deteriorate so badly. This one however, is in a class of its own.

The crime as such - a twenty year old murder 'cold case' involving a rich old lady - is almost forgotten about in the drivel of supposedly political machinations. There is no plot, no believe-ability and, as one other reviewer stated, no characters that you even begin to care about.

I have never read such a weak novel. Whilst in its favour it is mercifully short, dont buy this if you are looking for a crime/forensic book. Out of the hundred and eightyish pages, the murder is done and dusted in approxamately twenty. If that. Suddenly towards the end of the book, almost as an after-thought, the details of the crime and the murders are solved in about ten paragraphs. Thats it. No detective work as such, no preponderance of evidence, no possible suspects to dither between, just WHAM!!!! instant solving of age old murder.

Avoid this book like the plague. It is atrocious.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At Risk 23 Jun 2006
Having been an avid reader of Cornwell's books I looked forward to the latest one. It is a very poor story and not value for money. Under 200 pages of double spaced script which could be condensed to 100 pages - a new author wouldn't get past thne first post with this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!11 14 April 2007
By Kate
I am a fan of Patricia Cornwell who, until now, has never been disappointed. I had to force myself to finish reading this nonsense. Even at half the retail price, this book of less than half the usual amount of pages and approx twice the font size was a rip off.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete drivel 30 Mar 2007
I have loved Patricia Cornwell books from the very start, but they have deteriorated over the past few years (with the exception of Trace which was excellent, much more like the old Cornwell) - but this is in a class of it's own (hopefully). It is absolutely horrendous. The characters are unlikable and annoying, so frankly you don't really care what happens to them. The one good thing I can say about this book is that it is short so the torture of reading it doesn't last too long.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Cornwell is Taking the Mick 3 Jun 2007
If I hadn't known otherwise, I would never have guessed that this 'novel' was written by Patricia Cornwell. The plot was weak, the characters shallow and stereotyped, and the writing poor. Patricia Cornwell seems to be trading on her success to make money out of her fans by palming them off with this sub-standard work masquerading as a full length novel. If you allow for the wide margins, large print and numerous blank pages, this is, at best, a short story. To sell it as a full length novel is a con, and must stretch the Trades Description Act to the limit. When I had finished it, I felt that I had been cheated and was quite angry. I shall never again buy any more Cornwell books other than the Scarpetta series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Help! 5 July 2006
Being an avid fan of Patricia Cornwell and her style I started to read her newest book "At Risk" last week. Having read two chapters I find I can't be bothered to pick it up and read any more. The characters are flat and uninteresting, and the story line fails to grip unlike the Scarpetta stories,(although the last few offerings of these are not a patch on the earlier ones). Think I'll stick to Kathy Reichs in future if I want a good patholgy story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 24 days ago by Caitriona McGuane
3.0 out of 5 stars At Risk Patricia Cornwell.
I am a great fan of Patricia Cornwell so perhaps my expectations were high, but I found this book hard reading and somewhat disappointing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Ramsay
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast but good
I admit I was sceptical about this short novel by Cornwell, being very short, but I had to change my mind. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anakina
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
Excellent Patricia at her best as always once again when I started reading I could not put It down superb
Published 9 months ago by brianatkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather formulaic thriller
It kept me turning the pages but I found the characters rather dull. Winston Garano is a bit one dimensional
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Jean C Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars At Risk
Patricia Cornwell, is another of my favorite authors i've read just about all of the Scarpetti series, and her characters are incredible, but very enjoyable
Published 19 months ago by Snoopy
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
Excellent read, excellent read, fantastic read, really enjoyed it. The Kindle version is fantastic. I love my Kindle. Would certainly tell friends.
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by chukkingmouse
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing
This book is so bad that I had to re-examine to cover half way through to make sure it was written by Patricia Cornwell. Read more
Published on 13 July 2010 by Lucinda A. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Bring back Scarpeta - please
This book is such a let down and an anti-climax after the excellent Scarpeti series. Don't bother with it. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2009 by Ireland
3.0 out of 5 stars At Risk
This is a very short book, so if your looking for a quickie and you like PC then this is a good option for you. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2009 by Mrs D
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