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Patricia Cornwell
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Book Description

12 Feb 1998 Andy Brazil
Deputy Chief Virginia West likes and respects her boss, Hammer, but with an increasing number of visiting businessmen being murdered in her city by a maniac with a penchant for painting his victims bright orange, she finds it hard to accept Hammer's edict that a rookie reporter should ride on patrol with her to better relations with their citizens. Her worst fears are confirmed when the reporter, Brazil, presses the button to activate the boot-release rather than the siren on their first outing. He's not the only blight on her life right now: her cat's angsty, her hormones are misbehaving, her opposite number in the uniformed division is behaving like a jackass, the radio despatcher is determined to trip her up, the D.A. is in the middle of a hot battle with the trial schedule. And orange coloured corpses keep turning up on her patch.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (12 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751520268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751520262
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,104 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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Vintage Cornwell: gripping plot, great characters and ironic humour. (COSMOPOLITAN )

Cornwell's portrait of a bustling small city with a growing crime problem is believable and incisive. (THE TIMES )

riveting, stay-up-all-night chiller...hugely enjoyable. (ELLE )

Gripping stuff. (WOMAN AND HOME )

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Realistic and entertaining thriller which throws an ironic light on how to police a city.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hmmmmm.... 22 Feb 2002
Format:Paperback
I borrowed this book from my sister, and I hate to say that by the time I had finished it I was left wondering ehy I had bothered.
The characters are unbelievably cliched and so un-engrossing that I really couldn't care less what happened to them.
This is especially true of the two main characters who appear to have mild cases of schizophrenia. This is evident in their constant mood swings and sudden outburts against each other.
I assume that Cornwell writes for a female audience(this is the only reason I can think of why Cosmopolitan would rate this so highly), so this might be the root of my disliking. However, this doesn't excuse such a run-of-the-mill, stereotype-laden, self-indulgent piece of work
Sorry if you're a fan of Ms. Cornwell's, but I really don't rate her!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what went wrong? 22 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback
I have been an avid fan of Patricia Cornwell for some time now, particularly of her Kay Scarpetta series.Perhaps this is my downfall or is it just that Patricia Cornwell has lost her touch?
The Hornets Nest was such a struggle from the beginning. More characters and complicated personalities than I need to mention, including a cat that seems set on saving himself as well as his owner, perhaps the star of the show?
Sorry, but I found this story to have no solid plot or realistic characters, in contrast to the Scarpetta novels which are oozing with facts and attention to detail, so I ask again, where did it all go wrong? Is this the kind of rubbish i am expected to read if I pick up Southern Cross?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WAS DOA... 10 Nov 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I have read a number of other Patricia Cornwell books, from her Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. While they have all varied in quality, they usually range from good to excellent. That is why this book was a complete shock, as it is one of the worst books that I have read in a long time.
This book is not a Dr. Kay Scarpetta series book. Instead, it is a police procedural that focuses on three individuals: Charlotte's stalwart Police Chief Judy Hammer, her drop dead gorgeous Deputy Chief Virginia West, and Andy Brazil, an intrepid, young news reporter. Unfortunately, while the premise may have been inspired, the book fails in its execution, with characters that never quite work, relationships that are far fetched or never quite gel, a plot that lacks focus and fails to capture the reader's imagination, as well as an excess of mediocre writing in need of serious editing.
Readers beware. This book was DOA. Do not spend one cent on this turkey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 7 Sep 2006
By Net
Format:Paperback
As a big fan of Cornwell's other work I was disappointed and somewhat bemused by this book. It was just...strange. It didn't read well, the characters all seemed to have personality problems and the serial killings were somewhat sidelined by this. The ending was rushed and finding out who committed the murders felt like an afterthought. All in all it was a curious departure from her usual gripping thrillers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Patricia Cornwell's best book 27 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read all of the Kay Scarpetta books and loved every one. I had high expectations of this book but was a bit disappointed. I gave up twice, but the third time I managed to get past the first few chapters. This book takes a while to get into, but it was worth it in the end, and became compelling reading. It also is quite humorous, not something you could say about her other books, I'm not sure about Niles the cat telling some of the story though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't I give this no stars? 20 Jan 2000
By Lisa
Format:Hardcover
What more can I add to what others have said? This book has to be one of the worst I have read in a long time. The plot is laughable (particularly the bit about the cat!), the dialog is false and the characters are totally unsympathetic. I love the Kay Scarpetta books, and have real trouble believing this one is by the same author. Are there two Patricia Cornwells? If you want a tip - don't waste either your money or your time on this one (unless you're having trouble getting to sleep at night, that is...)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WAS DOA... 19 Jan 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I have read a number of other Patricia Cornwell books, from her Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. While they have all varied in quality, they usually range from good to excellent. That is why this book was a complete shock, as it is one of the worst books that I have read in a long time.
This book is not a Dr. Kay Scarpetta series book. Instead, it is a police procedural that focuses on three individuals: Charlotte's stalwart Police Chief Judy Hammer, her drop dead gorgeous Deputy Chief Virginia West, and Andy Brazil, an intrepid, young news reporter. Unfortunately, while the premise may have been inspired, the book fails in its execution, with characters that never quite work, relationships that are far fetched or never quite gel, a plot that lacks focus and fails to capture the reader's imagination, as well as an excess of mediocre writing in need of serious editing...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was Alright 12 May 2001
Format:Hardcover
Found it a struggle to get into, I had never read anything of hers before. I just picked up the book of a friends shelf, once I got into it though I thought it was better but I wouldn't highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Reader
This is not like Patricia Cornwells other books that I love I just couldn't get into it then that's my opinion
Published 10 hours ago by Marigold2732
4.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell not quite at her best
Good read, but found the plot hard to follow at times. This one I found hard to read. Prefer her books about Kay Scapetta. They hold your attention.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Beech
4.0 out of 5 stars My review.
I liked it because it was a different slant on crime solving etc and look forward to reading other in the series.
Published 4 months ago by robert liddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Really enjoyed this story. It's very different to other Patricia Cornwell books that I have read. I am looking forward to reading more books in the same series.
Published 8 months ago by Kate Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
Published 8 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading
Up to standard and as advertised. Good price and delivered without any problems. Will be looking for further books by this author.
Published 9 months ago by John Wills
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as ever
highly recommended, good strong story which is addictive, laced with humour as all her books are, well worth reading cant wait for the next one
Published 10 months ago by chrissie mclaren
1.0 out of 5 stars A very disapointing Read......
I am a huge Cornwell fan and have loved all the Scarpetta books which have earned between 3 and 5 stars.

This book is NOT a scarpetta book and perhaps thats the problem. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ms. C. M. Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars More please.
I have always loved reading Patricia Cornwell's books, gives un an insight into their world. Wish there was more of the Andy Brazil Series.
Published 13 months ago by Barbara Duers
1.0 out of 5 stars My first Cornwell - might be my last
I love crime novels - true and fiction crime. I had never read a Cornwell before but heard lots about her. This was my first novel, given to my by my mother. Read more
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