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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Little Brown (2001)
  • ASIN: B0063DQUXY
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tatiana Beaverhausen on 7 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I always buy my favourite authors' latest books in hardback as I can't wait for the paperback to emerge. How I wish I hadn't bothered with this one. If you had a zero star or even a minus star option, I would have gone for it!
I think Ms. Cornwell has been struggling with the Scarpetta series of late - the increasingly tedious obsession with lesbianism combined with far too much technical detail about helicopters and the many conspiracy theories are beginning to irritate. Clearly the Andy Brazil series is intended to be a lighter read - Hornet's Nest was good, Southern Cross not bad but this one stinks. It's pure farce and completely unbelievable - the nadir of the narrative was when she introduces crabs and trout that think for themselves. The virtually blind governor and the backward islanders are a complete insult to the reader.
Kathy Reichs has been breathing down her neck for quite some time - Cornwell will find her crown snatched away if she continues to write such utter tosh. Given that she must have made herself a small fortune with her previous books, I truly resent the money I spent on this one...
Do yourself a big favour - don't bother with this one. Wait until the paperback if you really must, or borrow it from the library. Sort it out Patricia - this is not your style and we're not that stupid!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I kept reading hoping that it would get better, but was disappointed. Although described as a 'comic romp', I must be having a sense of humour failure - the only funny bits were when it got so awful, you had to laugh.
A tenuous and tedious plot coupled with unbelievable characters (satire or not). Talking crabs and typing dogs aside, there was also a bizarre cameo appearance from Kay Scarpetta who you couldn't help but hope would introduce a reality check. The only thing I could think that cover's promise of 'a Swiftian eye for the absurd' was referring to was the number or readers who will keep reading in the vain hope that they will discover the point of it (or indeed the plot).
I read both Hornet's Nest and Southern Cross and didn't think were great (or at least not as good as the Scarpetta books), but was prepared to see if the characters would develop. With Isle of Dogs, I am still puzzling about how it managed to get to publication - did nobody at her publishers have the courage to say 'this really doesn't work'?
Here's hoping that Cornwell returns to form soon.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have loved every Patricia Cornwall book- until Isle of Dogs.
I couldn't make up my mind whether the Author was making fun of her Readers, or was really losing her way. Talking Crabs and Trout and and pieces of metal being thrown out of the Sea. Enough, please.
My simple view is that the Author must still have plenty of 'serious' books to write and I will read the next one before deciding whether or not to desert and move to other Authors.
Bitterly diss appointing!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Patricia Cornwell has proven without a doubt that without Dr Kay Scarpetta, the book isn't worth the time, nor the money. She missed with "Southern Cross" and "Hornet's Nest", and this time, has missed the boat, overshot the island, and sunk,along with her helicopter hobby, hopefully without a trace. The North American cover states "With a Swiftian eye for the absurd...": there is nothing satirical or Swiftian here, but there is a huge amount of absurdity. It's actually a "no-star" rating, but the window wouldn't go that low.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dayna Goltz on 29 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've been getting more and more dissatisfied with Ms Cornwell for the past couple of years. Her attempts at purple prose in the Scarpetta novels have been intrusive and lame, and the Hammer novels have always been disappointing to me.
She was at her best in the first two Scarpetta novels, and has been going downhill ever since, but with Isle of Dogs she hits a low point. This is simply the worst book I have read in over a decade.
Isle of Dogs only really comes to life in the one of two passages where she describes a crime. Suddenly the writing becomes taught, and the atmosphere tense. You get the sense this woman can actually write - and a pang as you remember the well worked plots and tidy prose of the first few books she wrote. But that sense quickly dissolves as you are foced through page after page of childish and purile nonsense.
Her editor should have thrown this back at her: it reads as if it were written by a 14 year old. Maybe it was. Maybe her contract called for another manuscript and she didn't have the time or the inclination to write a new book so she dragged up some juvenilia, did a bit of re-writing, and foisted this monstrosity on an unsuspecting public.
Please do not waste your money on this book, it is indescribably bad, although it has finally cured me of buying Ms Cornwell's books: it was a hard-to-kill habit, but Isle of Dogs finished it off.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
Having been a Cornwell fan for years and eagerly anticipating her next book, I must say this will be the last one I ever purchase.
This is the most contrived story I have ever read and a huge disappointment from one of my previously favorite authors. When I selected the book I realized that it wasn't a Scarpetta novel and was wary - however I trusted Cornwell to deliver and she failed. The plot is difficult to follow, the characters are unremarkable and vague and her attempt at humor fails dismally.
Having always had the fortitude to stick with a book until the end no matter how dismal, I am finding this book very difficult to finish. It is unfathomable to me how she can expect a trout and crabs speaking in a southern dialect in a bucket to be entertaining to any of her regular fans who are used to sharp plots and even sharper characters.
I wonder if this author has become such a commercial success that now she leaves her story writing to a group of hired lackeys in order to pump up her bank accounts.
My disappointment is complete and I shall never read or purchase another Cornwell novel. In my opinion she has "put one over" on her faithful fans, the group which put her where she is today but no longer includes myself.
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