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Patricia Cornwell
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Book Description

2 Dec 1999 Andy Brazil
Judy Hammer has accepted the challenge of Richmond, Virginia's police department to try and reverse the escalating crime statistics in the city. She brings with her Deputy Chief Virginia West and Andy Brazil, now a full-time police officer. They find a lot of things they are all too familiar with - teenage gangs, a rash of robberies at cash dispensers, street corner drug-dealing, racial tensions, too many people with too many guns and a cardiac inducing lack of parking spaces. They also meet resentment from the established police force and over-high expectations from the city's institutions. Then a computer virus crashes the police computer, freezing their screens with a design of blue fish, and the same blue fish appears on the statue of Jefferson Davis, which a graffiti artist has turned into a black basketball player and a gang called the Pikes claim it is their symbol, which also has links to the robberies. In an incredibly fast-moving police procedural Patricia Cornwell takes her readers on a roller-coaster ride of action and emotion.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (2 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751527130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751527131
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,318 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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With the phenomenal success of her Scarpetta books, Cornwell set herself something of a problem: how to strike off in new directions with different protagonists. It is good to report that the trio introduced so compellingly in Hornet's Nest, Police Chief Judy Hammer and colleagues Virginia West and Andy Brazil, make an assured return in this up-tempo sequel. The locale this time is Richmond, Virginia, and Cornwell quickly immerses us in the personal lives and politics of a big-city police force reeling from corruption and intrigue. Hammer is there to reduce the crime rate, but is still trying to come to terms with the death of her husband. And when a gang of juvenile killers starts creating havoc, she finds herself dealing with both public scrutiny and the resentments of her staff. While the characterisation and plotting (always Cornwell's strong suits) remain as razor sharp as ever, there is more emphasis on humour, making a piquant contrast to the high-octane action (although some might find the whimsical character names--Smudge, Muskrat, Weed, et al--a tad too Dickensian for this kind of urban thriller). Supremely entertaining stuff, and though some may yearn for the return of her doughty pathologist heroine, Cornwell has demonstrated that she is no one-trick pony. --Barry Forshaw

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Cornwell peels off every layer of this taut society in a careering crime drama that is full of suspense and excitement and has a shaft of humanity beneath the tough talk and the wisecracks. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)

some very fine comic scenes. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

this highly entertaining confection shows Cornwell clearly has more than one string to her bow. (IRELAND ON SUNDAY)

Always a winner. (NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE CHRONICLE)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but enjoyable 5 Sep 2001
Format:Paperback
I guess most people who will read this book will read it because of the name of Patricia Cornwell. This was the first Patricia Cornwell book I read (I really should have read Hornet's Nest first). Now i have read some other books by her I have found that Hornets nest and Southern Cross are different to her previous novels. They cannot really be compared since one is more a medical view whereas this based on the police side on the crimes. I prefer this police view of crime, solving them with good old police methods rather than forensic evidence
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I can't help feeling that the 1-star reviews have missed the point. This is very different from PC's Kay Scarpetta books; it's a light, frothy confection that she seems to have enjoyed writing as a change from the more sombre Scarpetta formula. It's almost as if Terry Pratchett had a go at writing a police procedural - there's teenage hooligans, brainless rednecks, and the priceless rebirth of Confederate president Jefferson Davis as a black basketball player. Great fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute waste of money 28 Feb 2000
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Format:Paperback
Was this really written by Patricia Cornwell? It reads as if it were written by a committee - none of whom can write. Don't even think of buying it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, good but not her best. 13 Sep 2001
Format:Paperback
When i read this book i had already read Hornet's Nest, In my opinion to get a feel for her new style of book you have to read both books. This book has its good points but compared to Dr Scarpetta these books are not quite as good, in fact they do not come close. But the new veiw on the crimes have a similiar style and i feel they can only get better in time, so i will be reading her next book in the series to make my full opinion.Overall if you are considering reading a book written by Patricia Cornwell i suggest you do not read either this book or Hornets nest to get a real feel for this Auther you should read All that Remains, Unnatural Exposure or Point of Origin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent and shallow 13 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Ouch. As a longtime Cornwell fan I struggled with Southern Cross but this was just awful. It appeared like a bad first draft. The characters are cardboard, the dialogue is deeper on the Jerry Springer Show and the plot just silly. the net result is you just don't care after a while and it was a real stuggle to finish the book - one I wish I'd lost. It included gems such as a character being outlined as an non-drinking fitness fanatic in one scene, then having beers with their chat six pages later. Doesn't Patricia cornwell have a sub-editor, or at least read her stuff back to herself before publication? Apparently not...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good read 10 Mar 2014
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Not my favourite Cornwell book. I much prefer the Scarpetta series of books much more. However if you like Cornwell's books you will still like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced. 11 Aug 2013
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Again I enjoyed this book in the Andy Brazil series. Great characters and plot line. Events that you hope never happen in real life, but to certain extent probably do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i am addicted 20 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
straight in to book two cant wait to get home from work to find out what happens next, roll on next in series
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars at last it arrives
Due to circumstances beyond the sellers control, my book has only just arrived.
i have wanted this particular copy to complete my set. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by Blue girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Cornwell
I read the 3 Andy Brazil books against advice from more than one person. I wanted to see for myself if they really were that bad. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by Cloggie Downunder
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Cross
This book is a sequel to Hornet's Nest and it would be best to read them in order of publication. But if you don't want read both, Southern Cross makes sense on its own and would... Read more
Published on 26 May 2010 by Ragnar
2.0 out of 5 stars Black Humor
From some of the other reviews it seems that some people just don't have a sense of humor. The book is not her usually writting, instead of a serious serial killer story, expect a... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2007 by M. A. Ramos
1.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent and shallow - so true
I am a fan of PC but this book is awful. I struggled to finish it in the hope it would get better. Do not waste your money on this!
Published on 10 Nov 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Trading on past good stuff. Deserves less than 1 star!!!
I'm rarely moved to write my views, particularly negative ones, but here goes!
I agree with the review headed "Incoherent and Shallow" I'm afraid. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2001
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