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Patricia D. Cornwell , Kate Reading
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22 May 2008

Massachusetts State Investigator Win Garano is given one of his most challenging cases yet when he is asked to investigate the death of a young British woman murdered more than forty years ago. Assumed to be a victim of the Boston Strangler, blind Janie Brolin was raped and left for dead in 1962.

With no DNA and sketchy police records, this is a case that will test Garano to his limits. It will take him on a journey through the archives, into the latest innovations in forensic technology, and into partnership with senior officers at London's New Scotland Yard.

And as Garano unearths deadly secrets from the past, his hard-nosed boss Monique Lamont is putting both their lives in jeopardy with her lust for power and success. With past and present colliding, the tension mounts with every page...

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (22 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143142003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143142003
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,259,556 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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For AT RISK: 'In her latest thriller, At Risk, [Cornwell] has returned to what she does best ...' Independent ** 'Few ... can compare to Patricia Cornwell' Sunday Business Post ** 'This is Cornwell writing at the top of her form ... a rich little feast of a book' Irish Times ** 'Brilliant ... this book is just as exciting as any one of the author's Scarpetta mysteries and is thrilling from start to finish' The Lady ** 'An intriguing read' Asda magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second book featuring Winston Garano. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Front 6 July 2008
I wish I had read the other reviews before i purchased my copy. This was possibly the worst book Cornwell has written. I was disappointed with her previous book but decided to risk this one. The plot was sketchy, if there was a plot at all and it skipped from character to character without fleshing any one of them out. The investigation by Win appeared to be superfluous to the story, and why were all the characters so abusive to each other yet at the same time appeared to convey a sexua overtone.Not one of the characters rung true and i couldn't understand why they would even bother to talk to each other, lete alone get into each others beds'. I would not recommend this book to anyone and wish Cornwell would go back to her best loved characters ie Scarletta, Lucy etc. I will hesitate to read any more Patricia Cornwell books in the future. What a shame.A good author gone bad.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointment... 4 July 2008
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I have been an avid fan of Patricia Cornwell since book 1 but of late I have been extremely disappointed and this book was no exception. It lacks everything that made her earlier books so gripping and I can't help but think that maybe this was written for the money. The plot is poor, the characters feeble and well, I did read it through to the end but only because I had paid good money for. I think that in future I will be giving her books a wide berth.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless and rushed 18 Jun 2008
As someone who's always enjoyed Cornwell's novels, her books are always among those I pick up when I see a new title in the book store.
I picked up a copy of "The Front" and having recently completed it, I can say is that it is definitely the worst of Cornwell's titles; in fact I'm not sure how it ever came to print.

We re-join the main characters introduced in "At Risk" and start with the premise of re-opening an old murder case where the victim may have been the first to meet their end at the hands of the Boston Strangler.

So far so good.

However the investigation of the case covers a scant few pages. The remainder of a novel (which is thankfully short to begin with) is fleshed out with poorly developed characters which you never feel any affinity with and a couple of clumsy plot devices that only serve to introduce one-dimensional FBI and Scotland Yard characters who bring nothing to tale.

After reading to the end, I was hoping for some twist, some moment of tension or drama to grab my attention and make it all feel worthwhile.
I haven't included any spoilers; but frankly even if I wanted to I'd struggle - there's no real story to spoil.

In some fictional works a lack of interesting plot and drama is compensated for by engaging character development or witty dialog; but this book is completely bereft of any redeeming features.
It's even more irritating as Cornwell has proved several times that she's a very capable writer.
It certainly feels like a project that's been rushed out to meet a contractual obligation to her publishers - some half-developed story that's been pulled out of the trunk and mailed off on deadline day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree - this is a real let down 9 Jun 2008
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As mentioned by quite a few reviewers, this book is a huge disapointment. I have read all of her novels & have been getting increasingly annoyed when her books have got shorter & shorter with less and less substance. This book is just 180 pages long (compared to nigh on the 400 pages of her first few, and incredibly superior, novels).The plot just starts to get going when, in a blink on an eye, the crime is solved and you are looking at the dust jacket in disbelief. None of the characters are developed enough to care anything about them (good or bad)and the plot is as thin as can be. I have given PC the benefit of the doubt for too long now and I will not be buying any more of her novels as I get as little enjoyment out of them as she obviously does writing them. Please Kathy Reichs, I beg you, do not go the same way and sell out to fame and money, losing sight of the reason you made money in the first place - entertaining people! Nuff said. :-(
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
I have been an avid reader of Patricia Cornwell in the past. I've read all her other novels and have given her a glowing recommendation to any friends who were looking for a new author. However her last few books haven't quite been up to her usual high standard. I read At Risk last year and was sorely disappointed. Thankful that I'd only spent 50p reserving it from the library - I found it lacked depth, the characters were sketchy and the plot was half hearted, rushed and quite frankly pointless. I feel that Cornwell has been dining out on her early successes for too long now - its almost as if she's not trying very hard now and just knocking them out on a yearly basis. This is an insult to all her loyal fans. Its about quality, not quantity dear....

So you can imagine I had mixed feelings when I received an advance copy of the sequel to At Risk - The Front. Part of me felt honoured; excited at being given such and opportunity, but at the same time wary as I desperately wanted Cornwell to return to form.

The Front is a slight improvement. It sees the return of State Investigator Win Garano, who is called into resurrect the unsolved case of an English woman who was murdered in Massachusetts in the 60s. Win's beautiful, ambitious, boss, the ball-breaking Assistant District Attorney Monique Lamont has a hidden political agenda for reopening the case, and yet again she uses Win as a pawn in her games. The deeper Win delves, the more it becomes apparent that all is not what it seems...who is investigating who, and who is setting up who?

The last four books I've read have all been written by British authors, so I had to get my head round reading American English rather than English English again. However, the grammar is atrocious at times!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new case for Win Garano
My review of this novel is perfectly interchangeable with the previous one of this series, "At risk. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Anakina
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Cornwell
Have got a lot of these books and thoroughly enjoy reading them. Kay Scarpetta is an excellent read and would recommend them to anyone who likes the series of Bones.
Published 2 months ago by Carole Cooney
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful books
Have all Patricia Cornwell books cant wait to finish this one as I have read all the others so quickly
Published 2 months ago by marilyn kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read want more
This was a new series to me but in the true Patricia Cornwell Style, inventive, allurring and worthy of a read on a hot beach
Published 7 months ago by Richard Pitt
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Ms Cornwell
76 pages into this book and bored stiff, I thought I would check out the other reviews to see if it was worth persevering with. Apparently not. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S Elliott
1.0 out of 5 stars that was a novel?
What did I not like about it?
A plot that went no where
A "twist" (I think?) forced in
Characters that was absolutely impossible to associate with or like
Lack... Read more
Published 11 months ago by S
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I feel like a day of my life has been stolen. Despite the warnings of friends over dinner I decided to read this having discovered it had been left by a previous occupant of the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pete Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars Did she actually write it?
Like "At Risk" this is poor, poor, poor. Did Patricia Cornwell actually write it? At best she knocked it up over a wet weekend when bored; at worst its a con.
Published 12 months ago by MikeC
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Yet another perfect book from Patricia Cornwell. If you like her writings then this is a must read. give it ago.
Published 17 months ago by frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Front
This is obviously going to be another great series by this fantastic author, thoroughly enjoyed the Scarpetti Series, look forward to many many more
Published 18 months ago by Snoopy
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