- Hardcover: 181 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st. Edition edition (15 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408700514
- ISBN-13: 978-1408700518
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Front (Winston Garano Series) Hardcover – 15 May 2008
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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
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The characters are as varied & interesting as the insights gained into the wranglings of politics and policing. As ever, Patricia Cornwell is to meticulous detail what J.K Rowling is to fantasy.
Why does the Assistant DA want to investigate a 45 year old crime ? Why does the State Governor not want her to ? Why are Scotland Yard more interested in investigating the DA rather than the crime ?
This book does not set out to win literary awards, but to entertain and it does.
( & it sent me off on a little investigation of my own .... to track down a 2002 Wolf Hill Pinot Noir ! )
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bit of a disappointment really as I had loved At Risk where the character of Winston Gerano was introduced He was a pale shadow of the fascinating but flawed character in At... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. james
Not worth the time spent reading, I love patricia cornwell, don't know what happened herePublished 11 months ago by lolomc38
I've read every book she's written and I can honestly say I've never found one I didn't like, she just gets better and better.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book although I must say I nearly didn't buy it because of the many negative reviews. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Julia
It was a great story but the book was much shorter than I expected. Unexpected ending.Published 15 months ago by Maggie