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The Front (Winston Garano Series) Hardcover – 15 May 2008

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  • 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)

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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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The second book featuring Winston Garano

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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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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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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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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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Don't despair because a new book from Patrica Cornwell does not mention Scarpetta on the dust jacket. "The Front" is the second book featuring Police Detective Win Garano and Assistant District Attorney Monique Lamont. Coming in just over 180 pages it is the perfect summer read. Before I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy from Little Brown I had started reading the serialisation of this book in The (London ) Times and found my self starting each day with a read rather than ending it such was it's engaging chapter structure.

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 ! )
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