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Hornet's Nest (Andy Brazil) Paperback – 12 Feb 1998

3.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (12 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751520268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751520262
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vintage Cornwell: gripping plot, great characters and ironic humour. (COSMOPOLITAN)

Cornwell's portrait of a bustling small city with a growing crime problem is believable and incisive. (THE TIMES)

riveting, stay-up-all-night chiller...hugely enjoyable. (ELLE)

Gripping stuff. (WOMAN AND HOME)

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'Vintage Cornwell: gripping plot, great characters and ironic humour.' (Cosmopolitan)

'Cornwell's portrait of a bustling small city with a growing crime problem is believable and incisive.' (The Times)

'Riveting, stay-up-all-night chiller ... hugely enjoyable.' (Elle) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this book from my sister, and I hate to say that by the time I had finished it I was left wondering ehy I had bothered.
The characters are unbelievably cliched and so un-engrossing that I really couldn't care less what happened to them.
This is especially true of the two main characters who appear to have mild cases of schizophrenia. This is evident in their constant mood swings and sudden outburts against each other.
I assume that Cornwell writes for a female audience(this is the only reason I can think of why Cosmopolitan would rate this so highly), so this might be the root of my disliking. However, this doesn't excuse such a run-of-the-mill, stereotype-laden, self-indulgent piece of work
Sorry if you're a fan of Ms. Cornwell's, but I really don't rate her!
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I have been an avid fan of Patricia Cornwell for some time now, particularly of her Kay Scarpetta series.Perhaps this is my downfall or is it just that Patricia Cornwell has lost her touch?
The Hornets Nest was such a struggle from the beginning. More characters and complicated personalities than I need to mention, including a cat that seems set on saving himself as well as his owner, perhaps the star of the show?
Sorry, but I found this story to have no solid plot or realistic characters, in contrast to the Scarpetta novels which are oozing with facts and attention to detail, so I ask again, where did it all go wrong? Is this the kind of rubbish i am expected to read if I pick up Southern Cross?
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
I have read a number of other Patricia Cornwell books, from her Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. While they have all varied in quality, they usually range from good to excellent. That is why this book was a complete shock, as it is one of the worst books that I have read in a long time.
This book is not a Dr. Kay Scarpetta series book. Instead, it is a police procedural that focuses on three individuals: Charlotte's stalwart Police Chief Judy Hammer, her drop dead gorgeous Deputy Chief Virginia West, and Andy Brazil, an intrepid, young news reporter. Unfortunately, while the premise may have been inspired, the book fails in its execution, with characters that never quite work, relationships that are far fetched or never quite gel, a plot that lacks focus and fails to capture the reader's imagination, as well as an excess of mediocre writing in need of serious editing.
Readers beware. This book was DOA. Do not spend one cent on this turkey.
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Having read all of the Scarpetta series and thoroughly enjoyed them I was concerned that this new series would not live up to the high standards Cornwell had set herself. I needn't have worried. The plot was excellent with just the right combination of fast moving action and careful character examination. The characters are believable and I really felt that I could relate to them and their feelings. I knew this book was good when I found myself sitting up till the early hours of the morning screaming at the pages as if Andy Brazil or Virginia West could hear me. The book is very different to Cornwell's earlier novels and, for that reason, may not be to everyone's taste but I loved it and can't wait to read Southern Cross, the sequel. Hornet's Nest has given me a real taste for Cornwell's new characters, who are a lot less sombre than her original creations and in my opinion a lot more fun. I can definitely see why this novel is an international bestseller and I recommend it to all.
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What more can I add to what others have said? This book has to be one of the worst I have read in a long time. The plot is laughable (particularly the bit about the cat!), the dialog is false and the characters are totally unsympathetic. I love the Kay Scarpetta books, and have real trouble believing this one is by the same author. Are there two Patricia Cornwells? If you want a tip - don't waste either your money or your time on this one (unless you're having trouble getting to sleep at night, that is...)
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As a big fan of Cornwell's other work I was disappointed and somewhat bemused by this book. It was just...strange. It didn't read well, the characters all seemed to have personality problems and the serial killings were somewhat sidelined by this. The ending was rushed and finding out who committed the murders felt like an afterthought. All in all it was a curious departure from her usual gripping thrillers.
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2003
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I have read a number of other Patricia Cornwell books, from her Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. While they have all varied in quality, they usually range from good to excellent. That is why this book was a complete shock, as it is one of the worst books that I have read in a long time.
This book is not a Dr. Kay Scarpetta series book. Instead, it is a police procedural that focuses on three individuals: Charlotte's stalwart Police Chief Judy Hammer, her drop dead gorgeous Deputy Chief Virginia West, and Andy Brazil, an intrepid, young news reporter. Unfortunately, while the premise may have been inspired, the book fails in its execution, with characters that never quite work, relationships that are far fetched or never quite gel, a plot that lacks focus and fails to capture the reader's imagination, as well as an excess of mediocre writing in need of serious editing...
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