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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Nov. 4 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345465199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345465191
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 653 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,043,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on July 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
Brown wqas simply not up to par! I found it a struggle to get through the book when usally I can't put them down. It was obviosly a gross mistake as far as jacket blurb goes. Who let this get by? I hope Rite Mae Brown can get back on track. If not, I will loose one of my favorite authors!
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By A Customer on July 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Brown's novels and mysteries, and her latest, "Full Cry," did not disappoint me.
I was hooked from the first pages. It's a great read, especially for horse lovers, giving us an up-close look at the fox-hunting culture - particularly Virginia's deeply traditional version. According to her, for example, fox hunters prefer not to kill healthy foxes at the end of a hunt; instead, they are "run to ground" and left to run another day. According to her, the foxes actually come to enjoy the chase. Could this really be true?
Not only is the plot fascinating, including an unusual twist on a murder mystery - who IS killing all those drunks down at the train station, and why? - it's also packed with odds and ends of information. The reader learns, for instance, much about the history of fox hunting and the training of the dogs; perhaps more even than horse-related information.
As always, Brown's animal-empathetic technique of allowing them a point of view and voice as characters in their own right, remains an improbable but enchanting hallmark of her style. In this novel, Brown demonstrates a deeply empathetic concern for the minorities and the marginal in society. I can agree with her there, although sometimes she does fall into a bit of preachiness.
Altogether, however, a wonderful read, especially appealing to animal lovers.
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By A Customer on April 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
Others have written this book is disappointing because the book description and inside flap blurb don't match the story. This is the least of the novel's problems! I have to preface my review by stating that I'm horse owner, all-around animal lover, and have read all of Rita Mae's work. I'm a big fan.
In the case of this novel, I am baffled that her editor didn't ask her to go back to the drawing board, and I wondered if a crazed fan stole an early rough draft of the book from her desk drawer and somehow got it published on the sly. More bothersome than the fact that foxhunting triva seems to eclipse the mystery storyline is the tendency for Brown to use the novel as vehicle for two things: her opinions on human nature, and a "how-to" manual for rural life. It just got so tedious! Lists of brands her characters prefer, how to fix a hole if a dog digs under the fence, how the Ford F350 Dually handles for everyday driving (she writes about those friggin' trucks in every novel. Enough, please!), how to interpret a foxhound pedigree--geeeeez.
The characters aren't interesting or fully developed, and this seems like unedited stream-of-consciousness rather than a well-crafted tale--which is what Brown usually produces. I'll continue to buy her work, and sure hope this one is the exception.
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By "druid3179" on April 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
Usually, I love Rita Mae Brown's work--especially the Mrs. Murphy series. I recently got into the Jane Arnold series, and was very excited to read this book. However, within the first 50 pages, my excitement vanished and was replaced with bewilderment.
First off, unless I fell asleep for a while, the murder of "Sam Lorillard, former shining star and Harvard Law School alum, [who is found] ... dead of a stab wound on a baggage cart at the old train station..." never takes place. Sam is still alive and well by the end of the book.
Aside from this glaringly obvious mistake, I found myself wading through page after page of what very well may be Brown's personal pontifications on life, drugs, the state of youth, and illiteracy, all thinly disguised as her characters' opinions during tedious conversations.
I did enjoy the many hunting scenes in this novel. Although heavy on details only a foxhunter would love, Brown does do a fair job of relating the "thrill of the chase" to her readers. It remains to be seen whether I will bother reading her next Jane Arnold attempt.
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By A Customer on March 23 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a fan of Rita Mae Brown, but I was very confused when I read the inside cover and then read the book! Who was in charge of writing the inside cover summary. They need to be reassigned, as they did not read the book well, or new glasses. NO joke, there was a LARGE disconnect between the two. The story was a bit heavy with foxhunting and clothing. Please give me a story next time.
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Format: Hardcover
Like many others, I am a great fan of Rita Mae Brown's Sneaky Pie books. The other two foxhunting books, while a bit too much boilerplate about the sport, were readable. But this is over the top. Too much about foxhunting. Too much frothy talk amongst the silly hunt crowd. No mystery, but one: how did the book description on the cover get into print? Or onto the Amazon site? It bears no relationship to the book, which one can often find true of cover art. I have sometimes found minor errors in book descriptions on the inside cover, but never anything like this. Here's a mystery I would like to see solved. How did this happen?
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By A Customer on Feb. 7 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
This was the first audio version of the author's work I have heard. If this is a sample of the quality of editing I will steer clear of the others. Although I found the author's voice unappealing, even worse was the swallowing sounds she made when reading her novel. The editing was so poorly done that you could hear pages being turned. When she made a mistake in her reading she began the sentence over again and the mistake was not edited out. Either this was a very low budget project or quality control forgot to check this one.
I have enjoyed her books in the past but next time I'll check to see who is reading it before I pluck it from the shelf.
As noted in the other reviews, the book jacket's description is not actually what happened in the book. Perhaps it was written for another book or another version of this book that never got to the publisher.
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