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  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568957092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568957098
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (514 customer reviews)


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THE LAST MONDAY morning of March began with promise in the historic city of Richmond, Virginia, where prominent family names had not changed since the war that was not forgotten. Read the first page
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I had read the first book of this series, focusing on the Chief Judy Hammer and Andy Brazil, several years ago and I admit that, being accustomed to follow the adventures of Kay Scarpetta, I had not appreciated it much, so I had put off for a long time reading this second novel (for more than 10 years).
I think I did well, because since then I've definitely expanded my reading and now I possess the tools to appreciate it.
"Southern Cross" is certainly a good novel. More than the usual detective story it is a slice of life in the capital of Virginia, Richmond. At the same time, mixing humour and action, it presents a story that you do not expect. For most of the reading you have fun in getting to know the characters, but you don't know exactly where the story will take you.
At one point, things change and you are wrapped in a whirlwind of events.
By carefully reading this book you realize how much Cornwell is good at writing. Her characters are terribly real and you cannot help but love them or hate them.
The ending as always in her novels is pretty quick, but it aligns perfectly with the rhythm of the last part of the book.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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This one misses the mark for me. Try another like the Body Farm to enjoy this talented writer. From Potter's Field was also a good read.
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Southern Cross is too ridiculous to be a detective novel, to violent to be a comic novel. This is my first venture into Cornwell. I have been told that her Scarpetta novels are better. I may try one of them one day, but I am too astounded by this book to try another or her soon.
Starting with a character named Buttner (called Butt) Fluck, aka Bubba, a blue-blooded southern aristocrat with an Austrian accent who speaks English like Chico Marx, and a thoroughly dislikable bad guy who is a well dressed, well groomed white guy with suspicious eyes, who gets sexually aroused by robbing and later by killing people.
When one watches a farce on stage, on knows that all of the characters are going to interact with each other and there will be no outside characters. Southern Cross is just such a farce. The coincidences never stop.
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By A Customer on Jan. 7 2003
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YUK. Will never read another by this author. Took it back to the store and was told alot of people did the same.
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Let's see -- I thought that the book was enjoyable, an easy read. It reflects some of the needless frustrations of administering the city. Ms. Cornwell has good information here.
I am more irritated than amused when she gets things wrong -- like referring to Oregon Hill as Oregon Hills -- but I figure she spends most of her days in NYC and has a second-hand relationship with Richmond.
But, so it goes. Richmond is a sour and dying little town, sadly, and this Ms. Cornwell also captures well. It's a shame. It was a great place to grow up in the fifties and sixties. It just isn't a great place to live anymore.
I think there are likely millions of people that could echo that statement about their own hometowns.
I read this because a friend -- now in San Francisco, and who would want to live there??? -- sent it to me. I have never been able to make it past the first two or three chapters in anything else by Ms. Cornwell that I've picked up. This held me from the start.
One of the things that I found most appealing is her efforts to sidestep -- or at least not succumb to -- stereotypes.
E.g., Bubba, the character that was most susceptible to the indignities of Political Correctness, was portrayed with a bit of sympathy and perhaps even fondness.
Plus, anything that has the Battle flag on the cover, I am honor-bound to love. You see, I'm a Bubba, myself.
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Unlike many other readers I LOVED this book.
What confuses me is why so many people couldn't figure out this book was meant to be funny. For the love of God, she writes about what a dog is thinking in this book. I don't understand why so many people thought this novel was meant to be read in the same tone of her Scarpetta novels. I did not buy this book expecting to read a Kay Scarpetta type novel . If Ms. Cornwell wanted to write a Scarpetta novel that is what she would have done. She would not have created a new set of characters.
Further, I find it necessary to state the somehow forgotten fact that Ms. Cornwell is a writer of stories. Just because she has created one character that so many people love does not mean she is doomed to spend the rest of her life writing about that one character, or even typecast to only be able to write serial killer driven novels. I was pleasantly surprised that she had this novel (and the series) in her. Not many writers can flawlessly write books that make you want to sleep with your night light on then turn and write a book that makes you laugh out loud.
I apologize if I seem to be bashing previous reviewers because I am not. I'm simply wearied by all of the current Cornwell bashing. It somehow seems to have become the vogue thing to insult Ms. Cornwell and everything she does. I, however, remain a fan of hers and plan to continue buying her books.
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