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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; First Edition edition (May 20 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399154183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154188
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #602,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the start of this weak sequel to 2006's At Risk from bestseller Cornwell, Monique Lamont, a politically ambitious D.A., uses a speech at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass., to launch an implausible anticrime initiative she's labeled No Neighbor Left Behind ("The decline of neighborhoods is potentially as destructive as global warming"). Lamont orders her main investigator, Win Garano, to reopen the case of a blind English woman, Janie Brolin, murdered in Watertown in 1962. Lamont suspects Brolin may have been the first victim of the notorious Boston Strangler. For reasons that Lamont fails to coherently articulate, solving this crime will galvanize the public into caring about crime in general. Not incidentally, it will also bolster her chances of ascending to greater power. Lamont's irresponsible approach to her job may strike some readers as bizarre, while Garano's ambivalence about his boss adds little to his appeal. The unsophisticated depiction of power politics (e.g., Lamont suggests to the governor of Massachusetts that solving Brolin's murder will make him Time magazine's man of the year) is not what the legions of Kay Scarpetta fans have come to expect.
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"[A] classically written crime novel...sure to please."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Émilie on March 10 2009
Format: Hardcover
Why is that that so many bestsellers authors seem to take their inspiration in the work of other bestsellers authors ? Although I like K. Reich, I always disliked the close resemblance of her Brennan main character to Cornwell's Scarpetta. Now, I have come to dislike the obvious similarities between Cornwell's Win "Geronimo" character and Patterson's Cross, not to mention the grandmother who raised them both. Unfortunately, this time, Cornwell's personage is a lot les interesting and less coherent than Cross and although he is meant to be a nice enough guy, he certainly is not pictured clearly nor finely enough for the reader to connect very much with him. And, for the record, why do so many characters share names or nicknames ? Geronimo easily brings to mind Connely's Hyeronimus Bosch while Win takes us back to Coben's Win, the zen and high society psychopath who befriends Myron Bolitar, the main character. IS there a recipe to success that includes a 20 item names list ?

I did not like the book for the characters are shallow, the story thin and the whole plot, rushed into an ill-fitted ending. The book is 175 pages long but, yet, many parts of it are stretched to the point that the book sort of starts around page 100! I used to love Cornwell's books but this one was a strong disappointment. Another one like this and she won't be on my "buy" list anymore.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
My review of this novel is perfectly interchangeable with the previous one of this series, "At risk."
The pattern is exactly the same: an unsolved murder case from the past and a case that involves somehow, unexpectedly, the prosecuting attorney Monique Lamont. The main protagonists are always the same. The times in which the story unfolds match. There is again a female secondary character, who somehow assists Garano although she should not or would not do it.
In both cases, the story is told in a concise and fast-paced way, in order to constantly stimulate the reader's interest.
The best way to enjoy the novel is to read it in a short period of time, also to avoid the risk of forgetting the important details scattered throughout the pages.
In any case it is a great detective story, which deviates from the macabre (morbid) style of Scarpetta's novels and opens to a public loving classic crime stories, in which you put the clues together, you make assumptions and get to a solution.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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By Patricia M. Waddell on April 3 2009
Format: Hardcover
Patricia Cornwell is a favorite of mine and has been for years. I followed her throught all her Kay Scarpetta novels and loved them.
The Front takes us to new characters bright and bold. I read it in almost a day. My only complaint is I wanted more. Hope she brings out another in this serious soon.
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