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The Front [Hardcover]

Patricia Cornwell
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May 20 2008
When Patricia Cornwell introduced the quicksilver, cut-to-the-bone style and extraordinary cast of characters of At Risk, the result was electrifying: "At Risk is Cornwell's finest novel. It works in every way possible-fascinating characters, solid plot, great pacing and expertly crafted prose" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); "Absolutely the best. Here's hoping we'll see more of Win, Monique, Nana and Sykes in the coming years. They are the best characters to emerge from Cornwell's creative pen since ... well, Kay Scarpetta" (The Denver Post).

At Risk featured Massachusetts state investigator Win Garano, a shrewd man of mixed-race background and a notinconsiderable chip on his shoulder; District Attorney Monique Lamont, a hard-charging woman with powerful ambitions and a troubling willingness to cut corners; and Garano's grandmother, who has certain unpredictable talents that you ignore at your peril.

And in The Front, peril is what comes to them all. D.A. Lamont has a special job for Garano. As part of a new public relations campaign about the dangers of declining neighborhoods, she's sending him to Watertown to "come up with a drama," and she thinks she knows just the case that will serve. Garano is very skeptical, because he knows that Watertown is also the home base for a loose association of municipal police departments called the FRONT, set up in order that they don't have to be so dependent on the state-much to Lamont's anger. He senses a much deeper agenda here-but he has no idea just how deep it goes. In the days that follow, he'll find that Lamont's task, and the places it leads him, will resemble a house of mirrors-everywhere he turns, he's not quite sure if what he's seeing is true.

"Falsehoods rule," warns his grandmother. And they can also kill.

This is the master writing at the absolute top of her game. You will never guess what lies behind The Front.

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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."
-USA Today

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in thes book July 16 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was eager to read another of her books but was so disappointed in this release. I think the Win series is going nowhere. Wish had to read reviews before I spent money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Front Oct. 3 2008
I was extremely disappointed in The Front, Patricia Cornwell's latest book. It certainly was not up to her old standards. I have read and enjoyed all the books that she has written, and in my opinion, Patricia Cornwell dropped the ball on this one. The story line was extremely boring and it didn't really lead anywhere.

Let's hope that her next book will more than make up for this flop.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Déjà vu March 10 2009
By Émilie
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Front April 3 2009
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell Turns Garbage To Gold Once Again May 30 2008
By Renee Wadler - Published on
I thought Cornwell could do no worse than Isle of Dogs - The Front was as bad (if not as vulger). The author sells her books because of her name. It seems you can turn out any ridiculous piece of trash and make money, if at one point in your career you were a legitimate author. I believed that James Patterson was the master in this regard, but even he has not produced anything so ridiculous and nonsensical as this book. The positive reviewers who are quoted here must have entirely different standards than I, or have read a different book. I give it 0 stars and resent the time wasted reading it - fortunately however, it was so "cut to the bone" that even with thick paper and big print, there was nothing much to read. Last Cornwell book for me - Renee Wadler
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell Phoned This One In Jan. 8 2009
By Bonnie Garfield - Published on
This book is just awful. Did Cornwell write this on her Blackberry? It just seems like something written for the text-messaging crowd. Her prose is anemic, her characters rehashed from the Scarpetta series, the story line is flat, and the sharp, detailed writing she has given us in the past is as stale as yesterday's Starbucks. And how many cops ride Ducati motorcycles? Honestly... Cornwell phoned this one in. She's just writing for retirement money now.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Less than 1 Star if Possible June 2 2008
By HotMomMom - Published on
This is by far one of the worst books I've ever read. Lackluster boring characters, no strong plot/plots. Belive me when I say "this is not a spoiler"...this book does not address the title of the book "The Front". What exactly was this book about, anybody, anybody.....
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Once again a huge let down by Ms. Cornwell and her political diatribes. Jan. 18 2009
By S. Carlile - Published on
It seems that once Ms. Cornwell made it big she now has to let her political leanings infiltrate every book she writes. There was once a time her crime novels were about crime and using forensics to solve such crimes. She developed characters, some we liked and some we hated. Now, she has to make is all about her how political leanings. Not even half way into this book we have to hear her own voice again and again speaking through the characters, most often in a non sequitor manner. I wished I had read the reviews here before I purchased the book. It would have saved me some money that I could have used to donate to the political party she seems to hate so much.

This will be the last book I waste my money on that has been written by such Ms. Cornwell.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the effort! Aug. 18 2008
By Mrs. O - Published on
The Front
Cornwell has lost it. I borrowed this book from the library and am glad I didn't buy it. From the start of this book I couldn't find an interest in any of the charactors. The plot was not interesting. I don't know what has happened to Patricia Cornwell's writing but I have noticed her anger has begun to show through.
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