At Risk Mass Market Paperback – Apr 3 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Cornwell's latest-a stand-alone thriller that was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine-is likely to disappoint even diehard fans of her bestselling Kay Scarpetta novels (The Body Farm, etc.). This time, the action is set in Boston, where an attractive and ambitious DA, Monique Lamont, seeks to use a new anticrime initiative to propel herself into the governor's mansion. Lamont plucks her top investigator, Winston Garano, from a special forensics course to probe an obscure cold case, but the detective's inquiries suggest that his boss may be playing a duplicitous game. The writing, pacing, characterizations and plot are far from Cornwell's best work, and the solution to the old murder mystery is anticlimactic.
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Top Customer Reviews
The only downside to this type of work, halfway between a novel and a novella, is the fact that they often have exorbitant prices for something that, having the time, you read in a few hours. Fortunately, there are flea markets.
In any case, it is an reading that I would recommend to lovers of thrillers and beyond. It's a story that everyone can really like, but do not get distracted in reading, because, given the brevity, you should not skip even a comma, otherwise you may miss something important. This latter aspect is actually typical of all the novels by Cornwell, especially in the final parts, often very hastier than the rest. In this case, however, since the entire novel is very short, the whole is much more balanced.
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
If you feel you have to read At Risk, go to the library for a copy. You won't want to own this book: Trust me.
What's the best thing about At Risk? It's brief. Otherwise, I would have graded it at one star.
Winston (Win) Garano, a Massachusetts State Police investigator, has been in Tennessee taking a course at the National Forensics Academy. Why? He can't figure it out because the state already has a CSI unit, but his boss insisted. That same boss, District Attorney Monique Lamont, has just called him back on an emergency basis. After waiting dripping from the rain in the Harvard Faculty Club for 45 minutes, the DA finally arrives and tells Win to get cracking on solving a cold case in Tennessee using the crime lab in Massachusetts. Win can't believe his ears, and he's even more surprised to learn that the DA has already announced her plans in the press. What is she, some kind of moron? He knows she's politically ambitious, but this path offers little possibility of gain in that direction.
From there, everything begins to unravel, and explained mysteries pile up on top of curiosities. Win, the intelligent superman who can't pass a test, has to hold the whole ball of wax together while the heat is on with little assistance.
If that introduction intrigues you, go ahead and read the book.Read more ›
Luckily I got this book for free, but it still cost my time. I have another of her books and I might give her another chance after the bad taste of 'at risk' wanes.
Most recent customer reviews
If you are into the TV show “Bones” (medical examiner/detective story) than this novel is for you.Published 6 months ago by TP
A big disappointment after the Scarpetta series. Slow read and lacks the intensity of a good mystery.Published 14 months ago by Skye Sarann