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At Risk Mass Market Paperback – Apr 3 2007

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (April 3 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425214761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425214763
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #926,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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About the Author

Patricia Cornwell's most recent bestsellers include Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper�Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem�the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year�and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain�s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I admit I was sceptical about this short novel by Cornwell, being very short, but I had to change my mind. Dear Patricia in this little gem of hers shows her great ability to use the synthesis without depleting the story. She just narrates the basic features, without frills and without being long-winded, giving rise to a compelling story that you do not get bored of and that pushes you to get to the end as soon as possible.
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
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While Alexander McCall Smith has shown ample ability to write serialized novels (44 Scotland Street and Espresso Tales), At Risk by Patricia Cornwell proves that it's harder than it looks. My advice to Ms. Cornwell is to either give up turning her serials into novels or to stop writing serials altogether. This book is a mess. Most novels start with an interesting premise: At Risk doesn't even have that going for it.

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.
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I agree with the 1st poster. I only finished this book because it was short. I liken it to ripping off a band-aid. It was painful but quick. I tried hard to understand the plotline and hoped that it would all make sense in the end. Maybe it did to the Author. I actually stopped trying to put all the strings together in the last quarter of the book and just plowed through it, hoping a grand revelation would tie them all up. I couldn't be bothered to try and figure out what was happenning after awhile. The ending was very anti-climactic as well.
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.
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