The Front Hardcover – May 20 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Found it too dry - didn't get very interesting until near the end. Have always enjoyed her previous books but this one not so much.Published 24 months ago by diva
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.Published on July 16 2012 by Story diva