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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399154183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154188
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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More About the Author

In 1990, Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. An auspicious debut, it went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure prize - the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year.

Today, Cornwell's novels and now iconic characters, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, her niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino, are known all over the world. Fox 2000 is actively developing a feature film about Kay Scarpetta. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive account of Jack the Ripper's identity, cookbooks, a children's book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fiction series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil.

Cornwell was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.

Visit the author's website at: www.patriciacornwell.com

Customer Reviews

I borrowed this book from the library and am glad I didn't buy it.
Mrs. O
Maybe she could have fixed some of the problems with the book if it were longer, but it feels like she just didn't care.
Sandy Kay
This book was a real disappointment...very disconnected, uninspired plot, weak character development.
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129 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Renee Wadler on May 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Garfield on January 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By HotMomMom on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.....
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Carlile on January 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. O on August 18, 2008
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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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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kristine White on May 20, 2008
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I, too, received an advanced copy of Patricia Cornwell's latest novel, "The Front". As an avid reader of her Scarpetta novels, I looked forward to reading another of her series books. "The Front" is the follow-up book to "At Risk". Though I had not read "At Risk", I found this storyline easy to follow and the characters well-written.

"The Front" is an excellent who-done-it... you are not even sure at some turns what the "it" is exactly. The plot twists keep the pages turning in this novel. The main characters - Win Garano, a Massachussetts State Police detective, and Monique Lamont, the Boston area Distict Attorney, have an interesting relationship that was established in the book "At Risk" but you are privy to the basics of it in this novel. They are characters with whom the reader can associate. The D.A. that appears hard due to a rape occurring the year before, and the detective that has the appearances of living the "good life" but really shops EBay, thrift stores, and finds ways to get discounts for off-duty work.

The story goes from Boston to London, involving Scotland Yard, appearing to try to solve a 40+ year old murder of a Bristish citizen that could possibly be attributed to the Boston Strangler. Scotland Yard isn't interested in Lamont's murder -- they want Lamont. Believing her to be funding terrorist activities, the Yard, as well as the FBI, investigate Lamont and use her interest in the Boston Strangler theory as a way in. Is Lamont funding terrorism, or the victim of a bad investment move?

Thriller fans, pick this one up! It does not dissapoint!
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73 of 93 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Patricia Cornwell's "The Front" is the second in a series featuring thirty-four year old Massachusetts state homicide investigator Win (Gernimo) Garano. Win's nemesis is egocentric and obnoxious Middlesex County District Attorney Monique Lamont. She relishes every opportunity to manipulate and humiliate Win, in spite of the fact that he once saved her life. Lamont comes up with a preposterous project for Win, as part of a public relations ploy "to take back our neighborhoods" and "to create a model that will be studied everywhere." Garano's task is to unearth information on an unsolved sexual homicide that took place in 1962: A blind British citizen named Janie Brolin was raped and strangled in Watertown, Massachusetts. Could she have been the Boston strangler's first victim? Win resents Lamont for expecting him to reopen a forty-five year old case. To make matters worse, Lamont has invited New Scotland Yard's Detective Superintendent to get involved.

Lamont further suggests that Win enlist the aid of a Watertown cop nicknamed Stump (her nickname is unrelated to the fact that she has worn a prosthesis since her leg was amputated below the knee). Stump wants no part of the Brolin case, and she tells Win to do his own dirty work for Lamont. It seems that Lamont and Stump detest one another and Stump has not found it in her heart to forgive Monique for her past transgressions. Stump also fears that Monique wants to destroy a growing coalition called FRONT (Friends, Resources, Officers Networking Together), consisting of sixty police departments cooperating and pooling their resources. Stump urges Win to find a way to get out from under Lamont's thumb.

This book is irritating in so many ways: Cornwell's artificial use of the present tense is grating.
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