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At Risk (Win Garano) Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2007
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It's a real stretch to believe that the same person who wrote Cruel and Unusual, The Body Farm, From Potter's Field and Unnatural Exposure could have written this book. The dust jacket says it was originally written as a fifteen-part serial for a magazine, and it shows. Very little plot continuity with disjointed leaps all over the place; little, if any, meaningful character development; even the usual sterling scientific minutiae we've come to expect from a Cornwell book is superficial and mostly unexplained.
I have been a loyal fan of Cornwell's since I first stumbled across Postmortem. I even enjoyed her efforts in the Andy Brazil series that most everyone else hated. But in all honesty, At Risk seems like she felt obligated to get another book out in a hurry and just threw this one together. The dust jacket says "...this is the master working at the top of her game." If this is the top of Cornwell's game she's at risk of losing her legions of fans.
Not worth the time or money, folks.
I'm not the biggest fan of Patricia Cornwell's more recent work. Body Farm, to me, was her best book. Since Body Farm, the characters in her books (and their behaviors) are getting more bizarre, as are the crimes.
Let's hope Cornwell's stories improve at the same rate our crime-fighting technologies advance.... quickly. This book needs to go back into the incubator... it's not ready to hatch.
However, after reading about two-thirds of the book, I couldn't take any more. Nobody likes anybody. Heck, they don't even like themselves! Now, I'm no Pollyanna, but shouldn't SOMEONE have SOME kind of positive interaction or relationship with SOMEBODY?
Don't get me wrong - any good tale needs tension and adversarial relationships, but an entire volume of insecure, mean-spirited internal dialogue is not my idea of a good read. I don't even care enough to finish the book.
I can't help thinking that this author must be better than this, or she wouldn't be so popular. Maybe once I get the taste of "At Risk" out of my mouth, I'll try one of her others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I usually love her stuff and this is a fun story but it falls flat...
I already have The Front. Let's see how it goes.
Beautiful description of characters, helping you get the feel of being in the same room actually participating in the conversation and activities of those investigating crimes.Published 13 days ago by Rodney H. Wall
I think this is one of Corwell's best books. I don't know why anyone would not like this. I know it is entirely different than the books, but this book flows great and I hated for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda E. Testerman
I grabbed this book out the door, something to read while getting my car serviced. It was a good choice; quick read, smart and entertaining. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D.Beyer
I have read all of her books. I am getting increasingly disappointed with the story lines. I'm sure that she is tired of the character. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer