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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Win Garano Series Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781429585552
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For decades, Patricia Cornwell has demonstrated her extraordinary ability not only to entertain and enthrall but to surprise as well. Beginning in January 2006, the  New York Times Magazine serialized a brand-new Cornwell thriller, a book filled with all the chilling suspense, rich characters, and trademark forensics that have made her an international phenomenon. But what she does with those ingredients is a revelation.

A Massachusetts state investigator is called home from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is completing a course at the National Forensic Academy. His boss, the district attorney, attractive but hard-charging, is planning to run for governor, and as a showcase she’s planning to use a new crime initiative called At Risk; its motto: “Any crime, any time.” In particular, she’s been looking for a way to employ cutting-edge DNA technology, and she thinks she’s found the perfect subject in an unsolved twenty-year-old murder in Tennessee. If her office solves the case, it ought to make them all look pretty good, right?

Her investigator is not so sure—not sure about anything to do with this woman, really—but before he can open his mouth, a shocking piece of violence intervenes, an act that shakes up not only both their lives but the lives of everyone around them. It’s not a random event. Is it personal? Is it professional? Whatever it is, the implications are very, very bad indeed—and they’re about to get much worse.

Sparks fly, traps spring, twists abound. This is the master working at the top of her game.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/19/2014

    " I have to admit, I like Cornwell's Scarpetta novels a lot more than the Winston ones. The writing/plot is good - I just can't feel as much love for the characters! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amkd69 | 2/9/2014

    " Couldn't get into it so gave up. Seemed a bit too formulaic. But then again I have so many books to read I'm getting fussy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ck | 1/24/2014

    " If you like Patricia Cornwell, you will like this book as well. Murder and mystery at its best! Overall a good short read. Good for a short flight or weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Hughes | 1/20/2014

    " This was a fun read. It is 1/4 the size of a Scarpetta mystery, with about 1/4 of the complexity. But Patricia provides some believable characters and a plot with a couple of surprises. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cherise | 1/17/2014

    " Flimsy and muddled plot, extremely unlikable characters, bleh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 12/26/2013

    " This was a quick read for me and a good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany Wilbourn | 12/22/2013

    " This is a very fast read! Easy to read, predictable, but characters are well-developed and you have a sense of who they really are. Definitely a great summer read when you need some "fluff." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 12/18/2013

    " Well so begins my introduction to Patricia Cornwell - I will admit I am not sure if there is a "starting point" in her work or even if this is part of a larger series - I should really do some research but as a randomly picked book to try I did enjoy this - I did feel in places, especially the start that I was watching a story unfold I was not necessarily invited to watch - and that I was in fact as a result only seeing snippets of what was really going on. However as confusing as it felt at times it did all fall in to place - and even the early blocks and points of confusion were explained if rather suddenly and rushed at the end. This was an interesting read more than a fun one - it certainly has not put me off her work but I do feel I should have read her work starting with something else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clyde | 12/18/2013

    " Fairly good story, but not as good as Cornwell's earlier books. I hope she isn't losing her mojo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noelle | 12/16/2013

    " After reading a number of her earlier novels, I was quite disappointed. Not her best writing and not sure I'll be anxious to read any new ones she comes out with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tomoaki | 12/5/2013

    " What happened to Patricia Cornwell?? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 11/29/2013

    " Memo to myself: Quit wasting time on Patricia Cornwell. She's lost her writing skills. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 11/22/2013

    " What happened to Patricia Cornwell? This was nowhere near the caliber of a Kay Scarpetta novel. Very disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Siobhan | 11/17/2013

    " Not one of Patricia Cornwell's better books. Actually it was nowhere near as good as her Scarpetta books! Disappointed with this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamela | 11/9/2013

    " Another 'Can't put it down' book. I enjoyed it and it kept me interested throughout! could have had a little more personal plot, but overall great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi Gerbasi | 9/29/2013

    " Not a Scarpetta novel....alittle weak but a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merredith | 9/27/2013

    " Not so interesting. the printing was large, the typeface i mean. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Logan | 8/4/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book but there was no umph in it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ag Berg | 7/23/2013

    " Not her usual writing, style or story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 10/3/2012

    " At Risk by Patricia Cornwell (2007) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer McEwen | 9/9/2012

    " Not one of her best. The characters weren't that interesting and it was rather predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rita | 6/24/2012

    " I never could even get into this one. I gave up and gave the book away. Ppphhhhttttt! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerene | 4/27/2012

    " Not bad for a cheesy little thriller but not up to Patricia Cornwell's usual quality. This book is an afternoon read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/26/2011

    " Cornwell might be recovering from a string of lousy books. She seems to be back... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaye | 10/16/2011

    " Cornwell starts a new series (not Scarpetta) and the characters are not really likable and the story not plausable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 7/5/2011

    " I struggled to get through the audio version due to the reader...may try to re-read hardcopy. She is a great writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 6/19/2011

    " Fast read. Short. Always like her books. Would have liked having a longer story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Rowland | 6/8/2011

    " I am trying to clear some books from shelves and thought I would take some short books and get them read. Fortunately I did not wast much time on this one. It could have been a good story, but was just a confusing mess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 5/16/2011

    " This was a quick read for me and a good mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/8/2011

    " it does not read as if written by one who has authored 20 other books. Even Robert Parker's first novel had characters better defined. Is Cornwall resting on her laurels? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 4/18/2011

    " A good police procedural with the Patricia Cornwell flair. I liked it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 4/1/2011

    " ehh, probably wouldn't have finished it, but was on vacation and it was the only audiobook on my ipod. Sooo, I finished. Not very exciting, and really not any forensics....that is what Patricia Cornwell is supposed to do, right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 3/5/2011

    " I gave up reading Cornwell when she took Kay Scarpetta and her related characters down a trashy alley I didn’t like. This is my first glimpse of Winston Garano and I may actually read another... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 2/13/2011

    " This wasn't as good as her Kay Scarpetta series. In fact, it was pretty bad. I didn't really care about any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/20/2011

    " I liked this book. One think I really like about Patricia Cornwell she ties the ending up quit nicely. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/6/2011

    " A mediocre story, VERY badly written. Can't believe this was written by Patricia Cornwell--or that she would admit to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 12/26/2010

    " I read one chapter and realized I had already read this! I hate when that happens! I like the characters she's created in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 12/10/2010

    " A short, quick read. Predictable bad guy. Predictable ending. A nice diversion for an afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/28/2010

    " Not as good as the Scarpetta series, but still a good read :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 11/27/2010

    " It was a fast read. Only 287 pages and double spaced so it was easy! But I just didn't care much for it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/21/2010

    " Great new character, a change from the Scarpetta series. This is more of a straight mystery, good characters and a change of scenery to Massachusetts. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. It is the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year. She has since gone on to become a #1 New York Times bestselling author, with some of her more recent bestsellers including The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. To date, Cornwell’s books have sold more than 100 million copies in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. Her character Dr. Kay Scarpetta won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. When not writing from her home in Boston, Cornwell tirelessly researches cutting-edge forensic technologies to include in her work.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.