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Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Win Garano Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781436220026
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When Patricia Cornwell introduced a quicksilver, cut-to-the-bone style and extraordinary cast of characters in At Risk, the result was electrifying. Now, America's #1 bestselling crime writer returns with an audacious new adventure. View the trailer for "Patricia Cornwell's The Front", premiering on Lifetime on April 10, 2010. Watch a Video

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/18/2014

    " The ending was ridiculous. But a good silly read for the plane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 2/16/2014

    " Not a lot of substance to this one. Love her Scarpetta series, but this one just isn't as good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eunira | 2/11/2014

    " Win Garano is such a likeable character, Cornwell could have done much better with him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/24/2014

    " I didn't like this one. I don't like the characters. This and the book that came before it, At Risk, just go in circles--there is no character transformation at all. And when you're not wild about the characters to begin with, well . . .. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjorie | 1/22/2014

    " Very quick read; summer reading. Boston police, murder story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JJ | 1/20/2014

    " Short and disappointing. A good mystery takes time to set up and solve. This isn't. Not up to her usual level of a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/15/2014

    " This was the first Patricia Cornwell I had ever read and it was great. Made me read more of her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/9/2014

    " Fast-paced mystery; I liked it. I did not read At Risk yet, so I feel like I missed some essential information about the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorie | 1/2/2014

    " This was an OK book, and I would read another in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 1/2/2014

    " what is the deal with short novels with little point, plot or storyline developement? It seems when Patricia Cornwell strays from her tried and true formula of Kay Scarpetta, her writing skills take a nosedive. Good thing for her she has a following of fans! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 12/20/2013

    " The plot was confusing, the characters were confusing. And being written in present tense didn't help it any. I expected more from Cornwell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 12/6/2013

    " If nothing else, Cornwell seems to be enjoying writing the At Risk books more than just about anything else she's put out in the last few years. They're quick reads, and good ones at that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnna | 11/26/2013

    " Patricia Cornwell used to be my favorite author. Then she kept getting more and more psycho-gory with her storylines. This was short, but a better read than many of her latest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 11/24/2013

    " I used to love Patricia Cornwell, but her writing seems to be going downhill rather than up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doris | 11/19/2013

    " Not up Author's usual writings, a short story that is not well written. Had to keep going back and re-read parts to understand where she was going. Expected mor as the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series are so well written and great to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 8/7/2013

    " Second in series about Win Garano, a short novella, quick read and more entertaining than her latest Scarpetta books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jt | 11/25/2012

    " Liked this book. Massachusetts state investigator Win Garano and DA Lamont try to solve a cold case of murder "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 11/6/2012

    " Disappointment .. unless I just didn't "get it". The characters, plots and subplots - IMO - were not fully developed and it took the last few pages of the book for the author to explain what had happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 9/17/2012

    " New set of characters. I think I'll like this group. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 8/23/2012

    " Not at all the juicy meaty stuff that is usually produced by Cornwell. I was 3/4 of the way thru it still waiting for the really good stuff. Very lackluster story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Su | 6/11/2012

    " This was a fast read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy | 4/22/2012

    " I should have followed my instincts and passed on this book. Another disappointment from Patricia Cornwell. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/23/2011

    " not one of her best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. | 9/6/2011

    " Better than the first book. I think she should have made it a little longer so that the plot wasn't so rushed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lbd | 6/27/2011

    " Just a filler book between all my other favorites. This one rates an okay. Not one of Cornwell's best. It feels like it was a filler for her too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susana | 5/24/2011

    " I agree with a lot of the reviews that this was not too good and lacked a lot of character development and interest. Still, I won't be as harsh as others and just be thankful that the early Scarpetta books were great and just thank that Cornwell wrote them and I enjoyed them. "

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

    " Hell. No. Anyone who has read "At Risk and Trace" and share my views on them will undoubtedly know the pain I felt, when I say that I read those two books and this one, pretty close together. It-was-AWFUL! I did not like the following: the entire book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 4/18/2011

    " This was okay. I listened to it on CD in my car. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 4/9/2011

    " A short story but interesting. Win Gerano is a much different character than Kay Scarpetta. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 3/19/2011

    " I have read a lot of Patricia Cornwell and am usually a fan, but The Front falls flat. The characters and their relationships weren't fully developed. The dialog seemed forced and unnatural. The plot was convoluted. Cornwell tries to do too much in this novel and the story suffers as a result. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tracey | 2/10/2011

    " This book is probably one of my least favourite reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/6/2011

    " This was a light read in the fashion of Agatha Christie without the charm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 1/15/2011

    " I like these characters, but I thought the plot was poorly developed. It took almost the whole book to get to the real "story" that Cornwell was trying to tell. At least that is how I felt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 12/27/2010

    " This was a little bit of a let down since I usually love this author. I felt like the plot development was slow and the ending, although good, didn't really complete what I thought was supposed to be the main story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/22/2010

    " I used to like Patricia Cornwell....now I find they are rushed and uninspired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/8/2010

    " I enjoyed this book but found at times it dragged for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 11/29/2010

    " Read this because I was looking for something light and fast-moving. And that it was, though the plot was a little more involved that I initially thought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 11/14/2010

    " Brutto, ma proprio brutto...
    Ma chi glieli scrive questi libri alla Cornwell?
    E poi perchè lei li firma?
    .....
    E io perchè li leggo? "

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Kay Scarpetta series. Her bestsellers include Dust, The Bone Bed, Red Mist, 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. Dr. Kay Scarpetta was awarded the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. Patricia Cornwell lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.