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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,151 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 2008 ISBN: 9781436220026
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DA Lamont has a special job for Win Garano. As part of a new public relations campaign about the dangers of declining neighborhoods, she’s sending him to Watertown to “come up with a drama,” and she thinks she knows just the case that will serve.

Garano is skeptical. He knows Watertown is the home base for a loose association of municipal police departments called the Front, set up so they don’t have to be so dependent on the state, much to Lamont’s anger. Garano senses a much deeper agenda, but he has no idea just how deep it goes. In the days that follow, he’ll find Lamont’s task, and the places it leads him, will resemble a house of mirrors. Everywhere he turns, he’s not quite sure if what he’s seeing is true.

“Falsehoods rule,” warns his grandmother. And they can also kill.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A classically written crime novel…Sure to please.”

    USA Today

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 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 Murphy | 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 Pottenger | 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 Foster | 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 McClanahan | 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 Liechty | 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 of the Jungle | 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. Kenyon | 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 T | 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? "

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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 thirty 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.