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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: 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 also the lives of everyone around them.
It's not a random event. Whatever it is, the implications are very, very bad indeed Sparks fly, traps spring, twists abound—this is the master working at the top of her game. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published April 3rd by Berkley Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about At Risk , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This wasn't a book in the Scarpetta series, and I had been finding those getting worse with each new novel, so I thought that something fresh may be better to read. I honestly don't like her writing anymore.
I don't know if it is the writing that has changed or whether it is me that is changing. I do know that my reading has been a lot broader now than when I first started reading PC, so maybe that is it. In At Risk, I struggled to follow the plot line. I was confused a lot, and felt that I This wasn't a book in the Scarpetta series, and I had been finding those getting worse with each new novel, so I thought that something fresh may be better to read.
I was confused a lot, and felt that I ws meant to know more about the characters without her telling me about them. I was glad to finish it, but still felt that I didn't really know what had happened and why View all 3 comments. First of all, it uses the rather unprofessional format of present tense grammar. I'm supposing the author intended this to give the story a sense of immediacy and urgency; it just made it sound like it was being related by a Valley-Girl.
The story plodded, large sections of what I would have considered important action are skipped over, scenes jump around with no sense or reason, and it was just plain not exciting. Just because something gets on the Best Seller's list does not mean Crap. Just because something gets on the Best Seller's list does not mean it has any quality, whatsoever.
Aug 06, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Shifting gears, Patricia Cornwell pens a novella that introduces readers to a new character with many unique features. Winston Garano works for the Massachusetts State Police, assigned to liaise closely with one of the most power-hungry women who possesses the title of District Attorney. With her eyes on the Governor's Mansion, she will stop at nothing to get a leg up, literally. While Garano is studying at the National Forensics Academy, he is summoned back from Knoxville to attend to some pres Shifting gears, Patricia Cornwell pens a novella that introduces readers to a new character with many unique features.
While Garano is studying at the National Forensics Academy, he is summoned back from Knoxville to attend to some pressing business. The DA has decided she wants to toss her hat into the ring for the upcoming gubernatorial race and needs an edge. She's created a new program she calls At Risk, utilising the up-and-coming technology of DNA analysis and seeks to apply it to an old case that might earn her praise and recognition. Funny enough, this case is a murder down in Tennessee, which will allow Garano to continue his studies while bolstering the DA's image.
Dismissing it, Garano mumbles to himself and prepares to head back south when a violent crime hits close to home and he receives a mysterious phone call about this new case, both of which propel him into action. Working alongside a fellow classmate and current Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, Garano slowly commences piecing it all together. However, the crime in Massachusetts stinks to high heaven as well, forcing him to spend some time looking into this.
What was an attempt to help smaller police forces may be a political battle for Massachusetts Governor and Garano cannot be in the middle of it. Cornwell does well in showing off her new crime minion in this shorter story, pulling readers into the fray with the greatest of ease. It is said you write what you know, which is how Cornwell created and mastered such a wonderful character in Kay Scarpetta.
I felt as though the story sought to skim the water, a filler, perhaps, between writing assignments, as it does not have the pizzazz for which Cornwell is known. I admit to using this novel to fill a small period of time before I launch myself into a larger project. The development of characters is decent enough and the story flows smoothly, though it seems to drift along in spots, as though there is nothing to hold it together and no impetus to draw the story out into areas not foreseen. I did not feel connected or pulled in to see more about Garano as I might have with other characters.
That said, it is not a horrid piece of writing by any stretch of the imagination. I'll finish things off with the follow-up novella and be able to offer something more cogent at that time. Kudos, Madam Cornwell for attempting to branch out, though perhaps this is more a means of idling as your next Scarpetta masterpiece came to you. An ever-growing collection of others appears at: Mar 16, Mark rated it it was ok.
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Since the "At Risk" series meant a new set of characters and a possible fresh start, I gave both of the books a try this weekend. I'm sad to report that the books read like TV pilot proposals: The hero has relationships with "broken" women who help him solve cold cases. Politics always interferes with crime-solving Patricia Cornwell is a better writer than this Oct 21, fivethousandbooks rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Not even my worst enemy.
Whatever happened to Cornwell's writing and why did it get this bad? I remember reading her Scarpetta novels years ago and they were captivating and well written. This book is just utter garbage, seriously folks don't waste your time. I actually thought that for a few chapters there, I was reading some of James Patterson's work - the flimsy characters and the short chapters with a shock factor at the end.
Apr 21, Carolyn F. Am I the only one that found the plot way too convoluted? Taking an older murder from another state, sending the blood evidence to a lab in California and having this huge conspiracy about insider trading with a rape thrown in for no good reason that I could see.
And I'm so jaded I thought the rape was view spoiler [actually a BDSM sexual encounter that was taken the wrong way hide spoiler ]. I'm pretty sure this is my first time reading this author and I don't plan on picking up any of her ot Am I the only one that found the plot way too convoluted? I'm pretty sure this is my first time reading this author and I don't plan on picking up any of her other books anytime soon. Nov 23, Karen added it.
One of my worst reads EVER! The story line is stupid. The background mystery is stupid. The foreground plot is stupid. It was a total waste of time. Here is my review of the 2 book, it is the same. I read the first Garano book "At Risk" and was thoroughly disappointed, but I bought both the books online together, and I did like the character Winston Garano and thought surely she would flesh him out a little more in the second book.
Unless you like reading extremely skeletal outlines of what a story will be when it is written, don't bother getting this book. The last several books of the series really weren't very good. And the last one I read was really pretty bad and rather disjointed.
This new series is worse. It is seriously like an outline written by a high school student with a good idea but no writing skills at all. If it had not been in a large font and had been edited at all it would have been about pages long. I cannot repeat enough how truly bad these two books were. Feb 17, Randy Tramp rated it really liked it. Win Garano is called away from a course of the National Forensic Academy to work a twenty-year-old murder case.
His book, the district attorney is planning to run for governor. Interesting characters with an interesting plot. Mix politics with mystery and you have a good story. It did take me a little bit to get into this story and I had to really pay attention to stay with it. I did like the main character, which made the story for me. Dec 01, Selva Subramanian rated it liked it Shelves: Patricia Cornwell normally writes serial killer stories with heavy reliance on forensics.
Here she has tried to write something like a political thriller with a murder mystery to go along. Both were weak, to say the least.
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Nothing great to write about. I listened to the audio version of this book. I actually have the book but never got around to reading it, i saw the audio version in the library and needed something to pass the time while driving so i grabbed it, thinking Cool, i will finally get to see what that book is about. It was mediocre at best. I liked his Gram okay too but it just didn't draw me in, Win seemed underdeveloped, and Monique seemed cliched and a stereo-type of a boss who is a self serving ambitious bish.
Come on, please i realise you want her to be multi-sided as well, but it just didn't work. I never really felt any connection to any of the characters.
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Maybe it was because it was such a short book The characters seemed to cookie cutter stiff. Maybe the narrators voice provoked some dislike as well, there were times that it was hard to distinguish betwen characters, there was not enogh clarity between the characters from the narrator.
I am getting rid of the hard copy of the book I have and i already returned the audio version to the library. It did serve its purpose, it burned some time while driving, it was not really deep so i didn't have to really concentrate , it was what i consider a beach read I don't understand what the point of this book was. I really didn't like the style of writing. It felt like the outline of a TV show or movie with sentences half constructed.
It couldn't seem to make up it's mind which story it was telling, which was a shame because it held promise. But in the end the cold case wasn't much of a case especially as the man supposed to be investigating it palmed it off onto a colleague. The DA was awful - in fact most of the characters were awful, apart from Win' I don't understand what the point of this book was.
The DA was awful - in fact most of the characters were awful, apart from Win's Nana. Bit of a waste of time really. Jan 11, Christine rated it did not like it Shelves: This book did not feel like a Patricia Cornwell novel. I've read lots of her Scarpetta series and have always enjoyed the story. The main character, Winston Garano, is intriguing but what was happening around him either was confusing or I just didn't care about. I felt like I was missing parts of the story. Apr 15, Sharon T. Don't even go there. The main character is OK, but you don't really care about anyone else.
And I kept thinking that it read like a long short story? Then I discovered a comment on the jacket that I had missed before saying that it was originally a part series in the New Yorker magazine. Her other stuff is much better. Jan 05, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: A district attorney wants to further her political dreams by solving an old murder. Quite interesting but a not so appealing book.
I am not so sure I'll put some effort to read this new series by Patricia Cornwell. Lette le prime cinquanta pagine in inglese e abbandonato. Ripreso dopo un anno in italiano. Sicuramente in inglese mi avrebbe fornito, almeno, l'esercizio in lingua. May 19, Lbd rated it liked it Shelves: Granted, it's not a Kay Scarpetta novel. It was short on plot, short on character development, double spaced and just not up to Cornwell's talent.
May 06, Mercy Thompson rated it it was ok. This book took me a long time to read. It's not a long book, but it didn't make me want to read it. The idea of the story, solving an old crime, is kinda cool. But I don't think it's written well enough to keep me interested. The last couple chapters were better than the rest of the book, but by then it was too late. And the book jumps between two different characters and it always took awhile for me to figure out which character I was reading.