Southern Cross - Andy Brazil, Bk 2 Author:Patricia Cornwell Judy Hammer has accepted the challenge of Richmond, Virginia's police department to try and reverse the escalating crime statistics in the city. She brings with her Deputy Chief Virginia West and Andy Brazil, now a full-time police officer. — They find a lot of things they are all too familiar with - teenage gangs, a rash of robberies at cash... more » dispensers, street corner drug-dealing, racial tensions, too many people with too many guns and a cardiac inducing lack of parking spaces. They also meet resentment from the established police force and over-high expectations from the city's institutions.
Then a computer virus crashes the police computer, freezing their screens with a design of blue fish, and the same blue fish appears on the statue of Jefferson Davis, which a graffiti artist has turned into a black basketball player and a gang called the Pikes claim it is their symbol, which also has links to the robberies.« less
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I'm halfway thru this book and I'm really struggling to finish it. I really like what I've read so far of the Scarpetta series (I've read the first 4 so far) so I expected this one to be similar. I just can't get past all the weird names. The names make it very distracting and hard to keep up. I just don't feel connected with this book and I'm from the south. I will probably finish this one but not read anymore of this series. I did not read the first of this series so maybe that would have helped although I don't think it would have.
Not sure if the author intended the book to be a parody of something or a burlesque of police in general.
Having read several of the authors works I frequently felt that there had to be more than one author due to what seemed to be mood swings (on the part of whoever was writing a particular passage) throughout the narrative.
All in all, not a very entertaining or interesting tale with many (as presented by the author[s]) hard to believe characters stumbling in and out of the "story".
With all that said, the tale keeps your attention if for no other reason than to discover more and more outlandish scenarios and characters.
Suzanne R. reviewed Southern Cross (Andy Brazil, Bk 2) on
I read all of the Scarpetta books and decided that I'd give the Andy Brazil series a try. I scratched my head when I finished Hornet's Nest. Is she going for slapstick? I liked the characters but the plots were like a comedy wrapped in something I couldn't fathom. Book 2, Southern Cross was even worse than the first. I'll read the 3rd because I'm not a quitter, but I may bang my head against the wall as punishment afterwards.