At Risk - Winston Garano, Bk 1 Author:Patricia Cornwell 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, an attractive but hard-charging woman, 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... more », any time." In particular, she's been looking for a way to employ some cutting-edge DNA technology, and she thinks she's found it in a twenty-year-old murder - in Tennessee. If her office solves the case, they'll all end up looking 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 their lives but the lives of everyone around them as well. It is 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.« less
Well, I have been a fan of Patricia Cornwell, but this book was a disappointment. I kept waiting for something to happen, for the plot to pick up, but it never did. It also bothers me when an author pretends that a book is a whole book, even though the spacing is at 1.5, there are lots of empty pages, and there is really no story. It's more of a mini book - she left out a lot of words, a storyline that was interesting, and made sure there were a lot of blank pages. It was insulting. And because I have enjoyed her previous work, this was really disappointing, a waste of money, and a waste of time.
If you enjoy Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series..you will find this quite different. The book is good, but the charaters aren't as strong or as likeable as in her other series. I would, however, read other Winston Garano books.
The only things suspenseful about this book were "Is the story going to get any better?" and "What's Up with all the blank pages and spacing?". I just couldn't get into it. I was really hoping that after my disappointment with the Kay Scarpetta series getting old that a fresh series by this author was what I needed. I couldn't have been more wrong. The writing style was lame and I couldn't help but compare it to watching a "B" movie when I wanted to go to the theater and see a new release. There's definitely better authors out there that I'll give a chance to since I won't waste any more time on this one.
This is new series (not Kay Scarpetta). Although the characters are interesting the story is short and not well developed.
Winston Garano is called out of forensics school to solve a decades old crime. His boss, Monique Lamont, is using the case to further her political career. Before he can even get started, strange events happen, followed by an act of violence. Politics, personal lives and crime are intertwined in this story.
I've read every Cornwell book she's written. This one was a disappointment. Short, choppy with a confusing plot. The characters aren't very well developed and the ending leaves you pretty confused about how the different story lines fit together. If this is the start of a new Scarpetta-like series, it doesn't make me want to read more.