The Front (Win Garano Series #2)

The Front (Win Garano Series #2)

by Patricia Cornwell
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Front (Win Garano Series #2) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 181 reviews.
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
I waited for this Cornwell book to come out in paperback because I have gotten tired of paying hardback prices for the drek she has been pumping out the past few years. My caution was rewarded. This novel is awful. The writing is terrible, the set-ups and incidents unbelievable and the plot is like something out of a high-school creative writing class. I give up. I've been a fan of Cornwell's from the beginning, but I won't buy another Cornwell book, hard bound or paper. She has become just a dreadful author, incapable of putting a coherent, believable and well-written novel together.
PurplePalmtreesMS More than 1 year ago
Ms Cornwall has lost a lot of fans with this one - including me. The story is bland, devoid of all the meat and potatoes that Ms Cornwall usally gives her readers. It's made to cater to today's bland mentalities who are looking to read a fast-paced book for their fast-paced lives because they have no time or patience to sit down to a good book. Her style has changed so drastically that when I finally put the book down, I shed a few tears - for her, for her having compromised her unique and incredible style of writing just to capture a new type of audience. Forgive me, Patricia, but I sincerely pray you come to your senses soon. If you need more inspiration in order to keep within your normal style of writing, then ask your readers - I'm sure we can come up with more than enough suggestions to keep you going. I bought the book expecting the same satisfaction I always got from reading your books and I was truly let down and disappointed as I'm sure other fans of yours are also. Your are a great writer - don't lose it...
Toastmaster More than 1 year ago
Was hoping for more from her, not the same standard as most of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid Patricia Cornwell reader 'and admitted Kay Scarpetta admirer', I admit I was a bit skeptical about giving a new lead character other than Scarpetta a chance 'Andy Brazil et al. just didn't intrigue me like Scarpetta, Lucy, Marino, etc.'. That said, I finished At Risk on a flight to Denver not long ago, and I was so impressed, I went to Ms. Cornwell's Web site to see what other new things she was working on. 'She was and is one of my favorite authors, along with Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, and R.A. Salvatore.' I've read all of her other novels. I received my review copy of The FRONT a couple of days ago and finally had time to read it today. I became engrossed and spent several hours this evening thoroughly enjoying the story. Like At Risk, The FRONT is concise yet incredibly detailed. The cast of characters 'including Win Guarano, Monique Lamont, et al.' established in At Risk are even more fleshed out in The FRONT. Win's one of the most engaging lead characters in any series I've read, including the Scarpetta series. None of Ms. Cornwell's work is predictable, but I think getting across a truly intelligent, well-thought-out story in such a short format is a challenge. Sometimes lesser authors stretch similar concepts into full novel-sized works with lots of filler text that just serves to water down the story and detract from the overall experience. Although sometimes tinged with political undertones, the undertones help more to define the characters than to serve as an abrasive political message -- I wouldn't enjoy the story as much if they were overly political. The FRONT is a well-paced, original story that is a fun read. Expect to not stop reading it once you start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Someone has kidnapped Patricia Cornwell and tried to write as her. That's the only explanation for this garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when you think Cornwell has given you her best, she tops that with another great read! This book was a very quick read, perfect for your summer reading list. And the main character Win makes the book come alive. I hope to see more Win in the future. As usual, Cornwell's forensic knowledge is spot on. She's at the top of her game. Well done!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will not disappoint!!! The mystery is so detailed and in -your-face that you actually feel as if your in the book alongside Win & Lamont. I could not put this book down - i read it all in three hours!! Buy this book now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 3/4 the way through the book and keep thinking it will pick up. I I am determined to finish, but it is a struggle. Boring - not like her usual 'page turner' books. Disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this 2nd book featuring Win & Lamont. I found it to be a bit short, though. I love that the story is set here in Boston. You can almost see the characters in their surroundings. You can't help but feel sorry for Lamont (don't we all know someone like her)? I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful example of why, Patricia Cornwell is a New York Times best selling author. Win Garano, Nana and Monique Lamont are back in this fast paced novel. New characters like Stump and Raggedy Ann are so well defined that you hope they will spring up in another book and can't wait for that book to be published, while the classic characters gain more in depth personalities. The plot is well put together, everything from terrorism and bank robbers to a cold case murder and copper thieves. You cannot stop flipping the pages, and the conclusion comes out of nowhere. Writing at the top pf her game, Patricia Cornwell provides enough of a storyline and exciting energy to persuade you to finish the book in a single sitting. While finishing in at fewer than 200 pages, The Front leaves you more than satisfied and sad that it is over. Cornwell fans and those new to her craft will fall in love all over again. Valerie Jones
Guest More than 1 year ago
Looking for a quick and easy book to read, you found it!! Patricia Cornwell did it again, yes another can't put it down book, a must read. The Front shows the results of Patricia Cornwell's relentless research done, as always. It was great to meet new characters and their complex relationship in At Risk, Garano, Monique Lamont and Nana and to meet Stump in The Front. The Novella has plenty of twists and turns to fully capture your attention. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with an intriguing ending, leaving you wanting more. I can't wait to read the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got my book and couldn't put it down till I was through with it. I liked this installment very much.I was caught up in the story right away. I love the way she get's right in to the story and her charactors. It was an evoling story with no dead space. I do hope there are more to follow, these charactors are very interesting and some I would like to follow and find out more of their personal going on's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia Cornwell has done it again! She brings to life dynamic and interesting characters who draw you into the plot and keep you from putting the book down. The storyline was so exciting that I was sorry when it ended and I hope that she'll write a sequel. As usual, Cornwell never misses her mark and keeps her fans coming back for more books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Front keeps things interesting with lots of twist and turns. The entertaining and eccentric characters i.e., Grandmother and Raggedy Ann, and places in Massachusetts paint a picture in your mind. Once again, Patricia Cornwell never ceases to amaze with such a cleverly, well written plot. You won¿t be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia Cornwell once again shows us why she is the best crime writer known today. Win Garano and D.A. Lamont are back--one passionate and driven--the other caught up in power, politics and money--a dangerous combination for a woman with an agenda. Immersed in the world of Massachusetts police work and politics, another old case has Win searching for answers. The plot twists and turns are riveting and take you deeper and deeper and you can't put the book down! Scotland Yard--the FBI--The Mob--The Boston Strangler--the past and present on a collision course so well done, as a Massachusetts resident, I found myself wanting to check the news for developments in the cases! Don't miss this extraordinary tale, and be prepared to want more, Win Garano and D.A. Lamont are destined to be household names like Kay Scarpetta and Marino, you will be moved by the man, his family and colleagues, characters as only Cornwell can present them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading my copy of Cornwell's newest work. As usual, she has created another great adventure for Win, with the help of some new characters, all written in great detail that makes you feel like you're in the middle of the action!! I was drawn in from page one & found it difficult to put it down! If you have read her work, I highly recommend 'The Front' and if you have never read a Patricia Cornwell work, pick it up and prepare to become addicted!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Patricia's best. Heart beating, thrilling, hidden secrets, identities not what they seem and a constant energy to get to the truth of a cold case. Win goes on yet another journey protected by his Nana and yet a puppet to Lamont and in the journey finds himself intrigued by Stump whom he later learns was involved with Lamont before she was a DA. Twists and turns a constant thrill in which leads to the uncovering of a Mafia hit from Janie being a witness to a hit in the early sixties. It is a powerful journey and one I could not complete until I read the book from cover to cover. Nana is up to her fun in protecting her Grandson and getting into mischief as usual. Keep up the great work, this is going to be a powerful series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an advance copy. I got the email and sent away my details and I was actually picked. Wow that doesn't happen to me much. I was really pleased and excited to be one of the first to get my teeth into Patricia's new book. So I made my lunch and settled down. And there I stayed till the afternoon when my daughter came home and reminded me what time it was. I had to take my dog to get his vaccinations. Figuring it was a risk to drive and read at the same time I dragged myself away from the story and went to the vets. I couldn't wait to come home to get back to the plots and sleuthing of Win and Co. Ok so I had to stop for a while to make dinner for my husband and children again dragged myself away. Anyways I have now finished the book and I really must say I loved it! I've read Patricia's books since Postmortem came out so I feel like I've taken a journey along with her. It's always interesting when Patricia has introduced a new series of characters and story lines. It's strange to get used to reading about new people and places written by Patricia's imagination when you've become so used to following the lives of Kay, Marino, Lucy and Benton. Those characters become lodged in our memories like old familiar friends so to speak. We look forward to reading the next chapter and wonder what we've missed since they've been absent. Thus to read about new ones we wonder if we will like them as much. I personally think I like these new ones and am looking forward to reading about their next chapters. I've enjoyed all the books I've read of hers some more than others. But this one is particularly fresh and funny. I found myself laughing out loud to Farouk and his 'understanding' of the English language. I like it when I read something that makes me laugh out loud or cry for that matter it makes the experience more complete. This story unravels and reravels before your eyes and then ends with an 'Ah, I see.' It also made a sense that this book was so much lighter then some of Patricia's more recent work. It shows that Patricia Cornwell is still at the top of her league in writing a really good read!! Thank you Patricia for all the really good reads over the years. I for one can't wait for the next book in this series. So get writing ......
IrisJC More than 1 year ago
This was not one of P.C.'s better books. The plot lagged in excitement. It was an easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, it was definitely a quick read. The characters were great but I would have loved to see a full complete novel on the story created!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the book is rather short I found it intriguing once I got past the beginning and the feeling that I missed a previous book that would have provided some understanding of these characters. I enjoyed the main character, Win, and his relationship with his grandmother. However, I had a problem with the lack of explanation with regards to Win's jurisdiction and his responsibility for case investigation. His handling of evidence was ridiculous and highly unlikely. The story felt awkward and clumsy as if it was thrown together without much thought. And yet, it held my attention and at the end it left me wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say this is the best book that I have ever read of Patricia Cornwell, but I enjoyed it. It was a lot shorter than I have expected from her. Sometimes short is a nice break and for me it was refreshing. This book is worth reading as long as you keep an open mind. Don't judge it by its size.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mrs Cornwell does it again. the plot of the story grips you from page one, building the characters and setting the scene.a must read to any true Patricia Cornwell fan....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! I sat down to glance over 'The Front' by Patricia Cornwell after a long hard day at work. The book pulled me right in and there I sat reading it cover to cover into the evening. I was left wanting it to go on and on. I loved the twists and turns through out the book. The ending actually caught me off guard. I definitely thought it was going in a different direction. I was quite happy. I have heard that Lifetime is possibly making this into a network movie. I think it would be great. The characters in the book are definitely unique. I love Nana. I wish I had a nana just like her. I look forward to following the lives of Win, Stump and the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time reader of all that is Cornwell, I enjoyed this book and feel that it is an engaging, short read, moving quickly and carrying you along with the story. The characters were interesting and built with good detail. I finished this book in one sitting. It is not in the same league as the Scarpetta novels, but enjoyable all the same.