Synopses & Reviews
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, 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: "Any crime, any time." In particular, she's been looking for a way to employ cutting-edge DNA technology, and she thinks she's found the perfect subject in an unsolved twenty-year-old murder-in Tennessee. 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 the lives of everyone around them. It's 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.
Sparks fly, traps spring, twists abound-this is the master working at the top of her game.View the trailer for "Patricia Cornwell's At Risk", premiering on Lifetime on April 10, 2010.
"Cornwell's latest a stand-alone thriller that was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine is likely to disappoint even diehard fans of her bestselling Kay Scarpetta novels (The Body Farm, etc.). This time, the action is set in Boston, where an attractive and ambitious DA, Monique Lamont, seeks to use a new anticrime initiative to propel herself into the governor's mansion. Lamont plucks her top investigator, Winston Garano, from a special forensics course to probe an obscure cold case, but the detective's inquiries suggest that his boss may be playing a duplicitous game. The writing, pacing, characterizations and plot are far from Cornwell's best work, and the solution to the old murder mystery is anticlimactic." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"For those of us who appreciate good writing and enjoy good thrillers no matter who the protagonist is, Cornwell's latest is absolutely the...finest she's ever written." Denver Post
Filled with all the chilling suspense, rich characters, and trademark forensics that have made Patricia Cornwell an international phenomenon, this #1 New York Times bestseller features a state investigator, his D.A. boss, cutting-edge forensics technology, and the 20-year-old murder of an elderly woman.
About the Author
Patricia Cornwell's most recent number-one bestsellers include Predator, Trace, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed. Her earlier work includes Postmortem the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure in a single year and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, her fictional chief medical examiner, won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.