CRIME AND POLITICS — A Review of “At Risk”

When a Massachusetts state investigator is called home from a training academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is completing a course in forensics, he has to wonder about the timing. But his district attorney boss, Monique Lamont, an attractive, hard-charging woman, has ambitions to become the next governor. And her new crime initiative “At Risk,” with its motto “Any crime, any time” seems more politically motivated than anything else. She insists, however, that she’s been looking for a way to utilize some cutting-edge DNA technology, and by resurrecting an old unsolved Tennessee crime, with the help of investigator Win Garano “Geronimo,” she plans to achieve just that.

But as Garano attempts to delve into the case, he is puzzled by a number of aspects. His assistant is digging through cardboard boxes in the basement of the deceased former detective, with mysterious elements showing up in assorted places. Nothing seems to fit. Meanwhile, back in Cambridge, a violent attack on Monique Lamont ratchets up the mystery another notch. More and more suspense builds as it soon becomes apparent that much more is going on, and finding out who is doing what to whom and why…well, that will be the final question to be answered.

At Risk (Win Garano) was my first Cornwell novel, and I’d have to say that I enjoyed the quick read and the somewhat confusing aspects that became clearer toward the end.

Perhaps everything tidied up a bit much for my taste, but it was definitely a fun read. I would give it four stars; perhaps 4.5.


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