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Isle of Dogs | [Patricia Cornwell]

Isle of Dogs

Patricia Cornwell's novels of big-city police have taken this classic genre to a new level. "Move over, Carl Hiaasen, you've got company," the San Francisco Examiner warned. "Patricia Cornwell has switched to Hiaasen's world of black humor and nearly conquers it." USA Today concurred: "Cornwell has coined a new penny." With Isle of Dogs, Cornwell outdoes herself with a wry tale of life and turmoil behind the blue wall.
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Patricia Cornwell's novels of big-city police have taken this classic genre to a new level. "Move over, Carl Hiaasen, you've got company," the San Francisco Examiner warned. "Patricia Cornwell has switched to Hiaasen's world of black humor and nearly conquers it." USA Today concurred: "Cornwell has coined a new penny." With Isle of Dogs, Cornwell outdoes herself with a wry tale of life and turmoil behind the blue wall.

Chaos breaks loose when the governor of Virginia orders that speed traps be painted on all streets and highways, warning that speeders will be caught by monitoring aircraft flying overhead. But the eccentric Isle of Tangier, 14 miles off the coast of Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay, responds by declaring war on its own state. Judy Hammer, newly installed as the superintendent of the Virginia State Police, and Andy Brazil, a state trooper and Hammer's right hand and confidant, find themselves at their wits' end as they try to protect the public from the politicians, and vice versa, in this pitch-perfect, darkly comic romp.

©2001 Cornwell Enterprises, Inc.; (P)2001 Putnam Berkley Audio

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    Michael E. Hallieford, VA, USA 01-02-05
    Michael E. Hallieford, VA, USA 01-02-05
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    "NOT Typical Cornwell, But a very fun read"

    This is not the typical Cornwell mystery/detective/suspense story. However, it is a great read. It's sort of a poke at the police and political establishments and may be closer to reality than most would like to admit. Maybe I like it because I can relate it to the area I currently live in (South-Eastern Virginia). Or maybe because it was just fun to read.
    Don't go into this book with expectations of a typical Cornwell novel or a Kay Scarpetta story. Don't try to relate it to her typical characters. If you go into this book with an open mind, and if you enjoy a dark comical story line, you will enjoy this book. Maybe she should have written it under an alias. She probably would have gotten much better reviews without all the comparisons to most of her other works.
    I purchased this book on cassette about two years ago. Now I'm purchasing it here so that I can have it on my handheld and on CD. I would recommend it to most, but you have to have a since of humor.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Pawcatuck, CT, USA 07-13-04
    Jason Pawcatuck, CT, USA 07-13-04
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    "Stay away from this one!"

    Let me start by saying that I am a huge Patricia Cornwell fan. The only thing that I can think is that she has lost her mind. The characters are so rediculous that they don't even brush on realistic. As for the plot, I'm still trying to figure out if there was one. Pass this one up, save your time and money.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Discovery Bay, CA, United States 01-02-14
    Jennifer Discovery Bay, CA, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Stephen King fan - Patricia Cornwell - All True Crime from Gone with the Wind to The Stand I love them all

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    "Patricia Cornwell in a funny setting"

    I know this one hasn’t gotten all great review but I LOVE it. This is a whole different side to the Queen of forensics, the characters are hilarious. Audio is the only way to read/listen to this book, the inflection in the characters voices would probably be difficult to pick up in the written version. Southern Cross is another funny Patricia Cornwell book however it’s an older book and not available on Audible. If you ever get the chance pick it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Omaha, NE, United States 11-20-12
    Christian Omaha, NE, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Narration"

    I'm sure I would have enjoyed reading this book. However, I really loved listening to it. The narration was spot on.
    I've grown weary of the Scarpetta novels, because the most recent ones seem to ignore the previous years of the story line. Isle of Dogs was fresh and funny. Showed a different side of Cornwell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Bridges Carson City 05-22-12
    Sheila Bridges Carson City 05-22-12

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    "I was wrong! Second listening VERY enjoyable."
    What did you love best about Isle of Dogs?

    The funny twists and the history interwoven in the story.


    What other book might you compare Isle of Dogs to and why?

    Not sure, I will have to think about this~


    What does Michele Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection is great, it was easy to picture the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed like crazy many times, the book puts a funny spin on characters misunderstanding each other and silly things that go through our minds-like what TV family would you like to be a part of?


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to an abridged version many years ago and thought it was too silly at the time-when I saw it on audible I remembered a few amusing parts and purchased the unabridged book. It's been a great listen! Any book that makes me laugh like this is okay! I would like to know what some others think- maybe give it a second listen and see if you get a new take on it. I really like any novel that provides some little history facts along the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Duluth, Gabon 06-19-07
    Scott Duluth, Gabon 06-19-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointed"

    I like Patricia Cornwell's works. However, this book is rambling, unrealistic nonsense and a waste of money. I assumed it was just monotonous character development in the beginning but it never changed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Wick Mystic, CT USA 01-01-07
    Christopher Wick Mystic, CT USA 01-01-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointment"

    I bought this book based of the promise of "Patricia Cornwell meets Carl Hiaasen" (two of my favorite authors). In fact, it is neither. She hasn't conquered his world, she has ruined it. This is one of the worst books I have ever been exposed to since leaving school. I actually have stopped listening to it without finishing, which I never do. Stay away from this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mississippi Ms 01-18-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Don't waste your time...."

    Definitely not typical Patricia Cornwell, this book is an embarrassing relative of Hornet's Nest and Southern Cross. Some of the character names remain the same, but the similarity ends there. From overly-contrived coincidences to calculating crabs, the events, characters, and weak plot are too contrived to be funny. Carl Hiaasen need not worry about this as competition; Cornwell's attempt at dark humor is nothing but a fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Vandiver 10-27-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Reading Reviews is a good idea"

    I gave this book a one star because there wasn't a place to give it no stars. I, like several other people, bought this book based on other books Patricia Cornwell had written. What a mistake. I have never given up on an audiobook before but I am on this one. It's not worth the time and effort it takes to try and understand it. I should have read the reviews before I purchased it. I have learned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Dayton, OH, USA 11-06-05
    Valerie Dayton, OH, USA 11-06-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Are you kidding me?"

    This was painful. I tried to stop listening to this train wreck so many times but I just couldn't turn it off. I kept hoping that it would get better. If this was Cornwell's experimentation with comedy, it was a failure. This book was not funny, it was goofy and strange. The side plots were distracting and made the story unnecessarily long. I am only glad that my purchase of this "dog" did not involve sacrificing any trees. The characters were ultimately unlikable, generally contrived, unbelievable and ridiculous. I haven't been able to listen to any Cornwell books in the same way since this disaster.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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