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Publisher's Summary

Patricia Cornwell has a sixth sense about the men and women in blue. In Hornet's Nest, her page-turning novel about crime and police in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cornwell moved behind the badges of these real-life heroes to uncover flesh-and-blood characters who strode through her pages to reveal vulnerable, passionate, brave, sometimes doubting, always fascinating figures.

In Southern Cross, Cornwell takes us even closer to the personal and professional lives of big-city police, in a story of corruption, scandal, and robberies that escalate to murder. This time, her setting is Richmond, Virginia, where Charlotte Police Chief Judy Hammer has been brought by an NIJ grant to clean up the police force. Reeling from the recent death of her husband, and resented by the police force, city manager, and mayor of Richmond, Hammer is joined by her deputy chief Virginia West and rookie Andy Brazil on the most difficult assignment of her career. In the face of overwhelming public scrutiny, the trio must bring truth, order, and sanity to a city in trouble.

©1999 Patricia Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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  • maryann
  • kahibah, Australia
  • 09-14-12

southern cross

Easy to listen to one of my first audio books always enjoy this author .Fish was a very interesting character i could almost see him,the slightly built kid on the block too frightened to resist trouble even though he knew it was wrong just wanted his big bro back..Kept you interested throughout.

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 02-12-15

Exciting!

Enjoyed the narrator's use of language variety, added with the use of slang and dialect. Really defined the story, in its entirety.

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  • Deb
  • 02-23-16

Interesting storyline

Would you consider the audio edition of Southern Cross to be better than the print version?

Never read the print version, I dont read that's why I have audio books.

What other book might you compare Southern Cross to, and why?

No comparison, just started listening to her books

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

Characters were brought to life in her tone

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The initiation to the gang was frightening, I was afraid of what would follow.

Any additional comments?

The storyline was good, but I got a bit bored in the middle, it got a bit slow.

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