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Zuiderkruis av Patricia D. Cornwell
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Zuiderkruis (1999)

av Patricia D. Cornwell

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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.

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La inspectora Judy Hammer es trasladada a Richmond, Virginia, con el objetivo de reorganizar la policía de esa ciudad, la cual es castigada por la delincuencia organizada. Como no es muy bien aceptada por parte de sus nuevos compañeros, Hammer busca la ayuda de sus amigos Virginia West y Andy Brazil para ayudarla en el cumplimiento de su misión, y también para tratar de aclarar la relación entre la profanación de un Estatua de Jefferson Davis y el brutal asesinato de una anciana.
  Natt90 | Dec 20, 2022 |
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  archivomorero | Jun 28, 2022 |
Southern Cross is the second of Patricia Cornwall's Andy Briggs and Judy Hammer mystery series. I had not known the series existed, but the set was being offered for free, so I took a chance on it. I can't say that I liked any of the characters much except for bullied, but talented teen Weed (it's his real name). Weed is being bullied by an older teen who calls himself 'Smoke'. Smoke is either a sociopath or a psychopath. He has a gang of five, forcing Weed to be his fifth. Smoke wants to put his Pikes gang on the map. Weed is terrified, but tries to alert the police through a computer map. Too bad someone else linked a lot of addresses together so that Weed's blue fish are tying up a police computer site.

Weed is ordered to paint the statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond's cemetery. Because Weed is Black and he painted the statue to look like his late older brother, Twister, a college basketball star, you can probably imagine the horror and outrage that ensues.

One of the characters is Bubba, who has a belief about his employer, Philip Morris, that is crazy enough for the internet. Bubba is constantly being taken advantage of by his supposed friend, Smudge. Their cell phone conversation about going on a [ra]coon hunt is overheard by Judy Hammer and she immediately thinks of 'coon' as the racist slur for Black persons and assume they're intent on murder.

It took me almost two and a half-months to listen to all eight cassettes because I didn't care about most of the characters and events -- up until about cassette six, when it started getting interesting. The climax takes a potentially horrifying situation and turns it into a farce, so that wasn't bad.

Aside from the murder victim, of course, the book appears to be written as light humor. I wouldn't have given it as many as three stars if it hadn't improved so much during the second half.

Cat lovers should enjoy Nigel.
Dog lovers might like the coon hounds during their hunt. Boston terrier fans should enjoy Popeye. ( )
  JalenV | May 3, 2022 |
In this book, our heroes, Officer Andy Brazil, Deputy Chief Virginia West, and Chief Judy Hammer, have relocated to Richmond, Virginia, to improve the police department with a new computer program called COMSTAT—which fails miserably. The author uses every play on words imaginable—anagrams, aptronyms, inaptronyms, and malapropisms—mixed with racial slurs to tell a humorous story about cops and their antics. However, it's a story I can see some people lacking a sense of humor, including the residents of Richmond, might take offense to. ( )
  PaulaGalvan | Mar 3, 2022 |
I zoomed through this book. In Southern Cross, Cornwell takes us close to the sometimes zany (but always threatening) experiences of big-city police, in a story of corruption, scandal, and robberies that escalate to murder. The setting is Richmond, Virginia, where former 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 Richmond police force, city manager, and mayor, 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 find the link between the desecration of Confederate president Jefferson Davis's statue and the brutal murder of an elderly woman.

I will add that this book was much funnier than I expected. The fight between the police dispatcher, Patty Passman, and the traffic cop, Rhoad Budget, has to have been put in for pure comic relief. And there are other bits here and there that offset some of the horrific details.

As a Canadian, the pervasive use of guns is somewhat offputting. When Bubba goes to the gun dealer to by a gun to replace the ones stolen from his garage and talks about the rule that a person can only buy one handgun every 30 days, I was appalled. The only use for a handgun is to shoot another person and why you would need to buy one every month is beyond me. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 26, 2017 |
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There's a lot of broad, often slapstick, social commentary (mostly about class warfare) larded into all the goings-on.
tillagd av JalenV | ändraPublishers Weekly (Jan 4, 1999)
 
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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.

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