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Product Details

  • Series: Women's Murder Club
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st Printing edition (December 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455515795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455515790
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,920 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Those who haven't read any of the novels in the Women's Murder Club series are cheating themselves."—BookReporter.com

"I can't believe how good Patterson is....He is always on the mark. I have never begun a Patterson book and been able to put it down."—Larry King, USA Today

"Patterson and co-author Paetro spin a fast-paced triple mystery that expertly weaves the stories together. It is the distinct yet complementary personalities of the WMC members that make the story's heart beat."—Library Journal

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Debra Bowen on May 6, 2013
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I can't believe how many positive reviews this book has received. I had been looking forward to this book since the last one. I usually really enjoy this series, but this installment was a true disappointment.

No major spoilers here, but the stories were disjointed, some chapters seemed out of order and there were things written about the baby that seemed like nobody involved in the writing or editing had ever had a baby or spent the time reading about baby development or even understanding the mindset of a working mom. The baby develops a fever on Lindsay's first day back at work and when she arrives home the house is filled with the Murder Club Women! And they are passing around the baby! And nobody mentions that she had a fever or asks how the baby is doing!! And the reader feels like she missed something...only the fever comes back! Ultimately, the baby is admitted to the hospital for testing and Lindsay and Joe leave a days-old baby at the hospital! The next day, there is concern shown and there is a passage from Lindsay about how Joe is going to the hospital and not leaving Julie's side. Huh?!

That's just one example. As another reviewer said, usually Patterson and Paetro wrap everything up in a nice bow, but there were many story lines happening and several loose ends were left hanging.

Cindy was barely there and very missed by this reader. The beginning actually seemed like it was written by another author. I didn't think the characters seemed like themselves, especially Claire at the beginning right as she was going to take law enforcement through an autopsy.

As with all Patterson novels, I read the book quickly, but I was annoyed through most of it and wish it had more focus and more depth with all the characters we have come to know and want to spend time with.
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99 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Joan Odell on February 27, 2013
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Picking up a Womens Murder Club Book is always like catching up with "old friends". The 12th in the series does not disappoint. Two killers need to be stopped. A professor keeps arriving at the station prophesying about murders that are being committed in his dreams. Unfortunately for the squad, the dreams seem to be coming true. Claire is being pushed out of her position as ME because she seems to have "lost a body". If you are a Fan, you'll really like this book.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By JoAnn Pate on May 16, 2013
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I usually love James Patterson books but this one was awful. Too many plots at once, and very little tie in. He could have expanded on each mini story within this book by as little as 20 pages and have tied the whole thing into a comprehensive book. But he did not, I am very disappointed.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kim D. Jorgensen on May 21, 2013
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This is one of the worst books I have read in awhile, and likely James Patterson's worst ever. Choppy, irritatingly simple dialogue, a pathetic lack of plot or character development and some flat-out ridiculous situations (Lindsay is a cop, and she holds her baby on her lap while driving to the hospital? Rich Conklin falls in love with an obvious murderer in about five minutes?)! Do not waste your time with this drivel; read a Nancy Drew mystery if you want more suspense than you'll get with the 12th of Never.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Karen Vellardita on May 24, 2013
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The book suddenly comes to a screeching halt before the story is finished! It's like driving off a cliff, where all of a sudden the road ends and you thought you had miles to go yet! Wow. I've never read a book so unfinished. It sure left me scratching my head and since I was reading a digital version, I went and flipped back to see where I'd missed the rest of it. But I didn't miss any of it, just the completion of the story. I want my money back.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Friedman on October 25, 2013
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I'm taking my heart in my hands writing this on a forum where a book received over 1200 five-star reviews. I know Amazon is for fans, and I can't say I've ever been a huge James Patterson fan. He is fun to listen to in the car since the chapters are short, the prose is forgettable, and the information is repeated again and again so that you can't lose the train of the plot even if you try. But 12TH OF NEVER was so awful that I have to get my anger off my chest. By now James Patterson is a zillion-dollar making machine who, along with his various cowriters, cranks out dozens of books a year. It's impressive that he can keep track of the multiple series he has created. (I can imagine a large office building in downtown New York with one floor devoted to Alex Cross, another to Lindsay Boxer, etc. etc. etc.) I don't want to begrudge him his success, but is it too much to ask for a coherent plot, some decent writing, and a little bit of actual character development? In this latest installment, there are no less than six plots involving various crimes or tortured romances. Ironically, the two cases described in the jacket liner are ultimately less important than Boxer's involvement with a past villain who has emerged from a coma to wreak havoc again and a dull murder case that Yuki is prosecuting. None of the crimes amount to much, and one of them ends with a "twist" that was so ridiculous I had to drive very carefully as I snickered and shouted at the CD player!

Perhaps the worst and most shallowly manipulative plot line involves Lindsay's newborn child, Julie. Suffice it to say, there was nothing new or emotionally honest in this rendition of a baby in jeopardy, and as other savvy reviewers have reported, Lindsay's behavior throughout made no sense.
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