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Entertaining...Not Much More to It.
on February 28, 2008
James Patterson may be one of America's best-selling writers, but he's not actually a great writer. I compare his many novels to bad movies; they're entertaining and a way to pass the time but contain no depth and are often repetitive of the previous ones. Patterson's novels are very repetitive and "The 6th Target" is no exception. It's the 6th novel in the "Women's Murder Club" series. I've read the first three (1st to Die, 2nd Chance, and 3rd Degree), but it's been many years and I don't remember many of the details of them. "The 6th Target" is not a great novel and, indeed, much of the plot seemed familiar and repetitive of other Patterson novels, but it was entertaining and I kept turning pages and it took about three hours to read (and that was with me putting it down from time-to-time). The novel opens on a Ferry, where a madman pulls out his gun and shoots several people including Claire, one of the "members" of the Women's Murder Club. Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer quickly gets to work on finding the killer. Meanwhile, children of rich parents and their nannies are mysteriously disappearing with no request for ransom and no bodies appearing. Patterson is beginning to make the same mistake M. Night Shyamalan made when he made the film "The Village." People were expecting that trademark plot twist so much that he wound up presenting one that was forced and damn near ruined the whole film. Patterson doesn't really have a trademark plot twist or anything, but he's thrown a couple whoppers onto the unsuspecting reader. The ending of this novel is pretty predictable. OK, really predictable. It's entertaining, but don't expect to be wowed by this novel.