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4th of July Hardcover – May 2, 2005
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Mega-bestseller Patterson teams up with journalist/novelist Paetro for a rousing fourth installment of the Women's Murder Club series. This time, bright, tough SFPD Lt. Lindsay Boxer is battling police brutality charges while chasing down a clan of murderers. When a botched police arrest of two gun-toting minors expands from a shaky preliminary hearing to what promises to be a nerve-rattling jury trial of Lindsay, she flees the pre-trial media frenzy for the serene haven of sister Cat's house in Half Moon Bay. But instead of finding relaxation and romance with her Homeland Security beau, Lindsay becomes embroiled in the ruthless crimes of a troika of killers who've been slashing and flogging victims all over town. With surprisingly little aid from the Murder Club, Lindsay performs her detective handiwork (and steps on the toes of Half Moon's police chief). As more bodies surface, sketchy suspects like a smitten grease monkey and a slimy porn star emerge, then the murderous threesome set their sights on Lindsay. Back in San Francisco, Lindsay is acquitted; she then rushes back to Half Moon Bay to apprehend the elusive villains and put to rest her unresolved first homicide case as well. Heroic super-sleuthing, a steadily gripping plot line and 146 snappy chapters add up to suspense fiction euphoria for Patterson's legion of fans. (One-day laydown May 2)
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After the explosive events of the third entry in the Women's Murder Club series, 3rd Degree (2004), which claimed the life of one of the members, it's understandable that the follow-up might be a bit of a letdown. But only a little. Patterson's characteristic brutal murders and elusive killers are present, keeping the stakes high. Lindsay Boxer, the police lieutenant who brought the club together, is taking some serious heat in this installment. After a car chase goes wrong, Lindsay is forced to shoot two killers after they wound her and her partner. The firefight leaves a 15-year-old girl dead and her 13-year-old brother paralyzed, making way for a police brutality lawsuit. Lindsay hides out in her sister's suburban house, where she hopes to escape the media circus surrounding her trial. But someone has been killing married couples in the upscale community, and the method greatly resembles a case from early in Lindsay's career, one that she was never able to close the book on. Even though the Women's Murder Club itself is consigned to the background, Lindsay's trial and the murders keep the pages turning. Kristine Huntley
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Top Customer Reviews
As the story unfolds Lieutenant Boxer is hot on the trail of a couple of suspects that she and her partner believe are responsible for a recent string of seedy motel murders. Turns out the suspects are two very youthful teenage siblings, and in the process of apprehending these two, Boxer is forced to use deadly force to defend herself and her partner. When all is said and done, Boxer's partner is critically wounded and unconscious, Boxer herself has been hit twice, a 15 year old girl is dead, and her 13 year old brother is paralyzed for life from the neck down. Was it a legitimate use of deadly force? Not in the minds of the parents it wasn't. And the media has already found her guilty without the benefit of trail!
In Half Moon Bay someone is killing local residents in a gruesome fashion reminiscent of an unsolved homicide from Lieutenant Boxer's earliest days on the force. She is supposed to be laying low in the sleepy little seaside resort, gearing up the trail of her life, but when the killing starts, she finds herself hard pressed to remain disinterested and unengaged. Before long she is swept up in the investigation and a target for murder herself!
A great weekend read. The chapters just fly by! Also recommended are the other three stories in the Women's Murder Club series: 1st to Die, 2nd Chance, and 3rd Degree. Be the first on your block to collect all four books!
But she gets called to a stake out, and the next thing she knows, Boxer is shooting two juvenile suspects who had shot and hit her and her partner.
The book tells the story of her defending herself in court against accusations of being a drunk, improper cop. While she's waiting for court, she escapes to Half Moon Bay, where she finds herself involved in a serial killing spree that has the town in a panic. Of course, this spree reminds Lindsey of a long-ago case she never solved. Could they be connected?
The book has too many coincidences, making the plot seemed forced and contrived. Some things, like the lawsuit, seemed glossed over and not true in any real legal sense. Even the title seems forced; there is one small July 4 party that seems added in to justify it.
But Lindsey is a likeable character, and the book moves about at a quick pace. It doesn't stand up to intense scrutiny or discussion, but it's well-written with interesting women characters and enough grim, sadistic crime to give it a creepy feeling.
Mysteries can be better than this book. But it's worth a read, if you don't expect too much and just go with the flow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this continuing story line for all these strong women characters.Published 4 hours ago by Arlene
Very good read! James Patterson never fails to keep the suspense going with an interesting storyline. Cannot wait to read number 5.Published 17 hours ago by rekd
I loved all of his books so far. I loved the characters. I would recommend this book to everybody who like books that has suspense and mystery.Published 6 days ago by Rena Osakoda
Enjoyed the book I have
read 6 in this series so far and I like the characters and their development.
This one hit me like a door on the way out! I did not see the bad guys in this book coming....Published 1 month ago by Susan
I have been reading james patterson women's murder mystery club from the first book! This o e is the best so far!! Must read these in order they were written!!Published 1 month ago by mary fabricius