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4th of July (Women's Murder Club) Paperback – July 1, 2008
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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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My problems with this novel include the premise behind the courtroom trial. Two rich kids murder poor kids, and there’s plenty of evidence to connect them to the killings. The killer kids then open fire on two veteran police officers seriously wounding both of them. The older sibling Sara is shot and killed. The younger sibling, Sam is crippled for life. Their parents sue Lindsey, the main character in this series, and they sue the city.
It’s unlikely such a law suit would find its way to court, but the author needed a way to introduce attorney Yuki, the fascinating new character. He should have found a way to involve her in a believable trial. Another unlikely event was when Allison shows up to warn Lindsay and bring her to a crime scene. The motivation is unclear. Allison doesn’t tell Lindsay what is happening. Why not? By the time Allison warns Lindsay and brings her to the scene, the Farley’s would have been murdered and the killers gone.
But Lindsay would have had to find a different way to solve the murders. Actually she doesn’t solve the murders. The child brings her to a crime scene in progress, where she stops a murder and arrests the killers.
I expect the detective in a story like this to figure things out, and not allow a minor character to lead her to a conclusion she would NOT have been able to deduce on her own.
Yet the conclusion itself was chilling and satisfying.
I’m sticking with the series and looking forward to reading the next book in the line up.
Both writers have their way with some of the laws and at times I get a little laugh from how this fine book is written. It is not possible for every writer to know fully how California criminal and civil laws are written, but it make this a fine read. Not recommended for young readers. Sex and violence. DP., Castro Valley, CA.
1. As readers, we enter into a contract with the author to suspend disbelief. I willingly go along with the ride.
2. How many times is Patterson going to shoot Lindsay? Thus far she has survived an illness that is supposed to have no cure, been shot about four times and she bounces back running with her dog on the beach within a remarkable recovery time.
3. Is in a bicoastal relationship with the second in command of Homeland Security, is forced to take a vacation and goes to her sister's instead of to Washington to be close to him. He comes to see her all the time. Strange.
4. This last book solves the crimes by Lindsay who again fails to carry her phone or leaves her gun in her purse. All the suspects seem to jump into her realm accidentally. As much as I like the books being 400 pages or less and a fast read, I think there needed to be more explanation.
That said, I shall continue to read Patterson. I shall continue to agree with our contract.