- Series: The Women's Murder Club (Book 4)
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (May 2, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594830339
- ISBN-13: 978-1594830334
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 882 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,318,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an award-winning American author. Formerly an advertising executive for J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid". Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant, are the most popular books among Patterson readers. James Patterson has been criticized by Stephen King, who called Patterson's books "dopey thrillers". Patterson shrugged off the comments, stating that he wants to be the "thrillingest thriller writer of all time". James Patterson has also been put as one of Forbes magazine's top 100 celebrities.
Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is involved in a shooting that causes her to be charged with police brutality. Relieved of duty while awaiting trial, Lindsay travels to Half Moon Bay, only to find this community experiencing a rash of murders. With Yuki Castellano fighting for Lindsay in the courtroom and the murders in Half Moon Bay escalating, the Women's Murder Club cranks into full form. Carolyn McCormick drives this fast-paced, high-powered novel right off the printed page into real experience. A whining, pleading injured teen driving with only a learner's permit is so skillfully presented that danger is ignored; a spinal-cord-injured witness whose sobs are interrupted by the sucking of ventilator-initiated breathing is believable even while demonstrating courtroom theatrics. K.A.T. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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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.
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.
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.