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The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club) Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 13, 2006

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Book 5 of 14 in the Women's Murder Club Series

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Maxine Paetro is a novelist and a journalist. She lives with her husband in New York. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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San Francisco PD Detective Lindsay Boxer is suspicious about unexpected deaths at a local hospital--especially after the mother of one of her friends inexplicably succumbs. The Women's Murder Club is soon involved in finding the person responsible--and at risk to themselves. Carolyn McCormack's performance is superb. Her ability to capture the essence of each of the main characters is impressive; her skill at fleshing out even minor characters is rare. Her spirit, enthusiasm, and emotional involvement help the novel, which has its predictable moments. Overall, McCormack's ability to keep each moment fresh and alive makes this program a real treat for the listener. M.A.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown And Company; Book Club Edition edition (February 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316159778
  • ASIN: B000GG49VO
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (671 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The 5th Horseman, which is the fifth book in Patterson's best-selling Women's Murder Club books. It's hair-raising. It's fast paced, it's James Pattersons's continuing to string out best-sellers faster than we write checks. Lately his books have been hit or miss. This one is no different, but I'm sorry to say the things that still bug me about Patterson continue to bug me here and they probably always will so long as he keeps pumping out four or five books a year.

At the San Francisio Muncipal Hospital, people have been receiving the wrong medication which induces a heart attack. The latest victim to this string of "accidents" is Yuki Castellano's mother Keiko, who suddenly collapses. After she's taken to the medical hospital, she's given the wrong medication and suddenly dies. Just like several others. Lindsay Boxer decides it's time to investigate. It's been happening too much to be just an accident.

It isn't such a bad book. For the most part, it'll keep you on the edge of your seat. If you like fast-paced movie-like books, The 5th Horseman is perfect. It instantly grabs your attention and takes you away.

Again, however, this book is plagued by what just about every James Patterson book is plagued with these days. Where's the meat? The substance? There's a lot of plot, but what about characters and steady pace? The book, like many of his previous books, moves much faster than it has to. And because it moves so fast, there's little time to feel for these characters.

Look at it like this, Yuki Castellano was introduced in 4th of July, the previous book (which was much better than this one). We learned very little about her. Here, her mother is introduced right after the prologue.
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I found nothing in this book that would let me believe James Patterson wrote any of it. The story line is trite. The characters are flat, predictable and boring. For example, there is a chinese mother/daughter with the chinese mother trying to match (for marriage) the daughter with every available 'single' doctor, with the doctor protesting her "wonderful" old country mom. All the chapters are 2 to 3 pages in length - making it perfect to read in the loo. Many of the chapters say nothing except that the women are scared, or tearful, or worried, or ...

James Patterson should stop lending his name to books by every mystery writer that asks. I will no longer buy these books. His name only adds to the price - and they are expensive. If you want to read something by the co-author, find something where the co-author's name is the only one on the cover. Books co-authored with Patterson have come to mean poorly written and very expensive.
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Believe it or not but this is my first Patterson novel (I did see the movie "Kiss the Girls" and thought it was OK). I found this book to be average entertainment at best. From reading this book I do not understand this authors best-selling status, Though I have figured out how he rights five novels a year. First he has a stable of co-writers who are doing the heavy lifting (Ms. Paetro in this case). Then you write very short 2 page chapters and have ridiculously wide margins. The book is 400 pages long but if it where laid out properly it would not be more than 200 pages. The book is more a comic book than a novel. This is McDonald's drive thru literature for the masses with short attention spans! Look, I am not a some literary snob, I love thriller/adventures/mystery but I want them to have some meat.
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I am huge James Patterson fan but I felt he blew it with this book. There are too many subplots that distracted from what the book purported to be about. A serial killer in a hospital but we are given plots about young female escorts being killed. What in the hell did this have to do with the hospital murders. NOTHING!! They could have further developed this story for another book and made it more interesting instead of solving it so quickly.

The story about the doctor and the lawyer was interesting but which one the two writers came up with such a lame ending. After they had wrapped up the case with the two aforementioned characters, they probably found out they forgot about letting the reader know who the person was doing the killing and gave us some crappy ending in an attempt to let us know whoduit without ever really giving us a reason why. I had to go back and reread the chapters about this person to try and get a clue. How did this person get out of jail so quickly and move on to another hospital? And how did Lindsay Boxer know she would be there? Too many holes that needed to be filled in. I expected more. Next book I just wait until I can borrow it from someone else or wait until the paperback version comes out and get it at a discount store.
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I have read many of JP books in the past. Many of the early ones I enjoyed. Recently both in his Alex Cross books and his others he has spent so much time on the personal afflictions and love lives of his characters that the meat of the plot is getting buried. It is almost as one of the other reviewers noted, he is writing just to fill pages. In this most recent attempt, I managed to listen (audio book) to about 1/3rd of the book and just gave up. The writing was so poor, and the conversations so stilted I was convinced it had been written by some high school student for a project. I see that this was a collaboration between JP and Maxine Paetro. Judging from the quality of the writing I think (or at least hope) that Maxine did most of the writing and she is only 15 yrs old? Come on James, if you are going to put your name on the book...at least make sure it is up to your standards. The plot might be there but if the writing is so poor as to make the book intolerable to read then don't put it out until it is right. Have sworn off of all future JP books until I see some evidence that he is actually getting back to his roots.
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