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NYPD Red Hardcover – October 8, 2012
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Acclaim for James Patterson
"I can't believe how good Patterson is, whether he's doing a
"You just can't beat James Patterson when it comes to suspense. He's the king...make that the emperor of contemporary suspense fiction."―Rebeccareads.com
"America's #1 storyteller."―Forbes
"Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves the plot along. It's what fires off the movie projector in the reader's mind."―Michael Connelly
"Patterson knows how to keep the pages turning."―David Lazarus, San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
Top customer reviews
All goes well until a well-known producer dies during his breakfast. Zach Jordan is the first cop on the scene from the NYPD Red unit and his partner, ex-girlfriend, Kylie Macdonald, is soon on the case, too. They can't afford to make mistakes on cases like this, so they go to work on the investigation. The killing doesn't stop here, though. As they team up and search for a deranged killer who has a plan all his own, it becomes more and more dangerous for those at the event, as well as for Zach and Kylie.
This is a thriller full of suspense and never knowing what will happen next. There is a lot of action and the ending is an edge-of-your-seat finish to a book that doesn't let the reader relax for a minute.
James Patterson has done an excellent job with this one, character-wise and story-wise. The dialogue is good and it is well-paced. Recommended for suspense/thriller/mystery readers.
I'm looking forward to reading NYPD Red 2.
“The Chameleon” has set out to attack the Hollywood bigwigs, bringing them to their knees and driving them away from New York. He has scripted a movie and begins to bring it to life while being pursued by the NYPD Red contingent of the NY police force. This group of top cops was created after 9/11 to handle high profile crimes with high profile defined as crimes against the movers and shakers who operate in the city. Officially they are the High Profile Victims Response Team and Zach Jordan is one of the seventy-five officers assigned to the team. While his partner is on the DL he is joined by former girlfriend Kylie MacDonald in working the case of the flashy serial killer who is making headlines.
Using the backdrop of NY and locations that are probably familiar to most people Jordan and MacDonald track the killer as he brings his script to life, literally. With a cast of characters that include Hollywood moguls and movie stars, a sexy police psychologist, and MacDonald’s husband who also happens to be part of the in crowd NYPD Red is a page turner. With some sexual tension, more action and excitement, and a lot of over the top adventures the story unfolds at a quick pace.
By no means is this book a literary wonder, but it is a lively, action packed police story that held my attention. I also found it interesting enough to have picked up the next adventure NYPD Red 2.
I had purchased NYPD Red on the way to a quiet summer vacation on the river...nothing to do but read pulp fiction and veg. So I expected very little, and that was fine with me. I have read enough Patterson to know that he will always at least entertain me, and I can check my brain at the door. But THIS book grabbed me!
These days, a good serial killer yarn is hard to pull off, as the market is so saturated, and God help us, the REAL-LIFE serial killers are bad enough. And yet, I don't know why, maybe it's his new coauthor's "fresh blood," but Patterson managed to create a serial killer who not only held my interest, but with whom I could almost sympathize! I found myself at times hoping he could pull off his next horrendous murder!!! (No, I am not a serial killer wannabee.) It was just that interesting.
So here's the verdict: If you want a fast-paced, riveting page-turner with a hero/heroine set of police partners to love, and a villain to hate, here is your book. If you are looking for insightful, brilliant crime writing like Deaver and Baldacci consistently deliver, this is not your choice. But for me? I'm already reading NYPD Red 2.