James Patterson's "NYPD Red" is the story of a special task force of the New York Police Department that looks out for the A-Listers who come to the city. Movie actors, producers, directors and other celebrities who need a bit of special protection are their assignments. Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie Macdonald have their work cut out for them as partners when New York hosts "Hollywood on the Hudson" where beautiful actresses arrive on the red carpet along with TV and movie-making people who are famous around the world. There are showings of movies, interviews and all that viewers and attendees want to see. New York City is in the process of trying to recruit some of the entertainment business to their city from Los Angeles where most of it resides. NYC would love to lure some of the glitz and glamour for their own.
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.