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The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club #5)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  48,650 Ratings  ·  1,469 Reviews
It is a wild race against time as Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer and the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, attorney Yuki Castellano, lead an investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths--and reveal a hospital administration determined to shield its reputation at all costs. And while the hospital wages an explosive court battle that grips the entire nation, th ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Vision (first published February 13th 2006)
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Miriam Smith
Feb 23, 2017 Miriam Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The 5th Horseman" written by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro is the 5th in the Women's Murder Club series and is a hospital and courtroom thriller.
I'm still enjoying the series, this book contains all the usual James Patterson twists and turns, with fast page turning chapters and well developed characters. His writing style is uncomplicated and very easy to read and follow. I would recommend this book to avid Patterson fans and readers of quick and easy thrillers.
Mar 27, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: Linda Teets
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Oct 21, 2010 Tanya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I thought this book was just okay. It was easy to read, quick and the plots seemed to be a bit far fetched. I suppose as a nurse I was really bothered by some of the arguments in the trial. There are more than 2 checks for drug administration, not just room and bed number. A nurse must verify that you are giving the drug to the right person by checking the name band. Then the argument that it takes awhile after discharge for a nurse to know a patient has gone home is preposterous. It is the nurs ...more
Stefan Yates
Feb 02, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I hadn't read a Patterson in a while when I picked this up and it immediately brought back all of the reasons that I like his books.

After a bit of a let-down for me with 4th of July, the Women's Murder Club is back in fine form. Patterson's characters are all likeable and easy to root for. The writing style is what I would call very comfortable and the storyline moves along at the usual Patterson frenetic pace. Once I start, I usually don't want to put one of his books down and The 5th Horseman
Krystin Rachel
*fart noises with my mouth* UGHHH...

Literally the only reason I continue with this series is because it's so easy to listen to while I'm working. But I'm starting to question this decision.

My brain at work is dedicated 50% to my job, 25% to thinking about sexin' up my husband and 20% to when I get to eat next. That leaves 5% for audiobooks. And that is literally all the brain power you require to follow along with these fluffy and melodramatic stories.

If I was more easily offended I'd be inclin
Carmaletta Hilton
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Jennifer Wardrip
Since so many others have outlined the general plot of this story (huge lawsuit against a hospital; suspicious deaths that may or may not have been committed by a doctor) I'll simply leave a brief comment.

Although the story isn't all that complicated, it was still a quick, enjoyable read--and the ending was one I didn't see coming. Please be aware, though, that THE 5TH HORSEMAN is NOT an Alex Cross novel, which seemed to be one reviewer's complaint. This is the story of Lindsay Boxer, SFPD Lieu
Apr 07, 2008 Daizymaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: just-read
James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, and I wait for his next book to come out in paperback. This is the fifth book in the Woman's Murder Club series. It is just as page turning as the other four and I am waiting to go shopping to pick up the 6th one. Great murder mystery. Most of the characters are professional women; One is a cop, one a lawyer, a newpaper writer and a medical examiner. The same characters are throughout the series. It feels like you are catching up with friends when y ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm addicted to these for my in between, waiting for my books on hold, reading. I enjoyed this one!
Mar 15, 2011 Kavyen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is fast paced with a gripping, fun and yet disappointing plot. There were a few twists to keep you going but most of them were anticipated. There were two different cases – one involving mysterious deaths in a hospital and another involving the gruesome death of beautiful call girls. The book would have done better if the focus was on either one of the cases as it would have assured us a better quality mystery. Also apparent was the missing motive behind the case which left me searching ...more
James Patterson is a publisher's dream. He produces two hugely popular mystery/thriller series that routinely hit the best seller lists. He even makes appearances on Castle.

5th Horsman is the fifth (how appropriate) installment in his Women's Murder Club series. It finds our four female protagonists dealing with three concurrent cases; a hospital malpractice suit, a murder spree in the same hospital and a series of deaths of young escorts.

And that is the problem with this book. There is too much
Apr 10, 2008 Angeld01 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty terrible so far. A friend told me these books get worse and worse as the series goes on. I am probably not even 50 pages in, and have already though at least 10 times, this book is SO obviously written by a man (cause women don't act like that). Like two friends, a detective and a coroner who are women, and they see each other at work - and hug. What??? I have worked with people I consider great friends, but I still don't HUG them when I get to work in the morning...

But need something eas
Jan 14, 2008 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one along with all the others in this series, but I was a little disappointed in the very ending about finding out who the Night Walker really was. Seemed anti-climatic. I wanted to know how they found out and that part wasn't touched on, although I thought it was from the pharmacist's research.
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Genre: Mystery

At A Glance

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Rating: 4 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: 9
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
I knew what was going on!
Worst Part: Small children die :((((
Thoughts Had: You all need to read more!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: Am i the only one who understands why
Dec 17, 2015 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 06, 2015 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2009 Connie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I need to remember not to read another book by James Patterson. 5th Horseman was no literary work, had an OK plot, but was lacking class and depth. There are WAY too many advertisements for name brand products and way too much misery and death. It was downright depressing. Maybe those working in law enforcement would like it.
Beta Test
Oct 01, 2007 Beta Test rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can I give zero stars? I'm a James Patterson fan for mindless thriller page turners on aircraft and beach holidays. However, this one was a shameless excuse for killing trees -- does James have a boat payment due? Worse still is the weak attention to what could be fabulous connnection between the women -- shown here very one dimensionally.
Mar 28, 2013 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
5º livro da série do “Women’s Murder Club.
Mesma receita dos outros 4 e provavelmente a dos próximos.
Envolvente, fácil de ler, reviravoltas surpreendentes e uma escrita bem básica.
Um policial para as horas de almoço.
Alina Naz
Feb 11, 2017 Alina Naz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime novel lovers
When the fifth part starts with a knife and a bloody murder scene, you know you're in for a ride :D
Let's start with the The bloody syringe on the cover. It makes sense in the end when all the killings are due to a syringe and wrong medication. I wondered while reading this book how easily nurses and doctors can be lethal( with a motive to be of-course), well i guess anyone given the responsibility can be in that case if given the key to send a person through or bring them back (death and life).

Tony Romine
Oct 23, 2016 Tony Romine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What disjointed mess of a book. The 5th installment of the Women's Murder Club follows Lt. Boxer and her crew as they investigate like a billion different things. The main case is about a series of suspicious deaths happening at a big hospital in San Francisco. It just so happens that Yuki's, the lawyer of the club, mother treated there for a stroke and then she ends up dead after showing signs of recovering. Also a doctor at the hospital is on trial for malpractice over a these suspicious death ...more
3.5 stars. More than one story line makes this an interesting book. This series has so few characters that there is very little misdirection, but I still like the Women's Murder Club.

The last 2 books were not as good as I remember liking the first book. I may start listening to this series.

* Itsumademo ai shiteru, Yuki. I love you forever, my daughter.
* Yuki's mom, Keiko, is a wonderful, typical Japanese mom
* Yuki is half Japanese, half Caucasion
* Lindsay is so good in the field
* Lindsay
Shannon Bernier
Jan 10, 2017 Shannon Bernier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
that darn book i couldn't put it down what a great book that was the ending was a blow your mind so i recommand you get this book i need the others and will get them :) he did a great job with all of them so far the more you get into the series the more you can't put down these books lol
Sep 30, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm quickly becoming addicted to this fast paced who done it series. The Women's Murder club is back in business and this time they are taking on a huge private hospital. Is it all just negligence or is it murder? That's what the women intend to find out. A quick easy read that I didn't want to put down. Can't wait to pick up book 6.
Nov 02, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE FIFTH HORSEMAN is, unsurprisingly, the fifth book of the immensely popular series of crime fighting novels featuring the individual heroines that comprise the San Francisco based WOMENS MURDER CLUB. It is a highly original, very entertaining, suspenseful and entertaining way to spend three hours of your life in typical James Patterson / Maxine Paetro fashion. Which means, of course, that the book will gift the reader with plenty of action, drama, and short chapters with impossibly addictive ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Aubrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I'm enjoying the notion of having a team of women solve crime and kick ass, sometimes the whole "girl power" theme falls by the wayside in this series. Unfortunately, this is the case with this book. This book us much less about "let's solve this together" and more about "Lindsay will only call you when she needs to get ahead in her own career," which is incredibly disheartening.

We still see the plot develop from the perspective of all four characters, there is a disconnect in this instal
Feb 16, 2017 Sadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pap-eng-10-2016
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Aug 09, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lindsay continues to be a blank page; we don't get much in the way of character development other than learning she wants to be back on the streets and not behind a desk, essentially hoping to get demoted.

Can it be any more apparent that the author plans on her and Conklin getting together? Right after I read the description of Richie, I had a feeling....

Cindy was basically a non-entity and I agree with some reviews that the feeling of WMC isn't really a driving force through this book.

It was
Janell Wheeler
I don't give 3 stars often but this book just left me baffled. There were two story lines going which if you read my review for the 4th book is not a bad thing, but what I didn't like was that the conclusions just felt rushed and unsatisfied. With all the previous books it was a well thought out case with a beginning, middle and end were you felt like you got a complete story and you were satisfied with how they concluded the story. With this book I just felt like I got gipped. It was like they ...more
Again, this was a great book written by James Patterson. I cannot get enough of his work! One of my favorite things about this books are the short chapters; it makes the book feel like its going by so fast. I always find myself just wanting to read one more chapter because its maybe 2 or 3 pages, but that one more chapter turns into 10 more chapters.

Lindsay Boxer is a smart, motivated cop who doesn't want to stop until her case is solved. I love following her life through this series, and really
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“Itsumademo ai shiteru, Yuki. I love you forever, my daughter.” 0 likes
“Yuki-eh, you must learn to be a lady.

I don't think I ever quite learned to do that. I liked my music loud. My skirts short - I know, Mommy, even this one is too short! She wanted me to marry a lawyer - instead, I became one.”
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