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The 9th Judgement (Women's Murder Club #9)

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Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a Jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children.

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood-r...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published 2010 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nancy
What makes a writer continue on when the story is over? I was enjoying this tale until James Patterson needed to continue with a couple of chapters at the end that were not necessary. Is there a certain word count or page number that an author has to hit before their book is complete?

Lindsay Boxer and her team respond to a gruesome murder – someone is killing young mothers and their children and leaving a horrific “WCF” message behind in the woman’s lipstick. It takes Boxer and her team most of...more
stephanie
why am i still reading this series?? it's TERRIBLE. i mean, the first ones were good. but then . . . i swear, after 3rd Degree everything went down hill. and now it's what, six books later and i'm still surprised that they are getting worse?

there wasn't even anything INTERESTING in it. and it made NO SENSE. clues? a mystery? what? i'm kind of still confused. at least they used a map when plotting the chase scenes this time.

so glad i waited for this at the library. ugh. i still miss jill. the e...more
Jill Cawthon
I read it only because I didn't have to pay for it. I am SO disappointed in James Patterson and his "cop-outs" over the last several years. He was such a good writer in the early "Alex Cross" novels, but now he just puts his name on other authors' works to give them notoriety so the book sells. I refuse to pay full price for a book that is as much "white space" as it is words. It is ridiculous to start a new chapter every 200 to 300 words! I don't understand why such an outstanding author would...more
Glendalee
I'm sick of this series and the fact that there's a 10th book already out pisses me off even more BECAUSE i CAN'T BELIEVE ITS NOT OVER YET. I followed this series because the first book was AMAZING, I enjoyed it and thought "Wow a women that's a cop and a series that centers around her life count me in!" I was interested in reading the rest of the series because I really enjoyed the first. Some of the other books I also enjoyed and the others not so much. Bur THIS one just pisses me off, its lik...more
Suzanne
Of all of the Women's Club Murder mysteries, this one has to be my favorite! James Patterson and Maxine Paetro do a stellar job of weaving a tale that keeps the reader interested, cover-to-cover. I had a very hard time putting this book down, and finished it in a matter of several days!

This has to be one of the toughest cases yet for the Women's Murder Club - a deranged killer is targeting women and children all over San Francisco, and the bodies are piling up. Meanwhile, a string of jewel thef...more
Shonda
3.5 Stars

Lindsay, Claire, Yuki and Cindy are back for the ninth installment of The Women’s Murder Club series. A serial killer, penned the Lipstick Killer by the police, is terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. Mothers and their children are being targeted and killed in a vicious manner. The killer only leaves one clue: a message in lipstick “WCF”. Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, are angry that someone is killing mothers and innocent children. They are determined to bring the killer t...more
Jen
I haven't read any of the other Women's Murder Club books, but you don't really need to to get the story. It reminded me of a more grisly Stephanie Plum type book.

The story kept my interest, though I was a bit disappointed and confused at the ending. Disappointed that they didn't seem to finish some of the story lines. It could be just me, but I like things wrapped up in little bows by the end of the book, and the book didn't do that for me (though I understand that the main character's storylin...more
Sarah Schoesler
I really enjoyed the 9th book of the Women's Murder Club series. A cat burgler is stealing jewels from the rich and famous only something goes wrong at one heist and the lady of the house is murdered. The police and the public assume that it was a result of the robbery and the cat burgler is to be blamed. But is she? Detectives Boxer and Conklin have their doubts. At the same time a seriel killer is terriozing the city doing the unthinkable......killing young mothers and their toddler children....more
Francie
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Jennifer Rayment
Jen's Review

Dear James

I can call you James right, after all your books I have read, I feel we are on a first name basis. Now James, you know I love you, but lets talk about your latest novel, The 9th Judgment. For the first time I have had to put down one of your books and decide not to finish it. I know this is a first for us, so I need you to understand. James, you murdered an infant and sweetie, I just cannot seem to handle that sort of storyline. My youngest child is close in age to the infa...more
Jane Lee
After the disappointing 8th Confession, I didn't have high expectations with this book. Surprisingly, it was actually enjoyable. Here are the reasons why I like this book:

1. The lipstick killer. I like intelligence, even in serial killers. The harder they are to catch and figure out, the more difficult it is for the police to outsmart him, the more exciting it is for me because I become increasingly frustrated to get him caught. Dumb criminals invoke a 'meh' reaction from me because unless they...more
Jeroen De
What a godawful book, in all likelihood the worst one I've read from a bestselling author. The dialogues were wooden and contrived, there was no character development all all, the characters themselves were interchangeable. There was no tension arch, the only tension present was created using some cheap effects and after the plot (as it was) resolved itself the book went on for some time without any justification or merit. I felt my IQ actually dropping during the struggle to read this drivel. I...more
Laura
I didn't think it was the best Woman's Murder Club book in the series but it was enjoyable for what it is. I will read anything in this series just because I'm so invested in all the character's already that I want to keep on finding out what is going to happen next. I really like the fact that he left the book sort of on a clifhanger perse so we know that there is another coming next year. Which I'm excited about(I wish we didn't have to wait a whole year but that's life).
Denise

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read in the Women's Murder Club series...., July 23, 2010

This review is from: The 9th Judgment (The Women's Murder Club) (Hardcover)
This is one of the better books in the Women's Murder Club series. It's fast-paced and has several different criminal actions going on that involve the members of the WMC.

In first person point of view, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer of the SFPD juggles simultaneous investigations involving the shooting death of the wife of a movie star, trac...more
Paige Turner
A new instalment in the Women’s Murder Club series. Patterson fans need no introduction to this book, most have been waiting patiently (or not) for this latest in the lives of these mystery solving women. A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood red lipstick. The...more
Connie
THE 9TH JUDGMENT by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is 355 pages long in hardcover. This is #9 in the Women's Murder Club Series.

Brief Description:

The most personal

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick.

The most dangerous

The same night, the wife...more
Aaron
A whirlwind of mysteries hit San Francisco as a serial killer, a cat burglar/jewelry thief, and the murder of a well-known movie actor's wife seem to take over the town and grabs the attention of the Women's Murder Club. The book starts in the bedroom of actor Marcus Dowling and his wife. The two have just finished up with a houseparty, and things tie up with a pretty intense argument and some serious making up. Little do they know it, but their untimely return to the bedroom away from their par...more
Emily
I typically enjoy James Patterson novels. They are quick and are police oriented with some gruesome scenes and an attempt at some romance. I especially enjoy the Alex Cross series and the Women's Murder Club series. However, after finishing The 9th Judgment, I am feeling a little blah.

I know I also wrote that after I read Cross Country by Patterson in January, and I am thinking that maybe he just can't do it for me anymore, or perhaps he should slow down his book mill. Sometimes quality is much...more
Aiesha
I read this book once before but it has been so long ago, I decided to listen to it again before getting the 10th Anniversary and 11th Hour. This is the 1st series that I read and after having read other authors and stories since, I didn't quite enjoy it the 2nd time around. I will keep my original rating of 5 stars because I did enjoy it the first time I read it... It seemed a little corny and poorly written the 2nd time around, as far as the dialogue is concerned. The plot of the story was pre...more
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The women who have all been part of the `Women's Murder Club' do all appear in the story but to varying degrees.

You have Lindsay Boxer the lead character who is meant to be a feisty detective and she works alongside Rich Conklin. Cindy is a reporter and not only does she cover the case of Hello Kitty she is also in a relatively new relationship with Rich Conklin. Yuki is a lawyer and isn't directly linked to the cases but appears in the story albeit briefly. Claire is a Medical Examiner and has...more
Michelle
The ninth book in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. I've been flying through these at lightning speed. It helps that they are as easy to read as they are. The beginning of this book was a bit more boring then any of the other books but about halfway through it got interesting.

Like all of the other books in this series, it starts you off with a few different crimes. The lovely Yuki is prosecuting a junkie who was getting high with a doctor when the doctor overdosed and died many hour...more
martin
Definitely a good read for a journey. No need to think too much and the action is fast and furious. In fact I felt like it was written as a TV movie rather than a novel (not always a good thing, but at least it's an easy story to visualise!)

As a crime story it really is very average although the elements of a great one are there - the bad guys are both potentially brilliant inventions but seem to be under-developed. Possibly a result of having two loosely connected stories in one. The stories ar...more
Black_rose
Unfortunately, I really did not enjoy this book. This is the book I like the least in the entire series. Lindsay is already engaged to Joe. She chose Joe. Why all the confusion and jealousy on Cindy and Conklin? Funny thing is, Conklin is not confused regarding his feelings toward Cindy and Lindsay. Does that mean that women are regarded as the "confused" ones? Also, I really don't like the way the women talk. They sound so cheesy, so unlike their profession. I think I liked the first three ones...more
Louize

WCF
It took me 20 chapters before I figured this one out; and it was not while reading it. It happened when I considered to quit reading for the night and closed the book. Then, viola! It was right there on the cover. Uh-huh, stupid. I know!

For me, this is the most disturbing book in the series. I was so caught up with the drama, tension and violence I ended up eating bags of chips while reading it. Hahaha, the suspense caused too much emotional stress, I was eating comfort food. I guess that hap...more
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
This review was originally posted on Once Upon a ChapterMy Thoughts:

Wow. That's really all there is to say. I started and finished this book in one setting. The short chapter style of Patterson made it a lot easier but still this book was un-put-downable awesomeness. Through most of the book you know the "who" of the who-dun-it but you don't know the why. The why is what makes the book really stand out. Each mystery of the book leaves you trying to put the puzzle pieces together. Every time I th...more
Nicki
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Matt
Exactly what you expect from Lindsay Boxer et alia. 2 main plots here that eventually turn out to involve the same cast of characters.

1) Cat burglar robs house of movie star and wife. Movie star uses this as an opportunity to murder his wife. Cat burglar gets blamed.
2) Iraqi vet goes crazy and starts killing women and children in parking garages.

My problems with the book. Note: I don't expect anything out of JP except a fast moving, entertaining, action based, detective plot, so I don't care muc...more
Johanna Gail Tongco
It was odd reading the reviews of other people here, but anyway everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

I have not read the other Murder Club novels so I cannot compare this work of him and Maxine Paetro, but I will criticize this solely.

The first chapters were intriguing. I mean how will Patterson and Paetro be able to patch up a lacerny-that-eventually-led-into-a-homicide and another homicide committed by a 'psychopath'. But then eventually upon reading, I got to patch up and make a conceptu...more
Penny
I agree with many of the negative reviews. The difference between Paterson and most of the other writers who allow other authosrs to write much of their work is that Maxine Paetro is a better writer.
Yes it is too long and yes it should have been resolved at an earlier point but for a BC book, it was pretty good.
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