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

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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
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Published February 1st 2006 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2006)
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Megan
Jun 02, 2008 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: Linda Teets
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Stefan Yates
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
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Tanya
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
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
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Daizymaine
Apr 07, 2008 Daizymaine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Carmaletta Hilton
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Maggie
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.
Kavyen
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
Ubalstecha
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
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Dera
This book is AMAZING,QUICK,& EASY like some of the things in the world. The time and place the author choose was in the 21st century, usually happening around afternoon, evening time. This setting is important to the story because the murders happened around that time. The author moved the plot sporadically but not too dramatically, towards the end of the book the author rushed through a bit. Yet, the book was gripping and fast-paced enough to hold the readers attention, its a book that can ...more
Angeld01
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
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Connie
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.
Chana
I've done it again; too much James Patterson in too short a period of time. I'm so done, for at least a few weeks.
This particular book had no exceptional qualities; it was mediocre in every way.
People are dying in unexpectedly high numbers when they come in to the ER of a large San Francisco hospital for things that shouldn't kill them. The hospital is being sued by a group of families who have had family members die from hospital mistakes, often wrong drugs or overdoses of drugs. It gets perso
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Dana
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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David
This is the fifth book in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series featuring policewoman Lindsay Boxer and her cohorts.

The plot is centred around Memorial Hospital where seemingly healthy people keep suddenly dying. Once a pattern is established, a number of suspects become apparent. When Assistant DA Yuki's mother becomes a patient at the hospital following a stroke, the case becomes personal for the Women's Murder Club, who do not rest until they identify the murderer.

In my mind another
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Karen Hufman
Where to begin??? I don't know why I persist in reading Patterson- other than one of the first Alex Cross books I haven't enjoyed them. This is one of the Women's Murder Club series- 2 serial killers are in the Bay Area. One is targeting people in hospitals (they are left with buttons on the eyes) and another is killing women, dressing them is expensive clothes and leaving them is cars. I hate the fact that the chapters are 2-3 pages long. My attention span is longer than that and it doesn't do ...more
Rebecca
I really enjoyed this book. It had two of my favourite subjects in a book - medical thrillers and court room dramas! It had the usual short chapters and flowing style from Patterson and was an easy read and made you want to keep reading it. For a minute towards the end I thought I was going to be disappointed at the end but he managed to pull it back hence the 5 stars which is probably technically more 4.5 and rounded up. It also made we want to continue with the set so I have gone straight on t ...more
Alyssa
I'm not one to look down on a good murder mystery/suspense novel, but having read a number of James Patterson books over the years, I've come to realize that his writing is an insult to readers' intelligence. A 3rd grader could read this book with no problem-- and still find it a yawn. The plot was so disjointed, made hardly any sense, and was just a bunch of garbage. Remind me to never be tempted to grab another Patterson book when I'm looking for a quick read!

I'm not sure why this book pissed
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Perrin Pring
This is the third Patterson book I've listened to, and I greatly enjoyed it. The Women's Murder Club was pretty intriguing to me, minus the court room stuff (which I've previously stated I don't really enjoy). I also liked the dual story lines in this book.

Patterson is a pretty interesting author to me because he is able to write from a wide variety of view points, and he pulls it off pretty well (Alex Cross - black male) (Women's Murder Club - women of varying races). I can't recall ever stopp
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Thom Swennes
The Angel of Death hovers above the Municipal Hospital in San Francisco. Twenty mysterious and poorly explained deaths of sometimes young and often otherwise healthy people have occurred and it is time for answers. Maureen O’Mara, a successful young and attractive lawyer is bringing a class action suit against the hospital in an attempt to get answers. The hospital could stand to lose millions in damages but that is just icing on this legal cake. Braded into this tale is another featuring manneq ...more
Tina
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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Laura
I love to listen to James Patterson books in the car. The are not too long and have great sound effects. This book seemed a little different from the first four women's murder club series. I felt as if there would be a connection between the two cases that Lindsey was working on and there was not. Overall an entertaining book and will definitely keep reading the series. Will I ever be caught up? I do believe that a new one just came out!
Gabe
Pros
- as always with JP's books, interesting plot, interesting development that will keep you hooked
- humor is present here and there and this will make it even better
- a quite tangled story that promises exciting turns

Cons
- a bit of a slower pace of the action, despite the usual style I'm used to find in JP's books
- same dominant and demanding female personality of the main protagonist detective Lindsey that makes me seriously consider not to continue this series of books, as I feel strongly it
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Becky
(Women's Murder Club #5) This book gave me the chills. We have all been or will be hospitalized, and this book just freaked me out! Again, felt like the action at the end was a bit rushed. And didn't really get how Lindsay pieced it all together?? Well Patterson, you must have done something right because I can't get enough of this series right now!
Beta Test
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.
Kelsey
This book, I imagine, is like most James Patterson books. Engaging, easy to read, not great writing, a few ridiculous conclusions and some nice surprises. This is my second James Patterson book. The other one I read was also in this "Women's Murder Club" series and there is something nice about getting to revisit some of the characters. Reading these books reminds me of reading books like the Baby Sitter's Club or Sweet Valley Twins as a kid. Kinda fun and fast, even if a bit formulaic, or unrea ...more
Joanie
Patients in the hospital who were recuperating suddenly died mysteriously! Some with "buttons" in their eyes... Wrong medications were administered to them. Who was the culprit? The different plots and short chapters made this a great read and a thriller to the end.
Ashley
So this is the fifth one of these I've read in like, two weeks or something. I've given three stars to all of them, but I think this one is my least favorite.

There's this total throwaway plot for like, a quarter of the book involving one set of deranged serial killers that I thought would somehow connect to the main plot involving a serial killer at a hospital (which was way more interesting than the dumb, first plot).

I'll keep reading but hopefully the next books don't have two different sets o
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Lynn
Another great installment in the Women's Murder Club series. In this episode, there is a killer on the loose in Municipal Hospital, and not a mercy killer. The victims are all people who are on the road to recovery and slated to be released soon, and are found dead with buttons placed on their closed eyes. While the deaths are initially blamed on medical mix-ups and human error, thanks to a high profile class-action lawsuit against the hospital by surviving members of the victims' families, the ...more
Wendy Howard
People are dying in a San Francisco hospital - people who were expected to make a full recovery from their ailments and go home healthy. It's baffling the hospital's doctors, and the hospital administrators would like to hush it up and protect their reputation. Lindsay Boxer and her friends, the informal Women's Murder Club, delve into the mystery to try to find out what is going on - but not without risk.

This is the fifth book in this series, which I recommend reading in order. It's still going
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