This is the 6th installment of the popular "Women's Murder Club" cases set in San Francisco. This female club includes Lindsay Boxer, the SFPD detectiThis is the 6th installment of the popular "Women's Murder Club" cases set in San Francisco. This female club includes Lindsay Boxer, the SFPD detective, Cindy Thomas, the newspaper reporter; Claire Washburn, the Chief Medical Examiner for San Francisco; and Yuki Castellano, the prosecuting attorney formerly of a private practice specializing in white-collar crime defense. When not solving crimes together, the four women share Mexican food at a place called "Susie's."
In "The 6th Target," Lindsay Boxer is going through quite a number of personal changes as she solves several crimes. Her career position is going up and down the ladder, as is her long-distance relationship with fiancé-boyfriend-something Joe. He lives in the Washington D.C. area and is involved with Homeland Security. Lindsay, and he, both have high profile and high stress jobs and are both divorced, with bad leftover baggage. Lindsay also has a new male partner and there is potential for a relationship there as well. In addition to all of this, Lindsay's best friend nearly dies of a gunshot wound. It is all more than Lindsay can stand at times, so there are bittersweet passages and thoughts of regret and missed opportunity throughout the book. . In this story, on a ferryboat ride in the bay, several people are shot or killed by a potential madman with a gun that he calls "Bucky." One of these individuals is CME Claire Washburn, nicknamed "Butterfly" for her tattoo, and Lindsay's best friend. Claire's second teenage son Edmund was almost shot as well, but escapes when Bucky's 6th round goes wild. He then chases the shooter ashore, to the terror of Lindsay who chases after him in turn. The shooter disappears. Homeless, hearing voices, and later seeing Lindsay on TV asking for clues about the shooter, the lunatic feels she is speaking directly to him, so he turns himself in at her house. The perp is also a perv and the Japanese-Italian Yuki has the chance to prosecute him when her boss in the DA's office has a heart attack over dinner. All through the trial, there is the unasked question of where Bucky's 6th round of ammunition went on the ferryboat. The answer does not appear until the end of the tale; it is serendipity of justice. ...more
Wow, what a story! There is a reason why James Patterson sells millions of books and great mysteries like 4th of July are the reason why. In the fourtWow, what a story! There is a reason why James Patterson sells millions of books and great mysteries like 4th of July are the reason why. In the fourth installment of the popular Women's Murder Club series, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer (the head of San Francisco Police Department's Homicide Division) is fighting to save her career after she is accused in a wrongful death suit, and at the same time struggling to help solve a series of grisly murders that have shaken the small town of Half Moon Bay, where she has retreated to chill out while on administrative leave from the SFPD.
As the story unfolds Lieutenant Boxer is hot on the trail of a couple of suspects that she and her partner believe are responsible for a recent string of seedy motel murders. Turns out the suspects are two very youthful teenage siblings, and in the process of apprehending these two, Boxer is forced to use deadly force to defend herself and her partner. When all is said and done, Boxer's partner is critically wounded and unconscious, Boxer herself has been hit twice, a 15 year old girl is dead, and her 13 year old brother is paralyzed for life from the neck down. Was it a legitimate use of deadly force? Not in the minds of the parents it wasn't. And the media has already found her guilty without the benefit of trail!
In Half Moon Bay someone is killing local residents in a gruesome fashion reminiscent of an unsolved homicide from Lieutenant Boxer's earliest days on the force. She is supposed to be laying low in the sleepy little seaside resort, gearing up the trail of her life, but when the killing starts, she finds herself hard pressed to remain disinterested and unengaged. Before long she is swept up in the investigation and a target for murder herself!
A great weekend read. The chapters just fly by! Also recommended are the other three stories in the Women's Murder Club series: 1st to Die, 2nd Chance, and 3rd Degree. Be the first on your block to collect all four books!...more
What a book! James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, and I have not read a bad book by him. Some are not up to par with his better books, KissWhat a book! James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, and I have not read a bad book by him. Some are not up to par with his better books, Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, but how can anyone top those two? Roses are Red comes close, however.
Alex Cross, our favorite detective-hero has his heart broken, fixed, and only to be broken once more. And to complicate matters he is involved in a horrid manhunt for a man called the Mastermind. Patterson has created some fairly creepy characters, Gary Soneji, Casanova, Mr. Smith, The Weasel, all smart pyschopaths who were in the end outwitted by Alex Cross. But the Mastermind tops them all with his sheer brilliance. Cross finds himself three steps behind and when he thinks he's gotten somewhere, the next chapter reveals stunning new information to prove otherwise. Don't bother trying to figure out who the Mastermind is; that's impossible. But I will let you in on a little secret, any Patterson loyalist or a Patterson reader of the first time will be absolutely tounge-tied when they read the last sentence. I know I was....more
Another awesome plot well laid out by one of the most talented authors in mordern world. Vince Flynn is a master of thriller and Mitch Rapp provides thAnother awesome plot well laid out by one of the most talented authors in mordern world. Vince Flynn is a master of thriller and Mitch Rapp provides the ultimate don' mess with me attitude is the perfect fit in the character
Another master thriller by Brad Thor. Scot Harvath has gone beyond expectations. A master assassin. A vendetta years in the making. And a counter terrAnother master thriller by Brad Thor. Scot Harvath has gone beyond expectations. A master assassin. A vendetta years in the making. And a counter terrorism operative who will risk everything � even treason � to keep the people he loves alive....more