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The Quickie by James Patterson
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Aug 29, 2010

really liked it
Read in August, 2010

Lauren Stillwell, an NYPD cop lives a fairly normal life – that is till she catches her husband entering a hotel with a beautiful blond. She jumps to the conclusion that he is cheating on her and decides to get back by involving herself with a co-worker Scott Thayer. What starts off as a one-night stand changes her life forever when Scott is dead the same night and Lauren is put in charge of the investigation.

After having seen the altercation between her husband Paul and Scott she believes that Paul caused his death in a fit of jealousy. Paul however never brings up the cheating or the altercation in any of discussions leaving her all the more confused. She makes every attempt to save her husband and only feels more obliged to do so when she realizes that he never really cheated on her. The story is about who killed Scott and the web of lies and betrayal that leads to his death, but it is also about Lauren’s conflicting roles as a wife and as a cop.

Lauren is definitely not an idealistic cop as she struggles between her loyalty to her husband and her trust worthiness on the job. But she definitely is very like-able. There are certain times where her choices are downright stupid and makes you think if Patterson really intended for her to do this – but on second thoughts if it was not for her stupidity would we really relate or like her?

The book has all of Patterson’s trademarks – romance, betrayal, trust, friendship, lies and a little bit of everything else while remaining suspenseful and thrilling.

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