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The 9th Judgment by James Patterson
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Apr 14, 12

Read in April, 2012

Patterson and Paetro display their knowledge of the city of San Francisco, its districts, landmarks and geography which is all expertly weaved into the plot.

This is a gripping easy read with short sharp chapters and lots of incident. It manages to push the right emotional buttons as you really want the psychotic killer caught.

This is written in both first and third person narrative: the authors and from the perspective of main character the tough and resourceful Detective Lindsay Boxer. This is very exciting and with its ‘City under Siege’ plot and serial killer terrorising San Francisco it reminded me of the ‘Zodiac’ killer of the 1960s and 1970s.

Boxer has a formidable, cunning and ruthless adversary in the ‘Lipstick Killer.’ There are particularly chilling episodes and disturbing imagery which some readers may find a hard read.

The cat burglar sub-plot is entertaining with some neat twists and developments although it is lightweight in comparison to the horrific nature of the serial killer at large in the city.

It can get a little cosy at times and the characters romantic liaisons are distracting and unnecessary in the overall movement of the plot. Yes it’s good to have a little background but only if it is relevant, here they merely feel like padding and have seem wedged in.

Overall this is a fast-paced and exciting thriller with charismatic characters and should please fans of Patterson and Paetro.

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