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The 9th Judgment by James Patterson
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Jul 20, 2012

it was ok
Read from July 20 to 25, 2012 , read count: 1

I read this because the hardcover was given to me, and I liked early installments, mostly because the series is set in San Francisco and things were familiar.
But the characters have gone flat (although Claire tells a crowd and TV reporters that moms should by guns, one of the liveliest acts by any major character) and two-page chapters aren't cutting it.
In this book alpha cop Lindsey Boxer is on the trail of a killer who is targeting moms with tots in strollers and marking the scenes with lipsticked alphabet soup, as well as an upper story jewel thief.
Soon the city is gripped in terror — we don't feel it but we know it's so because the author tells us.
Lindsey is fighting an attraction to her partner who is sleeping with her best friend, a reporter. Meanwhile her fiance is hovering in the background.
How the killer and jewel thief tie together is telegraphed far in advance of any clues let loose for the cops to follow.
What happened to the suspense, James?

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