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The 5th Horseman

(Women's Murder Club #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  66,299 ratings  ·  1,964 reviews
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
Audiobook, 464 pages
Published February 6th 2008 by Time Warner AudioBooks (first published February 13th 2006)
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"The 5th Horseman" written by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro is the 5th in the Women's Murder Club series and is a hospital and courtroom thriller.
I'm still enjoying the series, this book contains all the usual James Patterson twists and turns, with fast page turning chapters and well developed characters. His writing style is uncomplicated and very easy to read and follow. I would recommend this book to avid Patterson fans and readers of quick and easy thrillers.
Krystin Rachel
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*fart noises with my mouth* UGHHH...

Literally, the only reason I continue with this series is that it's so easy to listen to while I'm working. But I'm starting to question this decision.

My brain at work is dedicated 50% to my job, 25% to thinking about sexin' up my husband and 20% to eating again. That leaves 5% for audiobooks. And that is literally all the brainpower you require to follow along with these fluffy and melodramatic stories.

If I was more easily offended I'd
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a Mystery/Thriller, and this is the 5th book in the Women's Murder Club series. I have to say this is not my favorite of the Women's Murder Club series, but it was a ok mystery. I enjoyed parts of this book, but I have to say some of it was boring. The characters are short and the book is fast pace. (*) ...more
 Li'l Owl
Another very good audio book by Maxine Paetro (published under James Patterson). Narrated by Caroline McCormick who did a fantastic job as always.

As Lieutenant Lindsey Boxer leads one investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths, her friends, head ME Clair Washburn, Attorney Yuki Castellano, and top journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Cindy Tomas, do their best to
hunt down a faceless, merciless killer.

At the same time, an explosive court battle ensues between the hospital'
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Megan by: Linda Teets
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lindsay and the girls in Women’s Murder Club are at it again. This time the mysterious deaths are occurring in a hospital. Book 5, like book 4, again includes a bit of courtroom drama, which I must say I like having that added to the story. One of the newer interesting characters, Yuki, is given a lot more time in The 5th Horseman. All in all, just as fun to read as most of the previous books in the series have been so far.
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books, tbr-own
This one has definitely caused the series to pick back up in speed since book #1!

Full review to come! Can’t wait to continue...

5 ⭐️
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Stefan Yates
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
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
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The 5th Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the 5th book in the Women's Murder Club series. Patients are being killed in a major hospital and one of the unexpected and suspicious deaths is Yuki's mother. A serial killer is also killing young girls and posing them in luxury cars. Another exciting page turner with plenty of twists. A great series. ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Who is the 5th horseman? The very name stirs up thoughts of the Apocalypse and the drama in this book almost lives up to that promise. Two very different cases are on the minds of the Women's Murder Club. One involves girls who are lured to escort gigs then strangled, dressed in designer clothing, and posed in luxury vehicles. The other case personally impacts Yuki and the deaths occur inside hospital rooms with the victims being marked with Caduceus buttons on their closed eyes. This book takes ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first James Patterson novel for me. This was a gripping, hard to put down book. Interesting plot, great characters and crisp dialogue. I like the use of short and punchy chapters. There were 139 chapters of about 1 /2 to 2 pages each. Very effective way to keep the story moving. I had always heard good things about Patterson and after having read this story I can now see what all those accolades are all about. He now has a spot on my favorite authors list.
Carmaletta Hilton
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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
This installment with it's focus on medical malpractice/negligence should have been home run, but it only limped to first base. There was so much glaring misinformation regarding nursing and hospital procedure I just could not ignore it. I expect at least a tiny but of research from an author. It was missing here.
That being said, I did enjoy the courtroom drama, the back and forth between the opposing attorneys. And as in previous story lines, the pages almost turned themselves.I now this is l
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm addicted to these for my in between, waiting for my books on hold, reading. I enjoyed this one! ...more
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tony Romine
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What disjointed mess of a book. The 5th installment of the Women's Murder Club follows Lt. Boxer and her crew as they investigate like a billion different things. The main case is about a series of suspicious deaths happening at a big hospital in San Francisco. It just so happens that Yuki's, the lawyer of the club, mother treated there for a stroke and then she ends up dead after showing signs of recovering. Also a doctor at the hospital is on trial for malpractice over a these suspicious death ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE FIFTH HORSEMAN is, unsurprisingly, the fifth book of the immensely popular series of crime fighting novels featuring the individual heroines that comprise the San Francisco based WOMENS MURDER CLUB. It is a highly original, very entertaining, suspenseful and entertaining way to spend three hours of your life in typical James Patterson / Maxine Paetro fashion. Which means, of course, that the book will gift the reader with plenty of action, drama, and short chapters with impossibly addictive ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, I'm exhausted! Didn't remember I'd already read this a couple months ago. I'm pooped as it is so full and fast paced. Blows me away how fast it goes. Embarrassing that I don't remember reading it, but I enjoyed it very much the second time.

I'm slowly making my way through this series. Haven't read in order, but am slowly filling in the holes. These books stand alone, so not a big deal if you can't find one.

Another very good audio book by Maxine Paetro (published under James Patterson). Nar
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mahoghani 23
So how do you catch a murderer in municipal hospital? They leave no clues except 2 caduceus (medical coin) over the eyes. The other case is to find whose killing women and leaving them inside luxury vehicles, dressed expensively. On top of that, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer, wishes to be a part of the action instead of the department's supervisor.

So there's murder, suspense, a crooked lawsuit, romance, the loss of a loved one in the murder club and with all this activity, it kind of lost me somewha
Ashley B.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
This one missed the mark for me. The two storylines did not coincide with one another and I felt they both ended quite abruptly and without much explanation. This installation in the Women’s Murder Club series is definitely not one of my favorite Patterson novels.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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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
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Adam Millett
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As always a page-turner. Easy to read and likeable characters. On to the next one...
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