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NYPD Red 4

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A jewel heist. A murdered actress. A killer case for NYPD Red.

In a city where crime never sleeps, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in when a case involves the rich, famous and connected. Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald are the best of the best – brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to catch a criminal, even if it means antagonising the same powerful people they're supposed to be helping.

When a glitzy movie premiere is the scene of a shocking murder and high-stakes robbery, NYPD Red gets the call. In a hunt that takes Zach and Kylie from celebrity penthouses to the depths of Manhattan's criminal underworld, they have to find the cold-blooded killer – before he strikes again.

379 pages, Hardcover

First published January 25, 2016

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James Patterson

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James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. Among his creations are Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, and Maximum Ride. His #1 bestselling nonfiction includes Walk in My Combat Boots, Filthy Rich, and his autobiography, James Patterson by James Patterson. He has collaborated on novels with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton and has won an Edgar Award, nine Emmy Awards, and the National Humanities Medal.

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Profile Image for Tim.
2,131 reviews200 followers
September 7, 2019
The only reason this gets 3 stars is because of Ann and a good ending. Patterson needs to leave the boring, insecure couples and their issues out of his stories. Who cares? 5 of 10 stars!
Profile Image for Stacy.
831 reviews1 follower
February 20, 2016
I like this series but I officially dislike Kylie. She used police resources and time for her own personal problems and dragged Zach into it, knowing it could affect his job and relationship with Cheryl. Zach, you're a putz. Get some boundaries. Cheryl, walk away now.

I loved Annie, the senior citizen con woman. I hope she shows up in the series again, even if just briefly.
Profile Image for Brandy.
360 reviews40 followers
December 16, 2018
I enjoy this series; mostly due to the dynamite duo of Jordan and MacDonald. They make me laugh as I read!

Yes, I know and I admit, a Patterson is the type of reads I go to when I want some “mindless” reading pleasure. The story lines are always exciting but not too thought taxing and I find myself turning page after page. I finished this one in a day! So, with that said, I give NYPD Red 4.5 stars.
Profile Image for Sandra.
193 reviews98 followers
February 18, 2016
A solid thriller.

Highly entertaining with lots of action. I like the camaraderie and banter between the two protagonists, Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald. They have more cases to solve than they can handle, but ofcourse it all works out in the end.
Profile Image for Brenda.
4,095 reviews2,664 followers
June 5, 2017
When a movie star was killed for the exquisite necklace she was wearing, NYPD Red was called in – led by Detective Zach Jordan and partner Detective Kylie MacDonald, they would work tirelessly until the culprits were caught. But this case wouldn’t be easy and as the body count rose, Zach and Kylie felt they were working 24/7, to the detriment of their personal lives.

When Kylie and Zach were called to the mayor’s house, they didn’t expect another case to be handed to them. But this one had to be kept completely under the radar – which meant the two cases had to run side by side, and both be solved. In the meantime, Kylie was searching for her missing husband Spence, and Zach was trying to keep his relationship with Cheryl running smoothly. Spare time? What was that?

NYPD Red 4 is another fast paced, intense thriller by James Patterson which I thoroughly enjoyed. The pages turned themselves and I read it in a matter of hours. I enjoy the characters of Zach and Kylie and am looking forward to NYPD Red 5 (assuming there will be one!) Highly recommended.
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908 reviews165 followers
February 10, 2018
Was more into the personal relationships of Kylie and Zach then I was the crime plot honestly. I really loved the first three books of the series but this one I had some trouble really enjoying. It was not bad but sometimes I’m just not into heists. For me the personal lives aspect of the characters was what kept me interested in finishing the book.

My quick and simple overall: quick read, only takes a handful of hours to read it. If you like reading about heists you will probably like the crime plot. If you follow the series it will be the personal relationships that you will enjoy most.
Profile Image for Mike French.
430 reviews92 followers
March 12, 2016
Another entertaining and enjoyable book in the NYPD RED series!
Profile Image for Monnie.
1,401 reviews763 followers
March 5, 2016
Red is, for those who don't know, an elite NYPD task force that caters to the exceptionally well-heeled. When the crime is of a sensitive nature (meaning, often, that the political powers-that-be want it wrapped up in plain brown paper and buried under City Hall before the press gets wind of it), the team - notably Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald - is called in to do their thing. As the title suggests, this is the fourth book in the series, all co-written by Marshall Karp. I hope that writing team sticks together for the future, because so far, the series has been a winner in my book.

This one continues that streak; it's interesting, with several easy-to-follow story lines and kooky characters (one described as a person who "couldn't sell a five-dollar cure for the clap if it came with a four-dollar coupon") and just plain fun to read. For that latter reason alone, my actual rating is 4.5 stars.

The various scenarios emerge early on, starting with the murder of a beautiful star on her way to a fancy schmancy movie premiere in Manhattan. She's shot while in her limo, and a multi-million dollar necklace is yanked off her neck - a one-of-a-kind piece designed by an egotistical, self-centered (to put it mildly) jeweler to the stars who loaned her the piece for the gala.

Just as Zach and Kylie begin to sink their teeth in the case (and Zach wrestles with issues involving his live-in love, an NYPD psychologist), they're summoned to the mayor's office. Expensive, highly specialized medical equipment is disappearing from the borough's hospitals; hospital officials, concerned that news of the thefts would scare away patients (especially since it appears to be an inside job) want the thieves corralled quickly and on the QT.

As if that weren't enough to keep the team occupied, Kylie's husband - a talented scriptwriter with a serious drug abuse problem - has left rehab for the umpteenth time and is missing. With the two NYPD cases taking almost every second of their free time, will she and Zach be able to find him in time to save him (again)? Will Zach be able to save his relationship with the woman he loves?

Short chapters (and, at 332 pages, a relatively short book) make it easy to put it down when life intervenes and the whole thing go quickly, so readers will get the answers in short order- and all in good fun.
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610 reviews85 followers
January 11, 2021
So new review and with a re-read of this series, the couple 4 star ratings of some of these is moving to a 5 star because they're seriously getting soooooooooooooo much better the second time through. And now I'm STOKED to finally be on book 5 and on audio with the Libby app this time.

As usual, Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald are just wow! And to have Kylie's personal story as a main personal life side story was better this second time, and Zach just cracks me up with his love life and braindead moments where his ego gets in the way and has to learn some things so slowly and the hard way. but he does learn ;) and it makes me love him all the more.

The first time I read this, Kylie Zach had a side case to help with the Mayor's husband and I thought it was random and felt like a fill-in of sorts, but again the second time through I actually liked it and it showed the stress of what it's probably like for two detective partners to have more than one case going and also when one of them has a relapsed drug addict husband on the loose and she doesn't know what to do and has extra stress with that along with their side case and their BIG main case.

If you haven't read this series yet even though Patterson isn't my favorite tbh, this series and the characters and this world is a whole other story. I seriously love these soooooo much and has some of the best dang characters and police detectives on an elite and special created task force to protect the rich and famous. It's clever, it's fun, different, and like I've said in my other reviews.......

THIS ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY HAAAAAAAAS TO BE A TV SERIES CRIME SHOW DRAMA!!! Not just these cases here in the series but that includes other cases to expand on and also expand MORE on the main characters personal lives as well. So if you get a chance to read these, put these at the top of you list or on your TBR!
Profile Image for Linda Strong.
3,880 reviews1,636 followers
May 23, 2016

Detectives Zack Jordan and Kylie MacDonald work in the elite task forced assigned to protect the rich, the famous, and the connected. Jordan and MacDonald are the best of the best.

It's another fancy movie premiere when a starlet, dripping in diamonds on loan, is the target of a theft and winds of dead. There are many, many witnesses, but no suspects.

At the same time hospitals all over the city are reporting thefts ... not drugs, but medical equipment ... equipment that costs millions of dollars. The new mayor wants NYPD to investigate on the sly.. in other words, keep it out of the newspapers so the mayor isn't embarrassed.

And while trying to catch all the bad guys, their personal lives seem to be falling apart. Kylie's husband is a drug addict. He has walked out of rehab and is determined to live the life he wants ... until it kills him. Kylie is trying to find him before he winds up dead in some dirty alley.

Zach's girlfriend has moved in with him on a trial basis ... and it's not working the way they both expected. He's working night and day ... and his partner just happens to be an old fling ... and the girlfriend is getting a little tired of broken dates and being alone.

This reads fine as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading them in order. This is a typical Patterson book ... short chapters, easy reading.

Zack and Kylie are great characters. I love how they interact with each other ... lots of humor and loyalty. Their personal lives might be a mess, but they have each others' backs.
Profile Image for Heather.
44 reviews
February 10, 2016
From the start of the series I hated Kylie MacDonald. That has not changed other than maybe hating her more. I think she is the most cliché character ever. The “badass female cop who thinks she is better and smarter than everyone else. The hothead, top of her class, “bad cop” to the man’s “good cop””. The writing of her character comes across so juvenile and low-rent. I can’t figure out why Patterson or Karp feels the need to have this type of character. I also can’t figure out why four books in, she has not been humbled, fired or maimed. She truly is an eye-rolling, I-want-to-punch-her-in-the-throat type of character.

That being said, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. Even with Kylie (barf), I have loved this series. This book kind of fell flat for me. The cases were just not captivating. The outcomes, even less captivating. I expected more twists, more action, more suspense. There was none. It was kind of like reading two news stories that get pushed to page eight after day one. And after day two, nobody cares what happens.
Profile Image for Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud.
92 reviews21 followers
February 20, 2016
fast - paced action packed book,
yet again how do you ever fault a james patterson book, loved it all, the plot, the characters, all of it, not much to say apart from bravo Mr patterson, hope to read nypd 5 soon, I hope
Profile Image for David.
340 reviews5 followers
February 4, 2016
I enjoy the banter between the two main characters Kylie and Zach, but a thin multi-pronged plotline, and quite frankly (IMO), not as good as the first three books in the series.
Profile Image for Matt.
3,719 reviews12.8k followers
May 17, 2016
Patterson and Karp return to tantalise readers with another high-impact NYPD Red thriller, sure to get the heart pumping. A movie actress is murdered on her way to a premiere and a one-of-a-kind necklace is stolen, which brings the NYPD's elite squad out to solve the case. Red caters to the needs of the upper crust of New York society, though Detectives Zach Jordan and Kyle MacDonald seek justice before glamour. As they pick through the few clues on scene, the mayor summons Jordan and MacDonald to Gracie Mansion for a personal favour. A string of medical equipment robberies from facilities around town have gone unreported, but the sting is being felt citywide. Pulled in both directions, Jordan and MacDonald pull double duty, all while they squad commander reads them the Riot Act at every opportunity. Were that not enough, both must handle issues in their personal lives; MacDonald and her husband's return to the life of a drug addict, Jordan and his girlfriend who cannot compartmentalise all the time he spends with his partner and ex-girlfriend. Juggling everything makes things as difficult as ever, though Red employs only the best of the best. With a lead on the jewel heist that turns the crime on its head and surveillance of a hospital that shows a reconnaissance mission, Jordan and MacDonald may have solid leads to wrap up these crimes. However, even with the culprits in their sights, there is always more to the story. In a well-developed story, Patterson and Karp deliver much for the reader to enjoy, a wonderful turnaround from past tepid publications.

Should this novel be part of the ongoing indication that James Patterson has turned over a new leaf (or finally returned to his old ways), his fans might be able to rejoice. After years of subpar publications that garner readers as a fatal car accident draws gawkers, there seems to be a stronger sense of writing and plot development. Karp assists in this writing endeavour with strong back stories offered of both Jordan and MacDonald, which helps support their ongoing forward movement through the series. The crimes may not be unique, but the approaches taken keep the reader enthused and turning pages into the night, which is offset with short chapters and a plot that twists at just the right moment. Patterson and Karp know where they want to go and how to get there without too much drivel or redundancy, which any series reader will surely appreciate. NYPD Red has potential and could flourish into something effective, though one must speculate if Patterson will bring his co-authors together to pen a crossover series, with New York and Washington, DC so close to one another.

Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and Karp for this interesting addition to the series. Here's hoping you have found your niche and run with it.

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Profile Image for Nicolas.
2,943 reviews7 followers
April 1, 2019
I go into the Red books with lowered expectations, but even so, this story seemed a little light. It's a much smaller case than they usually work on. I also think it was a mistake to get them bogged down with that superfluous hospital theft sub plot. Overall I enjoyed it, but it's a step down from the other books in the series.

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Profile Image for Kay ☼.
1,965 reviews670 followers
February 2, 2016
A celebrity dead wearing her loaned one of a kind emerald necklace. Great and fun mystery by Patterson & Karp. I don't enjoy all his series but this is one of his good ones.
Profile Image for Tim.
2,131 reviews200 followers
March 21, 2016
The only reason this gets 3 stars is because of Ann and a good ending. Patterson needs to leave the boring, insecure couples and their issues out of his stories. Who cares? 5 of 10 stars
Profile Image for Book Addict Shaun.
937 reviews279 followers
January 30, 2016
NYPD Red 4 already? It seems like only yesterday that I read the first in the series and loved it. This is definitely one of my favourite series from the James Patterson machine. For those new to the series you can easily pick this up and read it standalone, but I am enjoying the character development of Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald and so highly recommend reading them in order.

As is always the case with James Patterson's crime series, his main characters aren't just up against one case. There's the murder of a high-profile actress and subsequent disappearance of some very expensive jewellery to solve, and whilst the mayor of New York wants that case solved yesterday, she also tells the duo that she wants them to find out who is stealing some incredibly expensive medical equipment as he husband's career is on the line over it. Politics in crime fiction (and their TV series equivalents) bores me to tears but the storylines themselves, politics aside, are both actually quite gripping. And, as if that wasn't enough Kylie's husband goes AWOL from rehab and the hunt is then on for her to find him as well as do her job at the same time.

For those not in the know Zach and Kylie are ex's and in the past Zach still harboured feelings for her. Now, anyone who has ever read a James Patterson novel before will know that the relationships his characters go through change like the weather which is an interesting observation to make when you consider that Patterson puts forward the plot, and his co-writer then writes the story. Alex Cross has been in love with about ten different woman after all and that series is written solo. This time around Zach is in love with Dr. Cheryl, even contemplating moving in with her. Dr. Cheryl, despite having a time-consuming job herself is far from happy at the time Zach puts in at work, despite the fact he's one of the most high-profile detectives in New York and despite the fact she keeps telling him it's fine. You don't need to be all that clever to realise what's really making Dr. Cheryl unhappy...

All that said you know what you are getting with a James Patterson novel and I have them read in no time at all, and immediately want to move on to the next one. They are a total guilty pleasure of mine. In fact, probably not all that guilty as I don't mind shouting about it. The storylines this time around had enough about them to keep me reading, and those short, sharp chapters kept the tension and intrigue going throughout until we reached that dramatic, tense and thrill-filled finale that Patterson's crime novels rarely fail to deliver. Four books in and this series looks as though it could run and run, just like those other two favourites of mine the Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett. How about a crossover?
Profile Image for Mahoghani 23.
1,085 reviews
November 10, 2017
There's nothing like a good James Patterson book; especially in series form. Once again, Detective Jordan and McDougal are on the case and this time, they're working two cases simultaneously. Not only are they out trying to solve crimes, they are also trying to resolve issues in their personal lives.

This story was mainly about greed. The greed of two brothers and the style of living they were accustomed to. It also dealt with understanding how people think and feel. It was full of snide remarks, anger, trying to help someone that doesn't want help, pain....the basics of what makes life so interesting and trying at the same time.

I prefer these books written by James Patterson than I enjoy his private series.
Profile Image for Sara.
745 reviews13 followers
July 18, 2017
The always dependable James Patterson teams up again with Marshall Karp for the latest installment in their NYPD Red series. In his trademark, 2-3 pages per chapter clip, Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald are called in to solve a jewel robbery which resulted in the murder of a glamorous young actress. Their efforts are complicated by the theft of medical devices from several of the city's hospitals, which the new mayor wants to keep as quiet as possible. Zach has just started co habitating with his girlfriend and Kylie's husband has again had a relapse in his recovery from drug abuse.
Profile Image for Perri.
1,281 reviews48 followers
May 2, 2022
In the criminal justice system, offences against the rich and famous are considered especially heinous. In New Your City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the NYPD Red. This is one story.

Deperate for something to read on the plane, picked this up off a free pile. Should have known. On the plus side it did keep me occupied for a few hours

Ba Boom Two stars
Profile Image for Cecily Kyle.
1,771 reviews19 followers
November 26, 2017
I really am enjoying this series, but the love triangle was getting a little over done throughout the novel. I liked the book but it wasn't my favorite of the NYPD RED so far.
Good read!
Profile Image for Donna Lewis.
1,232 reviews14 followers
May 23, 2018
Well it might not be great literature, and actually, it might not even be believable, but the mad adventures of the NYC elite NYPD Red are certainly entertaining. I especially liked the crazy old coot con woman Annie Ryder.
Profile Image for Jackie Gray.
17 reviews
July 11, 2018
James Patterson is one of the best mystery writers. The series NYPD Red is worth reading.
Profile Image for alyssa tait.
4 reviews
April 17, 2022
I’m gonna start this off by saying I didn’t even finish. I needed another book to read so my mom went digging through her closet and found this lovely novel. It wasn’t until I was about a third in that I realized it’s the fourth in a series.

Thank the lord she got this book for free because I would conclude it to be a waste of mere pennies.

Sure, the author can write. Does that make this a good book? Absolutely not. There are new characters introduced every other page to the point where I still couldn’t tell you who is who.

Don’t even get me started on how deceiving the back cover is. For some background, I refuse to pick up a book without AT LEAST a romance side plot. I opened this book thinking that it would be a crime and mystery romance between the two main characters.

Yeah no, there’s none of that.

I had exactly 50 pages left of this novel when I decided to give up and just read the last page. The ending is so incredibly boring. The plot seems to go on and on and on and not in a good way.

So if you want an incredibly confusing plot line with literally no likeable characters whatsoever, (don’t forget about skipping the rest of the series on accident like I did) I recommend NYPD Red 4.
Profile Image for Cheryl.
137 reviews2 followers
March 3, 2016
I have read all four books in this series, and I must say that this book was my least favorite. Don't get me wrong...it was full of action and mystery. I just didn't enjoy the second case that the detectives had to solve about the missing hospital equipment. It just felt like it wa thrown in there to take up some space. I did enjoy the con artist, Annie. Although how stupid could her son Teddy be. I mean really, he's a grown man and some of the comments he makes seemes like he is five years old. Oh, and Kylie is just totally out of control, and Zach needs to distance himself from her. Dragging Zach into your personal drama and then him getting called out for it isn't cool. Plus by always choosing Kylie, he's jeopardizing his relationship with Cheryl.

All in all this was still s good book and can't wait to read the next one.
Profile Image for Wendy.
546 reviews19 followers
February 9, 2016
I'm so happy that I found a series by James Patterson that I really like. He has so many books and series going that are co-authored with other writers and none of them are worth reading and are nothing like the books he used to write in the beginning of his writing career.
This series started out pretty good and it just gets better and better with each new book. I love Kyllie and Zach, I like everything about them including their working relationship and what's going on in their private lives. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
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