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Fifty Fifty

(Detective Harriet Blue #2)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  11,781 ratings  ·  913 reviews
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that convicted killer Sam Blue is innocent of the serial murders of three young women? Detective Harriet Blue is certain that her brother is incapable of having committed these horrific crimes. Determined to clear his name, no matter the cost to her career, Harry attends Sam's hearing. The outburst she unleashes earns her a reassignment--to the O ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing (first published July 27th 2017)
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Sojourner To be honest I've loved some of the books that James Patterson has actually written.
Now? When I see his name on the cover I'm instantly uninterested …more
To be honest I've loved some of the books that James Patterson has actually written.
Now? When I see his name on the cover I'm instantly uninterested in it because - I don't know how many books are released on a monthly basis with his name on it that aren't written by him at all.
I'm not sure how much of a hand he takes in them but since there are so danged many of them it can't be much. If it's even that much in all cases. (less)
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Matt
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Candice Fox has teamed up with James Patterson again for the next instalment in the Harry Blue series, picking up soon after the cliffhanger of the series’ first full-length novel. Harriet ‘Harry’ Blue has a lot on her plate as a Detective Inspector within Sydney’s Sex Crimes Unit. However, nothing could prepare Harry for the arrest of her brother, Sam, as the Georges River Killer, perhaps one of Australia’s most sinister serial murderers. Sam professes his innocence and Harry cannot help but co ...more
Brenda
Fifty Fifty is the 2nd in the Detective Harriet Blue series by James Patterson and Aussie author Candice Fox after Never Never, and Harry is trying to prove her brother Sam had been framed. The brutal murders of three young women, and the abduction of another as yet undiscovered woman have all been laid at Sam’s door. The evidence was compelling, but Harry knew it wasn’t Sam; the boy she’d grown up with couldn’t have done these terrible things.

But her assault at the Sydney courthouse had Harry o
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Josh
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sydney Vice Detective Harriet Blue once again finds herself on the outskirts of civilisation after assaulting the lawyer who is prosecuting the murder/kidnapping case against her brother Sam. Banished to the small community in regional NSW of Last Chance Valley she’s thrust into a violent case which threatens to cripple the 75-strong population.

There’s a terror plot, gold digging schemes, isolation driven paranoia and a group think which leads to all manner of drama for Blue, who, while dealing
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Suzanne
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*

I liked Never, Never better but this one answers questions about the Sam plot and brings back Tox working with Whitt to investigate Sam’s case since Harry was sent off once again because of her violent tendencies (though they are very interesting to read about, and yeah, cheer on). The last few chapters will stun readers, but the final chapter leaves you with a need for book three now! Going to be interesting to see how fast Harry derails to reach her objective. I actually really like this s
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Krystin Rachel
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Opening Hook: Stop writing down your murder plots.
Main Character: Drywall is not safe around her.
Plot Twisty-ness: Patented Patterson Predictability.

I've gone and done it again *said in Kevin Spacey John Doe voice* (if you don't understand that reference, please leave, watch Se7en and then come back.)

Alright?! OKAY? I admit it! That makes that twice this year I've broken my New Year's resolution to not read any Patterson at all.

I'm weak! I have issues. I need a 12-step p
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Scott
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Fifty Fifty” is the second book in new series co-written by Patterson and Fox, featuring Harriet (“Harry”) Blue, a volatile female detective in Australia. I read the first book last year and didn’t really care for it as much as I wanted to. The premise wasn’t bad, but the delivery was sub-par in my opinion.

The second outing starts off with Harriet’s brother, Sam Blue, who was previously arrested and charged with killing several women, preparing for his defense in court. Sam claims his innocent
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Carol
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Read: Our Crime & Thriller book of the month is Fifty Fifty by Candice Fox and James Patterson – the second book in the highly addictive and super kicktail Detective Harriet Blue series. Given how much I enjoyed Never Never (the first book in the series) and also the prequel novella, Black & Blue, I was a bit curious about Fifty Fifty. Sometimes when a series starts out super strong it can be hard to maintain that same level of awesome in subsequent books. And really, I should have known b ...more
Sherri Thacker
This did nothing for me. I read till about 60% then put it down since it kept getting worse for me. Oh well.
Monnie
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first reaction as I read this book? Wow, what a motley crew of misfits. Every single one, including lead character Detective Harriet Blue, has issues so deep it would take a bulldozer to dig them all out. And quite honestly, with one possible exception (Harriet's partner, Detective Edward Whittacker), I didn't care enough about any of them to look for even a shovel.

Set in Australia, where Harriet is a sex crimes officer with the Sydney Police, the story begins with her efforts to free her bro
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Chanel Lindsay
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she's determined to prove it. Except she's now been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley (population 75), where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan - the massacre of the entire town. And the first death, shortly after Harry's arrival, suggests the clock is already ticki ...more
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Following my review of Liar Liar, the third book in the Harry Blue series, I had to back track to the second book in the series, Fifty Fifty. The sequel to Never Never, Fifty Fifty was a thrilling read from start to finish. If crime fiction is your bag, then this is a great series to sink your teeth into. Readers are issued with a double whammy in Fifty Fifty. While central protagonist Detective Harry Blue is issued with a complicated case in an isolated tow
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Anastasia
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifty Fifty by James Petterson and Candice Fox is the 2nd book in the Detective Harriet Blue Mystery series. When detective Harriet Blue punches the prosecutor in her brother's murder trial, she is sent to the outback town of Last Chance where a diary had been found, outlining a massacre of the town. A fast-paced, captivating mystery which was difficult to put down. I love the feisty and very capable main character and look forward to the next instalment. ...more
Louise Conway
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I "read" this one by audio book and although it was okay as a story, it was quite predictable and I expected a lot more from my first James Patterson read. I don't think I'll write him off altogether though, I think I will just leave the audiobook versions behind me. It took some of the depth out of it for me and the characters came across as quite one dimensional and very unlikeable. ...more
Donna Lewis
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This new collaboration is a delightful surprise. The action takes place in Australia, and the protagonist is a tough woman cop who has a strong sense of right and wrong. The good news is that this is the second book in a series currently with three books. So, I have a chance to read more about Ms. Harry Blue. A strong woman character created by a strong woman writer. A great combination.
Wendy
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just wow! This was an incredible story. I liked this book more than any other James Patterson book I've read in a very long time. I'll be waiting for the next book in the series, it can't come out fast enough. ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
loving this book... do i really need to sleep??What a great book! i am a big James Patterson fan and have recently discovered the books of Candice Fox. this book is so Australian... loved it!. Harriet Blue is sent to a small town of 75 people while her brother is on trial for murder. the people of the small town are just that.. small town so Harriet has to win them over. its fast paced and keeps you wanting more.
Charlotte Smith
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atb
What a book this one is. Wasn't expecting the ending of it at all.
Harriet 'Harry' blue is trying to save her brother but gets moved somewhere else for a bit. Her brother Sam is accused of murder of three young students.
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Laura Rash
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a couple moments that were a little too far fetched for me & didn't flow with the rest of the story. But I love the characters, especially Harry & her quick mouth. ...more
Tom Tischler
It is very seldom that I don't like a book. The story in this one was readable but I
absolutely didn't like the ending. I gave it a 2.
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Amber Garabrandt
Summary:

Sam Blue is standing trial for the murder of three young women. Harriet knows Sam could never have done this…. but she’s the only one. An altercation gets her banned from the trial and sent out to Last Chance Valley to investigate a possible planned attack on the populace of 75.

On her first day a homemade bomb kills the retired sheriff. With the help of the only cop in Last Chance Valley and a terrorist agent, she must find out who is behind all this before anyone else is hurt and the on
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Jenny
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
"Fifty Fifty" is book two in the Detective Harriet Blue series by James Patterson. After Detective Harriet Blue punch the District Prosecutor on her brother's case instead of being charged with assault Harriet was sent out to a small rural community in New South Wales to investigate the threat of blowing up the town. At first Detective Harriet Blue, was angry that she was sent again to an isolated spot. Detective Harriet Blue attitude changed when the ex-Police Chief was blown up, and it became ...more
Liz
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent crime/thriller. This book follows on from Never Never but also works as a stand alone novel. I really like Detective Harriet Blue, a feisty character with a lot to prove. This is a real page-turner with several plots running alongside each other and many twists - certainly kept me guessing! As this book is set in Australia much of the credit must go to Candice Fox, an author I'm not familiar with, but whose descriptions really created a great setting and atmosphere. Looking forward to ...more
Cheryl
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The stories are okay in this book but the antics of Harry are just flat out unbelievable. I allow for a certain amount of embellishment and drama in books because it's adds to the suspense etc but the idea of her resolving jurisdictional arguments with what is effectively a 'Square go' just doesn't fly. Maybe that's just me but after she punched her way through half the book it got tiresome. ...more
Barbara
This was the standard James Patterson book, single page chapters, and enough to keep you reading but nothing much to write home about. All Patterson books are good, just tame. Still, I read most of them. A decent, quick read but you're never going to finish one and say, "Wow, what a great book". ...more
Clare
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I love the main character and wish I could be more like her. The story was gripping and I could not put it down, can not wait for the next instalment.
Katherine Decker
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense, a page turner. Somewhat graphic at times, but still enjoyable. At times the jumping between plot lines was a bit confusing. Hard to put down.
Deborah
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to confess I purposely avoided Never Never, the first book in this series DESPITE being a huge fan of Candice Fox's work. Or maybe I should say BECAUSE I'm a huge fan of Fox's writing. I'd had some bad experiences with previous James Patterson collaborations so didn't want anything to tarnish my (not-weird) reverence of the talented Aussie storyteller.

So, I came into this second book of the series, Fifty Fifty with a few gaps in my backstory knowledge. It meant I might have had a few ques
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Megan Jones
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Blue is accused of the murder of three women whose bodies were dumped near the Georges River. Detective Harriet Blue, his sister, is the only one who believes in his innocence and she is going to prove it. Except she has been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley with a population of 75. There a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan to massacre the whole town. The first death shortly after Harriet's arrival suggests the clock is ticking. Meanwhile in Sydney a youn ...more
Kim
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Setting: Australia; present day. When I read the first book of this series, initially I was not quite convinced by, or much enamoured with, the main character, but still enjoyed the book overall. I was therefore more than happy to be able to read the second book in the series and thought this one was excellent. Carrying on the story of Harriet's fight to prove the innocence of her brother Sam, accused of the Georges River killings, we find out a lot more about the background to this investigatio ...more
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