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A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan.

His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that links the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target.

The killer, known in the tabloids as The Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly guessing game that has the city increasingly on edge. Elizabeth Needham, the t
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published (first published June 26th 2017)
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Matt
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: Laura Rash
Shelves: buddy-read, audiobook
In their recent collaboration, James Patterson and Howard Roughan have created a wonderful standalone piece to entertain readers. Dr. Dylan Reinhart has done well for himself: an established Professor of Psychology at Yale, happy in his long-term relationship, and a popular textbook on Abnormal Psychology that has received many accolades. When he is approached by NYPD Detective Elizabeth Needham, her message is as ominous as they come. “Someone may be trying to kill you!” Soon Needham and Reinha ...more
Monnie
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prolific author James Patterson and co-author Howard Roughan really hit a home run with this one: Intriguing story, interesting characters and, IMHO, an exceptionally satisfying ending. So much did I enjoy the characters, in fact, that I'd love to see psychology professor Dr. Dylan Reinhart and NYPD Detective Elizabeth Needham turned into a series (one that includes, I emphasize, Reinhart's delightful partner Tracy).

The book reeled me in right from the start (well, if I don't count t
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Wendy
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a long time that I couldn't put down. What a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was fast paced and to the point. I'm disappointed it's over.
Suzanne
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*

“Life can be messy and mystifying, all right. But every once in a while you get a day that seems to make sense of it all. Those are the days you remember most. The days you cherish.”

That has got to be one of the best quotes from a James Patterson co-authored book. I actually was very into this book. It was a quick read that only took about four hours or so to read. I loved the characters and story plot of Murder Games. It was entertaining and did not stop unraveling this one unt
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Andy Klein
Readable but pretty mediocre. Not thrilling in the least. The detective didn't much detect. The psychologist didn't do much analysis. The serial killer wasn't particularly scary or memorable. Patterson is phoning it in.
Brenda
Christened The Dealer by the media, the serial killer’s calling card was literally that – a playing card. With it he identified the next person he would murder; the police just had to figure it out before it happened. NYPD Detective Elizabeth Needham was in charge of the case and when she alerted Professor Dylan Reinhart to the killer and his macabre murders, the two of them immediately concentrated on following the clues. Reinhart was an expert in the criminal mind; his book had some connection ...more
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
4 Stars!

Can you believe this was my first James Patterson book ever? Honestly I think I was a little intimidated to read his books but my IRL book club picked this as our book so I dove right in!

We meet Dylan Reinhart who is a professor at Yale. He teaches a class about abnormal behavior. One day a woman, Elizabeth, rushes in and he mistakes her for a student. Little does he know she's a NYPD detective and his most recent book has started a trail to catch "The Dealer". There's a s
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Scott
This is the fifth James Patterson book that I have read so this year. I tend to read about six to seven of his books for the last several years. To be honest, I borrow them from the library because I don’t find him good enough to buy and keep in my library. He’s mind candy – simple, fast-paced, detective and mystery oriented adventures that can be read in about two to three days and easily left behind. Nice escapism, but nothing super memorable.

Murder Games introduces new characters
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Michelle
it was a quick read. I felt like the authors had one speed driving on a straight, flat desert road. A little disappointing, especially coming from James Patterson. I think it's time to slow down his speed of writing, focus on quality not quantity
♥ Sandi ❣
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥ Sandi ❣ by: Stand alone Patterson
4.25 stars

An author, Dr Dylan Reinhart, has a copy of his latest book show up at a murder scene. From there he partners with a NYPD detective, Elizabeth Needham to figure out who this serial killer is. Another clue is a playing card - one is left at the scene of each murder - and the murders go on and on. As a journalist, a judge and a mayor get involved the murderer is dubbed "The Dealer".

Typical Patterson -well put together, great character development, moving story line. A brilli
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Jenny
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
Murder Games is about a killer who terrorised the people Manhattan. FBI Agent Elizabeth Needham has no answer to how to find the killer. FBI Agent Elizabeth Needham decided to contact Professor Dylan Reinhart who is knowledgeable on serial killers. However, from the start, FBI Agent Elizabeth Needham and Professor Dylan Reinhart clashed. The readers of Murder Games will continue to follow the investigation of FBI Agent Elizabeth Needham and Professor Dylan Reinhart to see what happens.
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Karen
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not the best James Patterson- and I've read almost all of them. This just didn't work for me. The professor character had no real personality. The cop was formulaic. The premise of the book sounded good, but the book just never delivered. I'd give it a lower rating, but I did finish it and it had some good moments. Would have been better as a Michael Bennett or Alex Cross novel. I just couldn't get into this one.
Marian
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally--he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene--along with a threatening message from the killer--it looks like someone has been taking notes.

Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene--a playing card. Another murder, another c
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Alaina


So, this is my first ever book written by James Patterson and I loved every god damn page. Murder Games is a really easy and quick read. I think the longest chapter was what.. like 3 pages?! Since it the first book I've ever read by him I can't say that it is the best or worst he has ever written - but I can say that I enjoyed every minute of it. I liked all of the characters and thought they were written to perfection. I never saw the murderer coming and I was actually surprised who it was. I'm real
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Tiffy
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it was the luck of the #solareclipse2017 or maybe I'm actually starting to feel a bit more human. Either way I was actually able to focus on the last 75 pages of this kick ass latest Patterson novel. Loved the main character and his significant other. I also really enjoyed the other main character. With enough twists, murder, and games this one kept me guessing until the end.
bookslovereaders Steph
Everything by James Patterson is a winner in my eyes.

Mandy White
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know that I can always rely on a James Patterson book to be amazing. I hope this book is the start of a new series as I loved the characters and would like to jear more from them. A great book!
Caryn
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping this would be better, considering its higher reviews. Yes, it was a quick read, but I just didn't feel it was as suspenseful and didn't care so much for these characters. They were not fully fleshed out. While I was interested in the outcome, I wasn't holding my breath. And a lot of it seemed unrealistic in a race to the finish that would never be plausible.
Georgiann
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, own
not my favorite book by james patterson. i just really couldn't get into. i had to force myself to finish it.
Shelby Backus
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I'm a very big James Patterson fanatic. It would've gotten a five star review IF, it didn't resemble Don't Blink. Now, both books are written by the same two authors so I expected similarities. But it wasn't till book four that it started to show differences. I enjoyed the story nonetheless, read it till the end and enjoyed every chapter, even staying up extra late to finish the final chapters. (Note, I got a copy from the printing department I work at and I know its subject to change, even ...more
Terri
Lots has been written criticizing James Patterson & his books: they follow an assembly line style, he's only the idea man & so on...but, you can't fault success & "Murder Games" is a success!

I don't read all his books, I only follow 2 of his main characters & most of his stand alone novels, but thanks to Dylan Reinhardt: I'm following series #3! There's something refreshing about Reinhardt. He's not a cop, he's actually... sorry, can't tell you. That's the something d
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Anastasia
Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan is the first book in the Instinct mystery series. Professor Dylan Reinhart is asked to assist the police in investigating a murder when a copy of his book on criminal behaviour is sent to the media along with a note from the killer. The serial killer becomes known as the Dealer when he leaves playing cards as a clue to his next kill. I read this book after becoming hooked on the TV show that was made from it and I loved everything about it. It p ...more
Jeff Higgins
Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, I just realized that this is not only my first Patterson book, but far more importantly, my first ever WRITTEN Goodreads book review - and this book warranted it. This book reminded me so much of my experience with The Woman in Cabin 10. Like The Woman in Cabin 10, I listened to the positive reviews on Goodreads and expected it to be a good...read (sorry - that just sorta happened). Like The Woman in Cabin 10 I hated this book from word one. However, unlike The Woman in Cabin 10, I realized ...more
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
Professor and author, Dylan Reinhart, is pulled into advise on a murder case when a copy of his book is left at one of the crime scenes, along with a threatening message.

The lead NYPD detective on the case is Elizabeth Needham and the case is that of the serial that has been named, "The Dealer", because the murderer leaves a playing card behind at ever murder. A card that is meant to give a clue into who the next victim will be. It's up to Reinhart and Needham to figure out the clues left behin
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Melissa Lenahan
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by this author. I don’t know of any of his books I don’t like.
Lisa
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder Games is a riveting and fast-paced crime novel that plays right into your hands.

SUMMARY
A card playing serial killer is on the loose in New York City. A crime columnist has labeled him The Dealer. His victims appear to be total strangers. What unites them is that The Dealer is leaving a playing card behind at each scene that points to the identity of his next victim.

Dylan Reinhardt, Phd., is an Ivy League Psychology college professor with an attitude, who has written a b
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Jo
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Murder Games (Murder Games)
by James Patterson , Howard Roughan
Synopsis
The next hand he deals you...may be your last.
A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan. His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that unites the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target. The killer, known in the tabloids as The Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly and scandalous guessing game that has the city increasingly on edge. El
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Terri
Dr. Dylan Rhinehart receives an unexpected visit from the police to go to a murder scene where his book on criminal behavior is part of the crime scene. The killer is playing with him. The Dealer, as the killer is called because of his trademark leaving of playing cards on the scene, is vicious and clever and really likes playing games.

I really liked this book. The characters are well developed and the relationship between Elizabeth (the detective who brought him in) and Dylan is very believabl
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