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NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been foun
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Hardcover, 420 pages
Published August 16th 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
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Linda Lauter No. I got bored half way through and then skipped to the end. Got tired of the endless killing!! Patterson either has really good thrillers, which I r…moreNo. I got bored half way through and then skipped to the end. Got tired of the endless killing!! Patterson either has really good thrillers, which I re-read or really boring, tedious ones with too much gore, which I don't finish.(less)
Patricia Keefe Serial killers are traveling across Europe sending postcards to a newspaper reporter which are clues to the murders. A NYC detective is following the …moreSerial killers are traveling across Europe sending postcards to a newspaper reporter which are clues to the murders. A NYC detective is following the case because his daughter was one of the first victims and he is trying to find her killer(s). It's a stand alone but the characters (detective, news reporter, and others) were interesting. The chapters are very short. Almost like paragraphs in a short story. I gave it 4 stars.(less)

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Phrynne
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another typical James Patterson - just suspend belief and settle down for the ride. And what a ride this one was!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a completely insane set of twins murdering their way around the world. When they end up in Stockholm the Swedish police turn out to be totally ineffective, but our heroes, Jacob a NYPD detective and Dessie a newspaper reporter save the day (suspend belief remember!)
It was great fun, action packed and a totally satisfactory read. Patterson is definite
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Craig Sisterson
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, europe
NYPD cop Jacob Kanon has been chasing a pair of vicious killers across the capitals and holiday hotspots of Europe, killers who kick-started their murderous spree by butchering his daughter and her fiancée in Rome. Before each murder, a postcard is sent to the local newspaper, and when Stockholm-based crime reporter Dessie Larsson receives the latest missive, she and Kanon team up to try to stop the killers once and for all.

Unfortunately for readers hoping that the co-authoring of award-winning
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Manny
[Joint review with GULLA KULLA]

Chapter 1

The note had just said
Tösses Konditori, Karlavägen 77, Stockholm
Monday, noon
We need to talk
The handwriting was female. He didn't know why he'd turned up. Maybe it was because he'd tried everything else.

"You're R.E. Vuer?"

The voice had come from behind him. He spun round, his hand instinctively reaching inside his jacket. The woman looked at him gravely.

"Don't shoot me. At least, not until you've drunk your coffee."

She put two full cups on the table, then
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jv poore
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Postcard Killers, by James Patterson & Liza Marklund, follows an unusual crime spree. Young couples are being murdered, their bodies posed in unique, yet familiar and haunting poses. Although the crimes are happening all over Europe, a NYPD detective is the person hot on the trail, for very personal reasons. A reluctant reporter becomes involved in the hunt for the killers. She and the dectective form an unlikely, yet productive team. Her expertise on petty crime, combined with her knowledge of ...more
Ljubomir
The best thing I can say about the book is that it's a page turner and that's about it.
As far as I understand from user reviews, it's a typical James Patterson novel (I haven't read any of his other books), so if you're a fan you're going to enjoy it.
That is not my case, however.

The novel is action packed, which accounts for the page-turning, but also for the shallow characters and superficial story.
The basic premise is not that bad. A young couple travels around Europe, killing other couples an
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Suzanne
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*

Not bad at all. I enjoyed the story and characters. I love standalones but some of these characters would have been interesting to read about in series format for sure. The international hunt of these killers is pretty engrossing and the story does move at a good pace. My only issue was the quick succession of the romance aspect of the two main characters. This story is twisted in a nature but that just adds to the story. It only takes four or five hours to read it (I read the mass market pa
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Lezlie
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read Patterson before but this one was addictive, a real page turner. First of all I'm a sucker for anything with a reference to Paris on the cover (the Eiffel Tower in this case - paperback version). When I picked it up and read the endorsement on the back from the BookReporter.com "A fun read . . . puzzles, and more exotic places than you will probably ever visit in person." - I was totally hooked being a huge fan of the travel writing genre. Although it started off graphically with more ...more
Laura Rash
This was actually a reread for me but I didn’t remember much from the first time. Not one of my favorites as it was just so far fetched at times
Mitch
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson can always be counted on for a fun and exciting thriller and mystery. He and Swedish author Liza Marklund don't dissapoint with this one. It may not be as polished and memorable as some of his Women's Murder Club or Alex Cross books, but it still held it's own.

The following may or may not contain spoilers.

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is all over Europe, trying to stop a duo of killers who murder young vacationing couples. They send postcards to journalists before the kill, and then
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Helena
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the writing style of this book because it was extremely fast-paced and with so many great books out there waiting to be read, you just HAVE to improve your speed! The story wasn't anything extraordinary but well-crafted enough for sure, we knew from the beginning who the killers were (more or less) but the how and the why were quite surprising. The characters were also likeable and I must say I really appreciated this European air that emanated from the book! I'd actually rate it ...more
Christine
While I like the fact that Patterson has supported both Indie booksellers and enouraging children to read, I have never read anything by him. I picked this up because of the movie and the fact that the co-writer LIza Marklund is a mystery writer I enjoy.

I do not know how much is Patterson but it doesn’t feel like a Marklund novel. Maybe it is a translation or lack of translation issue. But the story and style feel very American lets make a thriller movie that makes little sense about it.
Jodi
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Patterson fans
Shelves: thrillers
Quick, easy read. Certainly, not a book that will "improve" my mind but just like trying to eat healthy, every once in awhile I need a cookie or a piece of chocolate to relax and feel happy. I feel the same way about Patterson - he is my "mind candy." I cannot fathom where he comes up with his creepy ideas but it is fun to escape once in awhile. The Postcard Killers kept me guessing until the end because I couldn't figure out how they could be in so many places at once. Hopefully, an "end" was p ...more
Cindy
This standalone thriller was good. I know that he does not appeal to some, but I like the short chapters and staccato style of Patterson. This one has a few twists and turns in store for the reader as it follows a heartbroken father intent on bringing his daughter's killers to justice. Jacob is on the trail of a pair of serial killers who target other couples. It's mindless entertainment and just the kind of escape reading that I wanted.
Marian Deegan
Oct 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
There is not a single shiver in this story, and despite a pocketful of lurid details, the writing was deadly dull. I expect my guilty pleasures to offer entertainment, if nothing else, but there was nary a suspenseful or lively moment in this narrative. If I were you, I wouldn't touch this one.
Lisa M
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I haven't really found a James Patterson standalone I liked until now! A friend promised I would enjoy this and it was definitely better than some of the others that I couldn't even finish - the chapters are 2-3 pages which make it such a quick read as you easily lose yourself in the pages. I did like the plotline and pleased I read it but it isn't in the same league as some of the Alex Cross/Women's Murder Club books.
Noemie | allmybookthoughts
This was a solid book by James Patterson! It followed his typical mystery/suspense formula & was satisfying. I liked the aspect of art throughout the book, and that you knew from the get go who the killers were. It still had some good twists though! ...more
Belinda
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bigots
Shelves: 2014
I haven't read a James Patterson novel before. Or rather, I haven't read a novel that James Patterson stuck his name on before. I know as well as anybody that he doesn't write his own books and I debated even writing his name here.

First things first: This book was a page turner. It was entertaining and fine for what it was- a throwaway, forgettable time killer of a novel. Totally fine for that. In 5 months, I'll probably have totally forgotten this books existence. If I were judging this book o
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James Patterson seems to continually disappoint me these days. It's bad enough that I hated his last two books, but this one is only marginally better. Many people are die hard Patterson fans and until quite recently I would have also put myself in that category. Unfortunately, I am now becoming very cynical when it comes to any book he has co-written.

This particular book I was actually looking forward to due to many reasons. The first is that he has never co-written with author before; and seco
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Jennifer
May 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I am a Patterson junkie. I admit it. I'm not ashamed of it. Yes, he spits out novels like an assembly line, but I eagerly anticipate each and every book that he produces. Although I enjoyed The Postcard Killers, it wasn't one of my favorite Patterson books. I didn't feel any real connection to the characters in the story. I didn't really care what happened to them. I felt that the romance between the the male and female protagonist was forced and unnatural. Their relationship actually made me un ...more
Vasavi
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of quickie thrillers
Recommended to Mark by: Both the names Marklond & Patterson
This was a quick read nice for the daily traintrip from and to work. I did enjoy the short chapters, which is quite usual in Pattersons work and found the decor of Sweden pleasing, which was a break of Pattersons usual placement of adventures.

The book is about a set of serial killers that post a postcard to the press before they murder a couple. NYPD detective Jacob Kanon (nice masculine and no-nonsense name)is on leave and tracking this set of killers. His drive is that they killed his daughter
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Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
I've yet to be disappointed by a James Patterson book and this was a great, suspenseful, sometimes shocking, serial spree murder mystery.

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's cities, museums,
cathedrals and tourist cites. We
ll that is what he wants all the law enforcement to believe. He is actually on the hunt for his daughter's and her boyfriend's killer. Young couples have been being murdered all over Europe. One thing connects the murders, a postcard sent to the local newspaper
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Darcia Helle
I couldn't connect to the characters. They were poorly developed and I just didn't care what happened to them. There was a lot of telling me about emotions and actions but not a lot of showing me and letting me feel it. I found it dragged out in the sense that I could skim 5 or 6 pages, then read a few paragraphs, and not miss much of anything. Yet, at the same time, the interesting scenes were too quick and I was left wanting more details.

I used to be a huge Patterson fan. Over the past few yea
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Brenda  Whitner
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: patterson
Not one of Pattersons best books. Kind of a let down. Post card killers are moving across Europe killing couples by slashing their throats and putting them in poses according to famous art exhibits. Jacob a cop from New York is hot on the case because his daughter was one of the first victims. He meets up with Dessie a reporter in Sweeden and they work to solve the case, while doing this they fall in love. Not much to the story or the capture. I was a little disappointed with this one. I am a gr ...more
Chloe (Always Booked)
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love James Patterson and this one was no exception. He writes quick moving, engaging stories that are easy to follow and overall really good reads. My only complaint about this one is that the end felt very rushed. There was a lot of following the killers as they were killing, a little about the chase to find the killers and then almost nothing about how they actually did find the killers. Furthermore, we didn't get a whole lot of explanation as to the killer's motivations. I still really enjo ...more
Gina
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any murder-mystery lover.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Steve
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The action in this book picked up from the very first page, which actually left me a tiny bit shocked. However, the investigative side did pick up after that rather quickly, and keep me hooked. The chapters were brutally short (420 pages, 140 chapters!) which led to a lot of scene changes, but it was fairly easy to keep it all in my head. The climax was drawn out a little too much for my liking, and then ended incredibly abruptly. The resolution was nice, but I would have liked to have seen more ...more
Erica Paré
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am biased a little bit when it comes to James Patterson books since I absolutely love all of them lol but I found this one extra fascinating. The development of the characters was great and just when you think they have solved everything, it all goes to hell. Jakob and Dessie were found to work really well together despite their initial encounters. She handles the situations much better than I would have, thats for sure. We see the absolute love that a father can have for his daughter and the ...more
Brandy
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I love how quick the chapters are. You can never go wrong with a James Patterson book!
Aaron
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
James Patterson teams up with Liza Marklund, a bestselling author from Scandanavia, to bring readers on a romp through Europe to catch a pair of killers that use postcards to local newspaper journalists as their calling card. Dessie Larsson is a reporter for a Swedish newspaper, and she is the latest journalist to get such a postcard. It does not take long for her to be contacted by Jacob Kanon, a detective from the New York Police Department.

Jacob has an interest in the postcard killers, as wel
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