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The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club #5)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  51,144 Ratings  ·  1,545 Reviews
A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she is suddenly gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. The hospital's doctors, some of the best in the nation, are completely mystified by her death. How did this happen?

This is not the first such case at the hospital. Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of hea
Hardcover, Large Print, 496 pages
Published February 13th 2006 by Little, Brown and Company
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Miriam Smith
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: Linda Teets
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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'
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
Stefan Yates
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Krystin Rachel
*fart noises with my mouth* UGHHH...

Literally the only reason I continue with this series is because 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 when I get to eat next. That leaves 5% for audiobooks. And that is literally all the brain power you require to follow along with these fluffy and melodramatic stories.

If I was more easily offended I'd be inclin
Carmaletta Hilton
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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
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
I'm addicted to these for my in between, waiting for my books on hold, reading. I enjoyed this one!
Marisa Meiga
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nueva entrega del Club de las mujeres contra el crimen, con la teniente Boxer a la cabeza. Muy entretenida, como las anteriores entregas; con capítulos muy cortos y una narrativa muy sencilla, que hacen que se lea muy rápido. Como siempre, llena de sorpresas.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Πάνος Τουρλής
Στο νέο βιβλίο της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων, έχουμε να κάνουμε με δύο παράλληλες αστυνομικές ιστορίες: ένα ντουέτο δολοφόνων ναρκώνει και βιάζει νέες κοπέλες, τις οποίες στη συνέχεια ντύνουν με την τελευταία λέξη της μόδας και τις τοποθετούν σε ακριβά αυτοκίνητα ενώ στο Δημοτικό Νοσοκομείο του Σαν Φρανσίσκο αυξάνονται κατακόρυφα οι θάνατοι ασθενών με τρόπο που δείχνει ανθρώπινο λάθος, μόνο που κάποιος τους βάζει στα μάτια κουμπιά με το κηρυκείο του Ερμή «για καλό κατευόδιο». Η Λίνζι και οι φίλες ...more
Jayme(the ghost reader)
Lindsay Boxer is on the case again. This time someone is killing ER patients at a big name hospital and leaving a calling card of two gold coins on the victims' eyes. There doesn't seem to be any pattern to the victims. There is a big malpractice trial in which the hospital gets sued. A doctor is under suspicion because many of the victims were his patients. The plaintiffs win their case but it doesn't stop the killings. Lindsay is running out of leads. You will be surprised who the real killer ...more
Freda Malone
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lt. Lindsay Boxer and the newest member of the Women's murder club, Yuki Castellano, bond in this gripping story. Yuki, being the brilliant lawyer she is, loses her mother in a string of mysterious deaths occurring at a local hospital and the only clue is medallion like coins placed on their eyes. A cocky young doctor is the likely serial killer and the DA is hell bent on convicting him but the case takes a huge twist that you won't see coming.

I like that James Patterson gives us a variety of m
Carrie Lynn Hayton
A great book

I loved reading this book. It was such interesting and intense book. It's worth reading from start to finish. Patterson did a great job.
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
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Genre: Mystery

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Cliff Hanger: YES!
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Rating: 4 stars

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All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: 9
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
I knew what was going on!
Worst Part: Small children die :((((
Thoughts Had: You all need to read more!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: Am i the only one who understands why
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one to look down on a good murder mystery/suspense novel, but having read a number of James Patterson books over the years, I've come to realize that his writing is an insult to readers' intelligence. A 3rd grader could read this book with no problem-- and still find it a yawn. The plot was so disjointed, made hardly any sense, and was just a bunch of garbage. Remind me to never be tempted to grab another Patterson book when I'm looking for a quick read!

I'm not sure why this book pissed
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I need to remember not to read another book by James Patterson. 5th Horseman was no literary work, had an OK plot, but was lacking class and depth. There are WAY too many advertisements for name brand products and way too much misery and death. It was downright depressing. Maybe those working in law enforcement would like it.
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Oct 01, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can I give zero stars? I'm a James Patterson fan for mindless thriller page turners on aircraft and beach holidays. However, this one was a shameless excuse for killing trees -- does James have a boat payment due? Worse still is the weak attention to what could be fabulous connnection between the women -- shown here very one dimensionally.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
5º livro da série do “Women’s Murder Club.
Mesma receita dos outros 4 e provavelmente a dos próximos.
Envolvente, fácil de ler, reviravoltas surpreendentes e uma escrita bem básica.
Um policial para as horas de almoço.
Alina Naz
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime novel lovers
When the fifth part starts with a knife and a bloody murder scene, you know you're in for a ride :D
Let's start with the The bloody syringe on the cover. It makes sense in the end when all the killings are due to a syringe and wrong medication. I wondered while reading this book how easily nurses and doctors can be lethal( with a motive to be of-course), well i guess anyone given the responsibility can be in that case if given the key to send a person through or bring them back (death and life).

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I don't think I ever quite learned to do that. I liked my music loud. My skirts short - I know, Mommy, even this one is too short! She wanted me to marry a lawyer - instead, I became one.”
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