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  • Mass Market Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Feb. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446610038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446610032
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Women's Murder Club pits four San Francisco women professionals against a serial killer who's stalking and murdering newlyweds in bestselling author James Patterson's newest thriller. Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector who's just gotten some very bad news. She deals with it by immersing herself in her newest case and soliciting the personal as well as professional support of her closest friend, who happens to be the city's medical examiner. The two women, along with an ambitious and sympathetic reporter and an assistant DA, form an unlikely alliance, pooling their information and bypassing the chain of command in an engaging, suspenseful story whose gruesome setup is vintage Patterson.

"What is the worst thing anyone has ever done?" the killer muses to himself early in the narrative. "Am I capable of doing it? Do I have what it takes?" Answering his own question, he embarks on a murderous spree that takes him from the bridal suite in a Nob Hill hotel to a honeymoon destination in the Napa Valley and thence to a wedding reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Dispatching his victims on the happiest day of their lives, he purposefully leaves enough clues for his distaff trackers to discover his identity and put him behind bars. But just when the women think they've got the case all wrapped up, the killer turns the tables on them in a bloody denouement that even the most discerning reader won't see coming. Patterson, author of the popular Alex Cross mysteries, promises future adventures for the Women's Murder Club, which may give him an opportunity to develop his heroines' characters more completely and win new fans among those who prefer their detectives in high heels and lipstick. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fans of Patterson (Along Came a Spider) will not be disappointed with his latest effort. A killer is murdering recently married couples, and police detective Lindsay is stumped. Off duty, she forms a murder club comprising three of her friends: an assistant district attorney, a newspaper reporter, and a coroner. The four women use everything at their disposal to figure out who the killer is before he can strike again. Their lead suspect is a world-famous writer whose plots resemble the murders. Deploying Patterson's usual short chapters, the book is exciting to the last page. One hopes that it is the first installment in what deserves to be a new series; Patterson should give Alex Cross a rest and concentrate on these four women instead. 1st to Die will air as a miniseries on NBC in May, so expect demand. For all public libraries.
- Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 6 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first James Patterson novel. It will, in all likelyhood, be my last.
I expected a breezy, exciting thriller with a fun female detective protagonist. What I got was an utterly predictable, flacid story speckled with 'surprises' that I had spotted hundreds of pages before. Mr. Patterson seems more interested in trying to pull the rug out from under his readers than in trying to develop characters or tell a compelling story.
The protagonist, a homocide detective for the San Francisco PD is supposed to be smart and hardworking. So are the other members of her "Women's Murder Club." There is a sort of "Sisters are Doing it for Themselves" bravura that Mr. Patterson tries to tap into that unfortunately comes across as if he'd been watching too many episodes of Moonlighting and Remington Steel, with a pinch of 9 to 5 thrown in. Very early eighties. The four women who make up the 'club'--which is a widly unethical mix of law enforcement, legal and press--are essentially indistinguishable, except for the African-American medical examiner, who occasionally sprinkles her dialogue with sentences ending in 'Honey.' Then there's the kinky writer who comes across like a two-dimensional character out of de Sade--I found myself wondering if Patterson was describing himself, which I at least had fun imagining.
The plot is full of holes. My favorite turns on one of the major reversals--Patterson sells you on the idea that only one character could have misdirected the investigation in a particular way. He then spends eighty pages or so driving that point home, until the NEXT reversal, at which point the misdirection is totally forgotten--at least by Mr. Patterson. I found myself wondering what the heck was going on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 29 2007
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This novel is an exciting tale, the story never slows down, you are kept guessing about the identity of the killer up to the last pages. I found this thriller very engaging and intriguing, I can't wait to read the second book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Tardif on June 15 2006
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Take four professional women--Lindsay-a homicide inspector who receives some bad personal news, Claire-a medical examiner and Lindsay's best friend, Jill-a tough assistant DA, and Cindy-a persistent reporter from the Chronicle--mix them together and you've got: The Women's Murder Club.

In the first in the series, the fantastic four meet and decide to share resources and talents. They are plunged headfirst into a series of gruesome murders. Someone is killing off newlyweds.

The twists and turns, even at the very end, will leave you breathless and is enough to give any bride-to-be the jitters. This is one of James Patterson's best, with characters you'll empathize with and actually care about. The humor, relationships and expert crime procedural detail tie this book together neatly.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Author of Whale Song (978-1-60164-007-9)

Available 2007 from Kunati Books
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By John-78 on July 17 2004
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As a new reader of best selling novels (killing time on my job), I'm finding that it's more fun to read the Amazon readers reviews of the book that you just finish, than the book itself. This was my first Patterson novel, and I thought it was entertaining, and very suspenseful right till the end. THEN I read the reviews! Man! you guys opened my eyes to some major flaws. I do agree how some thought it had too many distractions for someone investigating a serious serial killing spree (the new love interest, the deadly disease, and the women's club issue). Also, the spooky surprise ending did leave me backtracking to see if I'd missed something. But for me the only detail that dampened my enjoyment of the book was the convenient earthquake escape. Everything else kept pace with reality enough for me to go with the flow and entertainment value that best-selling authors normally deliver to you. I will say I'm looking to become as high brow as some of the critical reviewers on Amazon. I'm hoping to find some higher quality reading so I can look book at this book and say it sucked.
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I like the format; short chapters and good flowing storyline. The story starts out fascinating and the murder mystery is compelling. I found it hard to put the book down. Now for the problems: The main character is so sure she's got the killer....TWICE!!! And guess what? Each time she's wrong. I'd sure hate to have her investigating anything that I was involved in. She doesn't just "think" she's got the right guy...she KNOWS it. Not good for an inspector. Also, what woman feels her orgasm in her womb??? Hello, that was dumb. And the epilogue has so many holes that you can drive a truck through it. Remember when Chessy and Jenks were alone? She asked him "what have you done?" and then he abused her for saying that. Why would she say that if she knew darn well why the police were there? The whole scenaria with Chessy and Jenks working together just doesn't work, Jenks had to know long before the police came to his house that Chessy was double crossing him. And if not then, he certainly knew after they were there and before he was arrested and yet he did nothing to Chessy. In fact, it seems as if they never even discussed it. Jenks now knew about the hair and various other items left at the scenes and yet never took steps to either punish Chessy or exhonerate himself. Doesn't wash with me.
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