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1st to Die [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
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Feb. 1 2002 Women's Murder Club
Four women--four friends--share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle. But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving each other a hand. The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered--before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong. Full of the breathtaking drama and unforgettable emotions for which James Patterson is famous, 1st to Die is the start of a blazingly fast-paced and sensationally entertaining series of crime thrillers.

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars new characters 1rst of many reads May 25 2014
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enjoyed the book look forward to the next one, interesting start, good story, interesting characters. Murder mystery is my newest interest and James Patterson does it well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1st to Die May 11 2014
By Sid Fox
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I like this book the plot and the characters.Look forward to reading more of this series.I would recommend this to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 9 2014
By Rachel
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Love the female lead roles! Awesome plot and it kept me hooked till the end. Will definitely continue reading the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book Sept. 14 2013
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When you finish the first book you can't wait to get into the second and third and so on.
you can see why James Patterson is a great writer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Girl power applied to crime solving... April 5 2013
By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read a few Patterson books before and find that he's a good writer. This is the first book of a series that feature a female inspector (Lindsay Boxer) in San Francisco. We follow her as she tries to figure out who is behind the murders of newlyweds. As the story evolves, Boxer forms a "detective club" with her talented girlfriends (a medical examiner, an assistant DA and a crime journalist). Along the way, Boxer faces a life threatening disease and falls in love with her new partner. It's a good book but, like my notes here, it's kind of a "by the number" book. It does a good job but it's not enthralling. It seems like too much of the book is focused on Boxer's inner thoughts about herself, health, love life, etc. That said, the ending surprised me (don't want to spoil it) - it was unexpected.... So, I give it 3 out of 5 stars (good).
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1st To Die - James Patterson June 7 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book started off a little slow - but once I got about 3 chapters in I was hooked!!! Finished this book in about 2 days, and have already ordered the next 3!!! I totally recommend this for anyone who is into Murder Mysteries, James Patterson is a fabulous writer!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very fast paced entertaining read March 19 2001
By Kip
Format:Hardcover
thoroughly enjoyable, a tad predictable, but a really fun read. Worth the Costco price but not full pop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1st to Die
I really enjoyed this book, it was hard to put down. I particularly like the short chapters which allow you to finish a segment quickly and easily pick up again where you left off. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2010 by Patterson Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, full of suspense!
This book was a great read from start to finish. I read the entire book in one day simply because I could not put it down. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2010 by Krys
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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. Read more
Published on June 29 2007 by Toni Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Patterson's Murder Club series is riveting!
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... Read more
Published on June 15 2006 by Cheryl Tardif
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I could not put this book down! I'm not the type of person to read mystery/thriller fiction type of books. But from the first page to the very end... Read more
Published on July 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I checked this book out from my local library just before heading out to Hawaii on vacation. I had read another book by James Patterson before (Jester), and I enjoyed it. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by George Gerritsen
4.0 out of 5 stars die laughing
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... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by John-78
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