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2nd Chance [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
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Feb. 1 2003 Women's Murder Club
A brutal madman sprays bullets into a crowd of children leaving a San Francisco church. Miraculously-or was it intentionally?-only one person dies. Then an elderly black woman is hung. Police homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer senses a connection and together with medical examiner Claire, assistant D. A. Jill, and Chronicle reporter Cindy, finds a link that sends a chill through the entire nation. This killer's motives are unspeakable.

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2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail she finds even more disturbing: both victims were related to city cops. A symbol glimpsed at both murder scenes leads to a racist hate group, but the taunting killer strikes again and again, leaving deliberate clues and eluding the police ever more cleverly. In the meantime, each of the women has a personal stake at risk--and the killer knows who they are.

2nd Chance speeds along at a Formula One pace through many tight curves, but unlike recent entries in the Alex Cross series, it doesn't sacrifice good characters to a twisted plot. Lindsay's the star, but there's a fine esprit de corps among the four women, who are even better developed here than in the first book. What makes them both convincing and interesting as a criminal-justice juggernaut is their willingness to stick their necks out, even if they suffer for it. If you haven't picked up a James Patterson novel in a while, this is a great time to start anew. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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It's been a long time since we've seen a bestselling author of Patterson's clout credit an assistant author on the cover, and good for Patterson for that. The credit is deserved. This is Patterson's richest, most engaging novel since When the Wind Blows and, as the second in his Women's Murder Club series (after 1st to Die), yet more evidence that this prolific writer can roam beyond Alex Cross with style and success. Like all Pattersons, the narration mixes first and third person the first here is voiced, as before, by San Francisco homicide detective Lindsay Boxer, while the third-person sections cover the doings of the other three members of Boxer's informal club, a reporter, a pathologist and a prosecutor, as well as the villain's shenanigans. The basic story line is vintage Patterson, i.e., a serial killer (here, one known as Chimera) goes on a calculated rampage until stopped by the good guys or in this case, gals. As the victims a young girl shot dead, an elderly black woman hanged, two cops pile up, it becomes clear to Boxer and others that they're up against a racist who hates black cops; is the killer a cop himself? The story ripples with twists and some remarkably strong scenes, particularly Boxer's in-prison interview with a crazed con. But what makes this Patterson stand out above all is the textured storytelling arising from its focus on Boxer's personal issues. In the first novel, Patterson personalized Boxer by dealing with her rare blood disease; here, it's the emotionally powerful introduction of Boxer's long-lost father into her life that galvanizes the plot, particularly as Patterson ties the man into Chimera's rampage. Prime Patterson; first-rate entertainment. (On sale Mar. 4)Forecast: Patterson's name, major ad/promo and a 10-city author tour add up to #1; simultaneous Time Warner Audio and large-print edition.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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.

With a serial killer dubbed 'Chimera', we are given a glimpse of pure evil--a killer whose targets appear to be random, with nothing obvious to connect them. But of course, Lindsay and her friends slowly begin to put the pieces together. And when the targets become more personal, especially to Lindsay, you are left wondering if there will be a Women's Murder Club by the time the story has ended.

With engrossing and 'real' characters, whose only fault is that they may be just a bit too intelligent and a bit too perfect, Patterson captures the camaraderie of female friendships. But it is the relationship between Lindsay and her estranged father that is key to this story.

In this second smoothly crafted installment, I am please to report that James Patterson and his mysterious co-author Andrew Gross have yet again captured my imagination and kept me up late at night. I couldn't wait to read it after I finished the first in the series--1st to Die--and I'll be running out for the third immediately. The plot races along at breakneck speed, with enough twists to make your stomach churn. I've been a longtime fan of Patterson's Alex Cross series, but I have to say...'Alex Cross move over! There's a new gal in town...and her name is Lt. Lindsay Boxer!'

I have a few questions regarding the co-author. Why is there no biography at the back for Andrew Gross? And why is his name in such tiny print? I also wonder how much of this novel he actually wrote.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it one March 1 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One Tough Cookie 2nd Chance by James Patterson was an excellent book. So many emotions were incorporated into the book. Love, drama, heartbreak, and action all rolled onto one amazing work. Everyone in life is given or deserves a second chance sometime in their long life. Lindsay Boxer happens to get many second chances throughout the book, many of them life changing. The title of the book signifies how profound her chances are. She goes through life and takes everything in stride, even the really hard things. When you think she is going to fall and not get back up you are deceived and she does rise up. The title makes you want to read, it doesn't give anything away. It's the type of title that keeps you guessing until the end. Once you finish the book then you tie the title and the story line together. The only thing is you have to pay attention to details because he ties them into the story later. If you don't pay attention then you wind up going back in the story hunting for the little detail you missed. Other than that small negative this was an excellent book. It was a quick and light read which made it more enjoyable for the reader.
Also highly recommended: Roses are Red and The Children's Corner by Jackson McCrae.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay July 1 2004
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ROSES ARE RED, being my favorite book of Patterson's, has somehow spoiled me. I expect all of his work to live up to that. And while 2ND CHANCE is good, it's not his best effort. The story, in a nutshell: The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. Detective Lindsay Boxer senses that there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. But doing so, involves a lot of risksThe story itself was great, and definitely showcases Patterson's ability to write murder mysteries. However, there were a couple of things that threw me off. First, something I noticed in the prequel, is that while Patterson is great when writing from the perspective of a male, such as with his Alex Cross novels, he is really horrible at a female narrative. There were some female bonding scenes that were so corny that I wanted to puke. My second complaint could be considered more a matter of opinion. There was a romance between the female reporter and the minister of the church where the first shooting occurred. Although a sexual relationship was never described in detail, it was definitely hinted at. Patterson made this minister out to be so perfect, yet any minister who really was perfect would never enter into a sexual relationship before marriage. I do not know if Patterson did this out of ignorance or if he did realize this conflict and this is why he avoided a detailed sex scene but still left it open to interpretation. Would like to recommend Patterson's ROSES ARE RED and a book titled THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD (very funny, suspensful, and well-written) for those looking for a great summer read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another waste of time June 11 2004
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To the person who asked about Jill being killed in the first book: You must be thinking of another book. Jill did not die and did not have an abusive husband. She had abused herself by cutting her arm when she was younger but that's about it.
Okay, this book was worse than 1st to Die. Why in the world would Lindsay be promoted to anything? She was wrong about the killer in her last case. She was wrong twice! Two times she went after the wrong person. She never even knew who the killer was until they gave themselves away. Heck, even I knew who the killer was way before then but Lindsay hadn't a clue. I won't even get into Jenks involvement, that shouldn't have been part of the 1st book, the book should have ended at the last chapter and that epilogue should be burned.
Anyway...this 2nd book tries to expand on the Murder Club and Patterson just doesn't pull it off. He's trying for the Sex and the City type of comraderie and it's so obvious that he's going to milk this for a series as far as it will go. Hopefully, it'll end right here. He doesn't write women well. And for a homocide leutenant, Lindsay is impulsive, sporadic, quick to judge, wreckless and dangerous. She should try selling shoes at Macy's instead and keep away from law enforcement. I read the 1st book, tried the 2nd but I won't waste my time with any more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am hooked to these strong women there intelligence and there friendship.
Published 2 months ago by Marlene La Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you turning the page
James Patterson does not disappoint, enjoying the characters, and story line. I am hooked. Lindsey is an interesting character, love Claire and Cindy will miss Jill.
Published 4 months ago by Betty Mainguy
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Chance
So far I am loving this series. Easy to read and I like the characters. Can't for the next book and look forward to reading all the series.
Published 5 months ago by Sid Fox
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I love James Patterson! And his Women's Murder Club books are fabulous - addictive - and I can't seem to put them down. Read more
Published on June 13 2012 by Brincess
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read
This book series is incredible. I absolutely loved it. Highly recommend if you like murder mysteries with some good suspense.
Published on April 17 2011 by Christiana Vanier
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This book is packed with suspense and is unpredictable. Reading it was thoroughly enjoyable and again Patterson delivered and excellent thriller.
Published on June 29 2007 by Toni Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read 3 & 4!
Set in beautiful San Francisco, Patterson once again outdoes himself. Lindsey Boxer and her 3 Murder Club friends take us along for another riveting and realistic murder:... Read more
Published on May 24 2005 by Erik Qualman
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer-time read
I would have given this book five stars but felt it wasn't quite up to the level of ROSES ARE RED. Many times I find that I don't enjoy sequels. Read more
Published on July 26 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars No, thank you
This is a feminist novel through and through. I 've never aspired to be one and anyone who is makes me very irritable. Get off your man hating horse, ladies. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Victoria
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad... Not Great
When a little girl is shot on the steps of a San Francisco church, Detective Lindsay Boxer knows it's time to reconvene the Women's Murder Club. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by A. Vegan
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