Usually when an author has a great series, an alternate series is lacking. Not so with James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series - it rivals his Alex Cross series. Both are filled with action packed pages and characters to which the reader can relate.
In 4TH OF JULY, Lindsay is accused of police brutality and excessive force, causing her to be put on administrative leave while the trial is on going. She is also recovering from being shot by these minors who were pursued for horrendous murders. Instead of staying in San Francisco and being hounded by the media, Lindsay housesits for her sister in Half Moon Bay and baby-sits her pot-bellied pig.
Instead of resting and relaxing, she soon discovers a series of murders that don't seem to have any connection except for the murderer's signature. Lindsay plunges headfirst into helping the local law enforcement solve these murders, while preparing for her upcoming trial. She gets a bit too close to solving the crime and begins to endure threats, such as being attacked with semi-automatic fire while sleeping.
Characters are always Patterson's strong suit and this is no exception. The villains' identities are not hard to figure out, but that doesn't detour from the enjoyment of this book. The entire ensemble is fun - from the slimy owner of a porn shop who just happens to be an ex-porn star, to the local mechanic who is smitten with Lindsay, to the Head of a Orphanage and her daughter who become good friends with Lindsay, to a local attorney who literally runs over Lindsay while she's walking her dog, to the police chief who is not happy with Lindsay for butting into his investigation, to Yuki - Lindsay's new attorney.
The story is a bit on the predictable side; well at least the outcome is predictable. The jumping back and forth between the courtroom and Half Moon Bay will keep the reader hooked. There is enough action to keep you from wanting to put the book down!
4TH OF JULY continues with this great series and I'm hoping Patterson throws some twists and turns into the next installment. I'm definitely a WMC fan. Another Amazon pick I loved is THE LOSERS' CLUB: Complete Restored Edition! by Richard Perez - a funny, strangely entertaining book I can't stop thinking about.