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James Patterson , Maxine Paetro , Carolyn McCormick
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Feb. 5 2008 Replay Edition
A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.

While awaiting trial, Lindsay escapes to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, but the peaceful community there is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. Working with her friends in the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and a case she worked on years before-an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since. As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay battles for her life on two fronts: before a judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings--including killing again. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay.

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Mega-bestseller Patterson teams up with journalist/novelist Paetro for a rousing fourth installment of the Women's Murder Club series. This time, bright, tough SFPD Lt. Lindsay Boxer is battling police brutality charges while chasing down a clan of murderers. When a botched police arrest of two gun-toting minors expands from a shaky preliminary hearing to what promises to be a nerve-rattling jury trial of Lindsay, she flees the pre-trial media frenzy for the serene haven of sister Cat's house in Half Moon Bay. But instead of finding relaxation and romance with her Homeland Security beau, Lindsay becomes embroiled in the ruthless crimes of a troika of killers who've been slashing and flogging victims all over town. With surprisingly little aid from the Murder Club, Lindsay performs her detective handiwork (and steps on the toes of Half Moon's police chief). As more bodies surface, sketchy suspects like a smitten grease monkey and a slimy porn star emerge, then the murderous threesome set their sights on Lindsay. Back in San Francisco, Lindsay is acquitted; she then rushes back to Half Moon Bay to apprehend the elusive villains and put to rest her unresolved first homicide case as well. Heroic super-sleuthing, a steadily gripping plot line and 146 snappy chapters add up to suspense fiction euphoria for Patterson's legion of fans. (One-day laydown May 2)
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After the explosive events of the third entry in the Women's Murder Club series, 3rd Degree (2004), which claimed the life of one of the members, it's understandable that the follow-up might be a bit of a letdown. But only a little. Patterson's characteristic brutal murders and elusive killers are present, keeping the stakes high. Lindsay Boxer, the police lieutenant who brought the club together, is taking some serious heat in this installment. After a car chase goes wrong, Lindsay is forced to shoot two killers after they wound her and her partner. The firefight leaves a 15-year-old girl dead and her 13-year-old brother paralyzed, making way for a police brutality lawsuit. Lindsay hides out in her sister's suburban house, where she hopes to escape the media circus surrounding her trial. But someone has been killing married couples in the upscale community, and the method greatly resembles a case from early in Lindsay's career, one that she was never able to close the book on. Even though the Women's Murder Club itself is consigned to the background, Lindsay's trial and the murders keep the pages turning. Kristine Huntley
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This author is the best Feb. 27 2006
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What can I say that everyone else hasn't already said. This author is the best ... the very best! Kept me on the edge of my seat, reading until I thought my eyes would cross! Patterson just keeps getting better and better. This awesome author is certainly a master of his craft and doesn't need any help keeping me on edge, but the edge seemed to have a bit of a cushion this time. Could the 'plush' difference be the influence of his new co-author, the very talented Maxine Paetro? And did I detect a bit more humor in this book? You bet I did! Paetro again? It must have been a perfect collaboration between these fabulous 'wordsmiths' because the differences from the first three books in this series are so subtle as to be almost undetectable. What an amazing coupling of talents. I hope to hear more from Ms. Paetro in the future. Perhaps another fantastic book with Mr. Patterson ... or a novel of her own? I highly recommend this book ... and ALL of Patterson's books. He's a master of his craft--and Paetro is the co-author dreams are made of. When two talents blend so smoothly (like chocolate and peanut butter?), the result was bound to be a rare reading pleasure. Jog, don't walk, to your closest bookstore and get your copy now. Even though it's titled 4th of July, you won't want to wait until then to read this exciting novel.
I also recommend 'The Quest' by George Kostantinos. ENJOY.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief July 18 2005
If you are able to easily suspend your disbelief, you won't mind that this book strays a bit from the way things happen in the real world. Lately I've found this is necessary with the last books I've taken on----"Bark of the Dogwood," "The time Traveler's Wife,"---the list goes one. If you've never read any books from this series, don't start with this one. There are some story lines in "4th of July" that will be spoiled for you if you haven't read earlier books. And if this doesn't bother you, dive right in. Lindsay Boxer, who has already had her share of problems in the previous three books, is now on trial after her attempt to help two children goes very wrong. At the same time she is trying to solve recent murders that remind her of one of her first cases which was never solved. I did enjoy this book and might have rated it higher if we heard more from or about the other members of the murder club. Other than a few drinks and a meal or two with all three women together both Claire, a pathologist who works for the city and Cindy, a newspaper reporter were kept very much in the background. Would also suggest the more literary "Children's Corner" by McCrae or the disturbing "Glass Castle." Both great, but totally different reads for your summer vacation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth A Look! July 9 2005
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patterson back to his roots July 6 2005
By Moran
Lately I have been very disappointed in James Patterson's books. Especially the Cross novels after Violets are Blue. Those three Cross stories, and the Lake House seemed like they were a rush of sentances, and a blur of action, leaving behind the character driven stories of the people we have grown to love in their previous outtings. However, with just finishing Honeymoon, and 4th of July back to back, I do have to say that James Patterson has gotten back to his roots of deep character driven stories. I have always loved the women's murder club series, and have felt that they have stayed true to the first novel, and every one following. Even though 4th is centered mainly on Lindsay Boxer, with brief showings of the other girls, Claire and Cindy, the book still managed to keep me interested enough to stay up until 3am (with work the next day at 7:30), to find out what the verdict of Boxer's trial would be. It is a touching story, that made me feel for Lindsay, and although I had guessed the first killer straight away, I was taken back by the others. I do highly recommend 4th of July to Patterson fans, and newly aquainted readers. Hopefully James will continue to give us the material we want, and not the contrived bits we've been seeing over the last little while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT.
I have read so far, one through seven and they are all just as I suspected..........EXCELLENT.
Published 2 months ago by Joyce Woodhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
James Patterson never disappoints. Looking forward to the entire series if the women's murder club. Book five, I'm ready when you are !
Published 11 months ago by Rae-Anne Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars James Patterson is a Great Author
This is an absolutely great book. This entire series is a good read. Recommend anyone to pick up his books and read it.
Published 16 months ago by Elna
4.0 out of 5 stars 4th of July
It held my interest throughout the book. I like trying to guess who did it and I usually don't get it till near the end.
Published 18 months ago by beller
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast reader!
Maxine Paetro does it again. Maxine gives life to this book and does a fantastic job.

Although we do not really read about all the girls in the murder club that much,... Read more
Published on May 25 2011 by Michel
5.0 out of 5 stars So, so good!!
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 Good solid Patterson
What can be said about a man who has written so many good books? I like everything the guy has done, from the Alex Cross series to his off-the beaten path stuff. Read more
Published on June 11 2008 by Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read
If you fancy something light and easy to read this is a book for you. It has a steady pace and there is a lot going on at the same time. Read more
Published on June 29 2007 by Toni Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth A Look!
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. Read more
Published on July 14 2005 by Rob Kutik
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