1st to Die Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 2002
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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.
From Library Journal
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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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.Read more ›
The 1st installment of the Woman's Murder Club is 1st RATE! Lindsay Boxer is a San Francisco detective whose life is thrown not just one, but two MAJOR curve balls all at once. First she finds out she has a rare and life threatening blood disorder, and next, she's called in to help investigate the murder of a bride & groom on their honeymoon. Before long she is forced to partner up with Chris Raleigh, something she hates -- at first. Lindsay's best friend is a county coroner and after an unlikely pairing up with a feisty journalist, the Murder Club is formed. But not before ANOTHER double murder takes place in nearby Napa...followed closely by another bride & groom taken out -- this time in Cleveland, Ohio! Are they connected? Lindsay is absolutely certain they are, but her health threatens to force her to either cut back on the investigation or possibly drop it altogether.
Just when you think the story is over -- get ready! It's JUST beginning. As Lindsay develops feelings for her partner, and the drive to find the murderer becomes nearly an obsession, she must come to terms with her own mortality -- and just as suddenly, she must question the results of the final outcome of the investigation.
Tightly plotted and loaded with great characters -- especially Lindsay Boxer and her partner -- 1st To Die is one of Patterson's best stories to date, and easily his best novel in 2 or 3 YEARS. I am thrilled to know that there are more novels coming in this series, and I anxiously await the next installment of the Woman's Murder Club. Highly recommended.
On to the "story". 4 eminently stupid women get together and form a "murder club" and try to solve a crime that apparently men are too stupid to figure out. I guess I shouldn't call the women stupid, Patterson wrote the words, so it's his fault that they're too stupid to see the holes in the plot, to ask the obvious questions. This "crime" could have been solved in 10 pages if any character had at least half a brain. Oy, such garbage.
How Patterson is allowed to continue this charade of being a "writer" astounds me. Stephen King used to call his own writing the equivalent of a Big Mac and fries. King is Charles Dicken compared to Patterson. I can't say enough negative things about Patterson's inability to write coherent thoughts, describe a scene properly etc etc. He's terrible.
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Women's Murder Club books, as with all of Patterson's works make for good easy reading on transit or on breaks from work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent and riveting to the end.surprise ending with a lot of twists also very sad and loving book to read chilling to think about how sick people can bePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
What's not to love in a Patterson novel? Ilke how he brings it all to a head! rather like a jigsaw puzzle.Published 12 months ago by Catherine G. Butler
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.Published on May 25 2014 by Betty Mainguy
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