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 ›
I hadn't been reading much lately and decided to delve into shallow waters. I did so with First to Die. James Patterson must've spent a couple of days watching Lifetime movies to learn how to write about women. The sisterhood angle was dated and pretty silly. Maybe in the eighties that would've flown. But now it's just silly, stating-the-obvious crap that women don't talk about much because it's understood. And all the hugging and "we love yous" between near-strangers made my eyes roll again and again. The sex scenes were totally unnecessary and silly. Too much detail. [...] Give me a break!! Read like something that I might've been entertained by when I was in my teens. Early teens. And just as I wonder in just about every movie directed by a man, I wondered, "what's the attraction here?" in this book in which lust instantly becomes love. What tripe!
Because I managed to get through the book, I will give Patterson one more shot. But after that...
Lindsay Boxer is a hard working detective on the San Francisco police force. She is about to embark on one of the most challenging criminal cases of her career. If that's not enough she is blindsided by a health issue that will plan a large role in how she handles the upcoming investigation, and if all of this is not enough she is given a new partner Chris Raliegh and he makes her feel things she would rather not have to deal with at the current time. Funny where support and strenghth come from.
Someone is murdering newly married couples in the San Francisco Bay area. There have been two murders with very few clues left behind. Lindsey is fighting the battle of trying to stay one step ahead of this cruel killer while still staying afloat in life. Then she receives a call from across the U.S. it looks like her killer has killed again but not in California. Is it a copycat or has the killer taken his act out on the road? What is the connection if there is one? And will she find the one clue that will lead to a killer before he kills again?
With the help of friends that she meets along the way as well as an already established friendship with the local M.E. these saavy women develop the woman's murder club. With the police, M.E.'s office, press, and trial issues represented these four women work on the side to bring down a killer.
Again this is a very fasted pace read, with so many twists and turns you will question exactly who the bad guy is up until the very last page. I highly recommend this read if you like suspense and edge of your seat reading.
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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 5 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 6 months ago by henry jenkins
What's not to love in a Patterson novel? Ilke how he brings it all to a head! rather like a jigsaw puzzle.Published 11 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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