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2nd Chance Hardcover – Mar 4 2002
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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.Read more ›
Also highly recommended: Roses are Red and The Children's Corner by Jackson McCrae.
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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I found the book slow at first, but as you go on, each turn of the page would grab you and not let you go, until the very last page.Published 8 months ago by Jane Emmerson
I really enjoyed this book. I've just started reading Patterson's Women's Murder Club books, and am happy to know I have many more to enjoy. I love the plot twists and surprises. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carmen
If you have enjoyed any other of Patterson's Woman's Murder Club book's, you will enjoy this one as well. It's not the best of the series, but it's worth a read!Published 15 months ago by Corina
I have always liked James Patterson as he has me hooked in the couple of pages. I was always curious about his novels that were "numbered" but could never find #1 until... Read morePublished 20 months ago by June
I am hooked to these strong women there intelligence and there friendship.Published 23 months ago by Marlene La Rose
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 on May 25 2014 by Betty Mainguy