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4th of July (Women's Murder Club Series #4)
     

4th of July (Women's Murder Club Series #4)

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by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
 

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Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever-one that could easily be their last. In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defense, she fires her weapon-and sets off a chain of

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Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever-one that could easily be their last. In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defense, she fires her weapon-and sets off a chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, an entire city divided, and a family destroyed. Now everything she's worked her entire life for hinges on the decision of twelve jurors. To escape scrutiny during breaks from her trial, Lindsay retreats to the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay. But soon after her arrival, a string of grisly murders punches through the peaceful community. There are no witnesses and there is no discernible pattern. But a key detail recalls a case Lindsay worked on as a rookie years before-an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since. As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay and her friends in the Women's Murder Club battle 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. James Patterson fine-tunes the tension as never before in this breathtaking addition to the best-selling detective series to debut in a decade.

Editorial Reviews

The Women's Murder Club reconvenes under the worst circumstances. After a routine arrest goes terribly awry, a young woman is caught in the crossfire and killed. Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer must defend herself against charges of police brutality in a case that has made coast-to-coast headlines. In this high-anxiety atmosphere, Boxer and her Women's Murder Club buddies are also searching frantically for clues to a series of Half Moon Bay murders.
Publishers Weekly
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) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Home in Half Moon Bay while facing a charge of police brutality, Lt. Lindsay Boxer joins up with her Women's Murder Club friends to investigate a spate of killings. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316710602
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/02/2005
Series:
Women's Murder Club Series , #4
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
247,620
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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4th of July


By James Patterson Maxine Paetro

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2005 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-71060-1


Chapter One

IT WAS JUST BEFORE 4:00 a.m. on a weekday. My mind was racing even before Jacobi nosed our car up in front of the Lorenzo, a grungy rent-by-the-hour "tourist hotel" on a block in San Francisco's Tenderloin District that's so forbidding even the sun won't cross the street.

Three black-and-whites were at the curb, and Conklin, the first officer at the scene, was taping off the area. So was another officer, Les Arou.

"What have we got?" I asked Conklin and Arou.

"White male, Lieutenant. Late teens, bug-eyed and done to a turn," Conklin told me. "Room twenty-one. No signs of forced entry. Vic's in the bathtub, just like the last one."

The stink of piss and vomit washed over us as Jacobi and I entered the hotel. No bellhops in this place. No elevators or room service, either. Night people faded back into the shadows, except for one gray-skinned young prostitute who pulled Jacobi aside.

"Give me twenty dollars," I heard her say. "I got a license plate."

Jacobi peeled off a ten in exchange for a slip of paper, then turned to the desk clerk and asked him about the victim: Did he have a roommate, a credit card, a habit?

I stepped around a junkie in the stairwell and climbed to the second floor. The door to room 21 was open, and a rookie was standing guard at the doorway.

"Evening, Lieutenant Boxer."

"It's morning, Keresty."

"Yes, ma'am," he said, logging me in, turning his clipboard to collect my signature.

It was darker inside the twelve-by-twelve-foot room than it was in the hallway. The fuse had blown, and thin curtains hung like wraiths in front of the streetlit windows. I was working the puzzle, trying to figure out what was evidence, what was not, trying not to step on anything. There was too damned much of everything and too little light.

I flicked my flashlight beam over the crack vials on the floor, the mattress stained with old blood, the rank piles of garbage and clothing everywhere. There was a kitchenette of sorts in the corner, the hot plate still warm, drug paraphernalia in the sink.

The air in the bathroom was thick, almost soupy. I swept my light along the extension cord that snaked from the socket by the sink, past the clogged toilet bowl to the bathtub.

My guts clenched as I caught the dead boy in my beam. He was naked, a skinny blond with a hairless chest, half sitting up in the tub, eyes bulging, foam at his lips and nostrils. The electric cord ended at an old-fashioned two-slice toaster that glinted up through the bathwater.

"Shit," I said as Jacobi entered the bathroom. "Here we go again."

"He's toast, all right," said Jacobi.

As commanding officer of the Homicide detail, I wasn't supposed to do hands-on detective work anymore. But at times like this, I just couldn't stay away.

Another kid had been electrocuted, but why? Was he a random victim of violence or was it personal? In my mind's eye, I saw the boy flailing in pain as the juice shot through him and shut his heart down.

The standing water on the cracked tile floor was creeping up the legs of my trousers. I lifted a foot and toed the bathroom door closed, knowing full well what I was going to see. The door whined with the nasal squeal of hinges that had probably never been oiled.

Two words were spray-painted on the door. For the second time in a couple of weeks, I wondered what the hell they meant.

"NOBODY CARES."

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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4th of July (Women's Murder Club Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 410 reviews.
GGEgley More than 1 year ago
He just keeps on writing great books. I love his Womens Murder club set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the beginning. I love James Patterson and can't wait to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and finished it in three days. It's another adventure of Lindsey Boxer, the chief detective of SFPD. Lindseys was trying to catch a serial killer but got messed up with two teen-suspects in a car chase. The two teens ended in a crash and got injured. Being a good cop, Lindsey and her partner put their guns away to help the kids out of the car but the darn teens pulled their guns out and shot at her and the partner. She shot them back in self defense. One of the kids was dead and another was crippled. Lindseys ended up being sued for police brutality by the parents of the teens. This part of the book diverted my attention from the serial killer a little. But in the middle of the book, the tale twisted and ended well. The killer was a good surprise. I enjoyed this book very much. I think it's even better than the Judge and Jury. I still enjoy Patterson's thriller on the whole. It's always a good quick read. This one is a thumb up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suspensful, gripping and well written. One of the better story lines I have read in quit some time. Strong consultant work evident.
Balina More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. Very good read. and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's interesting and you won't be able to put it down.
maymeMM More than 1 year ago
Another gripping tale of the Women's Murder Club that keeps you begging for more. The authors' talents for keeping readers guessing about who done it and what will happen to our heroines next makes it hard to put this book down and anxious to purchase the next book in the series.
Dogmama More than 1 year ago
In the typical James Patterson style, you follow Lindsey and the Womens Murder Club to solve the crime!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my very first JPatterson novel. I was taken from the very first chapter. His style just flows... I also enjoyed the way he develops his characters and his talents to describe the scenes and build the suspense is rather brilliant. I finished it in 2days. Looking forward to reading the rest of his books...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It only took me two days or less to read it! You must buy this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my god it's just an excellent book i have ever read in my life. main thing which impressed me was the way of writing and the language and also the story. i just loved it overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books was thrilling and engaging. A real page-turner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From LONDON BRIDGES to BIG BAD WOLF, I've read them all--the Pattersons. I have to say, though, that his first books are still his best, and I consider 4TH OF JULY in a 'first book' series since he's obviously still going strong and writing more and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good, quick read. Not as creepy as some of his other books or quite as suspensful. Maybe I'm just used to them now since I've read most of them. Still, would recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I had read the rest in the series previously and found this one to be the most entertaining. I really enjoyed the beachy location. Very quick read. I read it in about 5 hrs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have A.D.D. when it comes to reading but I couldn't put this book down. The plot thickens, the writing style brilliant and the characters are well developed. A must read. The chapters are 1-2 pages at most so you can always get that next chapter in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is one of the most entertaining groups of murder-pursuit books ever written. I started with 1st to Die and read the books in order. However, they are so good that it really doesn't matter where you begin. 4th of July is a fast-paced, screeching ride with just enough twists and turns to keep you enthralled. The multiple murders within the book keeps you reading way into the night...and cranks up your adrenaline for another ride later! My only complaint is that Patterson and Paetro need to write more books and get them to the market faster!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This kept me interested the entire time. I was on a long road trip and finished it very quickly. The short chapters just tempted me to keep reading until I finished it. This is a must read. I am already wanting to read the rest of this series!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over all the book was amazing as all of Pattersons are but this one seemed to get off to a very slow start, I had problems getting into it at the beginning and my mother kept assuring me that it would indeed get better and of course it did. Over all I would reccomend this book but be prepared to want to put it down for the first part. After part 2 though its great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all of the Lindsay Boxer and this one is the best by far!! Definite page turner...can't wait for the next book to come out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a good next book after 3rd degree. I got to know more about Lindsay Boxer and her family. I was surprised at who were the killers and why. Different angle than I thought. Like others, I thought the end came to quick but definitely a page turner. I'm looking forward to more in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an excellent summer read. i read this book at the beach everyday over vacation to go home and pick it up again just before bed, i always wanted to know more. i was a little dissapointed in the ending only because i was expecting more out of it.
SmithFamilyInEngland 6 months ago
James Patterson has joined up with Maxine Paetro in this 4th in the Women's Murder Club series and I'm pleased to say I enjoyed this much better than the last one which was written with Andrew Gross. Although I would have like to have seen more input from the other members of the club (this one was all about Lt Lindsay Boxer) it was still a cracking book, fast paced, kept you guessing until the end and with an unexpected killer I hadn't foreseen it was certainly the traditional James Patterson style thriller. I would recommend "4th July" and I'd say this could quite easily be read as a standalone too and I'm now looking forward to the "5th Horseman" now that the books seem to have got back on track.
SmithFamilyInEngland 6 months ago
James Patterson has joined up with Maxine Paetro in this 4th in the Women's Murder Club series and I'm pleased to say I enjoyed this much better than the last one which was written with Andrew Gross. Although I would have like to have seen more input from the other members of the club (this one was all about Lt Lindsay Boxer) it was still a cracking book, fast paced, kept you guessing until the end and with an unexpected killer I hadn't foreseen it was certainly the traditional James Patterson style thriller. I would recommend "4th July" and I'd say this could quite easily be read as a standalone too and I'm now looking forward to the "5th Horseman" now that the books seem to have got back on track.
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