4th of July (Women's Murder Club Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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A young girl is killed in the 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 tranquility of 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 ...
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4th of July (Women's Murder Club Series #4)

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Overview

A young girl is killed in the 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 tranquility of 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. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay.

"Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried. There's no stopping his imagination."
-New York Times Book Review

"Patterson's skill at building suspense is enviable." -Kansas City Star

"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."
-New York Daily News
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759513587
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Women's Murder Club Series , #4
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 897
  • File size: 2 MB

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 240 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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Another great Patterson book

    He just keeps on writing great books. I love his Womens Murder club set.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Murders and James Patterson

    Despite publishing around six novels a year, James Patterson is a master of thrills. For around fifty existing novels he has written, I found each and every book I have read by him has kept me turning the pages nervously. I loved Fourth of July, as one of the best. It begins when a teenager is electracuted in his bathtub at an apartment. Soon later, a car chase begins and two frigtened teens are in it. One is killed, the other paralyzed.Lindsay saw Jacobi shot twice and she was hit hard in the shoulder and thigh. When recovering, Lindsay finds out she is being sued for the shootout. Before the trial, Lindsay nervoulsly watches her sisters house in Moonlight Bay when she researches the murders, where the previous murders have taken place. The police department tells her to lay off. Lindsay meets with her group a few days before the trial and discusses the murders with the Womens Murder Club--made up of Cindy, Claire, and Lindsay, while Jill was previously killed in the third novel, Third Degree. During the trial, Lindsay is found NOT guilty and returns to Moonlight Bay. She is now determined to figure out the murderer. The killer knows she is doing this, and as a warning, shoots up the sister's house. After getting out of the shot up house, she links together the clues and finds out the murderer is a man who has previously been following her. The killer confesses and arrested immediatley. At the climax, Alison Brown, Lindsay's friends daughter, until she finds the other two killers who are involved in a vigilant group. At the end of the book, Boxer finally rejoins the police force. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would defintely call it OUTSTANDING. If you have read the other three books, I would tell you to at once go out and purchase this book!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    I was hooked from the beginning. I love James Patterson and can't wait to read more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2006

    Good Twist of Tales

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2006

    An exciting story line a good read

    Suspensful, gripping and well written. One of the better story lines I have read in quit some time. Strong consultant work evident.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    excellent

    I enjoyed reading this. Very good read. and hard to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Good

    It's interesting and you won't be able to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Patterson & Paetro Do It Again

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Spellbinding as usual

    In the typical James Patterson style, you follow Lindsey and the Womens Murder Club to solve the crime!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2007

    New James Patterson fan :)

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    FIRST PATTERSON BOOK I READ

    It was an awesome book. It truly was a page-turner. I kind of suspected who the true murderer was. She was always telling Lindsay to go home and stay away from the crimes, acting like a good friend. The whole time, I was saying to myself that she was trying to get Lindsay away because she would solve the mystery. I agree with others that the novel definitely ended way too abruptly. I still had a lot of questions, like what happened to the murderer? What happened to Ali? Overall, though, it kept me up last night and I finished it this morning. Good murder mystery book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved this book! It only took me two days or less to read it! You must buy this book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    oh my God!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    LOVED IT!

    This books was thrilling and engaging. A real page-turner!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2006

    A fan

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    Page Turning Thriller

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2006

    Best In Series

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    You Can't Put It Down!

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    Good, easy read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    a page turner!!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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