The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club Series #5)
  • The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club Series #5)
  • The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club Series #5)

The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club Series #5)

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by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she is suddenly gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. The hospital's doctors, some of the best in the nation, are completely mystified by her death. How did this happen?


This is not the first such case at the hospital. Just as patients are about to be

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A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she is suddenly gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. The hospital's doctors, some of the best in the nation, are completely mystified by her death. How did this happen?


This is not the first such case at the hospital. Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a devastating turn for the worse.

Accompanied by the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the incidents. Could these cases just be appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people's lives? When someone close to the Women's Murder Club begins to exhibit the same frightening symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe.

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An angel of death is stalking the halls of a San Francisco hospital. Recuperating patients on the verge of release are suddenly stricken and die. Nobody can identify the cause -- or the culprit. In their most gripping case yet, James Patterson's Women's Murder Club convenes to track down a killer who hides among healers. A powerful hospital and courtroom thriller.

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Grand Central Publishing
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Women's Murder Club Series, #5
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5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.25(d)

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The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club Series #5) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 385 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Since so many others have outlined the general plot of this story (huge lawsuit against a hospital; suspicious deaths that may or may not have been committed by a doctor) I'll simply leave a brief comment. Although the story isn't all that complicated, it was still a quick, enjoyable read--and the ending was one I didn't see coming.

Please be aware, though, that THE 5TH HORSEMAN is NOT an Alex Cross novel, which seemed to be one reviewer's complaint. This is the story of Lindsay Boxer, SFPD Lieutenant and her fellow Women's Murder Club friends. I found the story to be heartfelt and emotional, full of action-adventure, and, as I said, a very quick, satisfying read.
DonnaD More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading James Patterson, but his Women's Murder Club and Alex Cross books always get better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another mystery/murder book I had trouble putting down. The women's murder club is not my favorite series from James but I still highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book seemed a bit slow starting for a James Patterson book. I thought I might have read too many of his books and was expecting too much. But no, I was not disappointed. As I continued through the book, it became very interesting and exciting, right down to the last chapter and the Epilogue. The 5th Horseman is one of the Women¿s Murder Club series that Patterson has established. Patients in San Francisco Municipal Hospital are dying when they should not be. Patients of all ages are found dead in their beds with a small coin on each eye. When a new member of The Women¿s Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, has to have her mother taken to the Emergency Room in this hospital, she and her friends have much concern. Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department takes a personal interest in these deaths now that her new friend¿s mother is involved. Two other members of the club, Claire, the San Francisco Chief Medical Examiner, and Cindy, a reporter, also become more involved. There are just too many deaths for their minds to assimilate. Emergency Room Dr. Dennis Garza seems to always be at the wrong place, at the wrong time as far as the police were concerned. He immediately becomes one of the main suspects, despite having alibis most of the time. Attorney, Maureen O¿Mara, has filed a suit against the hospital for the many victims that have lost family over the past few years. The courtroom action becomes a large part of the book. Victim after victim testifies describing the loss of their loved one, a loss not expected at all. Larry Kramer, the attorney for the hospital, also parades his witnesses for the hospital each telling the hospital couldn¿t be responsible for these deaths as they have a foolproof medication system through their computers. The action gets hot and heavy, in the courtroom and outside as the police pursue their leads. No one is working harder than the Women¿s Murder Club as they trail some of the suspects quietly, and some times NOT so quietly! Dr. Garza remains on the top of their list especially since some personnel in the hospital furnished some information to them. All the time, Lindsay Boxer tries to keep her long-distance romance active with her boy friend, Joe, who is an agent with the FBI in Washington, DC. This is very difficult with both of them too busy most of the time and ¿phone dates¿ are not the best kind of socializing. Meanwhile the Night Walker continues the killing and placing the coins on the eyes. Who is this vicious and uncaring killer who has no respect for anyone¿s age or health condition? Even a person with just a simple broken bone is not safe if the Night Walker wants them DEAD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were too many stories, none of which were resolved. I wondered why the 'Car Girls' crime wasn't explained. I wondered what made Lindsey suspect the 'button killer'. What was the point of the pharmacist? Strange and unresolved. I will keep reading Patterson, but probably skip the Lindsey novels.
The_Iceman More than 1 year ago
Patterson and Paetro gave it away on the dust jacket blurb, "The Women's Murder Club faces an unspeakable horror in an irresistible hospital and courtroom thriller ...". The problem is, they weren't talking about one novel being two things at once. They were talking about two separate novellas that had nothing to do with one another being tossed into a blender and combined into a single novel.

The bad news first! The first story is a typical and seriously overused hospital plot - a series of inexplicable hospital deaths that ultimately and not particularly surprisingly come down to the runaway serial murderer roaming the halls of a creepy hospital. The other is an uninspired police procedural about the apprehension of a kinky serial killer who liked to kill young girls and dress them up a little after they were already dead.

The good news is that, unlike "You've Been Warned" which was a complete waste of even the energy needed to turn the pages, the writing in "The 5th Horseman" manages to be snappy, entertaining and actually quite compelling. The novel is diverting and enjoyable despite its obvious shortcomings. At the same time as I was aware of the weaknesses in the plot's originality, I was definitely hooked and unwilling to put the book down and let it go. I can't help but admit that's a good thing!

Despite the fact that Patterson's reputation as a novelist is hanging by the thinnest of threads, I recommend "The 5th Horseman" as a thoroughly enjoyable, if entirely forgettable piece of literary brain candy. Take it on the plane or to the beach by all means.

Paul Weiss
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've tried to stick with James Patterson for far too long now. I used to relish his novels, and waited anxiously when they would be released. He has taken a great idea, the Women's Murder Club, and driven it into the ground. 5th Horseman is the work of an author more concerned about the quantity, and not the quality of his books. The ending makes hardly any sense, and there really seems to be no reason to his twists anymore other than to keep the reader going. Another thing that I found to be disappointing is his new knack for dropping brand names into his novels. Forgive me, but I have never heard of anyone calling their cellphone a Nextel. Nor do I see Crest when someone flashes a great smile. It makes me wonder if there is another, cheap, reason to these odd brand name plugs. The only good thing about this book and series is that now I have the opportunity to pick up something new that will, hopefully, not disappoint as much as this poor excuse of a bestseller.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
When it comes to talking about actress Carolyn McCormick one hardly knows where to begin. She's made her mark in films and appeared on TV as Dr. Olivit on Law and Order for some 12 years. Her Broadway credits include The Dinner Party and Private Lives. Many will remember her outstanding reading of James Patterson's 4th of July, and she delivers one more stellar narration of The 5th Horseman. With this story there's a new member of The Women's Murder Club - Yuki Castellano, an attorney. She and her mother, Keiko, are out enjoying a walk when Keiko is suddenly taken ill. She's rushed to the San Francisco Medical Center. Yuki is told that her mother will be fine. Not so. She dies. When Yuki and Lindsay Boxer begin looking into this death that has mystified the doctors, they find other frightening cases - patients who have been declared healthy, ready to go home never leave. They suddenly die. Could all of these fatalities be bizarre coincidences or is there some unknown evil at work? Perhaps not evil maybe just gross neglect as the Medical Center has been named in a lawsuit. Combined with the unexplained deaths in what is supposed to be a place of healing is a serial killer who leaves his victims in cars. The courtroom scenes in The 5th Horseman are explosive and real. Once you turn it on, you can't stop listening - enjoy! - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
Keiko, the mother of the newest member of the Women¿s Murder Club, Attorney Yuki Castellano collapses and is rushed to San Francisco Municipal Hospital. Apparently, Keiko has had a Transient Ischemic Attack, but seems to be recovering. After accompanying Yuki to the hospital, Police detective Lindsay Boxer goes home only to learn later that Keiko suddenly and unexpectedly died. --- A stunned Lindsay soon learns that the municipal hospital has been a place where too many recent deaths have occurred due to incorrect medication given to patients. Keiko apparently is the latest lethal mistake. Lindsay thinks a warped ¿angel¿ of not mercy is killing people just prior to their leaving the hospital. Though her plate is filled with an investigation into the ¿Car Girls¿ serial murders, she vows with the help of her Women¿s Murder Club members to take down the hospital killer. --- THE 5TH HORSEMAN is a terrific suspense chiller that starts off at hyperspeed with Keiko¿s collapse and subsequent death and picks up speed as beleaguered cop Lindsay struggles to stop two apparent serial killers. The story line is action packed as is the trademark of the series (and any work including collaborations that James Paterson writes) while the female members of the Women¿s Murder Club retain their individual personalities that make them seem genuine even while being super crime stoppers. ---Harriet Klausner
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Awesome Read
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I couldn't put it down towards the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book and also the series so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book had a pretty good storyline to it and had me at the edge of my seat a lot and I didn't want to put the book down. It also has some surprises. The next installment, the 6th target, is probably my least favorite of the series so far.
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Cmchampion More than 1 year ago
Makes you think twice going to the ER
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I have to say the plot of this book was really good but it did a horrible job of explaining why the crimes happened and how the police figured it out. It left out key points to understanding. This book doesn't have the same feel as previous books and I have to wonder if Patterson did anything but add his name to the cover. Not a bad book but not really all there. I will still give the next book a try but it has to get better or I won't bother again. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great mystery book! Love this series! Ordered the next one before I finished this one.