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

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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?

APOCALYPSE NEARS.

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 ...

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Overview

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?

APOCALYPSE NEARS.

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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Prolific writer Patterson recently introduced listeners to the Women's Murder Club, a group of San Francisco professional women who team up to investigate. The club's leader, Lt. Lindsay Boxer, finds herself facing two maddening crimes. In one of San Francisco's largest hospitals, patients who should have been released after routine treatment are found dead, with buttons placed over their eyes. At the same time, young women are turning up dead in luxury automobiles wearing upscale clothes and expensive perfume. Patterson is highly popular, and this latest book will be gobbled up quickly, but it lacks the suspense and drive of the author's earlier works featuring Alex Cross. The "Club" books are filled with cliches that belong more in a college creative writing class than in a novel bearing the name of such a well-known author. Eyes sparkle, twinkle, squint, glint, and roll; stomachs roil, plummet, gurgle, growl, and twist. Carolyn McCormick does what she can to breathe life into the story, and this work has enough plot twists to recommend it, but it feels as if Patterson and Paetro have been resting on their laurels a bit too long.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446699310
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/17/2007
  • Series: Women's Murder Club Series , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 317,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson
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 October 25, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    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. <BR/><BR/>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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    James Patterson DID IT AGAIN

    I always enjoy reading James Patterson, but his Women's Murder Club and Alex Cross books always get better.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    A reviewer

    What is going on in this book?! There are two main cases being shown in this novel, I think one would have been enough. When we are finally getting somewhere with the car killers it's just over! What did the letter say? How did things turn out? We'll never know! Everything in this book was all over the place. And where are the members of the Women's Murder CLub. I like Yuki being the new member, but I don't like how half of the book is about her. What about Cindy and Claire? I think that Mr. Patterson needs to stop with this co-author stuff and write by himself again. 1st to Die was by far the best book in the series, and it was written by James Patterson alone. All in all this book was very dissapointing!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    Night Walker is killing in the hospital

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Too much going on

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2008

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    Very enjoyable and entirely forgettable!

    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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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! <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>Paul Weiss

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    Another great read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    Poor.......so poor!

    What a disappointment! I loved this series for the first few books but these last two have been so disappointing! Some of the dialog isn't even appropriate for women to be having, let alone the professional ladies of this group! I can't even believe this was published....what a shame! There are some really great authors out there, please partner with someone who can make it work if you aren't going to write it yourself!! Disappointing.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    I'm done Mr. Patterson

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    STELLAR NARRATION OF THIS THRILLER

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific suspense chiller

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    highly recommend

    Was looking for another series since finishing JD Robb and waiting for her next book to come out this was recommended to me by a friend and I and now busy trying to locate all the the unabridged Women's Murder Club I can find!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Bios res 3

    Srry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    To Ponies in heat

    Wht result? What do i have to search? I found this when i was at horses result two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Write more

    Pllz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    To ponies in heat

    Write more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    To ponies

    Fu.ck thunderstrike at flash res 6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Anonymus reader to author of fanfic.

    I will start off by telling you that I am, as a perfectly healthy young man, quite partial to a good er<_>otic story. I do indulge myself from time to time. So I can say the following review in utter honesty.<p>Three words. It. Was. Trash.<p>First off, your spelling and grammar is atrocious. I am totally disgusted by your utter lack of decent grammar. Every story should be treated with utmost respect, even an er<_>otic one.<p>Next, your choice of subject is equally apalling. I have never understood what makes the characters in this innocent ((mostly, albeit)) tv show so...atracttive. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Brony through and through, but this is taking it much too far.<p>And as the cherry on top, even if this so-called "fanfic" was about humans, there was no turn-on for me. It was all basic animal rutting, without anything that made me ho<_>rny.<p>I suggest you try again. Even though this was an utter abomination, don't let it stain your work as an author. Take these things into account, and start over. Some light BD<_>SM, perhaps, is a good place to start. Maybe a one-nighter. And NO PONYS.<p>--A direly concerned person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Ponies in heat chapter one

    It was that time of year. The female ponies were in heat in Equestia. Twilight sat at home, humping a pilliow and trying to control herself. She gushed c.um all over it. She was overwhelmed by heat. Just in cause, Spike had gone to a hptel in Ponyville for the week. Just then, there was a knock at twilight's door. It was Big Mac, Applejacks brother. He trotted in. Until now, twi never noticed how handsome he was, or how big his co.ck was. Mac had sensed twi in heat, and decided to take advanage. Before Twi could speack, Mac mknocked her over and got on top of her stomach. Twigrunted as she was knocked to the floor. Mac sqezzed his hooves around her, and Twi got ready for a fuc.king. * theres chaptr one tell me if you like it and then i will coutinue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    I love this series!

    I love this series. Following the lives of these characters makes for a more satisfying read.

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