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The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club Series #6)

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by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are


When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies—but the kidnappers aren't demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death.

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she'd face—with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.

Editorial Reviews

In this installment of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, hell is breaking loose all over San Francisco. The police are racing frantically to solve -- or at least make sense of -- a recent spate of kidnappings that target children and their nannies. In the absence of ransom demands, officials can only guess at a motive. And the Murder Club grapples with a crisis even closer to home: After a brutal attack, one of their members is struggling to stay alive. Get ready for an adrenaline rush -- James Patterson is on the loose.
Library Journal
With the Women's Murder Club down one member after a brutal attack, Lindsay Boxer has her hands full: she's trying to stop a nasty bunch from snatching children off the street and find time for the new love of her life. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Another masterpiece."
"Another outstanding addition to an already impressive body of work."
"It doesn't get much better than this--so sprint to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy."
"A maddeningly compelling read - the kind that only Patterson can assemble."
"Patterson and Paetro deliver an engaging, accessible, fast-moving read, with several intriguing plot threads and regular surprises up to the very last page. I always enjoy spending time with the Women's Murder Club and look forward to the inevitable shockers ahead in their seventh outing together."
"With THE 6TH TARGET, James Patterson once again proves that he is a great writer who can deliver a fast-paced story that can grab the readers and hold on to them until the very last page."
From the Publisher
"Another outstanding addition to an already impressive body of work."—"

Another masterpiece."—"

It doesn't get much better than this—so sprint to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy."—

Product Details

Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
Women's Murder Club Series, #6
Edition description:
Large Print
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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The 6th Target

By James Patterson Maxine Paetro

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2007 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-316-01479-3

Chapter One

A KILLER IN WAITING, Fred Brinkley slumps in the blue-upholstered banquette on the top deck of the ferry. The November sun glares down like a big white eye as the catamaran plows the San Francisco Bay, and Fred Brinkley glares right back at the sun.

A shadow falls across him, a kid's voice asking, "Mister, could you take our picture?"

Fred shakes his head - no, no, no - anger winding him up like a watch spring, like a wire tightening around his head.

He wants to smash the kid like a bug.

Fred averts his eyes, sings inside his head, Ay, ay, ay, ay, Sau-sa-lito-lindo, trying to shut down the voices. He puts his hand on Bucky to comfort himself, feeling him through his blue nylon Windbreaker, but still the voices pound in his brain like a jackhammer.

Loser. Dog shit.

Gulls call out, screaming like children. Overhead, the sun burns through the overcast sky and turns him as transparent as glass. They know what he's done.

Passengers in shorts and visors line the rails, taking pictures of Angel Island, of Alcatraz, of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A sailboat flies by, mainsail double-reefed, foam flecking the rails, and Fred doubles over as the bad thing whips into his mind. He sees the boom swing. Hears the loud crack. Oh, God! The sailboat!

Someone has topay for this!

Startling him, the ferry's engines grind into reverse and the deck vibrates as the ferry comes into dock.

Fred stands, works his way through the crowd, passing eight white tables, lines of scuffed blue chairs, his fellow ferry riders giving him the eye.

He enters the open compartment at the bow, sees a mother berating her son, a boy of nine or ten with light-brown hair. "You're driving me crazy!" the woman shouts.

Fred feels the wire snap. Someone has to pay.

His right hand slips into his jacket pocket - finds Bucky.

He slips his finger into the trigger loop.

The ferry lurches as it bumps the mooring. People grab on to one another, laughing. Lines snake out from the boat, bow and aft.

Fred's eyes shoot to the woman who is still belittling her son. She's small, wearing tan clam diggers, her breasts outlined in the soft skin of her white blouse, nipples pointing straight out.

"What's wrong with you, anyway?" she yells over the engines' roar. "You really piss me off, buster."

Bucky is in Fred's hand, the Smith & Wesson Model 10, pulsing with a life of its own.

The voice booms, Kill her. Kill her. She's out of control!

Bucky points between the woman's breasts.


Fred feels the jolt of the gun's recoil, sees the woman jump back with a little hurt yelp, a red stain blooming on her white blouse.


The little boy follows his mother's fall to the deck with his big round eyes, strawberry ice cream plopping out of his cone, pee spreading across the front of his pants.

The boy did a bad thing, too.



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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

Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club Series #6) 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 380 reviews.
CMCBoston More than 1 year ago
If you are into this series of books this particular selection is one of the best. I would definitely recommend it to James Patterson fans, as this book is classic Patterson. Essentially it follows the exploits of the Woman's Murder Club in a series of new cases that are both disturbing and complex. A psychopath murders people, children are kidnapped, an apartment complex is terrorized by brutal slayings that sort of a thing. Without giving too much away that summarizes the plot nicely. It should also be mentioned that there are elements of romance and some racy sections in the book so I would not recommend this book to children below high school age. As it is a thriller and not a deep societal examination the major themes include triumph over evil, crime does not pay, and follow your heart. This book is not a fable. However I definitely liked the book it kept me entertained to the very end. The characters were extremely well written and thought out; I especially liked Fred Brinkley. Not in the sense that I liked him as a person but that it was difficult to determine what drove him, what really was going on in his head. That is the kind of character that I look for in a book, one that you cannot really assess with just one look so to speak. I have to say I did not like the romance in the book. It just did not fit with the plot it seemed detached from the rest of the story. Additionally I am not a fan of romance in general. In short The 6th Target was good but not great entertaining but not enthralling well written but not superb. Oh and let me tell you the ending was a doozy. Peaked your curiosity have I; well you will just have to read the book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The gang is back to solve another case, except that this time, there are numerous parallel mysteries running amok in Patterson's THE 6TH TARGET.

Fred Brinkley, a man who hears voices inside his head, is videotaped murdering four innocent people aboard a ferry. He's charged with attempting to kill two others, one of whom happens to be a now critically injured Claire Washburn.

A five-year-old piano playing prodigy by the name of Madison Tyler is snatched off the street along with her nanny, and with no ransom note coming in to the family, things aren't looking good.

At Blakely Arms, an apartment complex, things are going from bad to worse as a dog is viciously murdered, residents are attacked, and people are beginning to suspect a neighbor in the building.

Demotions, pregnancies, relationship break-ups, life-altering decisons -- all of these plot lines vie for space within THE 6TH TARGET. As the four players of The Women's Murder Club set out to get their lives together while solving a series of mysteries, you'll be glad that you're along for this fast-paced, thrilling ride.
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I started reading the series when number 11 came out. I read a review about number 11 and the writer mentioned reading the whole series. I thought what can it hurt to start at 1. I have read 6 books in 4 weeks......can not put this series down. My 4 th grader likes reading so we are completing who can read more books by the end of the win for all. I love this series would revommend any of the books. They all flow very nice from chapter 2 chapter and book 2 book. Give them a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good on to the next!!!
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Shes still in the shadiws watching.
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I listened to the Audio book which was very well done.
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Love this author and love this Boxer series.
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Is James Patterson actually writing this? The very predictable plot jumped around all over the place and the writing seemed amateurish. Where was the women's murder club in this? They didn't work together at all. It was just Lindsey and Yuki on two barely connected cases. This is pitiful but I have OCD about finishing every series I start. I hope it gets better soon and gets back to the skill level shown in books 1-4. Stephanie Clanahan
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Someone her wanted to e forcemated...?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forcemate moon at hope result one. First come first serve
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I love James Patterson's book. His series for the Women's Murder Club is really great. The girls keep you looking for the next adventure. This is a must read series.
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I just love the Women's Murder Club Series. James Paterson is one of my favorite authors he keeps me coming back time after time.