The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally ...
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The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club Series #8)

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Overview

As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women's Murder Club series, The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can. And remember, this is the only Murder Club episode of the year.
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Editorial Reviews

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First, there was the "perfect" double homicide, the murder of San Francisco's most celebrated society couple. Then, another slaying; the victim, a populist preacher with a local following. As the members of the Women's Murder Club and a pesky local reporter probe the killings, pressure and suspense continue to mount. This Women's Murder Club installment will leave James Patterson fans panting for more.
Publishers Weekly
Mystery, mayhem and murder most foul abound in this eighth entry to Patterson's enduring mystery series. The four members of the Women's Murder Club are pulled into the investigation of three deaths: a homeless man called Bag Man Jesus, whose face has been mutilated, and a glamorous couple from San Francisco's upper elite, who are just as dead as Bag Man but whose bodies look untouched. With its shifting points of view and multiple characters, this audio book would be a daunting task for any narrator, but Carolyn McCormick is up for the challenge. The reader for several earlier Women's Murder Club novels, she renders the characters with ease. Although her vocal tone may verge on strident at times, her earnest delivery keeps the story moving briskly. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, May 11). (Apr.)
Chicago Sun-Times
"Patterson has mastered the art of writing page-turning bestsellers."
New York Daily News
"When it comes to construction a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."
Forbes
"America's #1 storyteller."
Larry King
Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints.
USA Today
Lev Grossman
The Man Who Can't Miss.
Time
BookReporter.com
"Add some very well-written erotica that steams up the pages without hijacking the book, a narrative that flows right off the page and into your mind at breakneck speed, and what's not to love?...It doesn't get much better than this."
CurledUp.com
"The 8th Confession is Patterson (with Maxine Paetro) at his best, telling two equaling compelling stories and providing two equally satisfying resolutions."
bookalicio.us
"The ending was so mind blowing and sublime I immediately wished I had another Patterson novel to pick up..."
Larry King - USA Today
"Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints."
Lev Grossman - Time
"The Man Who Can't Miss."
From the Publisher
"Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints."—Larry King, USA Today

"James Patterson is king of the bestseller hill."—Publishers Weekly

"Patterson has mastered the art of writing page-turning bestsellers."—Chicago Sun-Times

"The Man Who Can't Miss."—Lev Grossman, Time

"When it comes to construction a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."—New York Daily News

"America's #1 storyteller."—Forbes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316052658
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Series: Women's Murder Club Series , #8
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,882
  • 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
    2. Website:

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The 8th Confession


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2009 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316018760

Prologue

BUS STOP

One

THE OLD CHROME-YELLOW school bus crawled south on Market Street at half past seven that May morning. Its side and back windows were blacked out, and a hip-hop hit throbbed into the low- lying mist that floated like a silk veil between the sun and San Francisco.


Got my ice

Got my smoke

Got my ride

Ain’t got no hope

Hold ya heads up high

Don’t know when

Ya gonna die. . . .


The traffic light changed to yellow at the intersection of Fourth and Market. The stop-sign arm at the driver’s side of the school bus swung out, the four-way hazard lights burned amber, and the vehicle came to a halt.

To the right of the bus was a shopping mall, a huge one: Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, the windows papered with large Abercrombie posters of provocative half- naked teens in black and white.

To the left of the bus was a blue Ford van and then one of two islands splitting the road — a staging area for bus passengers and tourists.

Two cars behind the school bus, Louise Lindenmeyer, office manager, late for work, braked her old gray Volvo. She buzzed down her window and glared at that goddamned school bus.

She’d been stuck on its tailpipe since Buena Vista Park, then watched it pull away from her at the light at Fifth and Market as a stream of traffic took the turn and pulled in front of her.

And now that bus had stuck her at a light . . . again.

Louise heard a shout. “Hey, asshole!”

A man in his shirtsleeves, tie flapping, face bunched up, dried shaving cream under his left ear, walked past her car to give the bus driver hell.

A horn honked, and another, and then a cacophony of horns.

The light was green.

Louise took her foot off the brake and at that instant felt a concussive shock, her ears ringing as she saw the roof of the school bus explode violently upward.

Chunks of burning metal, steel-and-glass shrapnel, shot out in all directions faster than gunfire. A mushroom cloud like that of a small A-bomb formed above the bus, and the box-shaped vehicle became a fireball. Oily smoke colored the air.

Louise saw the blue van in the lane to the left of the bus bloom with flame, then blacken in front of her eyes.

No one got out of the van!

And now the blaze rushed at the silver Camry directly in front of her. The gas tank blew, and fire danced over the car, consuming it in vivid, leaping flames.

The bunch-faced man pulled himself up off the pavement to the hole where her passenger-side window had been. His shirt was gone. His hair was black frizz. The skin of his face was draped over his collarbone like tissue paper.

Louise recoiled in horror, grappled with her door handle as fire lapped at the hood of her Volvo. The car door opened and the heat rushed in.

That’s when she saw the skin of her own arm still on the steering wheel, as if it were a glove turned inside out. Louise couldn’t hear the businessman’s horrified screams or her own. It was as though her ears had been plugged with wax. Her vision was all dancing spots and blurry shapes.

And then she was sucked down into a well of black.



Continues...

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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Excited for a new book in the series

    I really enjoyed this lastest book in the series. I had read all of the others in the series and had been waiting for the next one to come out. I absolutely love the whole series. The thing that I like the most about all of these books is that you don't have to read them in order. You get to know the characters very well. I am hoping that there is going to be more to come in the future. I think I've read almost all of his books and he never lets me down.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    LOVED IT!!

    The story grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. As usually happens, the women deal with two crimes. In the first, there is a serial killer who murders well-to-do people that she hates. When police arrive, the bodies always show no sign of violence. It is eventually revealed that the killer slips into the victims' bedrooms during the night and uses a krait, a deadly snake from Asia, to bite the victim or victims. This provides some tense times for Sergeant Boxer. At the same time, Boxer and company are investigating what appears to be the murder of a homeless man. He is not who he seems to be. The characters in the Women's Murder Club series are wonderful because of their strength and their passion for life. Loved it!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Series Worth Reading.

    The Murder Club continues to be a hit series. The ladies solve crimes, fall in love, bond over beer and margarita all while protecting San Francisco. I've been a fan of this series from the first novel and I continue to look forward to each new publication. The author has done a good job at keeping the characters interesting and fresh. Even though I was hoping for the other girl to get the guy!

    If you're a first time Murder Club reading, start from one, its worth it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    The Eighth Confession

    I have read all of the Women's Murder Club Mysteries and this did not meet my expectations. All of the others were suspenseful, the characters were interesting, the plots were good, but this one fell way flat. I was extremely disappointed.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

    Not his best.

    I've read most of Patterson's books and don't consider this one of his best. Seems like the story line was weak and he spent a lot of time going over information that was in previous books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Through with Patterson!

    My goodness, what happened to the excellent stories contained in James Patterson's early novels, i.e., Kiss the girls, Along Came a Spider, etc.?
    8th Confession is the most ridiculous, boring, disgusting book I have read. The first 3 or 4 books of this series were very good. Now they are trite and stupid.
    This is the LAST James Patterson novel I purchase. Not going to waste any more time or money on this drivel. Who agrees?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

    A disappointing follow up

    After the previous Women's Murder Club books, I had really looked forward to this one. The interaction of the women was really missing in this book, and the plot was weak and confusing. The author(s) had too many story lines going, and the connections didn't work. Although this book was an okay diversion to everyday life, and for that is worth bothering with, get it at your local library and do not bother to buy it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

    Not Up to his usual

    having read all of the prior books in the Woman's Murder Club series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Was sorely disappointed. Definitely not up to his usual terrific work! Found the dual plot lines to be confusing and disjointed. The book itself was consumed in one evening's reading. time to take a break from Patterson, I guess.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Not as good as others. Kinda jumped around and was somewhat offbeat. They as a combo have written much better work. I was quite disappointed in this James Patterson book.

    Not up to par for a Patterson book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Another Addition to The Women's Murder Club

    The 8th Confession grabs your attention from page one in a way that James Patterson has perfected. I had a very hard time putting it down and it didn't take me very long to finish. I don't think that this one was my favorite out of the series, but it was still a great read. To me, it seemed that there was less interaction among the Women's Murder Club themselves. Still a great addition to the series and I can't wait for the next one!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    Liked it, would recommend to others

    I thought "The 8th Confession" was a good book, especially compared to James Patterson's "Run for Your Life", which was way below my expectations. I liked the way Patterson set up the plot of the story unraveling a few different storylines at the same time and then joining them together at the end. The author focuses not only on the murderer who managed to keep the high society in horror, but also on the deeper issues, such as relationship between rich and poor, and grudge held through the years and then materialized in the killing spree. As far as I understand this is book 8 of the Women's Murder Club series, and I think I would like to read the other seven books. This book is a page turner, took me only a few days to finish. Just purchased book 6, will let you know if I like that one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    A good read!

    I've read most of the Alex Cross Series by James Patterson. Jack and Jill was my favorite. I've also read most of the Woman's Murder Club Series. 1st To Die was my favorite in that series. I've also read Swimsuit and The Quickie, as a "stand alone" and both were excellent novels.
    8th Confession was a good read. As usual, there was good depth of character (Norma) which can actually make you care for the characters. The plot was original, off beat, thrilling and carefully thought out with the usual twists and turns. I also love Patterson's writing style. His writing style and short chapters make his novels an easy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

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    Great!

    I love James Patterson and the Murder Club. It flows with the past books, but could be read without reading the others. It is an easy read. The curse words were minimal (I prefer none).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2010

    Not Worth $13.99

    Barnes and Noble and the book publishers are trying to gouge ebook readers. This book went up in price 50% in one day. I can buy a hardback copy of this book for what they want for the electronic version. You don't really own ebook versions since you can't share or resell the book like you can with paper versions. This is nothing but greed on the part of publishers attempting to explore this new venue of book reading. As a published author I know publishers have much lower costs with ebooks than their paper equivilents.

    I intend to give every book that engages in price gouging a one star rating and refuse to purchase it. One positive thing about the publisher's greed is that is has helped me to find plenty of books to read from independent authors.

    As far as recent books by James Patterson goes, this one follows the decline of his writing style. He is subbing out his series to other authors and the quality of books carrying his name has hit rock bottom.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    8th Confession follows the same great lines as the others in the Women's Murder Club series

    This book continues on the same lines of the 1st seven books in the Women's Murder Club series. There is one great, romantic surprise at the end of the 8th Confession which will thrill Booker fans. Overall the book is a quick read but not quite as much thrill as some of the other more indepth books in the series. I would definitely recommend this book if you have been following the series. I can't wait for the next book, which I hope will be out soon.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    The 8th Confession

    This book is the 8th book of the Women's Murder Club mysteries by James Patterson. Each of the eight books is masterfull in the way it provides a thrilling solution to a murder mystery. I enjoyed each book of the series so much that I am hopeful the author will write a ninth book very soon.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    characters

    What can I say, love the author and his characters, familiar characters=good read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    pretty decent book

    Its a pretty good book, afterall it is James Patterson. I wouldnt say it's his best however. It was good to read and catch up on the characters and as always a nice easy and quick read on the beach!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    I don't enjoy this series as much as other individual books by James Patterson. I find the style, vocabulary too simplistic. I think there could be much more character development.

    This book falls into the category of "everything is not always what it seems." While we see more of the story from Cindy's viewpoint, we wonder what she has learned from her work on the crime desk.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Best Yet

    Easily the best of the women's murder club series. Patterson's fast paced writing makes this book both hard to put down (because you don't want to) and easy to pick up (because of his trademark short chapters) Vintage Patterson mixing up drama, intrigue, suspense and a little romance. A classic summer beach read. Truly enjoyable. Patterson fans will not be disapponted.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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