The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9)
  • The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9)
  • The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9)

The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9)

4.0 1098
by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a Jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children.

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the

…  See more details below

Overview

Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a Jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children.

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood-red lipstick.

The same night, the wife of A–list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.

Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich, and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women's Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line—but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, The 9th Judgment is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best!

Read More

Editorial Reviews

BookReporter.com
"Patterson and Paetro are at their best here, weaving a number of plots together to create a novel that dips and flows across genre lines.... A series that shows no signs of fatigue or flagging."
Larry King
I can't believe how good Patterson is, whether he's doing a Washington police yarn or traveling a different road with a female narrator. He is always on the mark. I have never begun a Patterson book and been able to put it down.
USA Today
Larry King - USA Today
"I can't believe how good Patterson is, whether he's doing a Washington police yarn or traveling a different road with a female narrator. He is always on the mark. I have never begun a Patterson book and been able to put it down."
BookReporter.com on The 5th Horseman
"Patterson and Paetro are at their best here, weaving a number of plots together to create a novel that dips and flows across genre lines.... A series that shows no signs of fatigue or flagging."
From the Publisher
"Those who haven't read any of the novels in the Women's Murder Club series are cheating themselves."—BookReporter.com"

McCormick's versatile range and vocal skills portray lead Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner, Rich Conklin, with decisiveness, and even a love interest. She perfectly renders their commitment to work the homeless case on personal time. Add meth labs, drugs, and poisonous snakes-and McCormick delivers a high-octane thriller that won't disappoint."—AudioFile Magazine on 8th Confession"

Patterson and Paetro are at their best here, weaving a number of plots together to create a novel that dips and flows across genre lines.... A series that shows no signs of fatigue or flagging."—BookReporter.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446565509
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Series:
Women's Murder Club Series, #9
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
46,793
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Read an Excerpt

The 9th Judgment


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316036276

Prologue

A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

One

SARAH WELLS STOOD on the roof of the carport and snaked her gloved hand through the hole she’d cut in the glass. Her pulse was thudding in her ears as she unlocked the double-hung window, opened the sash, and slid quietly into the darkened room. Once inside, she flattened herself against the wall and listened.

Voices rose from the floor below, and she heard the clanking of silverware against china. Good timing, Sarah thought. In fact, perfect.

But timing and execution were two different things entirely.

She switched on her miner’s headlamp and took a 180-degree illuminated tour of the bedroom. She noted the console table to her left, which was loaded with whatnots. She had to watch out for that table and the scatter rugs on the slick hardwood floors.

The lithe young woman quickly crossed the space, shut the door between the bedroom and hallway, and headed to the open closet, which smelled faintly of perfume. Leaving the door open just a crack, Sarah played her light over racks of clothing. She parted a curtain of long, beaded gowns, and there it was: a safe in the closet wall.

Sarah had bet on this. If Casey Dowling was like most socialites, she dressed for her dinner parties and wore her jewels. Chances were that she’d left her safe unlocked so she could put her jewels away later without having to punch in the combination again. Sarah tugged lightly on the safe’s handle—and the heavy door swung open.

It was a go.

But she had to work fast. Three minutes, no more.

Sarah’s headlamp lit up the contents of the safe while leaving her hands free to frisk the jumble of satin envelopes and silk-covered boxes. Way in the back was a brocaded box the size of a small loaf of bread. She undid the latch and lifted the lid on the mother lode.

Sarah gasped.

She’d read stories about Casey Dowling for two months and seen dozens of photos of her at society events, glittering with jewels. But she hadn’t expected the sheer weight of diamonds and precious stones, the gleaming mounds of baroque pearls.

It was cra-zzzy. Casey Dowling owned all of this.

Well, not for long.

Sarah plucked bracelets and earrings and rings out of the box and stowed them in one of her two small duffel bags, the straps of which crisscrossed her chest. She paused to study a particular ring in its own leather case, to marvel at the frickin’ wonder of it—when lights flashed on in the bedroom only yards from where she stood in the closet.

Sarah snapped off her light and dropped to a crouch, her heart rate shooting into overdrive as she heard the living, booming voice of Marcus Dowling, superstar actor of theater and the silver screen, bickering with his wife as he came into the room.

Sarah tucked all five feet eight of herself into a ball behind gowns and garment bags.

God, she was stupid.

While she’d been ogling the jewels, the Dowlings’ dinner party had ended, and now she was going to get caught and be imprisoned for grand larceny. Her. A high school English teacher. It would be a scandal—and that was the least of it.

Sweat broke out under Sarah’s knit cap. Drops of it rolled from her underarms down the sides of her black turtleneck as she waited for the Dowlings to switch on the closet light and find her squatting there, a thief in the night.



Continues...

Excerpted from The 9th Judgment by Patterson, James Copyright © 2010 by Patterson, James. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More

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

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9) 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1098 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The Most Personal - A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence; a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The Most Dangerous - The same night, the wife of an A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burgular who is about to steal millions of dollars' worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria. In the book, 9th Judgement by James Patterson, you find yourself in the perfect blend between CSI and Criminal Minds while deciding if the two cases are separate or the same killer. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Hachette Book Groups to review and again, being a fan of this genre, I loved it and would recommend this book for anyone who loves crime and mystery fiction. If you would like to know more about this book and where to obtain a copy for you to purchase, please click on the link below. http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780316036276.htm
BookLoaner More than 1 year ago
This ninth book in the series was the best. The action was non-stop, the return characters fit perfectly into the story and I was mesmerized from beginning to end. Keep writing like this and I'll keep reading.
theoriginalpurpledragon More than 1 year ago
9th Judgement by James Patterson The Women's Murder Club deals with an obsessed war veteran, an aging movie star, multiple murders and a cat burglar in non-stop action. Lindsay Boxer faces horrific murders and comes through, non-stop. There is action on top of action in this Patterson page turner. I don't care who or how they turn these out, they make entertaining reading. For non-Patterson readers, there must be some some where; you may find it a little hard to keep up with the cast of characters. For those of us who are fans, the book just rockets! I enjoyed the book, found the subject matter frequently distasteful but regardless it was a very fast, good read. I highly recommend it.
erkanPA More than 1 year ago
i was expecting more. the best book from Women's Murder club is 1st to die. there are two stories going on at the same time even thoug they are not related to each other kind of bound by the characters. it is not a thriller at all and almost you could guess what would happend in the next chapter. the endings suck. overall it is below my expectation and i was really waiting for this book. i've read all 9 of them. 3rd degree and the 9th judgment are the worst ones in my opinion.
suzzeeeee1 More than 1 year ago
Went to bed reading the 9th book in this series. Had me going till 3am and then I thought i better go to sleep had to get up in 2 hours. When I woke up all I could think about was the book and picked it up again to take with me to work. And there is were I finished it.(don't let my boss know) lol Looking forward to the 10th to see if my thoughts are right about Lindsey. Keep them coming love the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries James Patterson this is the book to read.
IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
Lindsay, Claire, Yuki and Cindy are back for the ninth installment of The Women's Murder Club series. A serial killer, penned the Lipstick Killer by the police, is terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. Mothers and their children are being targeted and killed in a vicious manner. The killer only leaves one clue: a message in lipstick "WCF". Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, are angry that someone is killing mothers and innocent children. They are determined to bring the killer to justice. Lindsay and Rich are also pulled into the "Hello Kitty" case. A robber, who breaks into homes while the home owners are entertaining, to steal their jewelry. This time, the jewelry thief breaks into the home of actor Marcus Dowling and before the night is over, Casey Dowling, his wife, is shot and killed. Given his celebrity status, Lindsay and Rich have their hands full trying to solve his wife's murder. I really enjoyed The 9th Judgment. It started out with a bang-literally-and did not slow down until the final page. The authors did a good job with going back and forth between the two cases. What helped with the transitions were reading the perspectives from both the Lipstick Killer and Hello Kitty. I do have to admit, I wasn't prepared for knowing the identities of both from the beginning. It added to the suspense when Patterson and Paetro revealed more of their private lives. All in all, The 9th Judgment is a great addition to The Women's Murder Club series. Fans will sympathize with the police force as they race to stop the Lipstick Killer from killing innocent mothers and children. True to Lindsay's style, she risks her life to make sure justice is served. As usual, I'm waiting for the tenth book to be released. I do hope Patterson will soon allow Lindsay and Joe to marry. I want Lindsay to receive her happy ending-she definitely deserves it! 3.5 Stars
PhotoBySki More than 1 year ago
I'm not ashamed to say that James Patterson is one of my top 5 authors. And 9th Judgment is just another example of why. The story flows really smoothly. But that has a lot to do with the fact that James uses very short chapters. When you see that the next chapter is only a page or page and a half, you just keep reading. And when you add the great story line, well, what else can I say? This book was so engaging that it took me just three days to read it. There is no way I could have gotten through it that fast if the book was bad. But if you pick this book up, you won't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT, SAYS IT ALL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and own all 9 of the Women's Murder Club books and this book is another hit. It's a fast read and hard to put down. I wouldn't say it's the best in the series, but nonetheless, I highly recommend it. There are a couple twists that I found intriguing and it overall had a satisfactory ending that left me wanting more. I'm hoping there will continue to be more books in this series (although I haven't heard one way or the other), and I think the ending of this one definitely leaves the option there in a "to be continued" kind of way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading, the story kept moving at a fast pace. Only the need to get some sleep had me put the book down for the evening.
Shoegal18 More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE Women's Murder Club fan, I mean they just can't write them fast enough for me!! This store line was just as interesting and exciting as all the previous books, but it was not the best. There were a few too many character stories going on and the conncection between characters seemed weak.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Lindsey is once again faced with a psychopath killer is not only ruthless, he's smart too. His prey of choice? Women and their child. He gets them when they least expect it. His signature is a cryptic message and Lindsey knows right away that this wasn't just some random act of violence. On the night of the first mother-child murder, a man and his wife's home is broken into, jewelry is stolen from a safe and the wife has dead. Does this case have anything to do with the murders? How many more people have to die before this puzzle is pieced together? I'm a huge fan of James Patterson and the Woman's Murder Club. I enjoyed reading this book but I felt like it was a little bland, not as intriguing as most of his books.
PagesofComfort 4 months ago
Another good, fast-paced book by James Patterson! I really enjoy this series by Patterson and always look forward to his next one. I started this series much later so I've been able to read them closer together than people who have followed from the beginning, which I think helps me interested. While I really liked this book, I think Patterson has some other novels that are a bit better. There wasn't anything particularly wrong with this book, and like I said, I still enjoyed it. I found the plot line interesting and it kept me hooked. I like this series and I'll continue to read them! Pagesofcomfort.blogspot.com
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RubyLT More than 1 year ago
Murder club outdoes it self.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book highly to those who enjoy police procedurals. There is lots of action and just enough mystery to make you think. As this series continues, I am finding that is keeps getting better. The character depth that was missing at first is now fully developed and the reader can almost feel like they know the characters personally. They are imperfect, each with his or her own issues so they are more realistic and that makes them easy to relate to. Great job on this one. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Have really enjoyed reading James Patterson's series. I like the way he breaks his books into small chapters. Makes it easy to finish and start a new chapter from where you stopped. I love the crime solving process mixed with the personnal life's of the people in the novel. Look forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago