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

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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 ...

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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!

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A young woman carrying a baby returns to her car in a shopping mall. Then suddenly, mother and infant are shot down, left to bleed to death on the garage asphalt. That same night, in a far more affluent setting, the wife of a Hollywood star awakens to the sound of a safe burglar. Within seconds, she is slain and the jewelry gone. Once again, under the most severe circumstances, The Women's Murder Club is called to order. Now in mass market paperback and NOOK Book.

Tim Flannigan

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

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"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609419974
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Series: Women's Murder Club Series , #9
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 626,196
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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:

First Chapter

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...

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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

    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.
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    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    BEST OF THE SERIES

    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.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

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    Shocking Even for Patterson

    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.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    COULD NOT PUT DOWN

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Intriguing with excellent plot development.

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Enjoyed! Good as usual.

    If you like mysteries James Patterson this is the book to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    loved it

    I enjoyed reading this. Very good read. and hard to put down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    For a first Patterson read I wasn't disappointed.

    This book was provided for review by Hachette Book Group.

    Even though I didn't realize it was abridged until after I finished it, I still liked it. I would like to know what was cut out from the original version, but even without it I don't feel as if I was shorted.

    The killer in this one is sick, truly sick. To go around and kill mothers and their children is just wrong. But it made for a great story. I did feel for the burglar though, once I realize why the burglaries were being done I almost felt sorry and wished the burglar had taken different actions to get what was needed. But both of these story lines going on together made the story that much more interesting. Trying to figure out two separate plots really kept me engaged (and I need to find a new adjective... Thesaurus anyone?).

    The character I connected the most with was the Hello Kitty burglar. That character was so dynamic. Like I said I almost was sympathetic to what was going on. The other characters were well written, and they all played an integral part in the story, they just didn't draw me in like the burglar did.

    I liked the narrator for this one. Her voice was almost soothing to listen to. I don't want to say she used different voices for the characters, as that implies an almost puppet show feeling, but she did a good job a differentiating for the listener who was talking without being able to read who was talking.

    This was the first Patterson book that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I don't know if I'll go back and start the series from the beginning, but I will definitely grab more of his books as they come out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

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    Lindsay and the girls are back!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    I read this book in 3 days!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

    EXCELLENT !!!!

    EXCELLENT, SAYS IT ALL

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

    Another good one

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    What happened to the Murder Club?

    Finished the book but kept losing interest. This one just didn't have that hard to define 'can't put the book down' factor that the first books had in abundance. Probably too much 'soap opera' inspired content for my tastes.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    Good but.....

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Very Enjoyable Reading

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Not as good as earlier books

    I am a big JP fan, but when he partners with someone else, the book is just not as good. His earlier books were better!

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Highly recommend

    James Patterson is an excellent author. The Women's Murder Club series is the best I have ever read. Can't wait to purchase book #10 and continue to the end of the series. Once I begin reading it's hard to stop. Excellent, a must read if you like suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Women's Murder Club strikes again

    Entertaining, as usual. Well-woven plot with the surprising twists expected from Patterson and Paetro. If I want a fun mystery, with a little sexual tension and sassy banter, this series never fails to please!

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Great Series!

    Have enjoyed each book in this series. You need to keep on reading so you can find out who the guilty one is; usually not the one you suspect. The women all have lives of their own and you become involved in them, too.

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