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Paris is stunning in the summer

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

The killing is simply marvelous

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her ...
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Overview

Paris is stunning in the summer

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

The killing is simply marvelous

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.

Wish you were here

Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.
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If Paris is lovely in the spring, but for tourists, it's even more enthralling in the summer. For all visitors, that is, except NYPD detective Jacob Kanon, whose warm-weathered sojourn is laser-focused on the man who murdered his beloved daughter. James Patterson's The Postcard Killers tracks a serial killer who stalks his youthful prey in the cultural capitals of Europe. An intense, action-packed James Patterson thriller.

Tim Flannigan

From the Publisher
APPLAUSE FOR JAMES PATTERSON
Lev Grossman - Time

APPLAUSE FOR JAMES PATTERSON:

"The Man Who Can't Miss."

Michael Connelly
"Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves the plot along. It's what fires off the movie projector in the reader's mind."
Lev Grossman
The Man Who Can't Miss
Time
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316177856
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Free Preview
  • Pages: 90
  • Sales rank: 6,319
  • File size: 207 KB

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 Postcard Killers


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316089517

Prologue

One

Paris, France

“IT’S VERY SMALL,” THE ENGLISHWOMAN said, sounding disappointed.

Mac Rudolph laughed, put his arm around the woman’s slender neck, and allowed his hand to fall onto her breast. She wasn’t wearing a bra.

“Oil on a wooden panel,” he said. “Thirty inches by twenty-one, or seventy-seven centimeters by fifty-three. It was meant to hang in the dining room in the home of the Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo. But da Vinci never got it finished.”

He felt her nipple stiffen under the fabric of the blouse. She didn’t move his hand away.

Sylvia Rudolph slid up on the other side of her, her hand easing its way under the woman’s arm.

“Mona Lisa wasn’t her name,” Sylvia said. “Just Lisa. Mona is an Italian diminutive that can be taken to mean ‘lady’ or ‘her grace.’”

The woman’s husband was standing behind Sylvia, his body pushed up against hers in the crowd. Very cozy.

“Anyone thirsty?” he asked.

Sylvia and Mac exchanged a quick glance and a grin.

They were on the first floor of the Denon wing of the Louvre, in the Salle des États. Hanging on the wall in front of them, behind nonreflective glass, was the most famous portrait in the world, and the guy was thinking about beer?

“You’re right,” Mac said, his hand gently gliding down the Englishwoman’s back. “It is small. Francesco del Giocondo’s dining room table can’t have been very large.”

He smiled over at the woman’s husband.

“And you’re right, too. It’s time to drink some wine!”

They found their way out of the museum, down the modern staircase toward the Porte des Lions, and stepped out into the middle of a Parisian spring evening.

Sylvia inhaled deeply, breathing in the intoxicating mix of exhaust fumes, river water, and freshly opened leaves, and laughed out loud.

“Oh,” she said, hugging the Englishwoman, “I’m so glad we met you. Honeymoons are all very well and good, but you have to see a bit of the world, too, don’t you? Have you had time to see Notre-Dame yet?”

“We only got here this morning,” her husband said. “We’ve hardly had time to eat.”

“Well, we must do something about that at once,” Mac said. “We know a little place down by the Seine. It’s wonderful, you’ll love it.”

“Notre-Dame is fantastic,” Sylvia said. “One of the first Gothic cathedrals in the world, strongly influenced by naturalism. You’re going to love the South Rose Window.”

She kissed the woman on the cheek, lingering for a second.

They crossed the river on the Pont d’Arcole, passed the cathedral, and arrived at the Quai de Montebello just as someone started playing a melancholy tune on an accordion.

“Order whatever you like,” Mac said, holding the door of the bistro open. “It’s on us. We’re celebrating your honeymoon.”



Continues...

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Good preview

    Only 87 pages, so you get an appetizer, not the full meal.

    25 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Explosive, Gripping, definite page turner!!

    I got this free preview and then decided after reading 5 pages that I would just get the book. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not put the book down and in 3 days I was finished with it. I was totally drawn into the story and it was a grippinging page turner and the plot was diabolical if I can use that word in this fashion. I thought for sure that they had nailed the ones responsible, then at a critical point BAM it is more mind shattering. it is a great read and I would definately recommend it to others for sure. This was my 2nd James Patterson book that I've read. I am totally hooked on his books.

    24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Chilling To Read

    I found this book to be impossible to put down. The murders escalate in gruesomeness and the murderers are a chilling pair to think of as existing. Yet in this world, one never knows who that smiling young couple may really be inside. It is eerie to think of the people we smilingly talk with when waiting in lines may be serial killers. I was also intrigued by the whole notion of artistic posing of the victims. I love reading Sherlock Holmes but this book kept me guessing as to the motive and possible meanings of the murders. The American detective is heartrending in his pursuit and the reason why he wants these killers. The journalist is detached and yet her heart is tugged by his obsession. Definitely one you will want to read!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    LOVED IT

    This was the first James Patterson book I read and it was AMAZING!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Fantastic Read!!

    Another great book by James Patterson. Couldn't put it down.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    highly recommended

    This book is for an adult reader. It has mature subject matter but is very well written. I want to read the rest of the book. I have read many books by James Patterson.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Good but has a badd mine

    This book has u at the end of ur seat bitin on ur nails cant tell all aboout it get ur own book :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    It is just a short version of the whole book

    It's just a preview

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Can't wait for the whole Book!

    This preview deifinitely whet my appetite to read the whole book. In Patterson's usual style, it is a rivetting read. The characters are well developed and I can't wait to see how the final showdown evolves.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Very good book. It was guresome and some of the character devel

    Very good book. It was guresome and some of the character development
    was obvious - almost like the author ran out of steam and ideas. The
    ending was a let down - more for Hollywood. Patterson has written MUCH
    better than this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Is it for kids

    I am almost twelve and i was just wandering is it good 4 me

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Good book i wish it was longer but the book it self,... GREAT!!!

    I think this book deserves 4 stars only because it isnt a very
    long book if it was 100 pages longer i would say it was a ten star book because of how great of a story it tells....

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Wow

    Cant wait to read the rest. I wonder how and when they will catch the killers.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Nevr read it b4

    Is it ok 4ppl11-12------

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Wow

    3 days to finsh a 87page book just wow

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Highly recommended!!!

    James Patterson has out done himself with this one! Once you start you can't put it down.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Reading is fundamental.

    It said preview. It is a way of getting you to read,then decide to purcchase the whole book.
    So what about that is so hard? Get the preview. Buy the book,do a review ,for other reader's,so they can see if the story will interest them.
    No input,then move along and let people who know how to do a review, do so.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Ok.

    I'd buy it if it were free.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Highly Recommeded

    The book was very good ,it held your interest but it could have had a better ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Nooked again this has less than 80 pages text

    And is incomplete no intention of reading rest of book. Is grafic violence and sex policeman is suicidale and alcoholic and only spesks english so why he thinks he can investigate in sweden is ? Really tired of nook short changing tricks mom

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