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The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose.

San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better.

Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay ...

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Overview

The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose.

San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better.

Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women's Murder Club has ever encountered.

In this pulse-racing, emotionally charged novel by James Patterson, the Women's Murder Club must find a killer--before she finds them first.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
FANS LOVE THE WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB!

"Those who haven't read any of the novels in the Women's Murder Club series are cheating themselves."—BookReporter.com

"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."—Larry King, USA Today

"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

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."
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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316211291
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/5/2014
  • Series: Women's Murder Club Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 107
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson
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 280 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    SHIGIRL

    I waited so long for this book. I have read all the books in this series. It did not grab me like the other books.

    I did not like the way the storylines were resolved. Very poor
    And abrupt and then on their merry way to solve the next problem. It also had a poor ending. Everything seemd to be a rush to a conclusion without enough thought. The ending left more to be desired also. I will be very wary when #14 comes out.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Women's murder club series is amazing

    I have been anticipating this book for so long. I can it wait to read it. It will be amazing! Everyone should read this series.

    11 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    My wife and I have read every one of the Women's Murder Club nov

    My wife and I have read every one of the Women's Murder Club novels and we enjoyed them all ... until this stinker! The "murder club" had no interaction as a group to solve anything. Even worse, two of the three main plot lines are never resolved. The story just ends, as if Patterson and Paetro couldn't think of any way to bring the story line to a conclusion. Disappointing!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Which of The Women is the Unluckiest? It appears to be a fatal

    Which of The Women is the Unluckiest?

    It appears to be a fatal single car accident until Claire takes a closer look and determines that it might have been a small bomb instead.  Lindsay gets the case, but the FBI quickly take it from her.  Still, she and Richie investigate, but they are finding so few clues.  Will the bomber strike again?

    Meantime, the FBI has also spotted Mackie Morales, the one who got away.  Cindy becomes obsessed with tracking this psychopath down, with the help of cops, to conduct an interview.  And Yuki is getting married, but her joy might quickly turn to sorrow….

    This series is wildly uneven, but this is definitely one of the better books.  While Claire doesn't wind up with much to do, there are still three storylines that kept me turning pages quickly to find out what would happen next in all of them.  Unfortunately, three plots takes its toll again, and one of them gets short shifted in the climax.  Additionally, the character development is a little shallow.  Still, it was a fun, fast read.

    Fans of the series will delight to spend time with these ladies.  This is a definite step up from the previous entry.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Ready!!!

    So ready, I preordered this book a few days ago and counted down the minutes till midnight I've never preordered anything before so I don't know when to expect the book to be available I hope it will be available soon I'm going crazy waiting for it!!! I've waited too long for this book and I'm dying to read it they are all very interesting, on the edge of your seat type of novels

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Extremely dissapointing

    I have been a fan of this series and Patterson for many years and eagerly awaited this book. I was disappointed almost from the start. The characters didn't seem to have their usual depth, the multiple plot story line jumped from one PoV to the other with no rhythm or reason, the plots were somewhat uninteresting, and there was very little payoff in the end. If fact, when I turned the last page I was shocked that it was over.

    The first plot line (Yuki's cruise) was absurd, pointless, and frankly boring. Totally could not and would not happen.

    Another plot line (Mackie Morales) built to a great climax but was over in a page as she was dealt with quickly and with no real danger to any of the major characters. I seriously questioned why would they even have her come back to just end her in this way? It reminded me of the scene from the old Indiana Jones movie where the enemy is threatening Indie with knives and Indie just shoots him and moves on without a second thought.

    The last, and seemingly biggest, plot line just ended with no resolution... Did they do it? Was there someone else helping? Will there be more bombs? Will they shut the restaurant chain down? I actually went back and re read to see if I had missed something. It was seriously never resolved.

    I am so discouraged by this book I will probably not read any further stories in this series and just bide my time until the next Alex Cross novel comes out. Hopefully there will more effort given.

    Bottom line - if a prolific author, like James Patterson, cannot write at least a decent story then he should end the series. I feel like I have been cheated. Quantity over quality seems to be his new style.... so disappointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Love James Patterson , you will love this one.

    This was a great book , not a dull moment and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Things happen that will surprise you.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Great book

    Very fast read! Loved the book however was disappointed how the book ended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    It did not disappoint! I love WMC. When's the fourteenth book co

    It did not disappoint! I love WMC. When's the fourteenth book coming? I need to see Cindy and Rich get back together and get married! The sad fact is that I need to wait a lifetime again for the next one. :)

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Loved it

    I loved the action and the different story lines going on in this book. I love the whole Women's Murder club series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Unlucky 13

    $15.00?? No wonder Nook is going under!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Disappointing

    This book was three stories in one (and I think just to fill the pages). In no way were they related but rather were detached from each other. The main story, once I figured out which one it was, was unrealistic and shallow. I am not looking forward to any sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2014

    Not recommended

    Usually I enjoy Patterson's books. But I found this book tedious and difficult to get through. The writing was mediocre. The Women's Murder Club members each find themselves in differing situations the most exciting of which was a cruise to Alaska that was hijacked. Secondary to that event was locating a murderous woman who talked to her dead murdering lover. This book really reached for a good plot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    good beach reading

    fun read in the Patterson tradition. Had some twists and turns that made you want to read more. Not as violent as his other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Joe A

    Really Bad

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    WOW! Unlucky 13!!

    This book grabbed my attention so fast & hard, I could hardly put it down to do anything! Love it, love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Good Read

    Very good book -- a little wordy and sometimes predictable, but very good.
    I enjoyed reading it.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Outstanding Novel!!

    James Patterson is one of my three favorite authors. Everything that I have read that was written by him, I have thoroughly enjoyed. One must read his books to appreciate his talent and ability to write awesome novels. Read it for yourself, I guarantee that you will love it if you love mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    What happened?

    I love this series of books, but there was no conclusion to one of the plots!! I, like another reader, went back into the story to see if I missed something. I didn't, but James and Maxine forgot. Maybe they couldn't remember who was supposed to write that part.

    I really don't understand when writers co-author a book. It doesn't always work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    highly recommend

    I'm a big mystery fan and really into the Women's club

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