Instinct (previously published as Murder Games)

Instinct (previously published as Murder Games)

by James Patterson, Howard Roughan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478945185
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Series: Murder Games Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 43,729
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. He is a tireless champion of the power of books and reading, exemplified by his new children's book imprint JIMMY Patterson. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Murder Games 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. Love the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a quick read this is great book. Good for a pool or beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book focused more on the trials and tribulations of a gay couple trying to adopt than on the hunt for a serial killer Give me the OLD, juicy murder mystery without political overtones
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always love the quick pace of his books. Can't put them down!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very good book and the story was original.I was on the edge of my seat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Patterson--I couldn't put it down from the moment I started. His characters are endearing and relatable. As always, he kept me engaged until the last page
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Serial Killers. We have all heard about them. They need for notoriety and the belief that they will be the greatest in the history of murderers. They all have their own mode of operation or MO, and some prefer their methods over what others might choose. For some it is personal. For others simply a way to mete out their own satisfaction for justice in a system that seems to favor criminals while the guilty go free on technicalities. There are also two types of serial killers, those who want to get caught and those who really want to get caught. Some just are seeking publicity and others want to be famous. In the end though, even the very best serial killers make stupid mistakes that get them caught when they aren't even looking. Enter The Dealer or at least that is the name that the media, the Mayor and the police detectives are labeling the latest serial killer to land on New York City's streets just in the midst of a critical election year so everyone is using this to their own political agenda and the focus is on Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a well known author and college professor who is what some might call the expert on criminal behavior. Perhaps it is the Dealer's decision to invite Dylan into his sick games as the body counts begin to rise and with each is left a cryptic card, one of 52 from a standard deck of playing cards. Only these cards are a message, one that will give a clue to who the next victim is, beginning with Jared Loudin who ran a large hedge fund. It was there that the games began. It will take a true master who gain access into a serial killer's thought process and perhaps that is why Dylan is chosen. Since it has been somewhat of a personal invitation, he is willing to place his bets he can solve this crime before too many cards have been dealt from the deck. With pressure from the Mayor's office and working with Detective Elizabeth Needham, they will begin the race against a stacked deck to solve this killer's identity. Will he be able to convince the Dealer to lay down his cards or will all bets be off and possibly have his own hands to deal instead. I received Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan compliments of Little Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group. This is another exceptional novel for fans of James Patterson. I mean for fans of anything like Criminal Minds, CSI or any other criminal murder mystery, then you would probable love this novel. It was the idea of the playing cards being left at each of the murders that had me interested. I do need to caution readers about a couple of things. It is a murder mystery so the crime scenes are there but not to graphic. There is some strong language but most of it is implied meaning the words are used with symbols representing the actual words. Thus implied. The main character Dr. Dylan Reinhart is married to his domestic partner Tracy and they are attempting to adopt a child from Africa. Thus another need for disclosure for those that might from on that content. Since book reviews are slated to offer a peek at what's really inside, thus my need for full disclosure on what you will find inside. That being said, I would rate this novel a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion. Readers also get a sneak peek at his next novel, The Store, at the conclusion of this novel.
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rokinrev More than 1 year ago
“The secret to staying alive? Never stop breathing” Dylan Reinhart: double PhD, author, genius, professor in Abnormal Psych; married to Tracy, former lawyer, wannabe actor. They’ve been together for a long time, and now have been trying to adopt, until, they seem to come up against the only openly heterosexist in the 5 boroughs, who never even makes it in the door. Dylan’s skills at observation and understanding people help get his mind off of that particular situation as he’s called in to help the cops find a serial killer whose taken a page right out of Reinhart’s book. At first, he and Detective Elizabeth don’t get along, but develop a healthy respect for one another in a fast paced story that pops right off today’s headlines. Recently optioned, and changed somewhat for the small screen, the book has aspects the show doesn’t. CBS has chosen to streamline in some places and expand in others. There are times I love Patterson, and times he’s so blessedly formulaic I want to scream. The character has a sly sense of humor and is much better in the book, but the stories built around Dylan on screen so far fall short of the Dylan in the book. I recommend this, because it’s fun.4.5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love thrillers, this is a great book to read. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several times the author described a series of events while riding a motorcycle that would be impossibile to do. His proof reader needs to be a true motorcyclist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what I was ordering
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SJ_Wayne More than 1 year ago
This book was half and half, the ending definitely was a disappointment, not necessarily a waste of money but could have been better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BORING!!!!! I did not even finish reading this book-has to one of worse books Patterson has written what a waste of money --sorry I did not get it from local library and save myself the money!
Laced More than 1 year ago
I returned this one without finishing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced with plenty of action, intrigue, with some twists and turns thrown in. Keeps you reading!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner for sure!
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tschnitzler More than 1 year ago
What a page-turner THIS book is! As is the Patterson tradition, each chapter stops with a cliffhanger, and you are forced to start the next chapter. This story is unpredictable, creative, and is a challenge to keep up solving this murder mystery thriller. The start of the book captures your interest in a delightful way with Detective Elizabeth Needham making an appearance in Professor Dylan Reinhart's college class, and the intrigue does not stop until the conclusion. Patterson ad Roughan are a great match, and I'm looking forward to more books co-authored by Roughan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the attitude and sharp wit of Howard Roughan! Can't wait for his next book to be released!