9th Judgement – James Patterson with Maxine Paetro

Published by Arrow Books ISBN: 9780099525387 (ISBN 9780099549529)

A psychopath killer targets San Francisco’s most innocent and vulnerable. 

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 windscreen in blood-red lipstick.

 The same night, the wife of A-List actor Marcus Dowling walks in on a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars’ worth of precious jewels.  In just seconds there is an empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.

 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?

This is one of the Women’s Murder Club series, one of my favourite of James Pattersons. And this one did not fail to impress.  It centres around Dectective Lindsay Boxer, but also involves Crime Reporter Cindy Thomas, Medical Examiner Dr Claire Washbourne and Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano.  Together they assist each other with solving crimes and working together to find the best solution for problems, both work related and personal.

I guess what I like most about the story are the short chapters, only two or three pages long, which makes reading them fast and easy, and with the page turner that this was, it didn’t take me long to finish it.

It was a roller coaster ride from go to whoa, and plenty of red herrings along the way, but when the two crimes converge, you get a very real sense of danger and who is going to survive.  This is one of the first books I couldn’t put down and it only took me two days to read it.

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