3rd Degree – James Patterson and Andrew Gross

Headline Book Publishing ISBN 0 7553 0025 4

Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street as a ferocious blast rips through the neighbourhood.  A townhouse owned by an internet millionaire explodes into flames, three people die and a sinister note signed ‘August Spies’ is found at the scene.  Soon a wave of violence sweeps through the city – and it seems that whoever is behind it is intent of killing someone every three days.

Even more terrifying, the four friends who call themselves the Women’s Murder Club discover that the killer has targeted one of them.  And Lindsay learns that one member of the club is hiding a secret so dangerous and unbelievable that it could destroy them all.

The Women’s Murder Club is one of my favourite reads by James Patterson, with the fast paced action and short chapters, it is easy to read this story in a couple of days.

Lindsay Boxer is on hand when the bomb explodes in a nearby house and finds herself drawn into the mystery right from the word go, but then so is the FBI and Special Agent Joe Molinari from the Department of Homeland Security.

Terrorists are holding the city to ransom, threatening to kill people every three days if their demands for freeing up the rights of the third world country, and to make things worse, a G8 summit is scheduled to begin inSan Franciscoin a matter of days.

The team have the clock against them as they try to work out who is behind the killings, and it is down to the final minutes.  The clock is ticking loudly with every action that takes place, right down to the G8 summit.

Another fast paced action thriller from the master of suspense.  I enjoyed the pace and the freshness of the story (even though this one is a few years old now!).

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