4th of July – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

4th of July – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Published by Headline Book Publishing ISBN 0 7553 0582 5

In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco Police Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defence she fires her weapon – and sets off a chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, an entire city divided and a family destroyed.  Now everything she’s working for her entire life hinges on the decision of twelve jurors.

To escape scrutiny during breaks from her trial, Lindsay retreats to the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay.  But soon after her arrival, a string of grisly murders punches through the peaceful community.  There are no witnesses.  There is no discernable pattern.  But a key detail reminds Lindsay of a case she worked on as a rookie years before – an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since.  As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club battle for her life on two fronts: before a judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings – including killing again.

I am getting quicker at reading them, this one probably only took three to four hours, which is what I love about Patterson, they are quick and easy to read.

This has to be one of the best Women’s Murder Club to date, with that many twists and turns it was hard to tell what was going to happen and the ending was a total surprise to me.  I actually had another one pegged as the murderer, but he was just a red herring, and a very good one too.

Fast paced action leaves you feeling like you have run through the book, unable to stop reading because you might miss something important.

There isn’t much else I can say about this story, another enjoyable read.

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