st to Die James Patterson bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider Kiss the Girls and Pop Goes the Weasel offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women s Murder Club featuring a

  • Title: 1st to Die
  • Author: James Patterson
  • ISBN: 9780759524545
  • Page: 294
  • Format: ebook
  • James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women s Murder Club, featuring a four woman team that occasionally works outside the system None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an eveJames Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women s Murder Club, featuring a four woman team that occasionally works outside the system None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller.Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations The first is that she s just learned she has an often fatal blood disease The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor s office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear.Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career making story Although Lindsay can t officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games With the help of an understanding assistant D.A Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.The major subplot Lindsay s facing up to her illness even while she learns to fall in love again carefully compensates for the novel s coarse scenes of brutality Lindsay Boxer is t merely an obsessed cop trailing a maniac she s also a terrified woman confronting the onslaught of disease The story lines balance out to show us the true mettle of someone who puts the safety of others before her own.Again, Patterson s skill for producing furiously paced fiction are evident as the novel breezes by rapidly The short chapters keep the narrative leaping with increasingly taut plot elements, but there s an emotional commitment that makes our protagonist even amiable and involving 1st to Die is a novel that works as an intense series of character portraits that will leave the reader touched and delighted Tom Piccirilli

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    1. How in the world is he a best-selling author? His characters are shallow, his writing is mediocre, and when he writes about romance it feels mechanical and formulaic. This book had a twist at the end, but it was the worst sort of twist - the kind that you can't really predict because he probably didn't think to add it until after the book was already written - leaving out any traces of foreshadowing. I haven't read any of his other books and don't plan to now. When you have as little time for le [...]

    2. Am I the only one that thinks that "Women's Murder Club" sounds not only hokey but juvenile and begging mockery?The story: a psycho serial killer begins murdering newly married couples. 4 women, each with their own stake in cracking the case, are determined to nail the killer, and so band together outside of official channels to pool their resources and figure it all out. There is a red herring (if one could call it that) and a vaguely surprising twist at the end, but I read this with an unusual [...]

    3. This is my first Patterson experience. The book was quite captivating and enthralling.There are half a million detective-serial killer novels out there Patterson's are by far near if not at the top of the list! His chapters are so brisk you'll find your self half-way through the book before you know it. As well, the suspense is so well paced, and he also tosses in so many possibilities and clues to murderer's identity into the mix, there's no way you'll be able to set the book down until you hav [...]

    4. Slabo je poznata činjenica da sam prva dovela Patersonove knjige u Srbiju i bila sam godinama urednik njegovih knjiga za različite izdavače i da verovatno najbolje poznajem njegov bogati opus :) Od svih raznovrsnih njegovih knjiga i serijala ovaj mi je najdraži, koji sam uporno "gurala" godinama Ovde ne možemo pričati o "velikoj" književnosti ali zato možemo govoriti o pravom kvalitetnom komercijalnom autoru, koji vas uhvati i ne pušta od početka do kraja svake knjige čak i one koju b [...]

    5. I tend to read Patterson's books when I don't want my brain to work that hard. 1st to Die fits that bill perfectly. I loved the concept of a group of extraordinary females - including a detective, a lawyer, and a journalist - working together to solve crimes. It was an easy to read, page-turning thriller featuring a complicated, gruesome killer of newly-weds, and more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing.

    6. While I greatly enjoyed this and the next 2 books in the Women's Murder Club series, I was unable to continue reading the series with the same enjoyment due to comments that Patterson himself made in regards to it. He basically said that they were crap, that he just wrote them because he knew that they would sell, and he basically made me feel as if by reading them, and enjoying them, he was belittling me. I know it might be a bit extreme, but he ruined this series for me, as well as other serie [...]

    7. My impulse as I read 1st to Die was to start editing. Overwriting, reduncancy, and sentimentality took the place of plot structure, character development, and freshness. Each of the four women was described in terms of her profession and ethnic background--sassy Black woman medical examiner with a faithful musician husband, sleek, sophisticated put-upon woman DA who gets no respect from her male superiors, perky newspaper reporter whose risk-taking allows her to get the scoops that more seasoned [...]

    8. I was curious about this series because it's obviously very popular, but I can't say I'm terribly impressed by it. First of all, the sappy "you go girl" female characters didn't seem very true to life to me. Patterson seems to think that name-checking Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, plus a lot of hugging and randomly saying "I love you, girl", means he has created believable female characters. Not so much. Also, I thought the plot was melodramatic, and the continual twists were more tedious than [...]

    9. The first James Patterson book I ever read, and one of the best I read this year. It has exceeded my expectations. Honestly I didn't know serial killer novels could be this fun. It's filled with suspense and thrill, and Just when you thought you've seen the last of the twists, another one jumps at you in the final pages. The plot revolves around a serial killer who targets newlyweds at their wedding night, and it's up to the homicide inspector, Lindsay Boxer to track him down. However, in order [...]

    10. I love love love James Patterson, he's my new favorite author. His writing style is great, easy to read and fast. He explains things so you understand but without making you feel stupid. His characters are well developed in this series and are entertaining. Another thing I love, his chapters are very very short so you can always get to a good stopping place!

    11. I’ve been having trouble concentrating enough to read anything involving thought and effort so mindless mysteries/thrillers are just what the doctor ordered. This one, though? No thanks.By page 45 I decided I hated James Patterson writing women. The head of the homicide division and the chief medical examiner of San Francisco are disgusted, sickened, and “have to turn away” from a body. What atrocity can these two strong, experienced, professional women not handle? A body with a single sta [...]

    12. I believe this will be the last James Patterson novel that I read. It was another of his titles with cardboard characters, stilted dialogue, and a plot with unlikely but convenient and contrived coincidences, which all equal a very thin read. In this book, the women's "friendship" came across as canned and forced. I think the characters were developed solely on a quota system for just the perfect mix that could solve murders. It was almost as if I could hear him thinking, "Hmmmlet's seeI need a [...]

    13. This is an audio book that I listened to many, many years ago. It's narrated by Suzanne Toren who did an excellent job. I remember that I loved it so much that I listened to the entire series back to back, or at least up until the point where I had to wait for the next one to come out. Then I listened to it immediately. This was published in 2002 and I own all of them on Audible audio books. Now, the 16th one, 16th Seduction, is out so I've decided to start back to the beginning of the series fo [...]

    14. There's nothing specifically GOOD about this book, but damned if the pages don't practically turn themselves. It's pure junk food, and I mean that as a compliment insofar as processed food is very highly engineered by very skilled workers to be universally appealing to the widest possible market.Patterson -- a top advertising exec before his writing career -- seems to have decided that in addition to his bestselling Alex Cross novels and film adaptations, he needed a series that appealed to wome [...]

    15. Oh god - I really hated the first book I read of Patterson's, but I'd read about the Women's Murder Club TV series, and thought it sounded kind of cool, so I wanted to try the books. I'm about half way through, and this is pretty awful so far, in the same way as the previous book I read. Clumsy, cliched writing, ridiculous characters, a really ridiculous killer bah. Why are these popular? At least it's a quick read.***Skimmed my way frantically through the second half of the book in order to fin [...]

    16. Audio.A really light easy read. It helps with audio versions when the chapters are short and pithy, as these definitely were.This book is the first in the Woman's Murder Club series.Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she's just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding [...]

    17. My goodness, I've completed this book. I decided to try this novel as it had (and still have) a really good rating on GR. And I thought this would make a good read. I have imagined this would be better read than the Alex Cross, but not much. It seems Mr.Patterson has read a way lot of Agatha Christie and had confusions on whether the ideas are his or someone else's and finally decides to write books before the conclusion of those idea's origins and ignoring their quintessentiality in their real [...]

    18. i was having a hard time to focus on the first few chapter but things change after i read through half of the book . james patterson is an auto buy author for me . i felt every struggle the heroines went through in this book this is a must read series

    19. It goes to show that we as readers evolve, meaning that we as individuals evolve; we grow older and our taste in books change, which is a good thing. I gave this book 5 stars when I first read it, 15 years ago, now, well, I still like it, but I'm not so impressionable anymore; I do find flaws with it.For instance, the insanity of the murders, and what's behind it, is rather flimsy. You will say that a psychopath often has no good reason to inflict pain, to kill. He simply enjoys it - but to infl [...]

    20. Acabo de terminar de releer este libro de James Patterson y aún me estoy preguntando cómo no seguí leyendo sus libros. Esta historia es muy atrapante, tanto que no quieres soltar el libro porque quieres saber qué es lo que sucede a continuación. La verdad es que engancha de muchas maneras: la historia está muy bien, los personajes también; en este primer libro de “El club de las mujeres contra el crimen” el personaje más desarrollado es el de Lindsay Boxer, la policía; y, por otra p [...]

    21. Wow! This book was great! I almost gave it 4-stars, as there are some subplot development issues (the main character, Lindsay, developed well as a character, but has a lot of things that happen out of the main plot that do not directly relate, but don't exactly take away - Patterson is trying to add more emotional, real-life appeal to the novel). Overall I loved it!The book has a lot of suspense is a very quick read! Lindsay is trying to catch a "bride and groom" pyschopath killer while dealing [...]

    22. Oh that was excellent! I really enjoy James Patterson 's style, short chapters, fast paced storyline, and characters I can relate to. This book even had a nice little romance even if it did end sadly. I loved the way I knew who the killer was, then I didn't and then right at the last minute when I thought it was all done and dusted back came yet another killer. Fantastic. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

    23. All a bit silly, but it just about kept me reading.I haven't read any James Patterson since I got sick of Alex Cross twenty years ago. So I thought I'd give this a try and see if he'd changed at all.He hasn't.Same old Patterson: Very short chapters of two pages, so you don't get bored; One dimensional characters, ridiculous plots, too many twistsI won't go on.Patterson shouldn't have a female protagonist because he is so soppy it makes you sick at times. When Lindsay talks about "my girls" as th [...]

    24. It is really hard to rate this book since it seems that this is a mix of cheesiness and cliche but it is also unpredictable and thrilling. It has some terrible parts but there are also amazing parts.Pros:1. I love the title 1st to die and my assumption to who will be the "1st to die" is wrong so I guess that is a plus point for the book.2. I really like the murder scenes it is very grotesquely describe that it made me shiver just imagining them.3. The twist in the end about who's the true murder [...]

    25. It has been some time since I have read any mystery novels, so after much hunting through bookstores, I eagerly picked up the New York Bestselling book, 1st to Die.The beginning had me hooked. Looking through the eyes of the criminal-and the eyes of his soon-to-be victims-was awesome. I started out liking Lindsay, Cindy, and Claire. Lindsay's medical condition helped me grow closer to her (which I found slightly surprising). And as a public transportation rider, I enjoyed the short chapters. But [...]

    26. This was my first James Patterson novel, and I have to say it was probably my last. I was expecting much, much more from a best-selling author - more complexity, more depth, more emotion. While I can see how the plot lends itself well to summer movie adaptation, as has been Patterson's style in the past with Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, I found the writing entirely too simplistic, as if were distilled down to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Nothing too challenging so as not t [...]

    27. Ένας κατά συρροήν δολοφόνος στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο σκοτώνει νιόπαντρα ζευγάρια το αργότερο 24 ώρες από την τελετή του γάμου τους. Η Λίνζι Μπόξερ είναι επιθεωρητής του Τμήματος Ανθρωποκτονιών της πόλης και η υπόθεση αυτή είναι πολύ δύσκολη. Στο πλάι της είναι η επί δέκα χρόνια πα [...]

    28. Actual rating- 3.5 Stars. While I didn’t enjoy this as much as Invisible, it was still a pleasant read! I’m still new to the mystery/thriller genre, I really enjoy these types of books. It’s a nice switch up from Fantasy. This was yet another fast-paced page turner. While the ending really wasn’t the best, I still enjoyed it as a whole. I’d definitely recommend to someone looking for a low effort thriller.

    29. First in a series that was excellent. In the beginning we read how the Women's Murder Club comes about. Then the story unfolds with a good twist near the end. Thought I had it figured out but, NO.ad to find out.

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