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The 17th Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The 17th SuspectI have to assume the title The 17th Suspect refers to this book’s place in a series of books by Patterson. Probably the 17th Women’s Murder Club novel since I know he has written a batch of them (usually with help and often with Maxine Patterson). There is nothing in this story about a bunch of murder suspects but there is lots of good reading.

It is two stories (kind of usual for the Murder Club series) in one of which Yuki Castellano, the Assistant District Attorney, is involved with attempting to find a woman guilty of (a) first raping a man while holding him captive and (b) of attempting to find her also guilty of shooting the same man in the leg.

The second story involving the second member of the Murder Club is about San Francisco Police Sergeant Lindsay Boxer as she not only is battling to find who is shooting vagrants and street people but also battling her own physical condition which appears to be deteriorating rapidly.

Both stories are well worth the reader’s attention as they unfold quickly and show how the in-side portion of the criminal justice system works but also shows how the “on the street” portion of the system plays out.

Yuki fought hard to get her case into Criminal Court and worked even harder to figure out what actually went on as two co-workers entwined themselves in not only sexual adventures but then it appears one of them took it even further. The female player supposedly tied up the male participant and raped him (while he unbeknownst to her recorded it all on tape.) He claims she raped him though they had been having sex for some time together willingly on both behalves. Read the rest of this entry »

Violets are Blue by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Violets are BlueMr. Patterson has put one of his aces, Alex Cross; into quite a mess in Violets Are Blue. This time Cross, a detective living in Washington, D.C., is called in to help out Kyle Craig, a top FBI agent, as the entire United States quivers under the threat of Vampires! Kraig uses Cross quite often and has been in several earlier books. Supposedly he is in the running to be top dog at the FBI.

Vampires! That is right. It appears that people all over the country are not only being killed but they show all signs of vampire style murders. Not only are they found with severe bite wounds but in most all cases their blood has been pretty well drained out!

Cross isn’t exactly happy to be called in on this case because another of his female associates has just turned up murdered. This is the third one in recent years. And they always seem to be somehow connected to The Mastermind. The Mastermind is a mysterious person who constantly calls and taunts Cross either about someone he has just killed or one of Cross’s cases that is bugging him.
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Killed or Be Killed (4 Bookshots Thrillers) by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Kill or Be KilledA bit different as this book written by Patterson along with other writers is actually made up of four stories. Patterson does write quite often now with others but this is the first one that I have seen made up of novellas. Overall quite interesting although the one was a bit tough to follow due to being basically about Scotland Yard and some devious criminals. And another that was not at all Patterson style.

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    The Trial

The first however is The Trial and features Patterson’s famed Women’s Murder Club. Lindsay Boxer and her cohorts get involved early when Boxer is called to the scene of a major disturbance and subsequent shootout at a place called the Vault. It appears two women were shot dead and then as several bad guys attempt to get away the police shoot two of the bad guys and capture one.

The one they capture turns out to be the shooter of the two women and is quickly identified as Jorge Sierra also known as Kingfisher. Boxer had known of him and was very eager to take him into custody.

However that then really turns into the story as while Kingfisher is in jail all sorts of things happen to thwart his trail and to cause deep concern to the police. These actions are all put together by the underground network of criminals that basically work for and report to Kingfisher.
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Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Unlucky 13If you have not read James Patterson any of his Women’s Murder Club stories this would be a good start. Unlucky 13 is one of those so you do have the assortment of professional women who make up this club. Lindsay Boxer, a San Francisco detective, is somewhat the main lead in this one but as usual her fellow members play significant parts along the way.

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And as usual Patterson has more than one plot going on as he normally does. The main one here is probably where Lindsay and her partner are trying to find who is planting some type of edible capsule in hamburger meat. It starts when a couple is found dead in their car and the middle of their bodies have actually been blown apart. Tests show some type of high explosive that is set off by gastric juices. In this case it has been encapsulated in a very minute fashion and then planted in hamburger meat. Read the rest of this entry »

Cross Justice (Alex Cross) by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Cross JusticeWow! Perhaps his best! James Patterson has always been writing great stories that it doesn’t seem possible that he just wrote his greatest but I think maybe he did. This is a tremendous book with an incredible ending. One that I doubt anyone figured out before reading the final chapters.

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Alex Cross, former FBI agent, now working along with his wife, Bree, is on a short sort of vacation trip back to Starksville, North Carolina where he was born. First trip back in many years and it is to see if he can be of help in solving a horrendous murder that his nephew is in jail for. Read the rest of this entry »

Alert (Michael Bennett) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Reviewed by Allen Hott

AlertThese two authors have put together an interesting and even a potentially possible tale of some terrorists who want to do damage to New York City and its inhabitants.

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Michael Bennett, a NYPD detective, who is a lifelong resident of the city and has a rather large family which he raises along with a retired old priest. Bennett’s wife is dead and though he has a pretty steady girlfriend he still does all the fathering and child rearing with minimal help. Read the rest of this entry »

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Audible)

Second Honeymoon Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

There might have been a few books where James Patterson did not write at the top of his game but that is rare. The reader will not be disappointed with Second Honeymoon.

There are two subplots going on at the same time and both will keep the reader right on the edge of the seat. Not only do we have a honeymoon serial killer but there is also a “John O’Hara” serial killer.

John O’Hara is an FBI agent who is on suspension. He is under psychological care due to the fact that a drunk driver killed his wife and will soon be released from jail. John has a difficult time dealing with his release. A rich man whose son and his bride were murdered while on their honeymoon contacts John O’Hara. John agrees to investigate and gets approval from the FBI. Read the rest of this entry »

Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Worse Case Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

This book is excellent. Some of Patterson’s books lately have been only fair, especially the ones written with another author. In “Worst Case” I think the story is very well written and in today’s world of not knowing what to expect, it is very plausible. This book features Detective Michael Bennett of the NYPD, who has been featured in a few other books by James Patterson. Bennett has 10 children, all adopted and of all origins. He has a nanny to take care of this brood when he has to work, which is quite a bit of time. Since his wife had died several years earlier, the children give Michael Bennett quite a problem of balancing his work and his personal life. In this story he is teamed with an FBI agent, Emily Parker, who, while working close with Bennett, has made both of them open their eyes toward each other.

Children of rich people disappear, followed by a phone call to the parents. When the police get involved, Bennett and Parker along with their teams, at first the culprit says he does not want any ransom but tells them where the child can be picked up. After leading them on a wild goose chase, the body of the first child is found. This is repeated several times with some variation on the kidnappers method of operation. Since all the parents are rich and very influential the police can’t make a connection as to why certain children are taken and with different variants involved, how do they get to the whys and wherefores? Read the rest of this entry »

Tick Tock by James Patterson (Review #2)

Tick TockReviewed by Patricia Reid

Mike Bennett, his ten children, his grandfather Seamus along with Mary Catherine the children’s Irish nanny head for Breezy Point in Queens to enjoy a two-week vacation. Mike’s wife is deceased and Seamus, who is a priest, and Mary Catherine do a wonderful job helping Mike hold the family together.

Meanwhile back in New York City a mad bomber has left a bomb at the main branch of the New York City Public library. Mike’s boss Inspector Miriam Schwartz calls Mike back to duty. Father Seamus and Mary Catherine remain at Breezy Point to continue the long planned vacation and Mike heads back to the city hoping to solve the crime immediately and return to his vacation.

However, the mastermind behind the bombing has much more devastation in mind. He seems to be copying killers from the past such as George Metesky, the Mad Bomber, Son of Sam and even the Brooklyn Vampire Albert Fish. FBI Agent Emily Parker comes to New York to help track down the person or persons behind the horrible crimes.

Mike tries to commute back and forth between the city and his vacationing family but finds that all is not well on the vacation front either. The Flaherty’s, a family with an Irish mafia background, are bullying Mike’s children. Mike and Father Seamus find it necessary to step in and settle the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

Tick Tock by James PattersonReviewed by Nancy Eaton

Detective Michael Bennett, his ten adopted children, his grandfather and nanny Mary Catherine are on vacation at a seaside resort. He had high hopes of being able to have a good time. That did not last long. Michael’s cell phone rang. He was called in to help investigate the case of an unexploded bomb at a library. The bomb turned out to be a “teaser” for what was about to happen.

A series of crimes start to occur. The city is now terrorized with everything that is going on. It soon becomes clear that all of these incidences could not be the work of an amateur. There is a serial killer in the town and this person is recreating serial killers from New York’s past.

Michael Bennett asks FBI agent, Emily Parker, for assistance.

Are Michael and Emily able to solve this case before things become too dangerous for them and Michael’s entire family? Read the rest of this entry »