2006: #92 – 4th of July (James Patterson)

july.gifBook #92 was 4th of July, the 4th book in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series. The back of the book reads:

After losing one of its own, Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever–one that could easily be their last.

A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.

While awaiting trial, Lindsay escapes to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, but the peaceful community there is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. Working with her friends in the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and a case she worked on years before–an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since.

As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay battles 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. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay.

Patterson fine-tunes the tension like never before in this heart-racing new novel in the bestselling detective series to debut in years.

It’s been quite a while (over a year) since I read a James Patterson book, and this one reminded me why I like him! This is the 4th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. It’s quite fast-paced, typical of Patterson’s books, since he writes the shortest 300+ page books you’ve ever seen (white space, anyone?) Anyway, the trial is interesting, the murder mystery is interesting, and I didn’t even have it all figured out before the end. I figured out 2 of the people involved, but had no idea about the third, or about the reasons.

Thumbs up!

Book count: 92

Pages in book: 344
Page count: 39,304
Words in book: 67,663
Word count: 11,711,145

1,000,000 words surpassed — 2/2/06

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50 books surpassed — 6/12/06
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