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1st to Die

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Patterson debuts his new series that introduces the Women's Murder Club. A demented killer stalks and murders newlyweds in San Francisco. Four women--a police detective, an assistant D.A., a reporter, and a medical examiner--join forces as they sidestep their bosses to track down a criminal whose twisted imagination stuns an entire city.

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I read this book shortly after it came out in paperback and was hooked on "the Club" immediately. So many years have passed since first reading this book it was nearly a brand new and tremendously satisfying read for me. Read it (and be hooked, too)!!

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Patterson debuts his new series that introduces the Women's Murder Club. A demented killer stalks and murders newlyweds in San Francisco. Four women--a police detective, an assistant D.A., a reporter, and a medical examiner--join forces as they sidestep their bosses to track down a criminal whose twisted imagination stuns an entire city. Four crime-solving friends face off against a killer in San Francisco in the Women's Murder Club novel that started James Patterson's thrilling series.

Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving each other a hand. The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered--before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong.

Full of the breathtaking drama and unforgettable emotions for which James Patterson is famous, 1st to Die is the start of the #1 New York Times bestselling series of crime thrillers.

Specifications

Series Title
Women's Murder Club
Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
488
Author
James Patterson
ISBN-13
9780446610032
Publication Date
February, 2002
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.75 x 4.12 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
0446610038

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3 customers found this helpful
Thank you, Mr. Patterson!!
I read this book shortly after it came out in paperback and was hooked on "the Club" immediately. So many years have passed since first reading this book it was nearly a brand new and tremendously satisfying read for me. Read it (and be hooked, too)!!
Most helpful negative review
Book on CD read by Suz...
Book on CD read by Suzanne Toren2.5**From the book jacket: Debut of The Women's Murder Club. In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked and slaughtered. Enter four unforgettable women, all friends ... Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city's police department ... Claire, a medical examiner ...Jill, an assistant D.A... and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk. Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goal to find, trap and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer ever imagined.My reactionsPatterson definitely knows how to write a fast-paced mystery thriller, with plenty of plot twists to keep the most avid amateur (reading) sleuth guessing. That being said, I did figure this out way ahead of the Women's Murder Club, but it was still a good ride. What I liked most about the book was how he portrayed the four women who form the Murder Club. Cindy, in particular, was a pleasant surprise. A young, untried reporter stuck on the features desk, she more than rises to the occasion and shows a great deal of imagination, tenacity and courage. She is the one who grows the most, I think during this novel. The other three start out as crime-solving professionals and certainly show their own strengths. I did get a little tired of the emotional roller coaster Lindsay is suffering - she has a health problem and is juggling a possible romantic relationship in addition to trying to solve the case and catch the killer. The book opens with her contemplating suicide and then backtracks in time to explain how she got to that very low point. I found the subplot of her health issue to be somewhat manipulative and really unnecessary padding. Besides, given her health, I found it unrealistic that she resorted to Margaritas so frequently. The audio book was performed by Suzanne Toren, and her gross over-acting lost a half-star (well, really lost a full star, but then I reconsidered and gave a half-star back). She "growls" or turns on a particularly "smarmy" voice when performing the bad guy. She "agonizes" when performing Lindsay's emotional struggles. She's simultaneously annoyingly smug and irritatingly chirpy when voicing "girl-reporter" Cindy. And she's given to taking "meaningful" pregnant pauses to ensure the reader gets the significance of certain phrases. I am not a big fan of Patterson, but I was reasonably entertained and I'll probably read another in this series ... emphasis on READ ... not listen (especially if Toren performs all of them).
Most helpful positive review
3 customers found this helpful
Thank you, Mr. Patterson!!
I read this book shortly after it came out in paperback and was hooked on "the Club" immediately. So many years have passed since first reading this book it was nearly a brand new and tremendously satisfying read for me. Read it (and be hooked, too)!!
Most helpful negative review
Book on CD read by Suz...
Book on CD read by Suzanne Toren2.5**From the book jacket: Debut of The Women's Murder Club. In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked and slaughtered. Enter four unforgettable women, all friends ... Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city's police department ... Claire, a medical examiner ...Jill, an assistant D.A... and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk. Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goal to find, trap and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer ever imagined.My reactionsPatterson definitely knows how to write a fast-paced mystery thriller, with plenty of plot twists to keep the most avid amateur (reading) sleuth guessing. That being said, I did figure this out way ahead of the Women's Murder Club, but it was still a good ride. What I liked most about the book was how he portrayed the four women who form the Murder Club. Cindy, in particular, was a pleasant surprise. A young, untried reporter stuck on the features desk, she more than rises to the occasion and shows a great deal of imagination, tenacity and courage. She is the one who grows the most, I think during this novel. The other three start out as crime-solving professionals and certainly show their own strengths. I did get a little tired of the emotional roller coaster Lindsay is suffering - she has a health problem and is juggling a possible romantic relationship in addition to trying to solve the case and catch the killer. The book opens with her contemplating suicide and then backtracks in time to explain how she got to that very low point. I found the subplot of her health issue to be somewhat manipulative and really unnecessary padding. Besides, given her health, I found it unrealistic that she resorted to Margaritas so frequently. The audio book was performed by Suzanne Toren, and her gross over-acting lost a half-star (well, really lost a full star, but then I reconsidered and gave a half-star back). She "growls" or turns on a particularly "smarmy" voice when performing the bad guy. She "agonizes" when performing Lindsay's emotional struggles. She's simultaneously annoyingly smug and irritatingly chirpy when voicing "girl-reporter" Cindy. And she's given to taking "meaningful" pregnant pauses to ensure the reader gets the significance of certain phrases. I am not a big fan of Patterson, but I was reasonably entertained and I'll probably read another in this series ... emphasis on READ ... not listen (especially if Toren performs all of them).
1-5 of 84 reviews

Thank you, Mr. Patterson!!

I read this book shortly after it came out in paperback and was hooked on "the Club" immediately. So many years have passed since first reading this book it was nearly a brand new and tremendously satisfying read for me. Read it (and be hooked, too)!!

One of the best books I've ever read

I've read thousands of books, maybe 10's of thousands, and this is one of the best. When I finished it I took a breath and knew I'd just read something special. A well written action/mystery/ with a special comaraderie among women where the main characters were well developed. The book flowed and alternated between story lines with the usual hard-to-put-down quality of James Patterson's writing style. This begins a long series of enjoyable books. A great read.

1st to Dieby James Pat...

1st to Dieby James PattersonThis was a book that I have been wanting to read for a very long time. There was a tv series that only lasted 13 episodes based on this book series. The few episodes I saw of that show made me interested in the books, but I never got around to reading them (the story of my reading life). I saw that my local library had an ebook copy of the books, so I decided to put it on hold. Little did I know how quickly the hold for the ebook would come in. It came in on friday and I started reading it on Saturday.I have never truly had the experience of reading a page-turner where I couldn't put a book down, but I can no longer say that. This book was one that gripped me from the first page. I loved the fact that each chapter is so short because it helps to keep your attention on the story and knowing that each chapter serves a particular point in the plot. I had to only put the book down when I finally went to bed at 2 am. Then I picked it up almost immediately on Sunday. James Patterson created interesting characters in Lindsay, Claire, Cindy, and Jill. These women are the members of the Women's Murder Club. Most of the time in a series the introduction book or first novel is so busy trying to introduce the concept that there is a lot left to be desired. This doesn't happen here because the story focuses mainly on the mystery instead of the introduction of the club. Patterson was intelligent enough to let Lindsay take the book fully and let the formation of the group be secondary. This helps make this book be a strong introduction to the series and one that stands apart from the other introductory novels in other series (think Janet Evanovich's One for the Money). The other shocking thing about this book is that Patterson being male seems to understand somewhat the basic idea of a female relationship. He doesn't try to oversell these women becoming friends. He simply guides them together and lets them do the rest. It appears almost effortlessly. The one issue with Patterson, in the beginning of the book, is that he keeps mentioning the location of the book being in San Francisco. Every other line felt that he was beating back into our heads that this was there. He would do this by restating where it was and also putting in little gems like San Francisco State University thus again stating the exact locale. In subsequent novels in the series I hope Patterson has learned to trust that his readers can get it the first time around. Overall this is a solid first book in the Women's Murder Club series and makes this reader want to continue on with the series. I am looking forward to reading "2nd Chance", which is the second book. I will however have to put it on reserve at the library as well. We will see how fast I get this next edition. As soon as I receive it I will read it and review it stat.

Imagine living in San ...

Imagine living in San Francisco knowing someone walks around killing newlyweds. 4 women share the same desire, to kill this man. Lindsay BBoxer; who is a homicide detective for the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn; who is a crime desk reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle , Jill Bernhardt; who is the Chief Medical Examiner for San Francisco, and Cindy Tomas; a reporter who just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle, all want to kill this man to put people out of their misery. Although they all work in places that have to do with solving murder mysteries they are not getting any closer to solving the towns problems. The theme of this book would probably be people tend to do things that they should not do. I would recommend this book to people who like to read murder mysteries.

a good summer read, re...

a good summer read, read in winter so it wasn't as satisfying :P Nothing special really, but nothing bad either. Final twist typical of today's ending, characters interactions a tad boring because they're nothing new to older reader.

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