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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (46 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross Narrator: Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Women’s Murder Club Series Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594833847
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The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there’s some thread connecting them all, so she calls her friends in the Women’s Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is.

Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant DA Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers there is indeed a link. Each of the victims had a close relative in a particular profession—a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay’s heart.

The partners in the Women’s Murder Club deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and set a trap that can’t be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is Patterson’s richest, most engaging novel since When the Wind Blows and, as the second in his Women’s Murder Club series, yet more evidence that this prolific writer can roam beyond Alex Cross with style and success...The story ripples with twists and some remarkably strong scenes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As with Patterson’s best novels, the surprises keep coming until the final pages. This novel solidifies the new series and helps guarantee that readers will flock just as eagerly to the Women’s Murder Club books as they do to the Alex Cross novels.”

    Booklist

  • “Written in Patterson’s no-nonsense style and read by Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven, the story is suspenseful, grim, and not altogether predictable.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • 2nd Chance speeds along at a Formula One pace through many tight curves...it doesn’t sacrifice good characters to a twisted plot...If you haven’t picked up a James Patterson novel in a while, this is a great time to start anew.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Short chapters keep the action going by at whizz-bang speed...2nd Chance powerfully realizes both its heroes and villains, and fans of Patterson’s bestselling Cross novels will be equally delighted with this series.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Intriguing, exciting, and frightening.”

    Weekend Australian

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 courtney | 10/16/2016

    " very good. i am hooked and will be listening to the whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Slow Motion | 7/18/2016

    " I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying this series and just ordered the third installation. The narrator is easy to follow and has a very relaxing tone. There were times where a male voice interjected that I did not especially enjoy, the original narrator could have covered the entire book (in my opinion). Having two narrators did not take anything from the recital but it did not add anything either. Overall the book was great and I can wait to hear what unfolds in book three of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc-Antoine | 2/14/2014

    " Really enjoyed this one, thought I had it all figured out, but I was happily wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leroy Henry | 2/7/2014

    " Good story with enough to keep me going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marynelson321 | 2/4/2014

    " Love the characters! Lindsey Boxer and Claire Washburn are fun, loving characters! Good novel, great pace! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoy this series, fast reads. Great characters and interesting story lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/30/2014

    " In this second book I can see the pattern developing. I know there is always some cookie cutter formula for series, this one the theme is noone is safe and the only people to trust are your girls. Still they are good and quick and I'll keep reading, although at this rate I'll be caught up on the series in a week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Leiske | 1/25/2014

    " Started out great then fizzled. It became very predictable and almost unbelievable as to how they figured out who it was. Of course at first they were wrong and then low and behold she thought of something she say only once and immediately found it. For the first 200 pages this was looking like a 5 star, by the end I would give it 2.5 but do not have that option. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel R | 1/23/2014

    " This was a good book as well. It got me hooked on this series. Any James Patterson fan should read this series if they haven't already "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/17/2014

    " Finished this book today, I really enjoyed it. I totally didn't figure this one out until the end. I can't wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti Roberts | 1/2/2014

    " As I already know the characters probably not quite as gripping as the first book but I will be back for number three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorrea(Threein3) | 12/19/2013

    " Love James Patterson and I enjoyed this book. This is the 4th Women's Murder Club book I have read. Started with 5 and 6. Can't wait to continue the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this book quick easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Conner | 12/13/2013

    " Road Trip CD. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pandora | 12/4/2013

    " Love this series - it's based in San Francisco so fun that you know places they talk about. Stories based on 4 women - a homicide inspector, medical examiner, reporter and assistant DA - and how they come together to solve crimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy Lankenau | 11/25/2013

    " I liked the first of the Women's Murder Club series better... but it typical Patterson style, the book was a page turner. Great knee replacement recovery reading... entertaining, full of suspense and quick to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Reape | 11/21/2013

    " Not as good as the first, but still a great story. Moving on the the third now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nic Templo-Perez | 8/27/2013

    " At the end of a long and tiring day, this book was just enough of a light read without insulting my intelligence. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/16/2013

    " These books are page-turners. The short chapters help. But I find the actions of the characters to be unrealistic. The main character takes unrealistic and needlessly dangerous chances. Particularly in this book, as a lieutenant, she should know better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bella | 6/27/2013

    " These books give me hope.....that I could be published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this :-) Less creepy than the first, but still fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/23/2012

    " I enjoy any book by James Patterson, just wish language wasnt so rough at times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kguentert | 10/19/2012

    " great sequel... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missme | 10/9/2012

    " It was okay. The writing was nothing special. The storyline was alright. It follows the same structure as the first book, so much so that I was waiting for the twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 8/6/2012

    " Ditto to first in series. Page turner. Luv luv luv "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 7/30/2012

    " On the 2nd last chapter on my kindle and I lose the story ..... my kindle has gone wonky and now I dont know the end , ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 7/5/2012

    " Lots of fun as usual. I can count on JP just about every time. Now it's on to "3rd Degree.". Tampa Bay Library Consortium eBook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslea | 4/4/2012

    " A worthy follow up to 1st to Die. Getting to know the characters more now. Good story. On to the next one now - 3rd Degree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dignan107 | 9/24/2011

    " Typical Patterson page-turner, fast moving etc etc. Not quite as good as the first in this series. Slightly disappointing..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 8/16/2011

    " Really liking these books!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 7/30/2011

    " Slightly better than the 1st in his series. Looks like his co-author does a better job . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miraelma | 7/8/2011

    " Too mushy and predictable.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pkosecki | 7/1/2011

    " Enjoy very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/24/2011

    " Again Patterson has come through with a fast-moving story that has some nice twists. Believe I am becoming an avowed Patterson fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/23/2011

    " Another typical Patterson book. I like the fact that they are a quick read, and I like the main characters, especially Claire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 5/20/2011

    " I rarely find a book that just grabs me. This was one of those rare finds that I just enjoyed from cover to cover. I want to read all of James Patterson's books now that I have a taste of his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 5/9/2011

    " Fast read--easy to see why it became a TV series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/7/2011

    " Not as good as the first one in the series, but a nice follow up. This is a good series told from the point of view of female characters. I also like how in some chapters, the point of view switches to the killer's and other people from the book. Decent twists and good plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/7/2011

    "
    Excellent, these books are so well written and easy to read ideal if you want something you put down and pick up and get straight back into. (although perhaps I shouldn't be reading it between customers at work) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. It was entertaining enough but, there is something about how girly she acts that rubs me funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/4/2011

    " This is the last of the Women's murder club mysteries for me to read. I really enjoyed all nine and am waiting not so patiently for number 10. Good engrossing reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 4/13/2011

    " Eh. It was better than the first book but I found myself skipping pages that dealt more with the characters vs the case they were trying to solve. I guess I just can't get myself to care about these people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/11/2011

    " Well, I do enjoy this series and it keeps me reading and reading but it does swear a lot. The F-word is used a little much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missme | 4/11/2011

    " It was okay. The writing was nothing special. The storyline was alright. It follows the same structure as the first book, so much so that I was waiting for the twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/3/2011

    " Patterson has outdone himself as usual. Once again a wonderfully written and well-developed novel. "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrators

Melissa Leo starred as the mother of boxer Mickey Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. The role garnered her both a Golden Globe (for best supporting actress) and an Oscar. Her other accolades include award nominations for the film Frozen River and the HBO series Mildred Pierce.

Jeremy Samuel Piven is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won one Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards.