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3.00012100311583 out of 53.00012100311583 out of 53.00012100311583 out of 53.00012100311583 out of 53.00012100311583 out of 5 3.00 (33,057 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Women’s Murder Club Series Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781594833106
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Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A townhouse owned by an internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found, and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.Then a prominent businessman is found murdered under bizarre circumstances, and another message is found as well. Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant DA Jill Bernhardt, and Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her figure out who is committing these murders and why the killer is intent on murdering someone every three days.

Even more terrifying, the killer has targeted one of the four friends who call themselves the Women’s Murder Club.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From the start, Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series has felt like high-concept TV with a smart edge, featuring an appealing and reliable cast of four female crime busters who race along byzantine plot lines humming with blood and sex, romance and heartbreak. But Patterson is an author who will detonate readers’ presumptions for the sake of story, and in the series’ third installment, the prolific author, working with frequent collaborator Gross, defies expectations in a shocking way. Readers will love him for it…There’s a calculated feel to all that happens, but clever manipulation of an audience serves Patterson as well as it served Hitchcock: his fans will only clamor for more.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried…There’s no stopping his imagination.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Carolyn McCormick’s performance strikes the right balance of professionalism and horror in Boxer’s first-person account. McCormick portrays the detective as both detached investigator and sensitive woman, those qualities fighting for dominance in each area of her life. Other characters also receive careful attention, with a light touch of regional accent here and there to polish their personalities. Occasional muted sound effects and musical interludes enhance the performance.”

    AudioFile

  • “A solid thriller.”

    Daily Telegraph (Australia)

  • “James Patterson has evolved and refined a medium of his own: the crime thriller that moves faster than a book but not quite as fast as an hour of television. Does it keep you reading? I found I couldn’t stop, in an obsessive-compulsive way.”

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • “Another page-turner from the masters of the very short chapter with a surprise twist. In a word: thrilling.”

    Herald Sun (Australia)

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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/19/2014

    " Hokey writing, mindless reading. I think this will be the last I read of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 2/19/2014

    " Wow. Depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catalina Sennett | 2/16/2014

    " Ah a little sad, but still kick ass, I flew through this one fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 2/4/2014

    " I have read all the Womens Murder Club books to date and have enjoyed them too maybe not as much as the Cross Books but almost. The charecters include women of power and prestige and they are well respected in their communities. A good read and can enjoy no matter of your sex. Almost as good as Agatha Chrisie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andie | 1/28/2014

    " so far in the last 2 weeks i have read the 1st three "women's murder club" books..i have enjoyed them all..off to #4! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 1/28/2014

    " I have liked each of his books in the series more and more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arica Lingerfelt | 1/23/2014

    " I would probably give this 3.5 stars if possible... Was a little better than the last one I read in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/16/2014

    " Another great addition to the series. So far all of these just have so many twists and just keep me wanting more. There is a great tragedy in this one..I wont give it away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylene Nickerson | 1/10/2014

    " WOW, I always forget how much I like his books until I read them. I love these characters in this series. I started this book around 1030 tonight and finished it less than 4 hours later, thanx to a quiet night at work. This was definitely a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Boyd | 11/17/2013

    " I decided to get caught up on this series and decided to start with this one. Very good and I will leave my rating at 4 stars!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/30/2013

    " I liked this. Very easy to read and I read almost all of it in two sittings. I love it when I can finish reading a book before I forget who the characters are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 9/24/2013

    " Again, good book but too much swearing. There was a scene where you knew they had sex but it wasn't too detailed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 9/1/2013

    " No 3. the best in the series so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Williams | 2/12/2013

    " The James Patterson series is the only series I've read where I cared more for the characters than the egotistical author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 7/14/2012

    " love theres "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/28/2012

    " Book #14 read in 2007 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mireille Ptak | 6/1/2012

    " I loved this book better than 2nd chance. It was just as good as 1st to die...now I'm reading 4th of July "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 4/4/2012

    " My second read of the Women's Murder Club series. Didn't like it as much as 4th of July. I think it was because of the terrorism theme. Going to go back and start with number 1 of the series now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette Meier | 11/9/2011

    " Great again and again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nita | 8/29/2011

    " Perfectly fine suspense thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 8/17/2011

    " Going through a light reading phase--good cop mystery writer that features women characters. Fast and easy--got to like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta Swain | 5/13/2011

    " Felt not as good as one and two, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefany | 4/26/2011

    " best one so far in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina Sparks | 12/6/2010

    " This is the book in the series that really draws you in and you can't wait until the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 7/7/2010

    " Great book,,best of the first three "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terric853 | 4/29/2010

    " OMG!!! The ending!!! I kept waiting for it to be a mistake!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 3/29/2010

    " james patterson=my god of mystery. i love this series because of it's amazing twisty plots lines and the amazing women at the center of this series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 3/18/2010

    " Just about done with this book. There are just as many twists in this as the other 2 books. The voice of the book did change from the first and second book to this one. I guess that's what you get when you co-author a book. I still think it's pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Miller | 1/30/2010

    " Better than the 2nd, not as good as the first. I twist made my jaw drop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nic Templo-Perez | 11/28/2009

    " I liked the first and second books better. The villains and their motives for killing people were described in more detail. With this third book it just fell short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirsa | 5/28/2009

    " Patterson did it again, great book, keeps you interested from beginning to end. "

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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 Narrator

Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives. Her audiobook narration has won her three AudioFile Earphones Awards.