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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,880 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Liza Marklund Narrator: Katherine Kellgren, Erik Singer, Reg Rogers Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781607883838
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NYPD detective Jack Kanon is on a tour of Europe’s most gorgeous cities, but the sights aren’t what draw him. He sees each museum, each cathedral, and each restaurant through a killer’s eyes.

Kanon’s daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have become victims of the same sadistic killers. Every killing is preceded by a postcard to the local newspaper—and Kanon and his partner, Swedish reporter Dessie Larsson, think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers is one of James Patterson’s most vivid and compelling thrillers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • APPLAUSE FOR JAMES PATTERSON:

    "The Man Who Can't Miss.
    Lev Grossman, Time
  • Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves the plot along. It's what fires off the movie projector in the reader's mind. Michael Connelly
  • Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast. Publishers Weekly
  • “Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves the plot along. It’s what fires off the movie projector in the reader’s mind.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “A fun read, full of sex, violence, puzzles, and more exotic places than you will probably ever visit in person.”

    BookReporter.com

  • “An intense, action-packed James Patterson thriller.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

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

    " As usual James Patterson came through for me in The Postcard Killer. The twists and turns, the plot and the characters were great. The end was totally surprising. I really do enjoy the fact that his books are so fast, short, intense reads. I finished it in two days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesica | 2/16/2014

    " This book was great right from the beginning. I was happy with the ending although I do wish there had been a few things that would have happened that weren't including in the story. Can't wait to read another book by Patterson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/14/2014

    " Another great James Patterson crime fiction novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nance | 2/13/2014

    " not your typical james patterson book-i kind of hate it when he teams up with other writers . i like him all by himslef. i had trouble associating with the characters. the end was sort of non-closure for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Zilligen | 2/8/2014

    " it was OK. Typical James Patterson. We used it as an audio book on our commute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacy | 2/2/2014

    " This book is a little more graphic than prior Patterson books, but keeps the same style and flow as earlier books. Again, a nice, quick read which works if you don't have a lot of time to devote and want to read through a few chapters, put down, and pick up again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen O'Daly | 1/18/2014

    " Okay, even embarrassed that I read this book but Liza Marklund is one of my favorite Scandinavian authors. But oh, how it disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cami Meyers | 1/17/2014

    " As usual, keeps you turning the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/16/2014

    " This is one of Patterson's better ones. Easy fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/14/2014

    " Pretty good book, I think I was surprised by the short chapters in the book, averaging 2 page each. I'm not sure that this adds to the quality. But it kept my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/11/2014

    " I really liked this book. Quick, easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Heaton | 1/11/2014

    " I liked the story and the characters - a nice twist.The Brave "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 1/10/2014

    " Well, when you read a lot of crime books it just gets a bit too predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/10/2014

    " An excellent book. The one detraction is the "love story" between the two heroes. It seemed forced and added absolutely NOTHING to the main story. It would have gotten 4 or even maybe 5 stars from me if their relationship had remained platonic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandi Piper | 12/11/2013

    " A good, quick read. Not one of my fav Patterson books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Temple | 7/28/2013

    " This was a really good book. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Lucas | 6/23/2013

    " Crazy twist I really wasn't excepting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhod | 6/7/2013

    " Pretty morbid stuff - but you come to expect that from Patterson and his helpers. The story tracks a nypd police officer whose daughter and brand new husband are brutally murdered on their honeymoon - he travels to Europe to help police (who do not really want his help) bring the killers to justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dereth | 4/27/2013

    " I was drawn to this because I'm on a Swedish suspense/mystery reading binge. This was my first James Patterson book (although it was co-authored). Not much to it; it's a very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harshavardhan Raju D | 4/18/2013

    " Very interesting masala fiction. I read this book in 6 instances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania | 3/25/2013

    " Damn! James Patterson does it again... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelumiel Delos Santos | 1/5/2013

    " Definitely a page-turner that will make you rethink scenes in your mind because the twists are so unexpected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellea | 11/3/2012

    " Great book. I didn't like the ending very much, not what I was expecting, but I can say that I'm a new James Patterson fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louanne Nicely | 5/12/2012

    " This book started out great! However, the ending was pathetic. It went from suspenseful to blah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigitte | 4/19/2012

    " Some things about this book seemed overdone and unoriginal, but I liked it a lot nonetheless. I felt compelled to keep reading all the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Rock | 4/11/2012

    " A gripping, gruesome murder mystery that takes you on a romp through some of Europe's outstanding cities. Many plot twists and turns on the journey of one man chasing his daughter's killers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelli Areklett | 4/11/2012

    " Patterson always delivers a page turner, but in the end this book fell flat for me. Ending was predictable & overall character development was lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliej | 2/7/2012

    " Love his easy to read books, and this one's premise (while full of violent crimes) was a twist. I love his books to buffer any heavy duty books on my docket. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 12/20/2011

    " Clearly a who-dun-it mystery. Fast paced, and I did like it, except that the ending (for me anyway), was not "finished". Still, it was entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy Campbell | 12/6/2011

    " Not bad easy read. Pretty good plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 5/22/2011

    " A really suspenseful mystery. Kept me turning the pages. Haven't read a James Patterson in a long time and this hit the spot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 5/17/2011

    " Okay - not great. I managed to finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kriscrowe | 5/12/2011

    " This is one of the better writers to work with Patterson. I think she is an European author and the book took place there, although I wasn't especially taken with the detective from NY. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy | 5/9/2011

    " I couldn't even finish this book & was left feeling cheated :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 4/21/2011

    " I am not a huge James Patterson fan, but decided to give this a shot. If this ends the way I think it's going too, I'm gonna be ticked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elaine | 4/19/2011

    " Although I LOVE Patterson even I must admit that this one was a bomb...a plot that never really gets anywhere and certainly not worth the time to read. I finished it because, well, sometimes you just owe loyalty to the writer who has given so much...skip this one...sorry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 4/3/2011

    " Another Patterson. If you like James Patterson, you will like it, if you don't like James Patterson then you probably aren't reading this review. "

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

    " A classic amazing James Patterson tale. Mixed with European geography and a bit of art culture to define the mystery this is truly another amazing novel filled with intrigue and suspense. What other common mystery adjectives do you expect? Murderous plot? Hidden sexual element? Duh! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/1/2011

    " Fast paced with good European color. Read it straight thru good beach book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy | 3/29/2011

    " Not one of the best James Patterson book, but not a bad read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 3/29/2011

    " Oh, great, serial killers who kill honeymooners and parents recovering from the loss of their baby. THIS I definitely want to read (NOT) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger | 3/29/2011

    " Typical Patterson book with lots of action and a few twists and turns. Very linear, but it works somehow. Also some hints of the "Girl Who..." series.... Love the Scandanavian landscape... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/28/2011

    " yet another good read from James Patterson (& Liza Marklund)! "

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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

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award.

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin.