Thursday 2 July 2015

Book ~ "The 6th Target" (2006) James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

From Goodreads ~ When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt. 

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies - but the kidnappers aren't demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death. 

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she'd face - with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success. 

Lindsay, Claire, Cindy and Yuki form the Women's Murder Club.  There was a lot going on in this book!  Fred was on a ferry and listened the voice in his head that told him to kill ... so he opened fire, killing some.  One of the people shot was Claire.  Lindsay is one of the officers assigned to this case along with her new partner, Rich.  Fred is captured and goes to trial with Yuki, another in the club, as the prosecutor.  I found this storyline a bit farfetched.

Cindy has moved and there are scary things happening in her building ... animals and people are getting killed.  This is another of Lindsay's cases.

Lindsay's third case is that of a kidnapped little girl.  As Lindsay investigates, she discovers that this isn't their first time a child has been kidnapped and disappeared so she has to figure out what the pattern is.

This is the sixth in the Women's Murder Club series (and the seventh one I've read). Though it is part of a series, it does work as a stand alone.

I enjoyed the writing style and it went at a good pace. I liked the short choppy chapters. The point of view shifted ... it was first person perspective when the focus was on Lindsay and third person perspective when the focus was on everyone else ... but it was easy to figure out.  As a head's up, there is swearing, adult activity and violence.

I didn't like Lindsay much in this book.  She is tired of her long distance relationship with Joe, who is a deputy director for Homeland Security.  Even though she breaks up with him, she's surprised when he doesn't call.  Yet when he does show that he's trying to change his life to be with her, she's not very nice to him or appreciative of what he is trying to do so they can be together.

I thought this book was okay and will continue to get caught up in the series.

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