Sunday 17 December 2017

Book ~ "16th Seduction" (2017) James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

From Goodreads ~ Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect - she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a criminal who'd brazenly detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing twenty-five people. 

But Joe wasn't everything that Lindsay thought he was and she's still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious, and possibly unnatural, heart attacks claims seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco. As if that weren't enough, the bomber she and Joe captured is about to go on trial, and his defense raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe's investigation. 

Not knowing whom to trust, and struggling to accept the truth about the man she thought she knew, Lindsay must connect the dots of a deadly conspiracy before a brilliant criminal puts her on trial.

Lindsay is a detective with the San Francisco Police Department.  She and her estranged husband, Joe, are having supper at a restaurant when a bomb explodes in the science centre across the street.  Of course, they both run over.  Joe dashes into the science centre and while inside is injured when a second bomb is detonated.  Outside a man confesses to Lindsay that he was responsible for the bombing and was in wonderment at what he had done.  Lindsay immediately arrests him and though he denies his confession the next day, he is charged and the case goes to court.

Another of Lindsay's cases is people are dying of apparent heart attacks.  Her friend, Claire, who is a medical examiner and member of the Women's Murder Club, suspects that these people are, in fact, being murdered.

This is the sixteenth in the Women's Murder Club series (I've read them all). Though it is part of a series, it does work as a stand alone.  There are four members of the Women's Murder Club ... Lindsay, Cindy, Claire and Yuki, though the focus is on Lindsay.

I liked the writing style and it went at a good pace. I liked the short choppy chapters.  I thought this book was okay.  I wasn't crazy about the bomber story and thought it and the trial was far fetched.  The same goes for the serial killer storyline.  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 and violence.

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