BOOK REVIEW

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4TH OF JULY - JAMES PATTERSON
AND MAXINE PAETRO

Lt. Lindsay Boxer and Inspector Jacobi were pulling up to the Lorenzo, a rent-by-the-hour hotel in San Francisco.  They noticed three police cars were present.  What happened?  A white male in his late teens was electrocuted in the bathtub.  There were no signs of forced entry.  This is the same way the last victim was found. 

A young prostitute pulled Jacobi aside and asked for $20 in exchange for a license plate number.  Jacobi accommodated her.  As Lt. Boxer entered the bathroom she saw the victim - a skinny, blond boy sitting up in the tub.  The electric cord ended at a two-slice toaster.  Two words were painted on the door.  These same words were also painted in the previous murder - "Nobody Cares".  What does this all mean?  At first this looked like a grisly suicide but the spray paint cans were not around.  Lt. Boxer was very upset because she could not get used to the idea of someone murdering children.  The license plate was traced to a Mercedes.  A black Mercedes was also seen at the other murder. 

As Lt. Boxer was meeting with Claire and Cindy (members of the Women's Murder Club) at a neighborhood café, she receives a call from Jacobi indicating the Mercedes had been spotted.  They were off to follow the car.  It resulted in a wild chase.  There were two young kids in the car, a brother and sister.  Lt. Boxer and Jacobi ended up getting shot and Lt. Boxer fired back in self-defense.  Now, however, she has to stand trial. 

To get away from all the tension during the breaks in the trial, Lindsay travels to Half Moon Bay.  Not too long after her arrival, a number of murders begin to occur.  There are no witnesses.  A key detail recalls a case Lindsay worked on as a rookie years ago.  Today, this murder remains unsolved. 

Lindsay and her friends in the Women's Murder Club have their hands full.  On one hand there is the trial and on the other is the unknown enemy who will do anything to keep Lindsay from the truth.  Who is the unknown enemy?

You can never go wrong reading a James Patterson book and this novel is no exception.  It is very fast paced and you can probably read it in one or two sittings.  It contains the usual short chapters that appear in most of James Patterson's books.  James Patterson does an excellent job in keeping the readers on edge, keeping them interested and keeping them guessing.  It is easy to see why Mr. Patterson is such a skilled writer and a master at the art of the mystery.  If you want to read a good mystery, one you just don't want to put down, this book is for you.  Let's hope the Women's Murder Club novels continue.  This one is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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