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1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club | [James Patterson]

1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.
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Publisher's Summary

Four women - four friends - share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.


But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.


1st to Die is the start of a blazingly fast-paced and sensationally entertaining new series of crime thrillers.

©2001 by James Patterson; All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Twist after twist"

    Was this book ever a doozey. I guess I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect it to be so graphic, didn't expect such a twisted criminal mind, and certainly did not expect such tragedy. The conclusion was twist after twist, so intense I was clenching my jaw and almost falling from my perch with anxiety.
    I liked the club, the girls were portrayed well, and made for a good meeting of the minds. It was good, and though I'm not happy about all of the ending, it was at least a satisfying conclusion. I may be having disturbing nightmares about it for a while though.
    Only criticism of the narration was some slight inconsistency/lack of differentiation for some of the male voices, but it was more of a sporadic annoyance than a hindrance.
    If the whole series/other JP books are of this same tone and level of graphic-ness, I'm not sure I can handle them. It was good, just didn't put/keep me in a pleasant mood akin to what Agatha Christie or Rhys Bowen do. He writes a whole different ball game, I'll have to see if I'm up to it.

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    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 02-20-13
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"


    This book would be rated R for language and PG-13 for subject matter and should get a big D- for character developement. The women were unrealistic in their relationship with one another. The relationships in the book were shallow. Overall disappointed in Mr. Patterson greatly disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Campbell 10-18-04

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    "abandon your brains, all who enter here"

    I know Patterson is a popular author. I just can't figure out why. The writing is cliched at best, hackneyed at worst. And you simply must suspend your brains and common sense to buy into the premise, let alone what passes for a plot.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-05-12
    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It was fun but didn't leave a lasting impression.."

    The plot twists were phenomenal! The story didn't flow though, almost as though the author was trying force his plot into his preconceived notion of its interaction with the "murder club". It almost worked but not quite... That being said, it is worth a listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Norcross, GA, USA 01-16-03
    Frederick Norcross, GA, USA 01-16-03
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    "1st to Die"

    Very Intriguing. It keep my wife awake on our trip.

    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    patricia 06-13-15
    patricia 06-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Exciting Story with a Personal Touch"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1st to Die to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was better because the reader to a great job identifying different characters with voice changes.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As the plot developed and the characters developed the story kept changing


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice inflection was great


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    L.L. Hall 06-10-15
    L.L. Hall 06-10-15 Listener Since 2003
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    "Entertaining"

    Very entertaining, though also very predictable. Nevertheless, it held my interest throughout & I enjoyed the narrator's voice & characterizations, something I struggle with with a lot of audio books.

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    rana 05-30-15
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    "The narration killed it."

    The narration was over done. Too annoying. The Prologue hinted to a sad ending, as u get closer to the end you almost know what will happen. Plus by then u wonder why u bothered getting that close to the end. The only book out of over 20 i bought on Audible I did not give 5 stars. The narration was soooo bad.

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    Roslyn D Allen Meadow Vista, CA United States 05-19-15
    Roslyn D Allen Meadow Vista, CA United States 05-19-15
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    "Wow"

    Nail biter from beginning to end....can't wait to start the next one. Wonderful characterization, I feel like I know them.

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    Lynne Milliken 05-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made 1st to Die better?

    A better narrator would have improved the book. Also, I felt too much was given away early on, making it too predictable. I don't think that the female characters were well written, but maybe that was the result of the way the narrator made them sound.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not every female narrator can pull off a male voice, just as male narrators sometimes have trouble with female voices. Unfortunately, she made Chris sound awful--wooden, and sometimes even deranged (like Nicholas the writer)--awful enough that I had no idea why she would fall in love with him.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The initial idea of the newlywed murders was fairly good.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the entire thing, but it was a bit of a struggle, especially near the end. I don't think this series is for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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