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3rd Degree: The Women's Murder Club | [James Patterson, Andrew Gross]

3rd Degree: The Women's Murder Club

Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an Internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found; and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an Internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found; and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.

Then a prominent businessman is found murdered under bizarre circumstances, with another mysterious message left behind by the killer. Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner's office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her figure out who is committing these murders, and why they are intent on killing someone every three days.

Even more terrifying, the killer has targeted one of the four friends who call themselves the Women's Murder Club.

©2004 James Patterson. All rights reserved; (P)2004 Time Warner Audiobooks, a division of the Time Warner Book Group

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    Louis 07-21-14
    Louis 07-21-14
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    "couldn't get into it"

    I have enjoyed James Patterson before, so I am pretty sure its not him as much as it is the narrator. I just can't put my finger it on it but I tried it three times and not to much luck, I gave it one star because I didn't get far enough to to rate it,

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    Ronald E. Weiss Chateau Saxon, New Jerse 04-29-14
    Ronald E. Weiss Chateau Saxon, New Jerse 04-29-14 Member Since 2005

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    "What Trash"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Andrew Gross and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I am a long time James Patterson reader and Audible listener. I am a fan of Alex Cross and his many challenges. I first listened to this book on tape and that was years ago. I should have taken notes. I remember the opening scene, the explosion and the mayhem and I thought that it might be a winner to listen to again. Once into it, I could not believe that I ever liked it. The characters are unreal and not worthy of Patterson, but worse than that is the preaching: The author/s are hell bent to proselytize in issues such as healthcare and such. Then there is the dialogue. Does anyone believe that women speak or think the way the author/s portray? I could not get bast the first few chapters. I should ask for my money back... Saxon


    What could James Patterson and Andrew Gross have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Figure out how people really talk and think. The author/s seem to out of touch with reality. The heroine, a supposedly hard-nosed member of the law is pathetic. And think about it: she takes her cases to a bunch of other women that belong to the "Women's Murder Club coffee klatch. Is any of this believable?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did a good job. She related the text as written.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment!


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    Tom C 12-16-12
    Tom C 12-16-12
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    "Getting on track"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is much better than the first two. Not a bad place to start the series. You won't miss anything memorable from the first two.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Andrew Gross ? Why or why not?

    Already have.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I have hearing loss from the war so some of the background "mood" music wiped out the narration. Also some of the soft or lispy voices were hard to follow.


    Was 3rd Degree worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candice sunset beach, NC, United States 11-28-12
    Candice sunset beach, NC, United States 11-28-12
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    "Good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I was upset with one of the twists, so early in the series too. I just hope Patterson makes the outcome good in the next books. Not to big on the sound effects used, but other than that it was a good book. I like the reader, have listened to her on a few other books. Some people say she's monotone and doesn't change characters well, but in this book she did good. The story line was really good, with suspense. Like I said in the beginning, it has a few twists with one being very unexpected. All in all a good "read". Love the series.

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    Bonnie 11-16-12
    Bonnie 11-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Finish it in one sitting - you won't want to stop"

    Make the beverage of your choice, start a fire or sit on the patio, relax, and start reading. You will finish it in one sitting because you will not want to put it down. Enjoy!! Love the short chapters which allows for “potty breaks”.

    This is a REVIEW so I am not going to give away the plot. That would make me a spoiler. HATE THE PEOPLE THAT DO THAT.

    When a home is bombed and then a death by deadly chemical is followed by another bombing at a mall, it's clear that some group is out for revenge or are they terrorists? We get to meet a few of the bad guy guys from their dialogue but their identities are not all revealed until the somewhat surprising ending.

    The thriller part of the novel is a well crafted and nicely paced police procedural that takes us through forensics, profiling, post mortems, cooperation between the LA municipal police force and the FBI, and the moral dilemma posed by the tragic requirement to withhold details of an investigation because it may be harmful to the public.

    There are also situations that address battery by a husband but I do not want to give too much away.

    Pick it up and read it. It moves fast and is enjoyable as the Patterson books usually are.

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    09-25-12
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    "Good Story, Terrible Narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, the book itself is very good but I would have rather read it than listened to it...the audio was terrible.


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

    It kept me interested but I wouldn't go so far as to say "on the edge of my seat"


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    I don't know but not her.


    Was 3rd Degree worth the listening time?

    Yes


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    Raisa 08-20-12
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    "Good as always with The Women's Murder Club."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good as always with The Women's Murder Club - even though a sad story revealed.


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

    She's drives written emotions fast and steady - you can't skip a bit, you have to feel it all.


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    Jennifer Pomona, CA, United States 12-28-11
    Jennifer Pomona, CA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Music wasn't necessary"
    What did you like best about 3rd Degree? What did you like least?

    I didn't care for the music and sound effects used. Carolyn McCormick is a wonderful reader, the music was distracting and felt a little degrading.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was action packed and there were a lot of things going on and the story intertwined the characters well.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Without the music and the secondary voice when reading the letters from the terrorists.


    Was 3rd Degree worth the listening time?

    Overall, yes.


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    Ellen Aigner 11-29-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Best one yet"

    Finally a narrator who is worthy of telling the story. What I love about this series is the combination of hard, serious, often heart-breaking police work and a softer side to the characters and plots. I love this series and just downloaded two more.

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    Mstv01 12-31-10
    Mstv01 12-31-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story, Good Listen"

    Good story and good narration - very worth buying. Only gave 4 stars as there were a couple of places where the story stalled for me, but on the whole a very good listen. It's the 3rd story in the Ladies Murder Club series, but the 1st for me. Perhaps I should have started with the 1st for more of the characters backgrounds as I'm one who goes for more, however it is a standalone story and not necessary to read priors for the enjoyment of listening.

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