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4th of July: The Women's Murder Club | [James Patterson, Maxine Paetro]

4th of July: The Women's Murder Club

After losing one of its own, Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever, one that could easily be their last. A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.
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Publisher's Summary

After losing one of its own, Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever, one that could easily be their last. A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.

While awaiting trial, Lindsay escapes to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, but the peaceful community there is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. Working with her friends in the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and a case she worked on years before: an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since. As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay battles for her life on two fronts: before a judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax; and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings, including killing again. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay. Patterson fine-tunes the tension like never before in this heart-racing new novel in the best-selling detective series to debut in years.

©2005 James Patterson. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved.

What the Critics Say

"A rousing fourth installment of the Women's Murder Club series....Suspense fiction euphoria." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 08-13-05
    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 08-13-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Nice addition to series..."

    I would definite recommend reading this series in order, 1st to Die, 2nd Chance, 3rd Degree then this one. And luckily Audible has them all. This is a nice addition to the series and kept my interest throughout. I enjoyed the narrator as well. Listened to them with friends on a car trip to Oklahoma....time sped by.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Francis Toledo, OH, USA 08-19-05
    Francis Toledo, OH, USA 08-19-05
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    "Worth the read"

    This was an entertaining and fun book. What a twisted approach to make you think! Suspenseful.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L. Frye Texas 04-24-09
    L. Frye Texas 04-24-09 Member Since 2009

    book lover

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    "Good Story"

    I like the Women's Murder Club stories, and the narrator was good on this. But the musical playback got on my nerves at times. It would have been much more enjoyable without the dramatic music.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denise R. Boline Lincoln, NE 03-21-06
    Denise R. Boline Lincoln, NE 03-21-06 Member Since 2005

    Just Denise

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    "Audible disappointment"

    I agree with many of the other reviewers that Patterson's books are getting old and predictable (although this one was a teensy bit raunchy... a la Tami Hoag) the biggest let down was not the writing but the musical background added to the text itself. I have found that it spoiled several suspenseful moments for me and I'm still a little bitter about it. *sigh*

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Centennial, CO United States 11-01-05
    Rio Centennial, CO United States 11-01-05 Member Since 2001
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    "A very good read"

    I don't know why I always hesitate to read books that James Patterson writes in conjunction with other writers. Beach House was exceptional and the 4th of July was just as good. It started slowly but swung into full gear after a few chapters, leading to good characters and interaction. The end was a bit predictable, but worked out well. I enjoyed this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Stamford, CT, United States 08-19-05
    Jesse Stamford, CT, United States 08-19-05
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    "Patterson, Fooled me again"

    Well done. Stories within stories. Disarming diversions, none of which prepared me for the surprise ending. I liked it, all the way through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Denver, CO, United States 01-20-13
    Bonnie Denver, CO, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Action packed but not always accurate"

    The opening chapters – WOW! And then the action never stops. The story moves along at a fast clip. Actually, there are two seemingly separate story lines that are combined in this book.

    One of the things that I love about the Patterson books is the short, action-packed chapters. There are many places to stop and get some sleep, even though you don’t want to put the book down.

    This book focuses on Lindsay Boxer and there are only a few mentions of the Women’s Murder Club members: Claire (Medical Examiner) and Cindy (News Reporter).

    Lindsay’s previous partner, Inspector Warren Jacobi, takes a larger role at the beginning and end of the book; so the reader gets to know him better. In this novel he is more human and less hard core. He even has a few funny lines. Is this the doing of the new calibrator, Maxine Paetro? There are very short mentions of Joe, Lindsay’s love interest. In fact, they added nothing to either story lines.

    As the book moved along I guessed the first killer but I was shocked by the others.

    Loved the book and it’s fast pace and would recommend it.

    That said I still cannot give it a five star. There are tons of errors but the one that really stands out is at the trial conclusion when the jury brought in a “not guilty” verdict. This was a civil trial. Civil trials are about money and so was this trail. In a criminal trail the jury hands down a guilt or innocence verdict. In a civil trail the finding is either for the plaintiff or the defendant. Civil trails have nothing to do with guilt or innocence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom C Pasco, Washington 12-16-12
    Tom C Pasco, Washington 12-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Now it's getting on track."
    What made the experience of listening to 4th of July the most enjoyable?

    This is the one that I originally started with about five years ago that brought me into the series. It is still a very entertaining story. There is violance, but it is absolutely necessary to the storyline. The gratuitious sex and bigotry have been really toned down and no longer interrupt the flow of the plot. I am anxious to start # 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 4th of July?

    It is all in the twist and revelation. Don't spoil it for others.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Most of her voices are distinct and easy to follow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    They don't invite me to "reality" farces because I don't make a fool of myself over every little thing. However, in the last ten chapters I had a hard time putting the book down, which is about as intense as it gets for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again the mood music covers the narration in places.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen DOVER, OH, United States 06-04-12
    Ellen DOVER, OH, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great listen"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was really good. I couldn't stop listening to it and was really surprised at who done it. Can't wait to hear number 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Aurora , CO, USA 06-15-10
    Carl Aurora , CO, USA 06-15-10
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    "Courtroom.....On and On"

    Again..enough with all of the courtroom speeches.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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