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The Postcard Killers | [James Patterson, Liza Marklund]

The Postcard Killers

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him - he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.
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Publisher's Summary

Paris is stunning in the summer.

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him - he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

The killing is simply marvelous.

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.

Wish you were here.

Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm - and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette

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    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 08-26-10
    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 08-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Come on, James, Can you think of some new material"

    Attention writers, please stop writing abridged books and selling them at unabridged prices!!! $18.00 for 7:23 hour book? Same with "Private". I almost didn't buy them, however I enjoy James Patterson. Then, after I read this, I bought "Private". Basically the same storyline. Come on! Anyway, I enjoyed the story. Very well written. Would have given it 5 stars, however i am so tired of these guys taking advantage of we buyers, throwing out short stories and selling them at novel prices, just so they can pay for their homes in Newport Coast (Oh, wait, that's Dean Koontz), or wherever! Sorry, I'm venting.....

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Columbia, MO, United States 08-29-10
    Marian Columbia, MO, United States 08-29-10 Member Since 2000
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    "Cardboard characters, so-so plot"

    This book was a real disappointment. The ending was telegraphed about two thirds of the way through the book and, while it had an interesting twist, the writing provided little support for the story. Worst of all, the characters were cardboard representations of conventional stereotypes--particularly the hero, who was depicted as the typical hostile, aggressive but highly competent NYC cop. The villian (or villians--don't want to spoil the plot) had no real motivation at all, at least none that rang true.

    So, this novel filled up about 9 hours (part listened to as an audiobook, part read as an eBook at bedtime along the way) of dead time on a long driving trip, thus serving its primary purpose. Beyond that, however, it has little redeeming literary or social importance.

    If reading co-authored James Patterson novels, I think I'll stick to the ones co-authored by either Maxine Paetro or Michael Ledgewick.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-29-10
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-29-10
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    "Another abridged, unabridged book that was OK."

    There seems to be a pattern forming with some of the popular authors. They are getting unabridged prices for books that should really be sold as abridged. I also agree that Patterson does better by himself. At first I was upset that there are three readers, each reading a couple sections but I got over it and decided that it is, what it is. So many "chapters" are so short they seem like they are only a couple paragraphs long. With that being said, overall I enjoyed the book. It was fairly predictable but then what isn't. Clive Cussler's newest book is being released in a couple days, so maybe he'll have a totally entertaining book that isn't so predictable. The basic motive for the villan(s) doesn't become apparent until about 3/4 of the way through the book. I sound negative but am glad I downloaded and "read" it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Ross 08-27-10
    Donna Ross 08-27-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Fooled again!"

    I am a huge James Patterson fan. I have read every book he wrote by himself. However, every book I have bought that he wrote with someone else has been a huge disappointment. This was no exception. I've said it before but I will NEVER buy another book he writes with anyone else, they are NOT his books. A total waste of my money.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-23-10
    Keisha Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Huh?!"

    This is my first Patterson novel so maybe there's a formula I'm just not aware of. I just started this book and am already not impressed. It just jumped right into the story with no background or set up at all. I hope it all comes together soon.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Truth T. MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 08-24-10
    Truth T. MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2001
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    "good enough but..."

    the Swedish reporter angle is distracting... it almost reads like Patterson had some"Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo" envy.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Davenport, IA, United States 01-22-12
    Barbara Davenport, IA, United States 01-22-12
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    "Too many "he said, she said" when listening!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I read this book in PAPER form and enjoyed it. I bought it (from Audible) for a trip that my husband and I were taking.... LISTENING to it irritated my husband (and ME) to NO END!
    I discovered that, although the story was good, the writing, when READ to us was not very good. Not one of James Patterson's best works....The constant reminder of who was speaking was UNNECESSARY, as the reader changed voices and inflections remarkably well!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader, I assume, was simply reading the pages. I guess I discovered that when I read in my head, I ignore repeated phrases -


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Renton, WA, United States 10-14-10
    Randy Renton, WA, United States 10-14-10 Member Since 2000
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    "Uninteresting"

    I could not even finish it got about 2/3 of the way through and thought my time would be better spent on listening to something interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tyrell Washington, INDIANA, United States 10-14-10
    Tyrell Washington, INDIANA, United States 10-14-10
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    "Great Story"

    I only wish it was a little bit longer. However, I do not think Patterson and Marklund can make another book for this story, which is sad because the story is great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    carl Boise, ID, United States 03-13-12
    carl Boise, ID, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A lot of postcards"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Liza Marklund and/or the narrators?

    I will look forward to addition items


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

    not sure,I was supprised by the repeated gore


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    both were well presented,no favorite


    Was The Postcard Killers worth the listening time?

    Yes.I will be cautous the next time around,same blood,same story each event,
    I did enjoy the end,and the summery .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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