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3rd Degree: The Women's Murder Club

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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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    Bob West Hollywood, CA, USA 04-04-06
    Bob West Hollywood, CA, USA 04-04-06
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    "good main plot"

    lots of suspense and action but the subplot involving one of the club member's abusive relationship was quite annoying and the book could have done without the cheesy music and sound effects.

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    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 06-16-05
    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 06-16-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Not too good"

    This is the first James Patterson book I've heard. I found the main character to be pretty obvious, the tough lady cop with a soft side. I didn't really warm up to any of the characters. The sound effects are annoying. A good story doesn't need explosion sounds and music to tell the listener how to feel. The reader is OK but I may be holding my reaction to the sound effects and the overall story against her. I always feel like I have to finish a story that I start so I am glad this one was pretty short and the chapters moved along quickly.

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    Jeff Taylors, SC, USA 05-04-04
    Jeff Taylors, SC, USA 05-04-04
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    "One of Patterson's Best"

    Patterson has done it again! This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Pattersons exceptional consideration to detail makes this book one of his best yet. Alex Cross is one of my favorite characters but the woman's murder club was exceptionally good in this book. The way Patterson ties seemingly unrelated events together is brilliant!! This is a must read whether you are a Patterson fan or not!

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    k 01-19-17
    k 01-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Music?"

    why in the world did you use background music? the story flowed well, until the sappy music came on, really made me want to FF, but I didn't want to miss anything.

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    Emily 09-22-16
    Emily 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "music"

    for some silly reason audible decided to put ridiculous background music to this book!!!!!!!it was so annoying and ruined many crucial part of this story!!!!!!
    Another good book written by James Patterson though

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    Farrell 11-12-15
    Farrell 11-12-15

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Bit far fetched?"

    Fun story even if it was a bit over the top. Sad in parts but worth a few hours of listening.

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    Jessica United States 04-15-13
    Jessica United States 04-15-13
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    "Womens' Murder Club"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe...the characters' lives are much better than whatever tragedy is unfolding at the time. Patterson presents his idea of a group of women friends that I find really cheesy at times and unrealistic.


    Any additional comments?

    The drama of the reading was a little over the top.

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    Amazon Customer Indiana 01-19-13
    Amazon Customer Indiana 01-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Rizzoli & Isles Ripoff"
    What disappointed you about 3rd Degree?

    Overdramatization, it was easy to see that this was written by two men who have little real idea of how to write a strong woman's part. They wrote Lindsay Boxer as an hysterical man, rather than a strong, capable woman. This series is a thinly veiled ripoff of Tess Gerritson's Rizzoli & Isles series. A lead female character who is a police detective, with a best friend who is the medical examiner and a boyfriend who is a government agent in Washington DC. I would suggest the James Patterson and Andrew Gross take a lesson from Ms. Gerritson on how to write strong female characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Andrew Gross again?

    I doubt it. I have been fairly disappointed with James Patterson's books recently and stopped listening to his Alex Cross series 2 books ago. I don't think Andrew Gross brings much to the table, especially in this series.


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

    Ms. McCormick does a good job with the various characters, her tone and inflection bring them to life.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 3rd Degree?

    I would make Lindsay less strident. I picture her as an intelligent woman and I don't think it's necessary to resort to foul language in every other sentence to get the point across.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend the Rizzoli & Isles series over this mess.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 04-29-04
    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 04-29-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Bummer"

    I was so looking forward to the next installment of this series, and I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. Another reviewer already mentioned the change in the character's accents - which annoyed me, but it was more than that.

    Don't get me wrong, I generally love Patterson's books. 1st to Die and 2nd Chance are on my "must read" lists. I loved them. I guess that's why this came as a disappointment. The storyline was ok, I guess. I did finish the book, and I did enjoy it to some degree. However, the tension and suspense I felt with the first two books just wasn't there. Of course, I was very interested to see what happened to my favorite characters, and if another book is written with this group, I will read it.

    All in all, I'd say if you're a fan of the "Women's Murder Club", you have to read this book. If you're just learning what this is, check out the other two first.

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    04-15-04
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    "Fun read"

    I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy listen. A sudden event in the beginning rocks the story and then they spend the rest of the book putting the peices back together. Good times. Thumbs up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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