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The world's bestselling detective series has never been more suspenseful. Trapped in deadly showdowns, courtroom trials, and dangerous secrets, the Women's Murder Club must fight for their lives. In a deadly late-night showdown, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer fires her weapon and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, a fami The world's bestselling detective series has never been more suspenseful. Trapped in deadly showdowns, courtroom trials, and dangerous secrets, the Women's Murder Club must fight for their lives. In a deadly late-night showdown, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer fires her weapon and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, a family destroyed, and Lindsay herself at the mercy of twelve jurors. During a break in the trial, she retreats to a picturesque town that is reeling from a string of grisly murders-crimes that bear a link to a haunting, unsolved case from her rookie years. Now, with her friends in the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay must battle for her life on two fronts: in a trial rushing to a climax, and against an unknown adversary willing to do anything to hide the truth about the homicides-including kill again?


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The world's bestselling detective series has never been more suspenseful. Trapped in deadly showdowns, courtroom trials, and dangerous secrets, the Women's Murder Club must fight for their lives. In a deadly late-night showdown, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer fires her weapon and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, a fami The world's bestselling detective series has never been more suspenseful. Trapped in deadly showdowns, courtroom trials, and dangerous secrets, the Women's Murder Club must fight for their lives. In a deadly late-night showdown, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer fires her weapon and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, a family destroyed, and Lindsay herself at the mercy of twelve jurors. During a break in the trial, she retreats to a picturesque town that is reeling from a string of grisly murders-crimes that bear a link to a haunting, unsolved case from her rookie years. Now, with her friends in the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay must battle for her life on two fronts: in a trial rushing to a climax, and against an unknown adversary willing to do anything to hide the truth about the homicides-including kill again?

30 review for 4th of July

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    James Patterson has joined up with Maxine Paetro in this 4th in the Women's Murder Club series and I'm pleased to say I enjoyed this much better than the last one which was written with Andrew Gross. Although I would have like to have seen more input from the other members of the club (this one was all about Lt Lindsay Boxer) it was still a cracking book, fast paced, kept you guessing until the end and with an unexpected killer I hadn't foreseen it was certainly the traditional James Patterson s James Patterson has joined up with Maxine Paetro in this 4th in the Women's Murder Club series and I'm pleased to say I enjoyed this much better than the last one which was written with Andrew Gross. Although I would have like to have seen more input from the other members of the club (this one was all about Lt Lindsay Boxer) it was still a cracking book, fast paced, kept you guessing until the end and with an unexpected killer I hadn't foreseen it was certainly the traditional James Patterson style thriller. I would recommend "The 4th July" and I'd say this could quite easily be read as a standalone too and I'm now looking forward to "The 5th Horseman" now that the books seem to have got back on track.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    The 4th book in the Women's murder club by Maxine Paetro and probably the best so far. Usual James Patterson proven formula, fast paced, short chapters etc.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    If this isn't the last James Patterson book I read, I invite you to punch me in the face. I can't take these books seriously. There is no depth whatsoever to the characters, and after four books, I would expect to have more familiarity with them. Lindsay's romantic "relationships" are a joke. Dinner and sex does not = love and a lasting commitment. The best thing that can be said about this book is that it reads very quickly and that you don't have to pause to look up any words ou don't know. It If this isn't the last James Patterson book I read, I invite you to punch me in the face. I can't take these books seriously. There is no depth whatsoever to the characters, and after four books, I would expect to have more familiarity with them. Lindsay's romantic "relationships" are a joke. Dinner and sex does not = love and a lasting commitment. The best thing that can be said about this book is that it reads very quickly and that you don't have to pause to look up any words ou don't know. It makes obvious, trite, and stereotypical pop culture references that require no further explanation. In fact, no explanation required applies to most of the book. Chapter divisions make no sense, other than to add length. This book is not worth the time it took to read it, the $0.20 I paid for it, or the paper it was printed on. If I could give it zero stars, I would.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    James Patterson's books are either really good or just average and this was one of the really good ones. Short, choppy chapters made it fast reading and the thrilling story line made it a page turner that was impossible to put down. The identity of the murderers came completely from left field. I had not even considered two of them as possibilities. Just the way it should be in a competently written mystery thriller. I have not read any of the earlier Women's Murder Club series but it did not ma James Patterson's books are either really good or just average and this was one of the really good ones. Short, choppy chapters made it fast reading and the thrilling story line made it a page turner that was impossible to put down. The identity of the murderers came completely from left field. I had not even considered two of them as possibilities. Just the way it should be in a competently written mystery thriller. I have not read any of the earlier Women's Murder Club series but it did not matter. This book stood well on its own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    Another excellent instalment of the Woman's Murder Club series by Maxine Paetro.* I listened to this Audible audio book many years ago and all that I remembered was that I really, really liked it! Now I remember why! Fast paced and exciting the whole way through. And the revelation at the end was quite shocking and took me completely by surprise! What a great book! I have no reservations in recommending not only this book, but the entire Woman's Murder Club series! One of my all time favorite se Another excellent instalment of the Woman's Murder Club series by Maxine Paetro.* I listened to this Audible audio book many years ago and all that I remembered was that I really, really liked it! Now I remember why! Fast paced and exciting the whole way through. And the revelation at the end was quite shocking and took me completely by surprise! What a great book! I have no reservations in recommending not only this book, but the entire Woman's Murder Club series! One of my all time favorite series! I enjoy the narrator, Carolyn McCormick, who did a great job as always! *Note: While James Patterson is listed as the coauthor, this book was written primarily by Maxine Paetro. I just wanted to give credit where credit is due.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I love James Patterson. His style of writing is fun and easy to read. And the Women's Murder Club is great! That said, this book slugged in a few places. Lindsey's trial felt a bit bogged down, and the extra murder investigation didn't get as much of the story as it needed to build suspense. But, it's still a good addition to the series and worth reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    This book in the Women's Murder Club series was very different from the first 3 books in the series. In this book, Lindsey is put on administrative leave during a trial while she is being investigated for shooting her police gun at two children. The charges are found to be bogus and Lindsey is found to be innocent (no shock there). What makes this book different is that we learn about Lindsey in her free time. In the previous books, besides working A LOT, she dates, cooks amazing meals, works ou This book in the Women's Murder Club series was very different from the first 3 books in the series. In this book, Lindsey is put on administrative leave during a trial while she is being investigated for shooting her police gun at two children. The charges are found to be bogus and Lindsey is found to be innocent (no shock there). What makes this book different is that we learn about Lindsey in her free time. In the previous books, besides working A LOT, she dates, cooks amazing meals, works out and hangs out with the girls. However, in this book we suddenly learn that she is a song writer, plays the acoustic guitar, and is a whiz at fixing/repairing old cars. What?!? Did I miss something in the previous books? Also, Martha her dog goes from being sweet, and loyal to being a super-trained sheep herder who enjoys "herding" children for fun. Really?1? Where do Lindsey and Martha find time to practice that in San Francisco? Towards the end of the book after what Lindsey believes is an attempted break-in and Martha tries to save her, Lindsey says, "That'll do Martha! That'll do." I found myself chortling here because Patterson had to have been channeling "Babe the Pig" when he wrote that!!! I was shocked to find out who the killers were - never suspected them at all! I have already started reading the 5th book in this series and its style is back to what the earlier books were.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    Wow, didn't see that one coming. As usual, this series has got me picking up the next book in anticipation. The last book we lost one girl, this book, we seem to have adopted another in the women's murder club. Not all the girls assist Lindsay in this brutal crime but she holds her own. Her and her partner are shot down, but it didn't stop either of them from solving the crime after recovery. Lindsay is then put on trial and I have to say, I LOVED IT. One of the better novels of the women's murd Wow, didn't see that one coming. As usual, this series has got me picking up the next book in anticipation. The last book we lost one girl, this book, we seem to have adopted another in the women's murder club. Not all the girls assist Lindsay in this brutal crime but she holds her own. Her and her partner are shot down, but it didn't stop either of them from solving the crime after recovery. Lindsay is then put on trial and I have to say, I LOVED IT. One of the better novels of the women's murder club.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So far seems like the same fare from the James Patterson sweat shop as the other novels he has people write for him. Two page chapters make for easy reading. Some of the chapters aren't even a full page. I guess the sweat shop cranks out a hundred pages and then some editorhas to divide it up so it seems like a full book. They will break up moments into a couple single page chapters for some reason. As for the story itself, I find it hard to believe that everyone forgets she had beend rinking exc So far seems like the same fare from the James Patterson sweat shop as the other novels he has people write for him. Two page chapters make for easy reading. Some of the chapters aren't even a full page. I guess the sweat shop cranks out a hundred pages and then some editorhas to divide it up so it seems like a full book. They will break up moments into a couple single page chapters for some reason. As for the story itself, I find it hard to believe that everyone forgets she had beend rinking except the people who are suing her. I am pretty sure if you shoot someone in the line of duty there is an investigation by some internal department and they would have questioned her about her blood alcohol. Also that was the fastest trial date ever set in the history of mankind. In the past Alex Cross novels he had no problem letting the story ran the course over a lond period of time but when you are just churning out books for the money I guess you don't have the time write a full story. Also when you have people forgetting/misplacing cell phones and guns you really lose credibility with me. The end of the book was some tacked on garabage. The little girl not only has the details of the next crime she can guide the police to the killers in time to catch them in the act. Truly amazing. Thank you lending library for saving me money.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Not my favorite Women's Murder Club novel but definitely not the worst. Overall decent. The story was divided into 2 plots. The first plot being Lindsay's trial and the second being a murder case. I didn't like the constant back and forth between the trial and the case since there wasn't a connection between the two. I found that both plots wrapped up very quickly and I would have liked to know more about the murderers and their reasons for doing what they did. Maxine Paetro picks up the series f Not my favorite Women's Murder Club novel but definitely not the worst. Overall decent. The story was divided into 2 plots. The first plot being Lindsay's trial and the second being a murder case. I didn't like the constant back and forth between the trial and the case since there wasn't a connection between the two. I found that both plots wrapped up very quickly and I would have liked to know more about the murderers and their reasons for doing what they did. Maxine Paetro picks up the series from Andrew Gross. She introduces a new character, Yuki Castellano, who ends up joining the club and they become close. The bulk of this book features Lindsay on trial for a wrongful death suit. The courtroom stuff was a which is to say it was obviously dramatized but sufficiently convincing to me. There was the obligatory serial killer plot thrown in, with a decent twist ending. I'm not the best at guessing who the killers are but they always hide in plain sight and follow the book version of Ebert's Law of Economy of Characters. ("All characters in a movie are necessary to the story - even those who do not seem to be. Sophisticated viewers can use this Law to deduce the identity of the person being kept secret by the movie's plot: this 'mystery' person is always the only character in the movie who seems otherwise extraneous. Cf. the friendly neighbor.") Joe Molinari, Lindsey's love interest, reappears periodically to visit with Lindsay (he's in DC, she's in SF) but their relationship doesn't really move forward at this time. I'd like to see them working together again. I'm still trying to get all caught up. I'm filling a hole here, I haven't been reading them in order, so will be sporadic for a little longer. Recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel C.

    Maxine Paetro picks up the series from Andrew Gross. She introduces a new character, Yuki Castellano, who I think might end up joining the Club. The bulk of this book features Lindsay on trial for a wrongful death suit. The courtroom stuff was about as good as in an episode of Law & Order, which is to say it was obviously dramatized but sufficiently convincing to me. There was the obligatory serial killer plot thrown in, with a decent twist ending. I'm not great at guessing who the killers are Maxine Paetro picks up the series from Andrew Gross. She introduces a new character, Yuki Castellano, who I think might end up joining the Club. The bulk of this book features Lindsay on trial for a wrongful death suit. The courtroom stuff was about as good as in an episode of Law & Order, which is to say it was obviously dramatized but sufficiently convincing to me. There was the obligatory serial killer plot thrown in, with a decent twist ending. I'm not great at guessing who the killers are but they always hide in plain sight and follow the book version of Ebert's Law of Economy of Characters. ("All characters in a movie are necessary to the story - even those who do not seem to be. Sophisticated viewers can use this Law to deduce the identity of the person being kept secret by the movie's plot: this 'mystery' person is always the only character in the movie who seems otherwise extraneous. Cf. the friendly neighbor.") Joe Molinari, the love interest from Book 3, reappears periodically to jump into bed with Lindsay (he's in DC, she's in SF) but their relationship doesn't really move forward. I'd like to see them working together again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    I keep reading this series because once I start a series I usually want to see it through and I am generally a pretty big James Patterson fan but I have a hard time with him writing as a bunch of different women. Sometimes things come off a little cliche and over the top female stereotype. I wouldn't expect much else though with a man writing from a woman's perspective the way that JP does. I still enjoyed the overall story and the solving of the crimes as well as the different perspectives that I keep reading this series because once I start a series I usually want to see it through and I am generally a pretty big James Patterson fan but I have a hard time with him writing as a bunch of different women. Sometimes things come off a little cliche and over the top female stereotype. I wouldn't expect much else though with a man writing from a woman's perspective the way that JP does. I still enjoyed the overall story and the solving of the crimes as well as the different perspectives that the author writes from. I will be continuing the series but it is definitely not my favourite from Mr. Patterson. Okay Read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Meiga

    No importa que el coescritor sea Andrew Gloss o Maxine Paetro, la serie es muy entretenida, el ritmo de la historia no decae en ningún momento, y la lectura es rápida y ágil. Es una pena que hayan dejado de traducir esta serie a español, así que seguiré leyendo en portugués, a ver qué tal se me da. Es esta historia Lindsay Boxer es la protagonista indiscutible, mucho más que en las anteriores entregas.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)

    This book was not nearly the Cheesefest that the previous three were. I guess I have Maxine Paetro to blame/thank for that. I don't know, I'm so conflicted! This series is my easy, cheesy, mindless escape-from-sitting-at-a-desk-at-work series. Do I like that this was a little more of a legit novel? Or am I sad that my cheese has been taken away? The lack of cheese is not the only way in which 4th of July is different from it's predecessors. Instead of being a straight police procedural following t This book was not nearly the Cheesefest that the previous three were. I guess I have Maxine Paetro to blame/thank for that. I don't know, I'm so conflicted! This series is my easy, cheesy, mindless escape-from-sitting-at-a-desk-at-work series. Do I like that this was a little more of a legit novel? Or am I sad that my cheese has been taken away? The lack of cheese is not the only way in which 4th of July is different from it's predecessors. Instead of being a straight police procedural following the crime is committed-clues are found-twists are thrown in-killer is caught method, this is a more of a courtroom drama, with a serial killer plot woven in between to open up a twist ending. I don't know, dare I say I actually liked this book....like, in a real way?!?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tiffy_Reads

    I just breezed right through this novel. The 4th book in tbr Women's Club series starts off with a bang. It dives right into drama and suspense that will keep you turning pages late into the night to see what's going to happen. With plot twists that will almost have your head spinning this book was a solid 4 stars for me. Can't wait to read the next book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Πάνος Τουρλής

    Η υπαστυνόμος Λίνζι Μπόξερ καταδιώκει υπόπτους για μια υπόθεση δολοφονιών και ανακαλύπτει πως πρόκειται για ανήλικους εφήβους, οι οποίοι επιπλέον την πυροβολούν! Η Μπόξερ επιτίθεται εν αμύνη, με αποτέλεσμα το κορίτσι να σκοτωθεί και το αγόρι να μείνει παράλυτο σε όλη του τη ζωή. Σα να μη φτάναν όλα αυτά, στη Λίνζι Μπόξερ ασκείται αγωγή από τους γονείς του αγοριού, μια κίνηση που κινδυνεύει να τινάξει στον άερα όλη της την καριέρα και τη ζωή. Πάνω στην ώρα, η αδελφή της, Κατ, της προτείνει να ξεκ Η υπαστυνόμος Λίνζι Μπόξερ καταδιώκει υπόπτους για μια υπόθεση δολοφονιών και ανακαλύπτει πως πρόκειται για ανήλικους εφήβους, οι οποίοι επιπλέον την πυροβολούν! Η Μπόξερ επιτίθεται εν αμύνη, με αποτέλεσμα το κορίτσι να σκοτωθεί και το αγόρι να μείνει παράλυτο σε όλη του τη ζωή. Σα να μη φτάναν όλα αυτά, στη Λίνζι Μπόξερ ασκείται αγωγή από τους γονείς του αγοριού, μια κίνηση που κινδυνεύει να τινάξει στον άερα όλη της την καριέρα και τη ζωή. Πάνω στην ώρα, η αδελφή της, Κατ, της προτείνει να ξεκουραστεί στο εξοχικό της, στο Χαφ Μουν Μπέι και να ανασυντάξει τις δυνάμεις της. Εκεί όμως εμφανίζεται ένας κατά συρροήν δολοφόνος που αφήνει ίχνη παρόμοια με την πρώτη υπόθεση δολοφονίας που ανέλαβε η Μπόξερ δέκα χρόνια πριν κι η οποία παραμένει άλυτη! Μετά το αξεπέραστο προηγούμενο βιβλίο της σειράς, «Το τρίτο χτύπημα», εδώ παρατήρησα μια κάθετη πτώση στην πρωτοτυπία και τις ανατροπές. Εκτός του ότι το μισό σχεδόν βιβλίο είναι τα πρακτικά μιας δίκης, γραμμένα μεν με συναρπαστικό τρόπο, νομικές ορολογίες που βοηθούν στο σασπένς κλπ. όμως έχουμε στατικές εικόνες και σκηνικά, το υπόλοιπο βιβλίο είναι η εξιχνίαση των δολοφονιών σε μια περιοχή εκτός δικαιοδοσίας της Μπόξερ, η οποία επιπλέον έχει προσωρινά παυθεί από την ενεργό δράση ως την απόφαση των ενόρκων. Η κεντρική ιδέα των δολοφονιών είναι αρκετά ανατριχιαστική και δείχνει πως σε κάποιες περιπτώσεις ο άνθρωπος οδηγείται να πάρει τον νόμο στα χέρια του, όσο κι αν αυτό είναι ηθικά και ανθρωπιστικά μεμπτό. Κατά τα άλλα, η Γυναικεία Λέσχη απλώς δείχνει τη συμπαράστασή της στην Μπόξερ ενώ η δικηγόρος της, Γιούκι Καστελάνο, εντάσσεται σταδιακά ως τέταρτο μέλος στην παρέα μετά τη δολοφονία της εισαγγελέως στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο και ο Τζο Μολινάρι μόλις βρίσκει χρόνο στέκεται στο πλάι της γυναίκας που αγαπάει. Από την άλλη, η υπόθεση λύνεται με έναν περίεργο κατ’ εμέ τρόπο, σχεδόν εντελώς συμπτωματικά, έτσι που δείχνει πως ο πανούργος ως τότε δολοφόνος απλώς αφαιρείται! Επίσης, δεν κατάλαβα πώς γίνεται και γιατί ένας μικρός χαρακτήρας να οδηγεί την Μπόξερ ακριβώς την ώρα που διαπτράττονται τα εγκλήματα. Και μάλιστα χωρίς αυτός ο χαρακτήρας να δείχνει ότι έχει ψυχολογικά προβλήματα και ότι όλα αυτά που ζούσε (;) τον επηρέσασαν ψυχολογικά. Ένιωσα λες και διάβαζα το «Άσε το κακό να μπει» που εκεί δικαιολγοημένα κάτι τέτοιο φάνηκε αληθινό. Για να μη θυμηθώ την έκφραση: «Η μέρα ξετυλίχτηκε σαν κίτρινη πετσέτα θαλάσσης» (σελ. 106). Περιμένω με μεγάλη αγωνία να διαβάσω το πέμπτο βιβλίο της σειράς και ευελπιστώ κάποια στιγμή να ζήσουμε μια περιπέτεια με πρωταγωνίστρια και κάποιες άλλες από τις κοπέλες.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Mariampillai

    This was an interesting read. I really love Lindsay Boxer. She is a really great character to read about. I also really like her friends. I just thought the story was there. I really enjoyed this read. I was really happy with the Joe scenes. I think listening to the audiobook has give the characters more depth, and I really enjoyed how the narrators told the story. As always, there is crime, and this time I was a bit more disturbed than the other times. I cannot wait to see what happens next to This was an interesting read. I really love Lindsay Boxer. She is a really great character to read about. I also really like her friends. I just thought the story was there. I really enjoyed this read. I was really happy with the Joe scenes. I think listening to the audiobook has give the characters more depth, and I really enjoyed how the narrators told the story. As always, there is crime, and this time I was a bit more disturbed than the other times. I cannot wait to see what happens next to these ladies and what crimes they will solve. Overall, a great read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    I must say that this book didn't impress me as the other 3. The suspense left after the court trial. This book made Lindsay appear sometimes incompetent instead of a seasoned police officer. There was a lot of hum drum in between the stories that took place in two different cities but were connected. By the time the killer or killers was identified, I was so happy to be almost through with the story. Let's hope the next book in the series is much better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Larry Bassett

    I am looking for something mindless, something to take my thoughts away from ISIS and Ebola. A little mayhem. Patterson has been a better than expected tonic in the past so I think I will try that well again. It dives right in. No leisurely lead in. Electrocuted body in the bathtub. Alright. Into the grime and gore. I am wondering if the name of the detective will be the only thing that will tell me she is a woman. I am hoping for a realistic woman protagonist. In the end I do not feel rewarded. I I am looking for something mindless, something to take my thoughts away from ISIS and Ebola. A little mayhem. Patterson has been a better than expected tonic in the past so I think I will try that well again. It dives right in. No leisurely lead in. Electrocuted body in the bathtub. Alright. Into the grime and gore. I am wondering if the name of the detective will be the only thing that will tell me she is a woman. I am hoping for a realistic woman protagonist. In the end I do not feel rewarded. If you want my initial general take on the Women’s Murder Club series take a look at my review of the first book in the series at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.... I won’t repeat it here. I read it a couple of years ago so it has taken me quite a while to reconnect with the series. Talk about a gold mine for those who like books with short chapters. In 4th of July, three pages is a long chapter! Two pager after two pager. How can a book have 146 chapters? Like dying and going to who-knows-where! And talk about a page turner. This book makes the manic part of me seem sedate. Zoom! But nothing can slow a good murder mystery down like an extended court diversion. And there is a major diverge here as our heroine is tried for excessive use of force in her police duties. Killing a kid and maiming another as the good cop bad cop charges fly. Since this is a book early in a series, the not guilty verdict should not be a shock in spite of some serious anti-cop muck raking. But only mildly entertaining. And then we go back to chasing a serial murderer outside the jurisdiction of our good cop. The super short chapters make up for a lot of filler in the story with incidental cute pet dog and classic car as only mild points of interest. Of course our heroine makes herself a target for the murderer along the way. The premise of serial murderers for a good cause is not plausible in the end. There is some good and some bad throughout. The excitement is sometimes palpable but the thrills can be overdone at times also. There are thrills but some counterbalancing groans. Overall a lack of consistency. And finding the perpetrator who gushes out the details is a bore. I wind up in the camp of a modest and weak three stars but with a nagging two stars lurking in the back of my mind. Maybe I will read another one of these on some occasion just to see what’s what. I can zip through one of these books when diversion is the goal.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Lindsay Boxer is on the trail of a killer with her one of her ex-partners when the unthinkable happens... while chasing down a suspect's car, it crashes. When they go to help, they find two pre-teen kids in the front seat. But as they try to get them out of the car, both kids pull guns and shoot the two cops. Lindsay fires back, killing one and paralyzing the other from the neck down before passing out herself due to her injuries. While on forced leave from the SFPD during her trial, she takes a Lindsay Boxer is on the trail of a killer with her one of her ex-partners when the unthinkable happens... while chasing down a suspect's car, it crashes. When they go to help, they find two pre-teen kids in the front seat. But as they try to get them out of the car, both kids pull guns and shoot the two cops. Lindsay fires back, killing one and paralyzing the other from the neck down before passing out herself due to her injuries. While on forced leave from the SFPD during her trial, she takes a break at her sister's house in Half Moon Bay, California, to try to regroup. However, her detective instincts kick in as the small coastal town is being threatened by a serial killer and she just can't stay away. Yet another really exciting and quick read from Patterson (with co-author Paetro) that proves that it's time for Alex Cross to be retired once and for all.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gah. Such HORRIBLE writing, but I'll give Patterson and his coauthor credit for writing a compulsively readable book. It totally helps that the chapters are four sentences long, but I REALLY tired of reading about beyond cheesy euphemisms for drinking with the sassy gal pals and for the love of god, please once write "I turned the car..." rather than "I angled deftly..." "I determinedly pointed the nose of the car..." And I have to add this is the second book in a row where I let forth with a he Gah. Such HORRIBLE writing, but I'll give Patterson and his coauthor credit for writing a compulsively readable book. It totally helps that the chapters are four sentences long, but I REALLY tired of reading about beyond cheesy euphemisms for drinking with the sassy gal pals and for the love of god, please once write "I turned the car..." rather than "I angled deftly..." "I determinedly pointed the nose of the car..." And I have to add this is the second book in a row where I let forth with a heartily sarcastic "REALLY?!" when they revealed the killer. Ugh.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Nice to see Lindsay again. Welcome Yuki Castellano. Also glad Lindsay was able to solve her Cold Case. Hope Lindsay and Joe get married. Can't wait to read The 5th Horseman!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Balici

    I think I'll always enjoy James Patterson's novels because they are entertaining, they have short chapters, therefore they are easy to read, they are action-packed and the cases Lindsay and her friends deal with are quite interesting. The only thing that bothers me now and then when reading a mystery book written by James Patterson is the silly writing style. I find myself laughing sometimes at Lindsay's thoughts and the conversations she has with her female friends. I'm going to give this book I think I'll always enjoy James Patterson's novels because they are entertaining, they have short chapters, therefore they are easy to read, they are action-packed and the cases Lindsay and her friends deal with are quite interesting. The only thing that bothers me now and then when reading a mystery book written by James Patterson is the silly writing style. I find myself laughing sometimes at Lindsay's thoughts and the conversations she has with her female friends. I'm going to give this book 4 stars, but this is a low 4. I think I'm incapable of rating books lower than 4 stars and this is a real problem. :)))

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this book. A lot of it did take place in the courtroom, but I found the case really intriguing. It’s hard to say, if I was on that particular jury, what I would’ve voted. To me, that was such a compelling aspect of this book. Even with knowing the truth, I started to feel sympathetic for Sam. As crazy as that seems for me to write about now. As for the other part of this book with the active killings, I had guessed 2/3 of the killers, and I had suspicions about the other. Even wi I really enjoyed this book. A lot of it did take place in the courtroom, but I found the case really intriguing. It’s hard to say, if I was on that particular jury, what I would’ve voted. To me, that was such a compelling aspect of this book. Even with knowing the truth, I started to feel sympathetic for Sam. As crazy as that seems for me to write about now. As for the other part of this book with the active killings, I had guessed 2/3 of the killers, and I had suspicions about the other. Even with that being said, I still found the story entertaining and an exciting read! I can’t decide if I like this book or 1st to Die, more. They are both really engrossing stories but have two totally different vibes! I hope I enjoy the rest of the books as well. 😊

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I LOVED this book. Everything about it from the court case to who the killers were. It was a plot twist for sure. I also loved the new character Yuki, shes a great lawyer and fits in great with the girls, although I am still mad about Jill. Poor little Allison. That poor girl. I knew from the beginning something was off with Keith. Great book, great plot, very well written.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    As always the Women Murder's Club gives me the satisfaction of fast-paced and quick read. I like the uncompleted nature of this series, mostly. Admittedly, I wish the authors would dig a little deeper into the characterization, but alas, we have to do with what we got and it's not bad. Here the premise is of a rather personal nature, as Lindsay Boxer goes on trial for killing a teenager and maiming her even younger brother, when, in reality, it's the 2 teenagers who shoot at Det. Warren Jacobi a As always the Women Murder's Club gives me the satisfaction of fast-paced and quick read. I like the uncompleted nature of this series, mostly. Admittedly, I wish the authors would dig a little deeper into the characterization, but alas, we have to do with what we got and it's not bad. Here the premise is of a rather personal nature, as Lindsay Boxer goes on trial for killing a teenager and maiming her even younger brother, when, in reality, it's the 2 teenagers who shoot at Det. Warren Jacobi and Lindsay first. So it was a case of pure self-defense. They couldn't foresee that these youngsters would be killers and shoot at two police detectives after they rescued them from a burning car. What a farce these youngsters put on display and then there's the parents who have the audacity to sue! I can't believe it. During Lindsay's modified leave, she goes to live in her sister's house in Moon Bay, where another case attracts Lindsay's attention. Of course, being her, she can't help to involve herself and helps the local police. This was a compelling read, but not a full 4 stars - almost! Again, I wish for half stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linh

    Highly enjoyable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason Schneeberger

    Cheesy? Yes! Well written? Not exactly. Entertaining as hell? Absolutely! I admit...I'm hooked on these books. James Patterson is no literary genius, but he can sure throw together compelling, gripping crime thrillers. This was the best book in this series so far! Thoroughly entertaining!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the 4th book in the Women's Murder Club mystery series. Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is sued after shooting two teenagers in self-defence and while on leave investigates recent homicides linked to a cold case of hers from the past. Another fast paced book that you cannot put down. This time Lindsay is on her own for most of the investigation but comes out on top in the end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    Basic Info Format: E-book Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Mystery At A Glance Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: Eh. Triggers: n/a Rating: 3.5 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 8 Characters: 8 World Building: 7 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: 9 Writing: 8 Ending: 7 Total: 7 In Dept Best Part: Joe scenes :D Worst Part: Nah. Thoughts Had: Oh no :(( Conclusion Continuing the Series: Yes Recommending: Yes Short Review: Poor Lindsay, those kids are horrible and they should have been throw in jail for sur Basic Info Format: E-book Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Mystery At A Glance Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: Eh. Triggers: n/a Rating: 3.5 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 8 Characters: 8 World Building: 7 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: 9 Writing: 8 Ending: 7 Total: 7 In Dept Best Part: Joe scenes :D Worst Part: Nah. Thoughts Had: Oh no :(( Conclusion Continuing the Series: Yes Recommending: Yes Short Review: Poor Lindsay, those kids are horrible and they should have been throw in jail for sure. This trial made me sick, but this is how the justice system in America works. Lindsay had to shoot those kids to save her and her partner's life and their family wants to sue because of that. tisk tisk, people teach your damn kid respect and this shit wouldn't happen. Misc. Book Boyfriend: Joe. Best Friend Material: Lindsay Review in GIF Form:

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