Saturday, May 8, 2010

THE NINTH JUDGMENT: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE 9TH JUDGMENT
BY JAMES PATTERSON
& MAXINE PAETRO

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The most personal

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick.

The most dangerous


The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars' worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.


The most exciting Women's Murder Club novel ever


Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich--and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women's Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line--but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action,
The 9th Judgment is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1976, James Patterson's books have sold more than 170 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels, two works of nonfiction, and the coauthor of seven books with James Patterson. She lives in New York with her husband.


MY REVIEW:

As a James Patterson fan since day one, I have had some concern that a few novels in the past year have not quite lived up to their billing even though I am an easy critic in this regard. Well, not to worry as obviously there is great working chemistry between King James and Maxine Paetro as the newest installment in the Women’s Murder Club Series out this month, THE 9TH JUDGMENT, is back and up to the old high standards I judge on. Those standards for me are the vital elements that make the book worthy of the Patterson name. They are: (1) the short cliff hanger chapters; (2) a great villain (or two); (3) the main players “good guys” or in this case “good gals”, who are well fleshed out and presenting themselves in proper style and character; (4) and, the “Ah-ha! Twist” about two-thirds of the way through the book that makes you sit up and wonder how you didn’t know that only to find out at the end that there is yet another twist to leave you rethinking and flipping through the book to see where was the clue you missed.

With those standards in place, I am happy to report that THE 9TH JUDGMENT has it all! The cliff hanging chapters that keep you turning pages? Check! The “ah-ha Twist”? Check (and how did I NOT see that? is always my question). Great villain(s) with one being not so villainess but rather clever and likable as well as harmless (known as “Hello Kitty”, the Cat Burglar, who strikes the rich for their jewels while they party downstairs totally unaware). Then there is the “Lipstick Killer” who beyond doubt is a psychopath and not only merciless but clever. He is without a conscience and whose targets are unsuspecting young mothers and their small children, often time merely toddlers or babies! He is one sick and mean viscous villain.

The Women’s Murder Club ladies are back and as good if not better than ever. Lindsey Boxer is again leading the pack as she has been put in charge of the case of the Hello Kitty Burglar until the Lipstick Killer strikes…and strikes again and of course, with the help of her team of gals--Yuki Castellano, the defense attorney from the DA’s office who is trying to get a win after a string of failures; Dr. Claire Washburn, the Medical Examiner who overreacts and says some unprofessional things out of frustration about a killer who not only murders women and children, execution style, but leaves his puzzling initials as a clue to his description written in lipstick--that is until he switches to blood instead of lipstick; and Cindy Thomas, the reporter who wants a scoop but winds up helping the team most often. Throw in a beau or partner of the male species and the cast is pretty complete.

THE 9th JUDGMENT keeps the girls going and the murders and robberies coming while the reader turns pages like crazy to see what will happen next. I won’t put in a spoiler except to say, which you would on your own, that surely these two main cases, the serial killer and the robber can’t be the same person or related in any way, can they…or can they? And so my mind is back at ease now knowing that JP is back on track with a real winner in THE 9th JUDGMENT!


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO HENRY AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
FIVE COPIES OF THIS POPULAR
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY!



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139 comments:

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Linda Kish said...

The most exciting Women's Murder Club novel ever.... that statement had me hooked well, beside James Patterson's name on the book

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holdenj said...

Glad there was an Ah-ha twist and the review definitely has me wanting to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win.
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Libby's Library said...

I can close my eyes and see Claire lose her temper...she's my favorite character! I've read the first 8 in the series, so I would love to win a copy of THE NINTH JUDGMENT.

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Yvonne said...

I love this series and the synopsis sounds wonderful.

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jewelknits said...

I love James Patterson as well, and to hear that this new one is a true page-turner has my juices flowing! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Elise said...

I am glad to read that this is a good suspenseful book to read. The names such as Hello Kitty and Lipstick killer added a slight humor to the novel.
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Mash1195 said...

From your review, the short chapters with cliff hangers. Those are my favorite reads, which I call "just one more chapter" and I find myself 10 chapters ahead.

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Mash1195 said...

Going over to your post for Heart Broken and entering that giveaaway.

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skkorman said...

All one really has to know is that the series is written by James Patterson—that fact alone is enough incentive to read this book!

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Anonymous said...

I to have been a fan of Patterson since day 1, and feel as you do....lately his books have not lived up to their billing. I am, however, looking forward to reading THE NINTH JUDGMENT. You can "review" for me anytime.
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Tore said...

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BettyMc (Reflections with Coffee) said...

Glad to know it is back up to standard!! And that there is an a-ha twist.

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Christine H said...

Interesting that James Patterson
Holds the Guinness World Record for #1 best sellers.
That's Awesome!

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Tea said...

I find the Cat burglar interesting. If I ran across a million dollars worth of jewels, I wouldn't steal. The beauty of the jewels would freeze me up(smile)
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Tea said...

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Tea said...

I have entered your Mother's Day Giveaway.

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Julie said...

I love the Women's Murder Club series! I can't wait to read this book. I hope I win.
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enyl said...

I like that there are a series of plot twists in the story.
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Paula said...

the 9th judgement sounds really interesting with Lindsey Boxer putting herself on the line. Should be very interesting

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Book Junkie said...

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Debi said...

I must confess I have not read any of the Women's Murder Club novels. I have read James Patterson. I find it fasinating these women come together to solve the murders and burglaries. A good cliff hanger is always a great read.

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The most exciting Women's Murder Club novel ever--wow--I can't wait to read this book

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CherylS22 said...

I'm glad to learn from your review that "The Ninth Judgement" has all the elements that make a great James Patterson novel.

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THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

Just curious. Hatchette book contests are usually open to Canadians as they send the copies to the winner. Why is this not open to Canadians?

THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

I'm baaaaack. lol. Thank you for emailing me.
What I find interesting is following the lives of the 4 women in this book.

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Glenn said...

Like you, I've been a bit disenchanted with the last few JP books (oversaturated, repeat story lines, like an aging comic rehashing the same routine over and over, he needs some new material) but would like to give this a try based on your review. Thanks for the giveaway.

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GMR said...

The simple fact that you enjoyed it is enough for me! Love your reviews....but also this book series! The Women's Murder Club is great as a whole or even as stand alone books! Oh and the "Lipstick Killer"? Simple must know more about that person... ~shivers~

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Arch said...

I like the information provided about this book here...it already makes me want to read the book... especially the idea of having a 'Womens Murder Club' set up which just solves murder cases sounds very interesting...

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That there is a woman's Murder Club is reason enough to be intrigued :)

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