Monday, August 23, 2010

THE POSTCARD KILLERS: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE POSTCARD KILLERS

BY JAMES PATTERSON
and LIZA MARKLUND

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.
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.


Liza Marklund

Born in 1962, Liza Marklund is one of Sweden's most popular authors of crime novels, a former journalist. She is married to Swedish producer Mikael Aspeborg. She has three children, the oldest from a former relationship.

Liza Marklund has been very successful as an author, and is also one of the major owners of the Swedish publishing house Piratförlaget.

is a Swedish journalist and author of the Annika Bengtzon series, which has sold 9 million copies in 30 languages. She lives in Sweden and Spain.


MY REVIEW:

Liza Marklund, notably the #1 bestselling author in Europe, has joined forces with James Patterson (need I say more?) to co-author this summer’s highly anticipated thriller, THE POSTCARD KILLERS. I have to say it was well worth the wait as these two authors put together a fast paced, well-written chase through Europe filled with intriguing characters and alluring locales. The excellent who-done-it is filled with twists and turns, and the requisite dose of violence, sex, and summer reading fun!

The plot revolves around a serial killing couple who is viciously murdering couples while they are vacationing in Europe. When they finish, they send picture postcards representing the murders to the local newspapers. These murders take place in major tourist areas like Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Stockholm, and from the start, readers know that the couple is Sylvia and Mac Randolph. Evidently, with the notification of the murders to the media, the Randolphs want the publicity and they are quickly dubbed “The Postcard Killers”.

With NYPD detective Jacob Kanon’s daughter being one of the first of the murdered couples while in Rome with her boyfriend, it isn’t surprising that he becomes the obsessed and dedicated cop determined to catch these monsters. The couple is responsible for bringing to Kanon’s attention a Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, when they send a postcard to her in Stockholm indicating someone is going to die there next.

Being now involved in this case, Dessie unwillingly finds herself drawn towards Detective Kanon and between the two of them they figure out that the Randolphs are the murderers. Readers follow this team as they are led back and forth across the world, until the story ends with readers feeling as if they were physically along for this wild ride. With what I believe to be a perfect pairing, Patterson and Marklund will hopefully work together again since they sent readers a fabulous summer sizzler in THE POSTCARD KILLERS.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO BRAD AND MY FRIENDS
AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS
EXCITING NEW MYSTERY
TO GIVE AWAY!

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105 comments:

traveler said...

This collaboration is creative and the book sounds compelling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I have read many of the author's books. The Alex Cross series is great. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

James Patterson & Liza Marklund are a great combination since she is an extraordinary crime author in Europe. This novel sounds unique. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

His novels are always thrilling and the Women's Murder Club series was excellent. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Steve Capell said...

Liza Marklund has written eight crime novels so her experience with mystery thrillers might be a great fit with James Patterson's writing style. I have several of James Patterson's novels and find them to be well written and as such I would love to win this novel as well. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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rubynreba said...

I think it is great that two wonderful authors have joined forces for this book. I'd love to win this because I'd like to see how they incorporate their work together.
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rubynreba said...

I have just read Private and enjoyed it very much.
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chey said...

I think it's wonderful that they are working together. Their book sounds great!
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CMash said...

I find it interesting that there is a female twist and thoughts with this novel.
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CMash said...

Anything associated with James Patterson I have to read. I have Private in my review pile and can't wait to get my hands on it.
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Marjorie said...

Co-writing always make for an interesting new read.
I am collecting his books and would like to add this one to my collection.


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Marjorie said...

I would also like to read one of his newest books "Trial"


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bermudaonion said...

I think James and the best selling European author is probably a winning combination. I've started thinking Patterson's work is getting stale, but I'd like to read this to see if she's helped him get his mojo back. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Trisha said...

I think James Patterson working with her will be a fun read.. I like when he writes by himself, but I love all of his books.. Writing alone or with other people.. I would love to win this book, it sounds amazing!! I am a huge fan of is and love his books..

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PoCoKat said...

Two great mystery authors...must be one great book...would love to read it!

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Mona said...

The collaboration of two wonderful authors is amazing. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. I have to read all his books and have almost all his books in my collection. This book of serial killing really sounds great.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Mona said...

All books written by James Patterson have to be read by me and have to be in my book collections to reread again. The best series that i love is Alex Cross. And among this series, "Kiss the Girls" is best best one. The Casanova, kidnapping all the beautiful girls. Simply awesome.

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holdenj said...

Well, I guess art imitates life in this case, with both real life and the characters teaming up! With the success of the Larsson trilogy, I think a Swedish partner is only fitting these days.
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holdenj said...

I still need to catch up with the Women's Murder Club and read the 9th Judgement!
thanks!
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debbie said...

I think this book sounds like another good one. I like that he has teamed up with a writer from another country. I would think it would make the writing really interesting.
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A Musing Mother said...

James Patterson is an awesome author. Adding a woman's touch can't hurt.

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Cindy W. said...

I just simply love James Patterson's work so whoever he collaborates with they creates a winner. Would love to win a copy!

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Cindy W. said...

I visited his site and watched the video for The Postcard Killers. WOW! Well done! I also would love to read Private.

Smiles,
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tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this one, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Tore said...

I think its great that he is working with another author. It makes the book better and more interesting. The book sounds really good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Sue said...

Love the suspense in James Patterson's books and I'd love to see how he writes with this author. Looks so good!
Thanks for the giveaway.

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Sue said...

I've read several Alex Cross books and they're so great.

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Anonymous said...

sounds like quite a book -
according to your review, and I can't wait to read it.
Hope Robert "remembered" his grandma (lol)....talk soon....and
have a blast!
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Mona said...

I love James Patterson books and specially ALex Cross series.

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StephTheBookworm said...

I want to read this because it sounds so thrilling and kind of scary too! I think it is kind of weird that he always collaborates with other authors though... hmm. Anyways, please count me in!

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StephTheBookworm said...

I want to read a lot of his books!!! I really want to read Swimsuit and First to Die.

Pamela Keener said...

I love the premise of this book. I also like James collaborations which introduce me to new authors.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
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Pamela Keener said...

Kiss The Girls, which I have yet to read, has been named the #3 most heart pounding thriller of all time. Congrats to James.
Love & Hugs,
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Pamela Keener said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi! The combination of these two authors sounds fantastic. I know this will be a exciting and fresh book to read. Thanks for this giveaway! :)

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Mona said...

+5 SwagBucks.

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Anonymous said...

I haven't read anything by Liza Marklund before but often if collaboration worked right, the end product is better than if it was done by one person.

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Anonymous said...

I checked site and would like to read all except the first of the Women's Murder Club book. I only have the first of them.


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grannyvon said...

I am a fan of the Alex Cross books but this one sounds good too. Thanks for the chance to win it. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Linda Kish said...

I enjoy his collaborative works. This will be another hit.

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Linda Kish said...

I have been reading James Patterson books for years. I'd love to read Private.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I love when authors collaborate and think this would be a really cool read. :)

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Benita said...

I thin k it's great that they teamed up. Another Patterson book, what's not to love.

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Benita said...

I finished reading Private. Another good read!

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Mona said...

James Patterson ? Simply amazing...And his books are heart pounding suspense thriller.

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suzie said...

I think JP writes well with most authors--I have read several of his combined books & enjoyed them all
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I read 9th Judgement & enjoyed it
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bison61 said...

I think it is wonderful they teamed up-the sentance--The plot revolves around a serial killing couple who is viciously murdering couples while they are vacationing in Europe. When they finish, they send picture postcards representing the murders to the local newspapers. that got my interest

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I love the idea of James and Liza working together. I imagine a collaboration of these two would result in an excellent mystery.


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Although a lover already of Castle, I was excited to see JP show up there for poker.

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Glenn said...

I'm hoping it will give a much needed jolt to the Patterson franchise, as his last few outings have been lacking imo. Thanks for the giveaway.

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tawnda said...

James Patterson has yet to disappoint me! The combination of two outstanding authors is even more compelling! I can't wait to read this one...

tawnda said...

Worst Case was very good too

LAMusing said...

Love James Patterson. Haven't read Liza Markland yet, but she's #1 in Europe so it should be an interesting combo!
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LAMusing said...

I just got the audiobook "Private" and am looking forward to "reading" it :)
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Linda Henderson said...

I would like to read this book because I think him working with one of Europe's best selling authors just gives the book an extra edge. I'm sure she could contribute a lot to the European locales.

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Linda Henderson said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

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Linda Henderson said...

I went to his website and I would like to read his book Private.

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bloggingmom said...

This collaboration sounds really interesting. I love all of his books so why wouldn't I love this one? garczynski (at) aol (dot) com.

Ruthie said...

Love James Patterson! Please enter me, thanks.

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Ruthie said...

I subscribe to his newsletter. He runs his own contests.

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dag888888 said...

Just saw Girl with the Dragon Tatoo on DVD this past weekend and since The Postcard Killers is also set in Sweden, I'm interested!

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dag888888 said...

Enjoyed Kiss the Girls and the Alex Cross series!

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AmyLynn said...

I think it is awesome that James Patterson worked with the best selling author from Europe. I have enjoyed the other books that have been collaborations with other authors. My friends have read this book and they said the couldn't put it down. I know I will enjoy as well because it sounds very interesting.

AmyLynn said...

I want to read his PRIVATE book. Sounds like a good one!

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Lu said...

I would love to read this book. I think it would be interesting to see what 2 extraordinary authors could come up with together. I have enjoyed some of his co-written books.
Please enter me. Thanks.

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Lu said...

I have read quite a few of James Patterson's novels. His Women's Murder Club series is my favourite. Followed by the Alex Cross series with a very close second (except for Roses are Red and Violets are Blue, they weren't right for me!)

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Aimee said...

I love that J. Patterson works with a variety of authors. It shakes things up and it doesn't let his books get stuck in a rut. I would love to win this book b/c my brother-in-law and I share Patterson books and he would love to read it as well! lulu2007510@gmail.com

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OcalaRose said...

I never liked receiving postcards or sending them. It was like a ghost picture frozen in time. Very
haunting. Maybe this book would give me a different view point.

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nanja said...

James Patterson & Liza Marklund are masterminds at writing suspense. The story sounds like a marvelous mystery thriller

Anonymous said...

James Patterson is awesome. I don't know much about Liza Marklund but I am hooked on Patterson.

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Anonymous said...

I have been hearing about this book and really want to read it. I've read one or two of James Patterson's books, but none of Liza Marklund. LPoser1 [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

I went to James Patterson's website and learned that he is coming out with a book entitled "The Murder of King Tut". I would love to read that also.
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Sharon said...

I love all of his books and have a special liking for Alex Cross, especially when Nana mamma is involved. Sharon wildflowerhouse@hotmail.com

Sharon said...

James has always done very well with collaborations and this one should be great. Sharon
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Jean said...

I think it's great that they've teamed up. Can't wait to read this book - I love crime novels

pderi11 said...

Matching up one of the most popular authors from Sweden with my favorite author in the States can only make for a great book. I would love to win this book. Thanks
Pat
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pderi11 said...

I checked out the James Patterson web site and it was great to see he has a new book coming out 'Don't Blink'. I find it interesting how many books he has written. I'm still trying to catch up (:
Thanks and would love to win and read 'Postcard Killers'
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allisonsbj3 said...

I love all of Patterson's book - I'd love to read this one for myself. It sounds incredibly interesting.

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I can't wait to read Toys and The Gift.

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Marie said...

I have always enjoyed Patterson's work no matter who he works with so I think this should be another great collaboration! I would love to read it!

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I have been an avid fan of James Patterson's for years. I particularly like the Alex Cross series and was pleased to see that he has a possible Alex Cross for the films.

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Nancye said...

I think what sounds the most interesting is that these murders are only happening in Europe and that the murderer's calling card is a postcard. Sounds very intriguing!

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