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   1st to Die, by James Patterson, Andrew Gross  
 
  Novel, first publication in March 2001
 
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      The Women's Murder Club pits four San Francisco women professionals against a serial killer who's stalking and murdering newlyweds in bestselling author James Patterson's newest thriller. Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector who's just gotten some very bad news. She deals with it by immersing herself in her newest case and soliciting the personal as well as professional support of her closest friend, who happens to be the city's medical examiner. The two women, along with an ambitious and sympathetic reporter and an assistant DA, form an unlikely alliance, pooling their information and bypassing the chain of command in an engaging, suspenseful story whose gruesome setup is vintage Patterson.

    "What is the worst thing anyone has ever done?" the killer muses to himself early in the narrative. "Am I capable of doing it? Do I have what it takes?" Answering his own question, he embarks on a murderous spree that takes him from the bridal suite in a Nob Hill hotel to a honeymoon destination in the Napa Valley and thence to a wedding reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Dispatching his victims on the happiest day of their lives, he purposefully leaves enough clues for his distaff trackers to discover his identity and put him behind bars. But just when the women think they've got the case all wrapped up, the killer turns the tables on them in a bloody denouement that even the most discerning reader won't see coming. Patterson, author of the popular Alex Cross mysteries, promises future adventures for the Women's Murder Club, which may give him an opportunity to develop his heroines' characters more completely and win new fans among those who prefer their detectives in high heels and lipstick.

    Source: Jane Adams, Amazon.com.

    Imagine a killer who thinks What is the worst thing anyone has ever done? -and then does something far worse!

    Now imagine four women-a police detective, an assistant D.A., a reporter, and a medical examiner-who pursue this killer by sidestepping their bosses and giving each other a hand.

    The combination adds up to the most exciting thriller series debut since A Is for Alibi. The four women who call themselves the Women's Murder Club develop lifelong bonds as they pursue a killer whose twisted imagination has stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer ever-before a shocking resolution that turns everything about the case upside down.

     
     
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