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3rd Degree (The Women's Murder Club)
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Detective Lindsay Boxer and Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt are enjoying a quiet afternoon in San Francisco when a townhouse across the street explodes in flames. A sinister note signed "August Spies" is found at the scene of the disaster, and the body of an infant who was asleep in the house at the time of the explosion cannot be found. Soon a wave of violent incidents, all with links to political terrorism and involving "August Spies," sweeps through the city. An upcoming economic summit of the world's most powerful nations will surely be a target. And it's up to the Women's Murder Club to get to the bottom of the violence before it's too late. Delivering the breakneck pace and never-saw-it-coming plot twists that have made James Patterson the most addictive writer at work today, 3rd DEGREE is another searing and unforgettable thriller from the nation's #1 bestselling suspense writer.

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  • Another Enjoyable Thriller
    Lindsay is just finishing up her jog when a neighboring building blows up. One minute, it is there, the next it is gone. Racing inside, she manages to save a 10-year-old child from the flames. A group named August Spies claims responsibility in the name of the poor nations in the world. Then they claim another victim, announcing they will continue to claim victims every three days through the G-8 summit scheduled for San Francisco next week. Can Lindsay and her friends piece things together in time? And what will happen when things take a very personal turn?

    This book starts with a bang (literally) and doesn't let up until the final page. While it doesn't have quite the big twists in it the last one did, I was caught in the web that is the plot the entire time. All four leads contribute something this go around, although it is definitely still Lindsay's show.

    Because the focus of the book is the plot, the characters suffer. This is really brought home when something tragic happens. I normally cry fairly easily at fiction, but it didn't happen here.

    There is a sub-plot involving spousal abuse. I was actually surprised at how believable I found it considering the characters involved. However, the resolution to that storyline was abrupt and not at all satisfying.

    So yes, the book has two strikes against it. But it was an enjoyable, fast read. Fans of thrillers won't want to miss it....more info
    The main plot of terrorists within the USA going after people they believe are harming the world is ok, but nothing really inventive. The story loses a great deal of crediblity when one of homicide detective Lindsay Boxer's friends is murdered and she is not pulled from the case. Heck, one of her other friends performs the autopsy as she watches.

    I wasn't a big fan of one of the main character themes in this book. Basically, it is written from the point of view that all men are either abusive and evil, or nice but stupid. Talk about sucking up to the women readership. Meh....more info
  • Good Escape Reading
    Not exactly books that will titilate the mind, but they are great to just get away and escape into someone else's live. I love these books when I need to just kick back and relax and not think. The characters are well written and the books can be alternately humorous, giddy, saddening, and sickening. This book especially made me want to throttle the author. You just never know where he's going to take these characters....more info
  • Deja Vu Anybody?
    This series is still good and I am still enjoying it for the second time, but I did get a little deja vu where Lindsay Boxer is concerned. Seems she has a fondness for greeting her male co workers at the door in only a towel. Anybody else make that connection? Nevertheless, the novel, the third in the Women's Murder Club series is still entertaining and this time there is a shocking twist. Somebody dies. What I love about this series is that not everything is bright and dandy for these very realistic women and bad things happen to good people like in real life. This particular twist in the series follows terroism. An extreme environmentalist group or some such is terrorizing the citizens of San Francisco and Lindsay, Jill, Claire, and Cindy have to get to the bottom of it before one of them dies. While all the terrorism is going on, Lindsay has a romance and Jill has some issues in her personal life that a lot of women readers out there will relate to. This one has a little less Lindsay, more Jill, but is as usual, told from Lindsay's point of view....more info
  • No One is Safe from Patterson!
    James Patterson is a master in grabbing the reader from page one and not letting go until the very end. The Women's Murder Club books not only grasp you from the beginning, they never release you, leaving you anxiously awaiting the next installment that is months away from publication. 3RD DEGREE is no different.

    Lindsay Boxer is jogging with her buddy, assistant DA Jill Barnhardt. Little does she know that her entire life will be tossed upside down in a matter of minutes. She notices bruises on Jill's shoulder but before she can question her, a nearby townhouse blows up. Lindsay rushes inside to save a child (ah, our heroine!), and the chase begins...

    Seems August Spies, a group of terrorists, is targeting greedy corporate executives and this attack is only the beginning. Lindsay along with the other members of the Women's Murder Club is on a journey to stop them before the body count increases. This time they have help from a hunky deputy directory of the Office of Homeland Security. Yep, you guessed it, Joe Molinari and Lindsay are smitten.

    3RD DEGREE continues with excellent character growth and story development. A difficult transaction takes place in this tale, as Patterson kills off one of the main characters. I found it tough to understand his motive and am hoping in the next book we find out. I'm wondering if the missing member will be replaced, or will the others be left to continually morn her passing. Either way, it makes one wonder at Patterson's purpose.

    Could the changing of the make up of the Women's Murder Club be Patterson's downfall? He could have at least waited a few more books like Cornwall did in her Scarpetta series. Hey, maybe with enough complaints, Patterson will have the deceased rising from the dead just like Cornwell did! We'll have to wait for a few more installments in this series before we have the answer to that question.

    Overall 3RD DEGREE is a very good book and a must read if you've been following along in this series.

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  • bad co-author
    failed to deliver a realistic enough female detective feeling. she read like a he from the very beginning. and the writing was so tasteless and was just panned out with bad dialogs. i never thought patterson ever reached the status to franchise his name for these bad co-authors. almost unreadable from page 1. i never got hooked up with this bad novel, although had tried at least 3 times....more info
  • Exciting - Page Turner
    I love James Patterson. All of his books are so interesting and not typical of any suspense novels I have read. His books are page turners and this one is no different. I love the club and how he has his readers feel like they are part of this club trying to figure out all the clues. This book is hard to put down and there is no way of ever guessing how the ending is going to be. Highly recommend this series of book starting with the first one.......First to Die....more info
  • 3rd Degree is a fast, enjoyable read
    James Patterson, along with Andrew Gross, has brought the Women's Murder Club back with the third book, 3rd Degree. San Francisco police homicide LT Lindsay Boxer goes jogging with friend Jill, assistant D.A., and witnesses the explosion of a townehouse. Lindsay rushes into the burning home and rescues a child, but before this nightmarish event occurs, she notices bruises on Jill and begins to wonder what is happening in Jill's life at home. The story doesn't slow down as more viscious killings occur, each one acknowledged by an unknown person or group called August Spies. Lindsay, Jill, medical examiner Claire, and reporter Cindy all work together along with newcomer to the scene, Joe Molinari, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security, to solve a series of horrible murders. This book brings the four women friends closer than ever, and they experience love, laughter, sadness, terror and finally tragedy as the mystery of the identity of August Spies unfolds. I read this very fast, and as always, enjoyed Patterson's short chapters and the camaraderie among this group of women who band together along with the SFPD to solve unthinkable crimes. ...more info
  • Another Great Womens Murder Club
    I love the Womens Murder Club books I've read them all in the past month now, I can't wait for the 6th to come out...more info
  • Women's Club gets even better
    The third book of the women's club and, so far, the most emotional. The killers' messages ring true. Check it out, but read the other 2 first if you haven't....more info
  • This series gets better with each book
    Loved it, couldn't put it down! The Women's Murder Club rocks & so does Patterson!!! Heard they were making it a TV series, I hope so!!!...more info
  • 3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club
    The book is an easy read. The plot kept me invovled and eager to complete the book....more info
  • Boring & Predictable Thriller
    I have to agree with the other review that rates this book as lackluster and poorly written. I haven't read the others in the series, but since I wasn't real impressed with this one, I'm not rushing to buy another. Instead, I am re-reading the Jane Whitefield books by Thomas Perry; which offer a much superior series of thrillers. ...more info
  • Always a good read
    James Patterson is always a good read, always an adventure. Great summer reading or anytime when it's a Patterson book...more info
  • quick rubbish
    Along came a spider was an excellent novel,it introduced me to J patterson.3Degree was simply simple .Boring,and void of any real suspence or twists.In fact I'm tired of his stupid wee short chapters,his books are getting shorter but the price is not!
    This is a waste of paper.I guess the folks with simple minds like these type of chapters since they've probably never read a real lenth book,such as T Clancy or even J Grisham regularly writes.Anyway thank god I got it from the used bookstore.I used to like James Patterson,but there are a lot better books being written out there,for less $ than JP charges.I dont even mind paying if the book is 500 plus pages,but I wont pay top price for a quarter of a real novel....more info
  • Love the women...not so much the story
    By now, we're well established with The Women's Murder Club and each of the beautifully drawn members. I'm not sure anything will top the first book in the series, "First to Die", because not only was it our introduction to this unique group as they cautiously formed, but it was a whopping good story. This one is good but not great. The storyline is interesting, but doggone it, there are WAY too many coincidences. That makes it feel a little lazy (I'm on a tirade lately - I'm growing weary of getting settled into what feels like a good book only to find that the story is driven by coincidences and convenient character location - it really does feel lazy). Having said that, these are women with whom I want to keep company and time spent with them is still worthwhile. But are have the really good plot ideas already been taken?...more info
  • The Women's Murder Club is Patterson's Finest!
    In 3rd Degree, Detective Lindsay Boxer and Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt are enjoying a quiet afternoon in San Francisco when a townhouse across the street explodes in flames. A sinister note signed "August Spies" is found at the scene of the disaster, and the body of an infant who was asleep in the house at the time of the explosion cannot be found. Soon a wave of violent incidents, all with links to political terrorism and involving "August Spies," sweeps through the city. An upcoming economic summit of the world's most powerful nations will surely be a target. And it's up to the Women's Murder Club to get to the bottom of the violence before it's too late.

    I am a huge James Patterson fan. His writing is completely spellbinding and so easy to read! I read 3rd Degree in 4 hours. The Women's Murder Club Series is his absolute best work. I adore the Alex Cross novels, but the women's series is where Patterson shines. I couldn't put this novel down! I highly recommend James Patterson and all of his novels to any mystery lover out there, especially this series!...more info
  • review
    Used books are the best way to save money and still get my reading fix. This product will serve my purpose and allow me to relax and enjoy my free time. I will most likely order from you again should you have a book I am looking for in the future....more info
  • Patterson is the best!!
    I am always pleased with Patterson and his talents for keeping us on the edge of our seats....more info
  • 3rd Degree Painful
    Horrid. She's the only one at a formal reception not dressed for the party and although it is crowded, she "locks eyes" with the killer [who is in a tux by the way]. Even FBI agents were in gowns and tux! Overall, preposturious and painful to listen to....more info
  • Great read
    This book is a great follow up to 2nd Chance. You really get to know these characters and find yourself starting to wonder whats going to happen to them next. Can't wait for 4th of July!!...more info
  • ok!!
    ok i am not a huge fan of this murder club series..............
    i love the ALEX CROSS books more............
    but none the less.........
    3rd degree is a consistent book in the series..........
    maybe not as good as the previous books but still good......

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