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6th Target (Women's Murder Club) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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'Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination.'

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'Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination.' -- New York Times Book Review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00C0ZP6YI
  • Publisher: Headline (28 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054J7EPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of Patterson's worst 5 July 2007
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
'The 6th Target' is the sixth entry in the Women's Muder Club series by James Patterson, with returning detective Lindsey Boxer on the case after a shoot-out on a ferry leaves several people dead and one woman, Women's Murder Club member Claire Washburn, fighting for her life.
Also, Boxer is faced with a series of kidnappings of children and their nannies from wealthy families. The kidnappers do not demand a ransom, making the parents fear the worst.

These seemingly random, unlinked cases are not quite action-packed as you'd expect from this series but does keep you turning the pages mainly because of Patterson's usual short chapters and the also the hope that something important is going to happen soon. The book loses a lot of the tension of the whole story halfway through as one case suddenly stops and the other begins - a stupid and quite unprofessional move by Patterson, making me believe that it may be a rookie mistake from co-writer . This also triggered my thoughts with his decision of Lindsey all of a sudden not wanting to be with her boyfriend anymore, with no real outcome of the whole situation.

This is by far the weakest of all of the Women's Murder Club books and probably one of the worst Patterson has ever written, feeling like a debut novel that hasn't quite worked. The story is predictable and unexciting with disappointing twists and the characters have also become very unlikeable and dull, making you not really care about what happens to them. I just hope this is a one-off bad novel as the rest of the series is very good, and that Patterson's other (and better) series, Alex Cross, does not ever suffer like this.

It is a book that can be read quickly, so if you are a fan of the series it's probably worth a go if only for the ongoing character storylines, but you will most likely be disappointed with the whole book. I wouldn't worry too much if you happen to miss it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best! 20 Sep 2007
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I agree with other reviewers. I used to long for the next James Patterson book to come out, but lately they have not been up to his usual standard. A case of trying to produce too many books too quickly, I fear; and this book is one that has suffered. He needs to focus more on the writing and stop racing to be the most prolific author (or co author) in the world. If he were one of my students, his report would read 'James needs to slow down a little and think more carefully about the content and style of his work rather than focussing purely on the quantity.' or words to that extent!

If you have enjoyed the series, you will probably want to read this as the next one - but take my advice. Wait until the book is on the open paperback market. At £3.99, it would make a pleasing, light read. At this sort of price, it is just not worth the hype!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crime without any detection 3 July 2007
By Ray Blake VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This series just gets worse. Here we have 3 seemingly random cases - which have nothing at all to do with one another - welded into one novel. The crimes are all solved without any real detection happening; the police do virtually nothing and just sit and wait for events to resolve themselves. It's pretty much impossible to tell any of the characters apart, or to care about any of them, and they all speak like children.

The unfeasable plot 'surprises' are all telegraphed from miles away. The central criminal character is simply not credible. What Thomas Harris does with Hannibal Lecter and what William Diehl does with Aaron Stampler is rather more difficult than Patterson and his partner seem to appreciate.

The reporter who at one point had something to do in this series this time seems to be there simply to exchange a few cop/reporter cliches. The lawyer is there for a pointless court scene in which - to be frank - both the prosecution and the defence lawyers (supposedly the best of their kind) are incompetent.

Silly details, like the production year of a car, the names of bar owners and what people order for their restaurant meals, take the place of decent character development.

If this were a first novel, no-one would publish it and it is bizarre that a formerly well-regarded author would lend his name to such nonsense.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars shouldnt have bothered 22 May 2007
By keith
Format:Hardcover
I have always loved Patterson, but for me the 6th target may have been one womens murder club book too many. The book started off well and had some good ideas, but they seem to be strung together very poorly and in some places not at all. The book went off at tangents with meaningless subplots. All in all a VERY forgettable book that im sure i wont be retuning to. I advise read to 5th horseman then leave it at that unless he comes good with the 7th....

im just glad the book was so short, it was finished in 2 sittings, but very putdownable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money 6 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
I am annoyed I wasted money on this book. I know James Patterson is no great literary genious but at least he usually has page-turning plots and interesting characters, especially the Alex Cross series. That is not the case here, the sixth book in the Women's Murder Club series.

His co-authored novels are always much weaker but this is the worst of the lot. There are two unconnected, random plots, making it feel as though they were thrown together to fill up space because the writer couldn't be bothered developing either storyline properly. The characters behave in inexplicable and unrealistic ways, and some of the time you think they must be completely stupid. The viewpoint jumps randomly and inconsistently for no apparent purpose. The biggest failure of all is the lack of any tension or realism in the storyline. With almost no credible plot and characters you don't care about, there is no incentive to keep turning the pages.

This reads like a poorly written, thinly plotted debut novel. If Patterson is going to continue co-authoring in the future, he should at least treat readers - who are going to spend money on his books - with enough respect not to put his name to this kind of rubbish.
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