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9th Judgement: (Women's Murder Club 9) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson
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The Sunday Times number one bestselling ninth book in the Women's Murder Club detective series. A psychopathic killer targets San Francisco's most innocent and vulnerable.

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 blood-red lipstick.

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

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?

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"A romp of a thriller ... packed with action ... it is a compelling read with some great set pieces and, most of all, that charismatic cast of characters. The book finishes with a strange shock ending - putting in place several threads for the tenth WMC novel. Can't wait." Sun


"Those who haven't read any of the novels in the Women's Murder Club series are cheating themselves."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; First Trade Edition edition (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HMOWA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,366 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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 31 May 2010
I have read all the Womens Murder Club books and this one is as good as, if not better than, the previous ones. There are two storylines running in parallel, but it soon becomes clear how they tie in together. One is about a cat burglar who is being blamed for a murder she did not commit. The other is about a "crazed madman" who is targetting and murdering women with children. Each of the stories had me on the edge of my seat wondering how they would be solved. I like the way the authors develop the chraacters more fully, and we learn more about them. As the books are published you begin to feel more and more a part of the group. As I say in my title I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting not even stopping to make a cup of tea. This proves that James Patterson has not lost his edge, although credit also needs to go to Maxine Paetro who co-wrote the book with Patterson. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Buy it now and read it. You will not regret it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Judgement....Brilliant! 14 April 2010
By I Like Cheese VINE VOICE
I've read all of the Women's Murder Club novels - some were excellent (books 1-5 and book 7), some were awful (books 6 and 8) and I'm so glad I went with my gut on this one and bought it as I thoroughly enjoyed it, in fact I'd go as far as saying that this was my favourite of the whole series.

Like most of the others in the series, there's two main cases going on - the first is a psychopath known as "The Lipstick Killer" who is terrorising San Francisco by murdering mothers and their babies on the street and at random. The next is a cat burglar called "Hello Kitty" who is being framed for murder when a well known movie star shoots his wife following a robbery at their home. Lindsey and the gang have their hands full in this one, so there isn't a slow moment. Some of the scenes were so exciting I was flying through the pages as I just couldn't stop reading - a quick hour's read turned into a whole evening's binge and I had the book finished in 4 hours! Some bits of the story were a little predictable, maybe because I read a lot of James Patterson novels so I am very familiar with his formulas now, but that didn't stop it from being one of the best I've read from him for a while.

One thing I noticed in this book was that the main attention has been turned to Lindsay again, which is great as some of the other characters - Cindy and Yuki in particular - make the stories in the previous novels quite dull and I find these characters to be too arrogant and generally annoying, so didn't enjoy the ones when they were in the spotlight so much.

Although it is the ninth in the series, this could still be picked up by someone new to the Women's Murder Club novels and easily get into the characters and the gripping story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge step up from 8th novel 28 Aug. 2012
By seree
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading the 8th in the murder club series, i was left hugely dissapointed! I love James patterson and i love the murder club series but that book was just a joke! plain awfull...
9th judgement is murder club at its best again, a very gripping and detailed plot, 2 main characters interwolven brilliantly.
I can understand peoples critism when they read this as the first novel but seriously!!! really people its 9th in a series, if u want to read the murder clubs books, start with number 1.
Great reading and a very good indepth exploration of the characters
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars Huge improvement over 8th but... 31 Mar. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
9th Judgement is the 9th book in the Women's Murder Club series. I still think book one of this series is my favourite, but despite (sometimes big) flaws, the rest of the series is good to, right up until book 8. 8th Confession was a joke. All the characters got turned on their heads, the writing was very high school, and the plots weak with little interest. I wasn't going to bother with this one until it was out in paper back, but my sister wanted it sooner, so having loved most of the series, I decided to give it one last shot.

In many ways, this is a huge improvement from 8th. It's got strong intertwining plots and the much more grown-up feel the rest of the series had before 8th again. The usual style for these books is two different cases, over lapping and sometimes connected, with Lindsay Boxer and her homicide team plus her girls, trying to solve them. There are two clear cases here, both of which get decent page time and explanation. Unlike JP's latest Michael Bennett book where it felt like barely padded plot, this one actually made sense. There was a reasonable depth to the story and it didn't jump around too much with great leaps of faith. If the book was these crimes alone, I probably would thought a lot more of it.

But for me, again, the characters were the big let down. Don't get me wrong, they're nothing like the high school idiots they were in 8th, they're much more themselves again. But Lindsay comes across much weaker and vulnerable in this book, like her job is suddenly too much for her instead of being her driving force like always. There are several times where she feels 'faint' and one point even where her partner has to catch her around the waist to stop her fainting outright.
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