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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099550059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099550051
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Many people are curious as to why thriller writer James Patterson feels obliged to write so many novels in tandem with other (less well-known) writers. After all, runs the argument, Patterson is so comfortably ahead of most of his rivals in both sales and popular acclaim that it is a mystery as to why he feels the need to dilute the Patterson brand any further. Of course, a part of this reaction against the co-authored Patterson novels is due to a feeling that while Patterson's name may be in the larger font on the jacket, it may be his co-author who has done more of the work. This is not the place to debate such arguments, but with the appearance of Postcard Killers, a new element has been introduced into the mix. In this case, Patterson's co-author is not a writer-for-hire with whom the reader may not be very familiar, but a considerable novelist in her own right -- the talented Swedish writer Liza Marklund, already celebrated for her own highly individual novels (which are, in fact, quite unlike those of James Patterson). So what results have this ill assorted duo come up with in their first collaboration?

Jacob Kanon is a New York detective who has decided to take the grand tour; but for different reasons from most people. As he visits some of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities, his response is very different to that of the average tourist. Everything Jacob sees is refracted through a dark search; he is looking through the eyes of the murderer of his daughter, Kimmy, who was killed with her fiancée in Rome. Jacob is aware that other murders have followed this, all involving young couples in such cities as Salzburg, Athens, Madrid and Paris. The one element that connects the various killings is a postcard sent to a local newspaper. It's up to the New York detective to join forces with a Swedish journalist, Dessie Larsson -- in receipt of a postcard from Stockholm -- before more couples die.

The partnership in the novel here -- between an American and a Swede -- is obviously echoed in the literary partnership that produced the book itself. Interestingly, while reading Postcard Killers, it is not always clear cut where Patterson ends and Marklund begins -- perhaps a deliberate strategy on the part of the co-authors. Certainly, the book is markedly different from most portmanteau Patterson novels, though some Marklund fans may wish that she had more of a marked input into the novel. But perhaps the principal market here will be admirers of James Patterson, and they are likely to feel that they have got their money's worth. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


APPLAUSE FOR JAMES PATTERSON: "The Man Who Can't Miss."-- "Time" "Lev Grossman " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Sep 2010
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James Patterson seems to continually disappoint me these days. It's bad enough that I hated his last two books, but this one is only marginally better. Many people are die hard Patterson fans and until quite recently I would have also put myself in that category. Unfortunately, I am now becoming very cynical when it comes to any book he has co-written.

This particular book I was actually looking forward to due to many reasons. The first is that he has never co-written with author before; and secondly because Lisa Marklund is a successful author in her own right. Once again I have been let down.

The story itself sounded pretty good from the bog standard jacket info. NYPD Detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of some of the most famous European cities. However, his reasons for the tour are not what you imagine. His daughter Kimmy was brutally murdered along with her fiancé while visiting Rome. Since then other couples have been found murdered in many other cities. There seem to be no connections except for a postcard that is sent to a local newspaper prior to each of the murders. Jacob feels that he has to track the killers down to find himself some peach and the only way to do that is team up with Dessie Larson, a reporter that received a postcard in Stockholm.

The first few chapters are pretty good with non stop action from the killer and the detectives. Gruesome crime scenes and the police scratching their head is the general theme of the story in the beginning. This book actually had the potential to be really good.

Sadly, both Lisa Marklund and James Patterson got bored around halfway through this book and decided to slow the pace and the storyline at the same time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book 'Postcard Killers' and can honestly say I enjoyed it!

Have read a few of James Patterson's book in the past so was looking foward to this one as have never been let down in previous books, you know what you are going to get...... a good read with a thrill.

Here he has teamed up with Liza Marklund and you get two slants on the story in my opinion (one where the female elements come into play, the other the more cut and thrust of the investigation and a lot more bloody). Either way together you get a good read.

If you don't like blood and gore this is not one for you as some the chapters are graphic but saying that sometimes you have to have that element as that is what makes the story.

One thing for sure postcards will never have the same meaning after reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
It always amuses me how quickly JP churns out his books and just how short his chapters are actually getting! As a consequence of such short chapters I whizzed through this book in under 2 hours and it was a fairly decent thriller and a good way to spend time commuting to work- though not a fantastic read by any means and what I refer to as a `switch your brain off' book without much depth. I prefer JP's earlier stuff to this- especially his earlier Alex Cross novels which were fantastic.

This book which was co-written with Liza Marklund (who I'm afraid I'd never heard of up until now) has some seriously glamorous Scandinavian settings which have sadly been tainted by murder- namely that of young tourist couples. NYPD Detective Jacob Kanon thinks he has a full MO for the killers, having lost his own young daughter to the same murderers in Rome. When a Swedish journalist receives a creepy postcard from the killers in Stockholm, Jacob teams up with her, determined to end their killing spree once and for all...

The premise for this book was actually pretty good, though as the chapters are so short it's hard to become absorbed in the writing or really engage with any of the characters on more than a superficial level so it remains a pretty quick read. Generally I have been a bit disappointed by Patterson lately- his books just do not contain the energy of his earlier novels any more and this was no different, though it was a reasonably entertaining way to pass the time. The ending was a little bit cheesy though and I did find this book to be a bit full of stereotypical characters and riddled with cliches.

All in all, I have read better thrillers and better JP thrillers at that, but if you're looking for a quick serial killer read to pass the time then there's no harm in giving this one a go- just don't expect anything fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 1 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was a huge disappointment, especially from two established authors.

The characters are wooden, with little effort to develop the two main characters. The relationship between the two main characters is predictable and boring, whilst that of the killers is so unbelievable it's almost funny.

Whilst physically this has the feel of a decent read (being 500+ pages), the font is so big and there is so much white space in the book if formatted properly it would probably be at best 300 or so. 300 pages is not a lot to develop some good characters and story line for a crime thriller!

Finally, I really wish Liza Marklund had stood up to James Patterson and not let the story revolve around the American cop being right all along whilst all European police are incompetent.
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