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The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club) [Paperback]

James Patterson And Maxine Paetro , James Patterson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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8 Feb 2007 Women's Murder Club

A young mother is recuperating in a top San Francisco hospital when suddenly she's gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. How and why did this happen?

With help from the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer discovers that this is not the hospital's first suspicious case. Other patients have taken unexpected and devastating turns for the worse just as they're planning to go home. Are these just appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people's lives?

When someone close begins to exhibit the same terrifying symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe. In a wild race against time she must fight an administration determined to shield its reputation even it means hiding a killer...

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (8 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755323092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755323098
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,696 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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'Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination.' (New York Times Book Review)

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The Women's Murder Club in an irresistible hospital and courtroom thriller

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 5th Horseman, but my 1st Womens Murder Club! 12 Feb 2010
This was my second attempt at reading James Paterson. My first was the awful 'Hide and Seek' which I didn't like, never finished and nearly stopped me reading this fab book.

'The 5th Horseman' is the fifth book in the Women's Murder Club series. The book and evidently its predecessors, focuses on four very different, successful and capable female characters - Lyndsey (the high ranking, no nonsense policewoman); Claire (the city Medical Examiner); Cindy (the tough news reporter) and finally Yuki (making a name for herself as a top lawyer).

The story carefully and successfully weaves these four women together in a plot focused on the mysterious deaths of patients at a local hospital and the murders of young girls in a seemingly 'serial killer'-esque fashion.

The are some wonderful insights in to 'hospital death symdrome' (where hospital staff blunders, mistakes and errors can and do cost lives) as well as the concept of suing hospitals for compensation - which is worse, the odd error (resulting in an unnecessary death) or having no hospital at all (because its been litergated out of existence). Some food for thought, which I found especailly appealling as it challenged the reader to stop, think and wonder 'what would I do?'. It also nicely ties courtroom and street police action together well, keeping both stories current and yet running seperately alongside.

My only gripe would be that the story is told from the aspect of Lyndsey Boxer, the (too butch) policewoman. She is the least interesting of the four principle leads and her overly aggressive 'we must stop the bag guy' routine is particually grating, especially when she is shown struggling to balance her work and personal life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two books mixed up? 18 May 2006
By Nedward
Well, I've always found Lindsay Boxer a bit of a pain. All of that storyline with her 'girlfriends' is just a bore. The character herself is very stereotyped and one-dimensional (She is a cop. She is hard. She has a boyfriend. She worries about the job too much.)
Regardless of this, though, the main problem here is that this is actually two short stories thrown together to make one short novel. Don't be fooled by the number of pages, as the hundred and forty or so chapters each contain at least a half blank page. The first story is solved just like that, no mystery and no big problem in catching the criminal. The other story is more contrived and complicated, though never complex. It's easy to read, and the very short chapters with multiple cliffhangers do encourage you to want to read on. However, like a piece of candyfloss, it looks and feels tasty at the time, but it's soon over and no sensation is left.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The 5th Horseman" Delivers! 16 Feb 2006
I was so excited to get an advance copy of "The Fifth Horseman!" I have been a fan of the Woman's Murder club series since the first book. This time out Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is helped by the newest member of the Club, Yuki Castellano, to look into a series of strange deaths occurring at a local hospital. Patients dying just prior to release from the hospital. The Mysterious deaths have been looked into by Specialists form around the nation, but no answers come forth. Are these strange deaths just a terrible coincidence? Or is there some maniac playing death angel? The investigation is hamstrung by the hospital administration which fears the truth may ruin its reputation. Of the 5 books in the series I thought this was the most suspenseful. Paetro/Patterson prose is clean and direct, he does not waste time on unnecessary descriptions but sticks to the heart of the story (I actually should be giving credit to Maxine Paetro as I have a feeling she wrote most of this book). If you do like this style of writing in your thrillers I also recommend "Tourist in the Yucatan!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed fan 8 May 2006
This seemed like a book just cobbled together - two main themes running through and one of them was sewn up LONG before the end!!! When this series started the writing and stories were excellent - somewhere along the way James Patterson has sold out to laziness (using a joint writer) and in this book it really shows. I won't be buying any more in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars two into one won't go 28 May 2006
If you like your hero (or is it heroine) computer-generated without depth of character who gets the job done with remarkable ease, then these two boxer-shorts are for you. Two stories in one which, for me, doesn't really work on a combined level. Certainly, the author knows how to make you want to turn the page. I read the 338 pages in three hours, mainly because the book has probably 250 pages of the written word. I'm glad I didn't pay the whacking £17.99 and I'll probaly read "Mary, Mary" because I've already been given it! If you want a bit of Chandler or MacDonald or Cornwell or Reichs, that's what you'll get - a bit (or possibly a byte) but forget depth of story (stories) and you can easily forget the Women's Murder Club - which is perhpas just as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The decline continues 11 Sep 2006
Around the time Mr Patterson gained a stable of co-writers and a logo, quality of his output began to slide. In this novel it reaches a new low. It is harder than it ought to be to distinguish between the different characters here, because none of them receives any attention beyond their immediate contribution to the narrative and the decent dialogue that might provide insights into character just isn't there; instead, the cardboard cast members seem voiced by Enid Blyton.

Others have already commented on the bizarre fusion of two entirely unrelated stories, one of which simply ends with a third of the book left to go. The old James Patterson would have had a clever device to link them together in a shock denoument, but the old James Patterson doesn't seem to have participated in the creation of this book.

I am frustrated that the man responsible for the superb 'Kiss the Girls' and 'Along Came a Spider' has fallen so far. Perhaps it is time for him to write a book by himself and to spend more than a month or two writing it.
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Published 1 day ago by brian slocombe
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A gripping story for the 5th installment of the women's murder club. Lindsay Boxer hunts down 2 evil killers plus there is a hospital killer on the loose. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Patterson - Murder Club Books are brilliant
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
another great from James Patterson
Published 2 months ago by Morag Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars another class read from Patterson
As engrossing from start to finish just like all his other books. You will not be disappointed enjoy another of his superb books
Published 2 months ago by Peter from Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple one of the best for us.
A book choice is a personal choice by the reader. For us the author James Patterson is the main one. Patterson is simple a prolifik wright of many top sellers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stevie. J.
1.0 out of 5 stars You'll read it but hate yourself for doing it
The characters are getting worse and worse, and finally I have managed to stop taking these books. I feel like a drug addict who has finally seen how disgusting her habit is and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 5th Horseman
A really good yarn. I enjoyed it from cover to cover! Always good to know the detective is a star too
Published 4 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to love Patterson. Gets it right every time 😄
Onto the next one. Reading a book a day so far. Awesome. Can't wait to to finish all the series
Published 5 months ago by Adele Williams
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