The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club) Paperback – 8 Feb 2007
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'Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination.' (New York Times Book Review)
The Women's Murder Club in an irresistible hospital and courtroom thrillerSee all Product Description
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'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.Read more ›
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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James Patterson books are brilliant....HOWEVER....Women's Murder Club IS SO awesome. read each one in a day....cannot put them down. Now on 10thPublished 1 month ago by charmaine abbott
From the first book this series is additive. Loved every novel in the whole series. James Patterson brilliant author as always.Published 1 month ago by Georgie7758
Another thrilling read from the worlds premier crime writer. Full of suspense and thrills, keeps you guessing from beginning to end.Published 2 months ago by theboyz
Love all the James Patterson and by far one of the best ones I have read. Arrived on time and in good condition.Published 2 months ago by Lucy
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