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The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club) Paperback – 8 Feb 2007

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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: 11.5 x 3.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
What can I say about James Patterson books but that they are the best,as for The 5th Horsman it is a great follow on fron 4th of July.The detective work is good,the friendships are real and all the characters are so real.So down to the story people dying in hospital when they seem better,and the finding of the young girls bodies,so much happens in the book it is hard to think of what to say as his books are so good, he knows how to keep you on the edge it is a book I could not put down,can't wait for the next follow up book.Keep up the good work.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when it was released but only this week have had time to read it. I started reading it Thursday and finished it today. From the beginning I was immediately engrossed and simply could not put the book down. The fast rapid pace of the short chapters makes this latest of the womans murder club yet even more compelling for a read. The Womans Murder Club series is my favourite out of James Patterson, the characters are believable and I can't help but put myself in the shoes of Lieutanant Lyndsey Boxer at times! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read, I loved it. James Patterson never fails us and i'd like to offer credit to his co-author here too, Maxine Paetro because together they have made this book the way it is. Simply addictive to read!
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By Ray Blake VINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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