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Publisher's Summary

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?
©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 04-06-10

Big disappointment

Perhaps my mistake was to listen to Stieg Larsson's excellent Millennium trilogy immediately before Patterson's/Paetro's jointly-written 9th Judgement, but while the former is a gripping experience from first page to last (all 64 hours of it) superbly read by Saul Reichlin, the latter unfortunately is a huge disappointment. I would never argue that Larsson's heroine is remotely believable, but the characters in his three books are very well-drawn, the storylines are complex and engaging, and everything comes together to a satisfying conclusion. The 9th Judgement however is full of unbelievable and ill-defined characters with whom it is almost impossible to empathise, and it has a storyline that one of your other reviewers described accurately as "repulsive". There is a lack of cohesion about the whole piece, and the finale is weak. There is also a complete section after the main denouement that seems as though it's just been bolted on for no apparent reason. The use of music at many stages in the reading is distracting and inappropriate, and is quite unlike the effective use of music in Audible's unabridged version of Frank Herbert's "Dune" (another great audiobook). I'll try another Patterson book from Audible in due course since he is clearly a much better writer than is evidenced here, but it won't be from this Women's Murder Club series. I really wanted to like this book when I downloaded it, but I'm afraid it just didn't work for me.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 04-18-10

Is this a joke?

Utter rubbish. The plot is absurd, the characters absurd also. I gave up half way - I just couldn't take it any more.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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