1st to Die by James Patterson
A Novel (Women's Murder Club)

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Four women-four friends-share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.

The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered-before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong.

About James Patterson

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James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
Published March 5, 2001 by Little, Brown and Company. 488 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction

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There's no earthly reason for an experienced homicide cop to accept this invitation, so Lindsay naturally does, and soon after the killer scores a second double play, Lindsay's best friend Claire Washburn, San Francisco's chief medical examiner, and Jill Bernhardt, from the D.A.'s office, have jo...

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From the killer's reaction to his first kill, to the haunting murders themselves, Patterson's world promises to enthrall the reader with his intriguing, but nauseatingly realistic writing.

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As the first book in the Women’s Murder Club series, “1st to Die” is a riveting look into the life of the San Francisco police department.

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Book Reporter

The evidence, painstakingly assembled with dogged determination by the Women's Murder Club, points to a world-famous author who has achieved his success by writing complex stories of murder and extraordinary violence --- whose unpublished first novel reads like an instruction manual for the newly...

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Entertainment Weekly

This creeped- out murder mystery, in which someone is doing away with newlywed couples before they have a chance to enjoy their honeymoons — features a fairly clever plot with enough last-minute revelations to keep you guessing (or, at least, going), and it's a welcome departure from Patters...

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Gather Books

If Patterson would take a little more time before pumping out a new book his books would be a lot better.

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