NYPD Red by James Patterson and Marshall Karp


7 Critic Reviews

Characters shoot their way through an entertaining script right to a conclusion with a hole in it.


It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert-and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald-who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend-to discover who the murderer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they've ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.

Zach and Kylie know there's no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail. With larger-than-life action, relentless speed, and white-knuckle twists, NYPD Red is the next mega-blockbuster from "The Man Who Can't Miss." (TIME)


About James Patterson and Marshall Karp

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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 October 8, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 498 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Nov 11 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3


Below average
Dec 15 2012

Characters shoot their way through an entertaining script right to a conclusion with a hole in it.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 12 2012

Though the book is complete in itself, there are plenty of interesting characters who could carry this as a series for as long as Patterson and Karp will want it to go.

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Reviewed by Shondra Brown on Oct 08 2012

While the storyline is intriguing, the dialog and language leaves a lot to be desired. Some words, in my opinion, just do not need to be used throughout a story.

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Below average
Reviewed by Zachary Leeman on Oct 09 2012

"NYPD Red" is like fast food. It goes down fast and easy and is pleasurable while it is being consumed, but will be forgotten rather quickly.

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Reviewed by Ruth Mormon on Dec 31 2012

The authors not only present a spell-binding mystery with countless twists and turns, they offer the reader an insider’s look at the film industry and...behind the glamor on the screen.

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Reviewed by Joe Donahue on Oct 24 2012

...a book with incredible, non-stop action – a Patterson trademark – and great Karp characters and crisp humor.

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The Mystery Reader

Reviewed by Jennifer Monahan Winberry

Readers have come to expect non-stop action and well-developed characters from this master of suspense and will not be disappointed with his latest offering.

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