The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

61%

27 Critic Reviews

Unfortunately for readers hoping that Marklund's input would add some of the depth and substance...Patterson's paint by numbers style filled with relatively thin characters clearly dominates the partnership here.
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Synopsis

Paris is stunning in the summer

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

The killing is simply marvelous

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.

Wish you were here

Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.
 

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 August 16, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 445 pages
Genres: Crime, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Postcard Killers
All: 27 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 9

Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jul 07 2011

THE POSTCARD KILLERS is a fun read, full of sex, violence, puzzles and more exotic places than you will probably ever visit in person.

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Large Print Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Israel Drazin on Nov 22 2010

It is written well and it held my interest throughout.

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APOOO Bookclub

Below average
Reviewed by Leona Romich on Sep 24 2010

...has the elements to be a great story; the plot was good but I could have done without the art lessons...further along the story kind of dragged and became repetitive.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Chrystal

I think this book is by far the best book written by James Patterson.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average
Reviewed by Craig Sisterson on Aug 01 2010

Unfortunately for readers hoping that Marklund's input would add some of the depth and substance...Patterson's paint by numbers style filled with relatively thin characters clearly dominates the partnership here.

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The Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Jerry Solot

The Postcard Killers is good escapist entertainment.

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The Founding Fields

Below average
Apr 26 2012

He can write enjoyable thrillers, but when it comes to romance, and to a certain extent, characters… well, the results are not as good...

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Euro Crime

Below average
Reviewed by Karen Meek on Sep 29 2010

...killers and Jacob aren't very likeable and Dessie, despite being a bicycling, bisexual, vegetarian, with an unusual upbringing in the north of the country, is an uninvolving character.

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Bookin' with Bingo

Good
Aug 23 2010

...these two authors put together a fast paced, well-written chase through Europe filled with intriguing characters and alluring locales.

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Stargazerpuj's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Pujitha Krishnan on Nov 15 2010

Don’t look for deep characterisation or psychological insight.

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Roundtable Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth on Jan 10 2011

I wanted to love The Postcard Killers, yet as the story ambled on, I grew less interested and plain annoyed.

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Celebrity Books Book Reviews

Good
Aug 24 2010

The international settings and the controversial biography of the villains add an interesting dimension to the straightforward plot.

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Scandinavian Books

Good
Reviewed by Peter on Mar 10 2010

But it is actually a great crime fiction novel...solid, fast-paced, with some smart twists and turns, and quite suspenseful.

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Escape in a Book

Good
Reviewed by Mari on May 04 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed reading their book. The Postcard Killers was quite the page-turner...

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Marisa Reads It and Writes It

Good
Reviewed by Marisa Moen on Mar 25 2011

Because he writes from the killer’s point of view, I know who the killer is. For some reason, that keeps me drawn into the plot of the book.

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Socrates' Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Yvonne on Nov 24 2010

The killers are known to the reader right from the beginning, but this story is not that simple and there were still many twists and turns along the way.

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CelticLady's Reviews

Below average
Aug 28 2010

... I would like to see Mr.Patterson write books in his own style rather than team up with all these other authors.

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thevoiceofoma

Good
Reviewed by Oma on Jan 07 2012

...this book will keep you thoroughly engaged, alert and awake. Be aware, though, it may also alter your dreams since the subject matter is violent and the descriptions are often bizarre.

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Sherri's Thoughts & Ramblings

Good
Reviewed by Sherri on Mar 15 2011

Just when you think he has pulled out all the stops and can’t shock you anymore than he already has, BAM!

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A Bookaholic's Review

Good
Reviewed by Gina

No unneeded details or descriptions, vivid descriptions bring mental pictures to mind that make you shudder, characters that are complicated with simple words...

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Becca's Backyard

Good
Reviewed by Becca on Mar 16 2012

I had to know how it would end, and I have to say I was shocked by the ending.

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Addison Family Values

Good
Reviewed by Megan Addison on Sep 09 2011

...a quick, easy read and kept me guessing as to what would happen next.

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Story Scoop

Good
Reviewed by Kay Kluck on Mar 27 2011

It will charge you up like a double-shot Starbucks expresso drink, making you excited and wanting more.

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Hypnotically Entranced

Good
Reviewed by J. Pardue on Jan 12 2011

...it was very well written and the plot was original, engaging, and quite possibly plausible given the deranged person has the tendency to kill tourists.

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Just Jennifer Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer on Nov 24 2010

...so predictable. I've had such high expectations for each of his books and I've been let down with each one.

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The Fluffy Unicorn Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Nicky on Oct 27 2010

It has all the twists and turns you expect and they keep you on the edge of your seat till the end.

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Tales of a Book Addict

Below average
Reviewed by Tara on Sep 20 2010

...it was incredibly predictable....a little bit formulaic in spots.

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