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22 Seconds by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro @JP_Books @centurybooksuk #22Seconds #TheWomensMurderClub #JamesPatterspon #TheClqrt #BookReview

Century Books 28th April 2022

Book Description

22 seconds… until Lindsay Boxer loses her badge – or her life.

SFPD Sergeant Boxer has guns on her mind.

There’s buzz of a last-ditch shipment of drugs and weapons crossing the Mexican border ahead of new restrictive gun laws. Before Lindsay can act, her top informant tips her to a case that hits disturbingly close to home.

Former cops. Professional hits. All with the same warning scrawled on their bodies.

You talk, you die.

Now it’s Lindsay’s turn to choose.

My Thoughts

Thank you to the publisher for my proof copy of this book, I am on a bit of a James Patterson run right now and enjoying his recent publications immensely.

The latest instalment from the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay Boxer takes centre stage as she and husband Joe Molinari are both drawn into an investigation relating to illegal gun imports from Mexico to LA. What follows is fast paced, action packed, tense crime fiction. Highly readable and entertaining. The other members of the Women’s Murder Club play less of a role in this one, Lindsay’s support network absolutely, but they feel like they are more on the periphery.

That said it feels like it has been a while since I caught up with Yuki, Cindy and Claire – the aforementioned Women’s Murder Club along with Lindsay and it was nice to spend time with these familiar characters again.

For fans of James Patterson – absolutely and those who enjoy decent crime writing. Patterson is the master of the crime series and this one, along with the Alex Cross series are two of his more prolific. A great series, but if you haven’t read any, do please start at the beginning, these characters are familiar and they all have their backstories, this is crime fiction yes, but it is also the stories of 4 brave, ambitious and successful women working collaboratively to solve the crimes occurring in their home of San Francisco.

Published Thursday 28th April.

About the Authors

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 400 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including non-fiction and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, Dog Diaries, Treasure Hunters and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past thirteen years in a row. He lives in Florida with his family.

Maxine Paetro is a novelist who has collaborated with James Patterson on the bestselling Women’s Murder Club, Private and Confessions series, Woman of God and other stand-alone novels. She lives with her husband John, in New York.

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