9th Judgement – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro



Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; April 26, 2010
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316036277
ISBN-13: 978-0316036276
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Lindsay Boxer – SFPD Homicide Inspector
Claire Washburn – Medical Examiner
Cindy Thomas – Reporter
Suki Castellano – District Attorney
Detective Rich Conklin – Linday’s Partner
Sarah Wells – Cat Burglar
Casey Dowling – Wife of Marcus Dowling, She is murdered.
Marcus Dowling – Famous Hollywood Actor


A Jewel Robbery followed by a Murder. A young mother and her child are gunned down in a shopping mall. These are the two cases Detective Lindsay Boxer faces this time around, the 9th in the Women’s Murder Club series of novels. One case is that of a famouse movie star. His wife is shot and killed during a robbery at their home. Will Lindsay be able to find out the truth behind the murder? The second case, a killer believes in the motto: Women and Children First. He’s terrorizing San Francisco gunning down Women and their infant children. Will Lindsay catch the guy before he kills again, and what length will he go to, in order to stop her. Will Lindsay catch the jewel thief, who the press has dubbed “Hello Kitty”?

I liked this story. It was my first time reading one of the Women’s Murder Club series. I liked the characters. I felt the danger facing San Francisco was real. And I enjoyed the many narrow escapes of the friendly neighborhood Jewel thief. There was a lot of action going on, from Lindsay’s point of view. There are 2 or is it 3 cases to solve, the main one catching a killer before he kills again.

There were some areas of this book I wasn’t thrilled with. Some seemed rather cliche’ such as a ransom drop. The book also left me with questions, questions that should have had some answer, but if so the answers were very vague. The main thing was though, I didn’t like discovering who murdered Casey Dowling within the first few chapters. I think the prologue should have been written in a way that left the reader guessing who the murderer was. It seems like it would have been a much tighter story if it had.

There were a few surprises that I didn’t expect, which are always good in this genre of writing. If I were to rate it on a family friendly level, I’d say older teens/adults due to language, violence, and subject matter. Having not read the others, I can’t comment if this is one of the better in the series, only that I enjoyed it. I’ve currently got the 6th Target in my to be read pile, so will hopefully get to that at some point. If you are looking for a good beach or weekend book though, I think you’d probably enjoy this one.

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*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Brad and Brianne at Hachette Book Groups for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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