1st to Die

1st to Die

A Novel

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2001.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316666008
0316666009
Characteristics: v, 424 p.
Alternative Title: First to die

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DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

This is the first book in Patterson's popular "Women's Murder Club" mystery series. A homicide detective, a medical examiner, a reporter, and an assistant district attorney, all women, all far better at their jobs than their male bosses, join forces to solve a series of "bride and groom" murders.
The book is well-written, the dialog is smooth, and there are no big holes in the mystery aspect. The identity of the killer is hidden right up to the end; there are a couple good red herrings leading you to other suspects, but the identity of the true killer and the motive, etc., are plausible. There were a couple small holes in the detective work, but nothing that affected figuring out the mystery itself.
I do have one fairly major quibble with the book, the one thing that keeps me from giving a five-star rating: the whole premise of the Women's Murder Club is that these four very capable women are being held back by their (often misogynist) male superiors. The "moral of the story" here is that these women don't need a man's help to get by. But the main character, Lyndsey, is saddled with this totally unnecessary romance, where she gets all weak in the knees and fluttery when her new male partner shows up. What kind of sad message are we giving women here? "You can do anything you want, be anything you want, you don't have to have a man to excel in life - except you do, because of your girl parts." There is actually a point in the book where the heroine (a police detective) is in the middle of a "liaison" with her man, and there's an earthquake (it's San Francisco), and she seriously considers not responding to the emergency call because she can't control her female horniness? For real? I'd really like to read a female character that isn't either a quivering mess around men or a ball-breaking man-hater.
After all that, believe it or not, I did really enjoy the book. Short chapters, with lots of often funny dialog, and as I said, the mystery part was well written as well.

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karmasbestie28
Oct 18, 2016

I just finished this one and it was really good! A great read! I started getting bored with many authors, but I'm excited to begin this series. The story line was written perfectly.

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wojokimberly
Jul 31, 2016

Really great book! Definitely going to continue reading the series!

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bdls206
Jul 01, 2016

Great book, I have been reading James Patterson for a few years now and finally started on The Womens Murder Club series. Characters are well written, and keeps you intrigued from page one. I am now on to book two, I would highly recommend this series.

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newfieshawn
Sep 23, 2015

Love this book so love the ending what a great way to start a series

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open2life
Feb 16, 2015

1st JP book I've read. Finished in 2 days!! 8.5/10

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irlombardi
May 04, 2013

renew this book for another week.
thank you. IR lombardi

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Amelie1991
Feb 19, 2013

I absolutely loved this book. It was the first James Patterson book I've ever read and I<m really looking forward to reading all the other books in that series. Also, I'm so happy about the 12th one coming out this year!

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rod328
Jul 18, 2012

I really liked how creepy the killer was, and I think this book is great if you don't pay too much attention to details. Throughout the book I found little plot holes and situation developments that didn't make a lot of sense, but that didn't bug me too much.The last little bit of it though, made entire chapters of the novel make no sense, that ruined it all for me.

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bridge1
Jul 15, 2012

First of the Women's Murder Club series with Lindsay Boxer, a kick-butt homicide inspector. Fast story, interesting characters, and a terrifying killer. All James Patterson's formula.

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In San Francisco newlyweds are bein stalked-and slaughtered.. Enter four unforgettable women, all friends...Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city's police department...Claire, a medical examiner...Jill, an assitant D. A....and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk of the San Fransisco Chronicle. Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goale. To find, trap, and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer ever imagined.

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Jul 11, 2016

"What is the worse thing that anyone has done?"

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