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1st to die
Patterson, James, 1947-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : [Hachette Book Group], 2001.
Physical Description:
424 pages ; 25 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.5 12.0 72374.

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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.

Author Notes

James Patterson was born in Newburgh, New York, on March 22, 1947. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1969 and received a M. A. from Vanderbilt University in 1970. His first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, was written while he was working in a mental institution and was rejected by 26 publishers before being published and winning the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery.

He is best known as the creator of Alex Cross, the police psychologist hero of such novels as Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. Cross has been portrayed on the silver screen by Morgan Freeman. He has had eleven on his books made into movies and ranks as number 3 on the Hollywood Reporter's '25 Most Powerful Authors' 2016 list. He also writes the Women's Murder Club series, the Michael Bennett series, the Maximum Ride series, Daniel X series, the Witch and Wizard series, BookShots series, Private series, and the Middle School series for children. He has won numerous awards including the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award.

James Patterson introduced the Bookshots Series in 2016 which is advertised as All Thriller No Filler. The first book in the series, Cross Kill, made the New York Times Bestseller list in June 2016. The third and fourth books, The Trial, and Little Black Dress, made the New York Times Bestseller list in July 2016. The next books in the series include, $10,000,000 Marriage Proposal, French Kiss, Hidden: A Mitchum Story (co-authored with James O. Born). and The House Husband (co-authored Duane Swierczynski).

Patterson's novel, co-authored with Maxine Paetro, Woman of God, became a New York Times bestseller in 2016.

Patterson co-authored with John Connoly and Tim Malloy the true crime expose Filthy Rich about billionaire convicted sex offender Jeffrey Eppstein.

In January 2017, he co-authored with Ashwin Sanghi the bestseller Private Delhi. And in August 2017, he co-authored with Richard Dilallo, The Store.

The Black Book is a stand-alone thriller, co-authored by James Patterson and David Ellis.

(Bowker Author Biography) James Patterson is the author of seven major national bestsellers in a row. These include "Along Came a Spider", "Kiss the Girls", "Jack & Jill", "Cat & Mouse", "When the Wind Blows", "Pop Goes the Weasel", &, in paperback, "The Midnight Club". A past winner of the prestigious Edgar Award, Patterson lives in Florida.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Patterson, best known for his thrillers featuring Alex Cross, is banking on his legions of fans coming on board for this novel, the first in a new crime series. Don't be surprised if they come in droves. 1st to Die sets up the premise of the series--a group of four successful women coming together to solve murder cases--while offering a heinous killer and a fast-paced mystery. The story opens in San Francisco, with the gruesome murder of a bride and groom on their wedding night. Detective Lindsay Boxer is called to the scene, just after learning she is suffering from a rare and potentially life-threatening blood disease. For help with the case, she calls on her best friend, Claire, a medical examiner, and, reluctantly at first, Cindy, a newspaper reporter who is covering the story. Two more bride-and-groom killings lead them to the doorstep of Nicholas Jenks, a prominent writer who was having an affair with one of the murdered brides. Given Jenks' prestige, the assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, is reluctant to prosecute without substantial evidence. When Cindy gets a hold of a manuscript copy of Jenks' unpublished first novel, which details murders almost exactly like the bride-and-groom killings, the case starts to come together. Patterson keeps up the suspense until the very last page and will have readers looking forward to the second installment in the series. --Kristine Huntley

Publisher's Weekly Review

As the former head of the J. Walter Thompson ad agency, Patterson knows how to write to sell--even if his novels are feeling increasingly like designer product. No Patterson title has felt more packaged than this clever kickoff to a new series, which will scorch bestseller lists just as his Alex Cross novels do (with the latest, Roses Are Red, now on PW's hardcover list). But as calculating as Patterson may be, he isn't afraid to reach as a writer. A white male, he here turns for his first-person voice from the African-American Cross, already a stretch, to a woman, Insp. Lindsay Boxer of the SFPD. The novel finds an anguished Boxer at home, holding her service revolver to her head. The bulk of the book consists of flashbacks depicting the investigation by Boxer and others of a series of heinous killings, and detailing the killings themselves. Patterson tells the story in his patented mix of first- and third-person narration. The murders are of newlyweds on their honeymoon night; after each slaying, the killer sexually molests the bride's corpse--there's a high sleaze factor here. We know the villain right away, though the cops don't; he's Phillip Campbell, later identified as the alternate identity of a bestselling novelist who in some ways is not too unlike Patterson himself. Aside from its breakneck pacing and loop-the-loop plotting, the novel's real grab is that soon Boxer joins forces with three other women to solve the case: a feisty reporter, a warmhearted medical examiner and an ambitious assistant DA. They style themselves the Women's Murder Club, and you can bet they're going to appear in more than one hot-selling sequel--assuming Boxer survives the life-threatening disease diagnosed in her during the course of this gleaming machine of a novel. Author tour; Time Warner Audio. (One-day laydown, Mar. 5)Forecast: This new series could rival the Alex Cross novels in popularity, particularly as it seems aimed primarily at the vast female readership of mystery/thrillers. Expect big numbers for this one, with its first printing of 850,000 copies, a preview chapter in the mass market editions of Along Came a Spider and Cradle & All, and, most importantly, a two-part NBC miniseries based on the novel to be aired in May 2001, at the same time the book will be cruising toward the top of the charts. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Fans of Patterson (Along Came a Spider) will not be disappointed with his latest effort. A killer is murdering recently married couples, and police detective Lindsay is stumped. Off duty, she forms a murder club comprising three of her friends: an assistant district attorney, a newspaper reporter, and a coroner. The four women use everything at their disposal to figure out who the killer is before he can strike again. Their lead suspect is a world-famous writer whose plots resemble the murders. Deploying Patterson's usual short chapters, the book is exciting to the last page. One hopes that it is the first installment in what deserves to be a new series; Patterson should give Alex Cross a rest and concentrate on these four women instead. 1st to Die will air as a miniseries on NBC in May, so expect demand. For all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/00.] Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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