Friday, September 13, 2019

Short & Sweet Review: The 17th Suspect by James Patterson

Title: The 17th Suspect
Author: James Patterson
Series: Women's Murder Club, #17
Published: April 2018, Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover, 351 pages
Source: Personal copy

In this #1 NYT bestseller, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer puts her life on the line to protect San Francisco from a shrewd and unpredictable killer.
When a series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a mysterious killer, a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to a disturbing conclusion: something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department.

The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction and impacts her in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends in the Women's Murder Club warn her against taking the crimes to heart. But with lives at stake, the detective can't help but follow the case into terrifying terrain.

A decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay has always acted with unwavering integrity. But now she is confronting a killer who is determined to undermine it all.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: I am slowly getting caught up in this series...I only have a few more and then I will be up-to-date! This is definitely one of my favorite of all the James Patterson series I read - more for the characters than anything else and I have no shame in admitting that!

In this installment, we have Lindsay and Yuki who take center stage, which is becoming more and more the case - that the books tend to focus on one or two of the women as opposed to giving all four of them equal time. But anyway, both Lindsay and Yuki become embroiled in cases that were actually quite interesting. Lindsay finds herself involved in a case  of the murders of homeless people, the only problem is that the case is outside her jurisdiction. Yuki finds herself heading up the prosecution of a woman accused of raping a male colleague at gunpoint. 

But it was more than the cases that kept me flipping the pages. It was what was going on in the characters' personal lives that kept me engaged. Both Lindsay and Yuki had issues that they were dealing with and while some were resolved during the book, some were left hanging and I can't wait to see how it play out in the next book. This is why I love reading become involved in the characters lives and they people you care about.

Books in this series:

1.   1st to Die                                    13.   Unlucky 13
     2.   2nd Chance                               14.   14th Deadly Sin
     3.   3rd Degree                                15.    15th Affair
     4.   4th of July                                 15.5   The Trial
     5.   The 5th Horseman                   16.    16th Seduction
     6.   The 6th Target                          16.5   The Medical Examiner
     7.   7th Heaven                                 17.    The 17th Suspect   
     8.   The 8th Confession                  18.   The 18th Abduction
     9.   The 9th Judgment               19.   The 19th Christmas - due out Oct 2019
    10.  10th Anniversary
    11.   11th Hour
    12.   12th of Never       

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