The Resource 1st to die : a novel, by James Patterson

1st to die : a novel, by James Patterson

Label
1st to die : a novel
Title
1st to die
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
by James Patterson
Title variation
First to die
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Four women--a police detective, an assistant D.A., a reporter, and a medical examiner who call themselves the Women's Murder Club--develop lifelong bonds as they pursue a killer whose twisted imagination has stunned an entire city
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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 When Cindy gets a hold of a manuscript copy of Jenks’ unpublished first novel, which details murders almost exactly like the bride-and-groom killings, the case starts to come together.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. (Reviewed January 1, 2001) -- Kristine Huntley
  • 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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • Four women band together to catch the forgettable fiend who's murdering newlyweds.Even before she knows she's dealing with a serial killer, Inspector Lindsay Boxer is overcome with emotion at the beautiful young corpses of David and Melanie Brandt. Retreating to the ladies' room moments after tossing upstart reporter Cindy Thomas out of the crime scene, she runs into Cindy, who's sneaked inside to slip Lindsay her card and tell her to call her if she ever wants to talk about the case. There's no earthly reason for an experienced homicide cop to accept this invitation, so Lindsay naturally does, and soon after the killer scores a second double play, Lindsay's best friend Claire Washburn, San Francisco's chief medical examiner, and Jill Bernhardt, from the D.A.'s office, have joined the Women's Murder Club. The conceit here is that the quartet pool their skills to crack the case, but apart from sharing anecdotes about sex in public places and offering sympathetic shoulders to Lindsay, who's been diagnosed with life-threatening aplastic anemia, the others don't do much detection. Neither does Captain Chris Raleigh, Lindsay's new partner, whom Patterson (Roses Are Red, 2000, etc.) has evidently provided his heroine for another purpose entirely. In fact, the crucial break in the case comes from an utterly unexpected source: Cleveland, where a third pair of bride-and-groom victims points a finger at a popular author who swears that although he's lied about the crime, and although the evidence against him is out to here, he's being set up. Is he or isn't he?Bargain-basement plotting, fewer thrills than a tax audit, and cardboard sleuths poised to return for a sequel. But the relentless velocity is guaranteed to hook fans of the bestselling Patterson, who'll presumably be hearing from the police the next time somebody declares war on young love. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2001)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
048947
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Patterson, James
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
Grades 9-12
LC call number
PS3566.A822
LC item number
A613 2001
Literary form
novels
Reading level
4.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The Women's Murder Club
Series volume
bk. 1]
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women detectives
  • Women in the professions
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • Female friendship
  • Serial murders
  • Professions
  • Female friendship
  • Serial murders
  • Women detectives
  • Women in the professions
  • California
Label
1st to die : a novel, by James Patterson
Link
http://www.jamespatterson.com/
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocm44728132
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
v, 424 pages
Isbn
9780316666008
Lccn
00061123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)44728132
Label
1st to die : a novel, by James Patterson
Link
http://www.jamespatterson.com/
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm44728132
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
v, 424 pages
Isbn
9780316666008
Lccn
00061123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)44728132

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