3rd Degree by James Patterson with Andrew Gross (#3 Women’s Murder Club)

3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, #3)

3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

Published: 2004



3rd Degree by James Patterson is the third in the Women’s Murder Club series.

Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer and her friends (Claire, Cindy and Jill) are in for a rough case.  Kidnapping, murder, torture.   One of them won’t survive.

When the house she had been admiring during her early morning jog literally explodes in front of her, Lindsay knows it’s going to be a bad day.  She saves a young child from the carnage, but his little sister is missing, and it gets worse from there.  A letter arrives from “August Spies” taking credit for the explosion, promising more fatalities every 3 days until the G-8 Summit (which is meeting next week), gives in to their demands.  Lindsay doesn’t have much time to find and stop these terrorists, but has help from the Deputy Director of Homeland Security, Joe Molinari.  It looks like the people behind these attacks may originate from a group running rampant in the late 1960’s.  Meanwhile Cindy is in contact with one of the terrorists, and starts to feel sorry for this young girl.

In the background, the girls are worried about Jill, who finally confesses that her husband has been abusing her.  Advice flies, but friendships remain strong, even when Lindsay oversteps boundaries.  Then, as things heat up with the case and Joe (in more ways than one), Lindsay is finding herself pulled in even more directions.

As usual, the book, with its short chapters and fast pace, is a quick read, and everything is spelled out fairly well.  No need to think.  However, Patterson handled the loss of one of the “team” really well.  Well enough that it brought tears to my eyes (which doesn’t usually happen in his books).  I think that is why I would give it 3.5 stars.


Favorite Quote from 3rd Degree:

“Then hear it, honey, because I need you to be my friend.  Not the 101st Airborne.”


Re-Read: December 2016


About the Author:  James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers.  His generosity in donations to literacy improvements is unending


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