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Title: 3rd Degree
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Published January 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published February 26th 2004)
ISBN: 9780446614832
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The Women's Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies...and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner's office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy The Women's Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies...and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner's office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?

30 review for 3rd Degree

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    "3rd Degree" by James Patterson is the third book in the Women's Murder Club series. Having read the previous two I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately I've ended up skipping chapters just so I didn't have to record it as unfinished. I found it very disappointing, the plot within the storyline was boring and the female characters just weren't the same - Claire especially just wasn't her normal bubbly strong self. I've read other readers reviews and it still seems to have a good followi "3rd Degree" by James Patterson is the third book in the Women's Murder Club series. Having read the previous two I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately I've ended up skipping chapters just so I didn't have to record it as unfinished. I found it very disappointing, the plot within the storyline was boring and the female characters just weren't the same - Claire especially just wasn't her normal bubbly strong self. I've read other readers reviews and it still seems to have a good following but for me it just didn't do it. I have all the other books in the series - I believe there's another 14 or so to go - so hopefully they'll pick up again with the next one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)

    This book was all cheese. The story line was cheese. The dialogue was cheese. And the romance was mega cheese. But, let's face it: most of us aren't reading these novels for the literary brilliance. The Women's Murder Club series is my favourite to read of Patterson's. They are fast and entertaining...yes, including all the cheese. I like to make a game out of taking a shot every time one of the female characters says something no women would say to another women, even if they are best friends. Seri This book was all cheese. The story line was cheese. The dialogue was cheese. And the romance was mega cheese. But, let's face it: most of us aren't reading these novels for the literary brilliance. The Women's Murder Club series is my favourite to read of Patterson's. They are fast and entertaining...yes, including all the cheese. I like to make a game out of taking a shot every time one of the female characters says something no women would say to another women, even if they are best friends. Seriously, Patterson seems to have zero clue how real women interact. It's fantastic. And I'm usually hammered by the end of a book. Number 3 in the series is about a homegrown terrorist plot, a budding romance and the death of a main character - which really upped the cheese factor for me on this one. All of it was ridiculous, sometimes far-fetched and cliche. I would love to see LT Boxer just go nuts on someone one time instead of saying things that are essentially: "Oh, God darn. Shoot." It's all just too PG-13 for me. But whatever, because either way this book made the hours fly by at work. In terms of mystery, there's nothing inspired about it. It follows the typical Patterson formula, blah blah blah. It's all there. If you're looking for a real suspenseful mystery, look elsewhere. But if you just want to eat some cheese and kill some time, Patterson is your man. Me, reading Patterson in bed:

  3. 5 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    Another excellent installment of Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. Enjoyed it just as much as the first time I listened to it on Audible audio book. Narrator Carolyn McCormick is pretty good, too. Very sad ending, though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    James Patterson is basically running a mystery novel factory, and it shows in this book. The novel goes through the motions acceptably enough--there are clues and ratcheting tension and figures come back from the past and deaths of people close to the protagonist and a love interest. But the entire thing feels rather formulaic and thin. Somehow, despite shocking revelations and stunning returns from the dead, you're never quite shocked or stunned. There isn't enough of an emotional connection est James Patterson is basically running a mystery novel factory, and it shows in this book. The novel goes through the motions acceptably enough--there are clues and ratcheting tension and figures come back from the past and deaths of people close to the protagonist and a love interest. But the entire thing feels rather formulaic and thin. Somehow, despite shocking revelations and stunning returns from the dead, you're never quite shocked or stunned. There isn't enough of an emotional connection established to make a reader sympathetic to the allegedly chilling revelations. A major character dies and it doesn't feel particularly traumatic. A romance proceeds far too easily. I figured out the mastermind far too easily, and the climax somehow fizzles. The weird structure doesn't help. There are four women in the club. One is a first person narrator for about a quarter of the chapters. The rest of the chapters are third person narrations following the other women, suspects, victims, what have you. I really don't understand why it switches from first to third--either follow all the characters in third, or stay in first person and deal with the limitations it imposes. It feels like a cheap trick to make you care about the protagonist, instead of actually writing the protagonist to be likeable. Similarly annoying, many of the chapters are a page and a half long. And not every chapter changes viewpoint. So you have a short conversation, and then a new chapter with a minor action, and then a new chapter with a brief action scene, and then a new chapter with another short conversation. It's choppy and artificially induces page-turning. Written too quickly, this novel tries to use cheap tricks and pyrotechnics to replace heart and detail. There's nothing wrong, per se, just nothing particularly great, either. It's competent, I suppose, but completely uninspired.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got to the part where Jill-the-scapegoat's body was just found and I rolled my eyes and gave up. Not even the actual mystery part of the story makes me care enough to keep going. This is some seriously lazy writing and I am done with this series. The plot - terrorists trying to save the world from itself - is interesting enough for a formulaic suspense/mystery novel. It's the killing of the characters, and I don't mean in the literal sense of Jill, that is just unbearable. Claire, my favorite, di I got to the part where Jill-the-scapegoat's body was just found and I rolled my eyes and gave up. Not even the actual mystery part of the story makes me care enough to keep going. This is some seriously lazy writing and I am done with this series. The plot - terrorists trying to save the world from itself - is interesting enough for a formulaic suspense/mystery novel. It's the killing of the characters, and I don't mean in the literal sense of Jill, that is just unbearable. Claire, my favorite, didn't even sound like Claire. She's become all squishy and whiny. Where did that strong, supportive, compassionate woman go? I guess all the scaring she received in the last book broke her and she diminished exponentially. I almost stopped the book when Lindsay marched into Steve's office to demand he stop abusing Jill or else. Really? A homicide detective threatens a batterer? Has she never ever heard of people killing their spouses for just exactly because they'd been confronted? And Lindsay is a woman; as far as I've seen, having been a female all my life, and all, women more often rally around and protect their battered friends, not full-on threaten the husbands. I'm pretty sure that on some level, Lindsay would have been worried that the abusive husband would become more dangerous once confronted and would have known not to put her friend in that position. Apparently, I don't know Lindsay, friends, women, logical human beings...at all. But it's ok. Scapegoat Jill who must have become a major obstacle to the author, died anyway and we don't have to worry about her well-being any longer. I mean, not only did she have to lose a baby in the last book, but then we find she's also a battered wife in this book. It's too much and there's not a lot left to do to her but kill her. And my interest? Also killed. Moving on.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matilda

    3rd degree by James Patterson and just wow...... It was amazing. This is the third book in the women’s murder club ,I loved the first one it was amazing The second book, while I loved I didn’t really get into it as much as the first and then there was this one it was shocking. Not in a bad way in a good way. It had me so shocked James Patterson books can do that to you. They are really quick reads and have so many twists and turns leaving you wanting to read more. On the front cover it says “on 3rd degree by James Patterson and just wow...... It was amazing. This is the third book in the women’s murder club ,I loved the first one it was amazing The second book, while I loved I didn’t really get into it as much as the first and then there was this one it was shocking. Not in a bad way in a good way. It had me so shocked James Patterson books can do that to you. They are really quick reads and have so many twists and turns leaving you wanting to read more. On the front cover it says “one of James Patterson’s best-loved heroines from the women’s murder club is about to die. Which one will it be?” I was shocked; this is the third book in the serious no main character is meant to die ,you see main character deaths in the last book not the first!!! This book does not disappoint it is full of action and plot twists every time I think I know who is causing the killings suddenly evidence shows up that proves it isn’t them. When I think I finally have it most of the time in the last 20 pages of the book suddenly its someone else. It gets annoying but I love it. I was shocked when I found out that he was going to kill off one of his characters as I love them all, all of them are kickass. (Spoiler!) I knew it wasn’t Lindsey as she is the very main character. But we have Lindsey finding a man Joe who works with the government and is drafted in to help. I must say in this series romance does take a back seat yes they do still have relationships But it mostly about the action so don’t expect and mush love scenes like in any Nicholas spark books. I would recommend this series to anyone who loves whodunit novels but be warned the books are gritty but they are an amazing read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Πάνος Τουρλής

    Στο τρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς με τη Γυναικεία Λέσχη Φόνων, το Σαν Φρανσίσκο δέχεται τρομοκρατικά χτυπήματα που αποσκοπούν στην τιμωρία των ισχυρών οικονομικών παραγόντων, εκπροσώπων τραπεζών, διεθνών οργανισμών εμπορίου κλπ. που πλουτίζουν κοροϊδεύοντας τον κόσμο, τη στιγμή που σε υπανάπτυκτες ή αναπτυσσόμενες χώρες ο κόσμος δεν έχει καν τα στοιχειώδη για να επιζήσει. Ποιος κρύβεται πίσω από αυτές τις δολοφονικές επιθέσεις και πώς θα το χειριστεί η υπαστυνόμος Λίνζι Μπόξερ με τις φίλες της; Αυτό ήτ Στο τρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς με τη Γυναικεία Λέσχη Φόνων, το Σαν Φρανσίσκο δέχεται τρομοκρατικά χτυπήματα που αποσκοπούν στην τιμωρία των ισχυρών οικονομικών παραγόντων, εκπροσώπων τραπεζών, διεθνών οργανισμών εμπορίου κλπ. που πλουτίζουν κοροϊδεύοντας τον κόσμο, τη στιγμή που σε υπανάπτυκτες ή αναπτυσσόμενες χώρες ο κόσμος δεν έχει καν τα στοιχειώδη για να επιζήσει. Ποιος κρύβεται πίσω από αυτές τις δολοφονικές επιθέσεις και πώς θα το χειριστεί η υπαστυνόμος Λίνζι Μπόξερ με τις φίλες της; Αυτό ήταν μέχρι στιγμής το καλύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς, όχι τόσο για την ανατροπή περί του αληθινού κινητήριου μοχλού για τις φονικές εκρήξεις και τις δολοφονίες και για τα αίτια που κρύβονταν πίσω από αυτές τις πράξεις όσο για τα υπέροχα μηνύματα που πέρασαν οι συγγραφείς υποδόρια κατά την ανάγνωση του βιβλίου. Τα αίτια των τρομοκρατικών χτυπημάτων ήταν καλά καταστρωμένα, αφαιρούσαν ανθρώπινες ζωές χιλιάδων αθώων θυμάτων και ο στόχος τους ήταν η εκδίκηση για την εκμετάλλευση των ανθρώπων. Με το κείμενό τους οι Πάτερσον και Γκρος δείχνουν σαφέστατα ότι ο εχθρός είναι ανάμεσά μας και δεν προέρχεται από ξένες χώρες. Πρόκειται δηλαδή για μια σαφέστατη «προειδοποίηση» απέναντι στο κράτος των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών ότι η χώρα δεν κινδυνεύει (τόσο πολύ) από φονταμενταλιστές αλλά ο κίνδυνος μπορεί να ελλοχεύει στο διεστραμμένο, σαλεμένο μυαλό ενός αυτόχθονα, γηγενούς Αμερικανού πολίτη. Και όλα αυτά το 2004 που κυκλοφόρησε το βιβλίο, τρία χρόνια μετά την επίθεση στους Δίδυμους Πύργους και τις συνέπειες που ακολούθησαν αυτήν την τραγωδία για όλο τον κόσμο. Έτσι λοιπόν στο τρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς, ο ανυποψίαστος αναγνώστης έρχεται αντιμέτωπος με τις συνέπειες που υφίσταται κάποιος όταν διαβάζει για λιμούς, συνθήκες πείνας στον Τρίτο Κόσμο, εξάπλωση του AIDS χωρίς ελπίδες ίασης (γιατί κάποιος προτιμά να κατασπαταλά αυτά τα χρήματα σε προσωπικές απολαύσεις) και μετά απλώς γυρίζει σελίδα. Κάποιος αποφάσισε να εκδικηθεί για όλες αυτές τις απάνθρωπες ανισότητες, τις κοινωνικές και οικονομικές διαφορές του πλανήτη και πήρε τον νόμο στα χέρια του. Χάρη σε αυτό το βιβλίο έμαθα πολλά πράγματα για τους πρωτεργάτες και τον συμβολισμό κάποιων ανθρώπων στην πορεία του «αναρχικού» αυτού κινήματος κατά της πλουτοκρατίας. Όγκαστ Σπάις, Μάριον Ντελγκάντο, η σφαγή του Χέιμάρκετ το 1886 και πολλά άλλα. Προσέξτε την παράγραφο στη σελίδα 106: «-Ξέρετε... ότι οι πανίσχυρες πολυεθνικές εταιρείες διαθέτουν πλέον πλούτη μεγαλύτερα από το ακαθάριστο εθνικό προϊόν του ενενήντα τοις εκατό των χωρών του πλανήτη. Έχουν αντικαταστήσει τις κυβερνήσεις ως σύστημα κοινωνικής ευθύνης του κόσμου μας. Γιατί άραγε... σπεύδουμε να εκφράσουμε την κατακραυγή μας ενάντια στο βδέλυγμα του απαρτχάιντ στον τομέα της φυλετικής ευαισθησίας μας αλλά κοιμόμαστε τον ύπνο του δικαίου όταν αυτό το απαρτχάιντ είναι οικονομικό; Επειδή δεν το βλέπουμε μέσα από τα μάτια των υποδουλωμένων, το βλέπουμε μέσα από την κουλτούρα των ισχυρών. Των εταιρειών. Από την τηλεόραση». Μήπως όμως όλα αυτά είναι επίτηδες σχεδιασμένα έτσι ώστε κάποιος να πάρει προσωπική εκδίκηση; Κι αν είναι έτσι πώς καταφέρνει και στρατολογεί τόσους υποψήφιους θύτες; Τι συμβαίνει στο μυαλό του και ποιος είναι; Επιπλέον πώς θα τον εντοπίσουν και θα τον εξουδετερώσουν η Λίνζι Μπόξερ και οι άνθρωποί της; Ως πού μπορεί να φτάσει κάποιος που δεν πιστεύει σε τίποτα και θέλει να εκμηδενίσει τις ανισότητες του κόσμου, εκμηδενίζοντας τον ίδιο τον κόσμο; Δε θα ξεχάσω τη σκηνή της τελικής αποκάλυψης, που μου έδειξε νέτα σκέτα τον βαθμό που το μίσος μπορεί να αλλοιώσει έναν άνθρωπο και να φτάσει σε τέτοιο σημείο τυφλής υποταγής που να πάει κόντρα στη φύση του, στο θέλημα του Θεού, στην ίδια την αγάπη. Η συγκλονιστική στιγμή μου θύμισε τις αντίστοιχες των χιτλερικών που αυτοκτονούσαν μετά τη λήξη του Δεύτερου Παγκόσμιου πολέμου. Πέντε μήνες μετά την υπόθεση του δεύτερου βιβλίου της σειράς, η Λίνζι βρίσκεται αντιμέτωπη με μια Λερναία Ύδρα, της οποίας τα κεφάλια πολλαπλασιάζονται ανεξέλεγκτα και τα βήματα που κάνει δεν την κατευθύνουν προς μια συγκεκριμένη διαδρομή. Πώς θα μπορέσει να επιλύσει την υπόθεση και σε ποιο βαθμό θα συμβάλουν τα υπόλοιπα μέλη της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων; Στο «3ο χτύπημα» η δημοσιογράφος Σίντι έχει χωρίσει τον άντρα που γνώρισε στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο (οι συγγραφείς δε μας γνωστοποίησαν το γιατί), η αντιεισαγγελέας Τζιλ αρχίζει να γίνεται θύμα συζυγικής βίας από τότε που έχασε το μωρό της στην προηγούμενη ιστορία και η Λίνζι ερωτεύεται τον προϊστάμενο του Υπουργείου Εσωτερικής Ασφάλειας με έδρα την Ουάσιγκτον Τζο Μολινάρι που αποστέλλεται στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο για την υπόθεση. Σε αυτό το ανατριχιαστικό και αγωνιώδες θρίλερ, έφτασα σε σημείο να δακρύσω στην τελευταία σελίδα, γιατί η γνώριμη σπιντάτη, σχεδόν σεναριακή, γραφή ήταν ακριβώς αυτή που έπρεπε για να μου μεταδώσει την αγωνία της μοναξιάς που ένιωσε η Λίνζι όταν η υπόθεση έφτασε στο τέλος της και έπρεπε να δει τι θα κάνει με έναν άντρα που αγάπησε και την αγάπησε αλλά μένει στην άλλη ακτή της Αμερικής. Έναν άντρα που δείχνει ότι ταιριάζουν κι επιπλέον δεν είναι άλλος ένας πανίβλακας που της φορτώθηκε χωρίς να αξίζει. «Δεν έχω ζωή...Έχω ένα πολύ καλό σκυλί. Και τις φίλες μου. Και τη δουλειά μου. Και τα καταφέρνω πολύ καλά στη δουλειά μου. Αλλά δεν έχω ζωή» (σελ. 330). Θα συνεχιστεί λοιπόν αυτή η σχέση που δοκιμάστηκε μέχρι να επιλυθεί η υπόθεση μεταξύ δύο ανθρώπων που είχαν να παλέψουν τις δύσκολες συνθήκες υπό τις οποίες γνωρίστηκαν, τα απαιτητικά επαγγέλματά τους και κυρίως το πόσο ψηλά είναι η θέση εργασίας του Μολινάρι μέσα στην κυβέρνηση; Τέλος, μέσα σε όλο αυτό το αδιέξοδο υπάρχει και η περίπτωση της Τζιλ και τα διάφορα στάδια που περνάει η ψυχολογία της μέχρι να καταλάβει την πραγματικότητα. Είναι παντρεμένη με έναν άντρα που της μειώνει σταδιακά την αξιοπρέπεια, την κάνει να νιώθει άχρησητη και αποδυναμωμένη και παρ’ όλο που τη χτυπάει, η ίδια συνεχίζει να είναι εκεί, χωρίς να ξέρει το γιατί. Ναι, είναι η ίδια δυναμική, αυταρχική και υπάκουη στους νόμους γυναίκα που έχει κλείσει στη φυλακή αντίστοιχους άντρες! Η κατάσταση περιπλέκεται ακόμη περισσότερο όταν η Τζιλ μπαίνει στο στόχαστρο του ανθρώπου που έχει πανικοβάλει την πόλη και η υπόθεση παίρνει μια απρόσμενη ανατροπή που με άφησε με ανοιχτό το στόμα για τουλάχιστον πέντε λεπτά. Το τρίτο βιβλίο της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων έχει ανεβάσει τον πήχη πάρα πολύ ψηλά. Έχει μια έξυπνη κεντρική ιδέα, την οποία αναλύει με κλιμακωτή αγωνία και τις γνωστές ανατροπές των συγγραφέων, έχει ανθρώπινη ματιά και διεισδύει λίγο περισσότερο στην ψυχολογία των ηρωίδων και των ατόμων που συναναστρέφονται. Δεν υπάρχουν απόλυτες αντιθέσεις, μαύρο και άσπρο, καλό και κακό. Έχουμε ήρωες που μετανιώνουν, πισωγυρίσματα στο ιδεολογικό κριτήριο, αληθοφανείς συνέπειες γεγονότων και πράξεων κι επιπλέον πολλά άνοιχτά μέτωπα στην αφήγηση, τα οποία κλείνουν ικανοποιητικά ένα ένα ως το ανατρεπτικό τέλος. Αυτό που με παραξένεψε πάντως ήταν η αφθονία τυπογραφικών λαθών στην έκδοση του 2004 τουλάχιστον, γιατί κανένα απολύτως βιβλίο των εκδόσεων ως τώρα δεν έχει ούτε ένα λάθος. Φυσικά και θα το αγνοήσω και δε θα του επιτρέψω να μου χαλάσει τη σχέση αγάπης που έχω με αυτά τα λατρεμένα βιβλία τσέπης. Α, επίσης δεν απαντήθηκε το ερώτημα: γιατί χτυπούσαν οι τρομοκράτες κάθε τρίτη μέρα, όπως «ευαγγελίζεται» η περίληψη του οπισθοφύλλου. Επομένως, μην αρχίσετε το βιβλίο αν δεν είστε χωροχρονικά σε θέση να αφοσιωθείτε σε αυτό.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 5 stars RIP Jill Bernhardt. :-(. Good book. Hope Lindsay and Joe Molinari get together. Case was very weird. Somewhat scary. Can't wait to read 4th of July!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Meiga

    Al igual que sucede en las dos entregas anteriores, la protagonista indiscutible y el personaje que más se desarrolla es el de Lindsay Boxer, teniente de la Policía de San Francisco, y como coprotagonistas tenemos a sus amigas, con las que forma el Club de las mujeres contra el crimen. De nuevo, los capítulos son cortos, lo que hace la lectura muy rápida. La forma de escribir de Patterson es sencilla y ágil. Continuaré leyendo el Club, me están gustando mucho, mucho.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maria Nane

    Seria asta m a prins, imi place, asa ca nu am decat cuvinte de laudă despre ea. Cam tristă cartea nr 3, dar cu final fericit.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    It's great to be able to read these Women Murder Club books in a row. I enjoy them for their pace and for having just enough content to hook me into the plot. Admittedly, the story-lines in these books aren't elaborately plotted, but they give the reader enough information to be interested. Same goes for the characterization; sometimes you wish the authors would delve a little deeper. Take Jill for instance, the ADA, and friend to Lindsay, Claire and Cindy; I wish I would have known a better. I It's great to be able to read these Women Murder Club books in a row. I enjoy them for their pace and for having just enough content to hook me into the plot. Admittedly, the story-lines in these books aren't elaborately plotted, but they give the reader enough information to be interested. Same goes for the characterization; sometimes you wish the authors would delve a little deeper. Take Jill for instance, the ADA, and friend to Lindsay, Claire and Cindy; I wish I would have known a better. I was really shocked with what happened to Jill. I had tears in my eyes during their final goodbye. Still, this group of women is interesting and their friendship is something one can only aspire to. I won't go into much detail of this plot that has at its center a domestic terrorist group calling itself "August Spies". It's a pretty convoluted tale. Notably, this is the book where Lindsay meets Joe Molinari, deputy director of the Office of Homeland Security. A beginning of love blooms for Lindsay but, meanwhile, love has curdled at Jill's house, with devastating consequences. This is for sure an almost 4 star read - but not quite.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bex

    This is my first James Patterson novel, and not the last. 3rd Degree is a fast moving story with interesting characters and, most importantly, a suspenseful story. His short chapters kept my interest where I didn't want to put the book down. I actually read the book in one day, i just couldnt put it down. One morning while Lt. Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Dept. was jogging with her dog she saw a house explode. Lt. Lindsay Boxer went into the burning house to see if anyone was in trou This is my first James Patterson novel, and not the last. 3rd Degree is a fast moving story with interesting characters and, most importantly, a suspenseful story. His short chapters kept my interest where I didn't want to put the book down. I actually read the book in one day, i just couldnt put it down. One morning while Lt. Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Dept. was jogging with her dog she saw a house explode. Lt. Lindsay Boxer went into the burning house to see if anyone was in trouble. She finds a child a finds out that a baby is missing. A backpack is found at the scene with a note in it. The note says August Spies, a terrorist group, is responsible for this and will keep doing this. Lindsay calls her three friends (Cindy a news writer, Jill a D.A., and Claire a medical examiner) to help her solve the crime. They also get help from Joe Molinari, Homeland Security Deputy Director. Lt. Lindsay Boxer receives e-mails saying the killers will kill every three days until the government takes responsibility for treating people throughout the world poorly. It becomes a race to catch the murderer since time is running out. Not only is time running out, but one of the Murder Club members is keeping a big secret. Who is it and what will happen to her? I won't tell, but believe me you won't believe it! Of course there has to be a romance! Yes people, Lindsay Boxer and Joe Molinari are involved. For once I'd like to read a thriller without having the main characters romantically involved. By all means, it didn't hurt the story in any way. In my opinion 3rd Degree was a very good book. GO PATTERSON!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    In this third offering in the Women's Murder Club series, "3rd Degree" starts off with a bang. Literally. Lt. Lindsay Boxer, SF Homicide Detective, is out jogging along, admiring a town house she sees on the street. And then it explodes right in front of her. After calling for help, she rushes in and finds two dead bodies...and a child, whom she rescues. What happens in the subsequent days will soon be declared a war of sorts. But who is at the hub of this activity? And who will be next on the ta In this third offering in the Women's Murder Club series, "3rd Degree" starts off with a bang. Literally. Lt. Lindsay Boxer, SF Homicide Detective, is out jogging along, admiring a town house she sees on the street. And then it explodes right in front of her. After calling for help, she rushes in and finds two dead bodies...and a child, whom she rescues. What happens in the subsequent days will soon be declared a war of sorts. But who is at the hub of this activity? And who will be next on the target list? Soon Lindsay and her pals—Claire, Cindy, and Jill—are in the thick of things. Someone is sending messages to Cindy at the Chronicle, and the name "August Files" seems significant. Joe Molinari, the hot FBI Deputy Director is in the mix, too, and the attraction between him and Lindsay is sizzling. While the troops try to sort things out, and find out what a group of revolutionaries from the 70s has to do with all that's happening, we get to peek into a developing romance between Lindsay and Joe. But sadness lurks nearby, and one of their own is targeted. Sweeping across the West—from San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley to Portland, Oregon—and from the 1960s to the present, the story carries the reader along, showing a glimpse of the country, then and now. And reminding us all that terror does not always come from outside our borders. Somewhat predictable, but definitely a page-turning novel that features the warm and fuzzy connections between the women. 3.5 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There were some major flaws with this book, even though I liked it. Why introduce the Jill spousal abuse issue if she was just going to be killed shortly afterwards? This might have been an interesting story line to pursue. The motivation for the murderers doesn't add up. This guy's brother, who was a murderer, is killed by the cops. So he kills the daughter of a prosecutor, a snitch, and the brother's roommate? That's his big grudge? It was so obvious that the snooty college professor was in on th There were some major flaws with this book, even though I liked it. Why introduce the Jill spousal abuse issue if she was just going to be killed shortly afterwards? This might have been an interesting story line to pursue. The motivation for the murderers doesn't add up. This guy's brother, who was a murderer, is killed by the cops. So he kills the daughter of a prosecutor, a snitch, and the brother's roommate? That's his big grudge? It was so obvious that the snooty college professor was in on things. It seems to me that Lindsey's Homeland Security guy was inappropriate for starting up a relationship right in the middle of a case. If they were equals, that would be one thing, but he was sort of supervising the case.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Edmond Gagnon

    A Damn good read! Believable characters and plot...not a thing I dislike about this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hate reviewing books like this in a series, because every book so far has been so different. That being said, I wasn’t crazy about this book. It just got way too political for my liking and way too cheesy. It was decent, but the first half of the book was definitely my favorite. Here are some of my favorite comments from my buddy read: (some are spoilers, but I’ll tag them) 26%(view spoiler)[So far I like this book better than the second one, but it’s becoming a little too political heavy for m I hate reviewing books like this in a series, because every book so far has been so different. That being said, I wasn’t crazy about this book. It just got way too political for my liking and way too cheesy. It was decent, but the first half of the book was definitely my favorite. Here are some of my favorite comments from my buddy read: (some are spoilers, but I’ll tag them) 26%(view spoiler)[So far I like this book better than the second one, but it’s becoming a little too political heavy for my taste. Oh hell no! If someone had me test out a bomb, juice or no juice? I’d be out of there faster than the roadrunner. (hide spoiler)] 55%Ohhhh heyyyyy! (view spoiler)[LT Boxer (hide spoiler)] got some bootyyy! You go girl! 76% “Stories by Eudora Welty, (view spoiler)[Jill always had (hide spoiler)] great taste in books.” 🤢🤮 I respectively disagree. I read Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty during my Junior year of High School and I had to write a research paper on it. Worst. Book. Ever! I didn’t even finish the damn book, but at least I got an A on the paper. I now avoid Eudora Welty’s books like the plague. Lol

  17. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Digital audiobook narrated by Carolyn McCormick From the book jacket: Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found – and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police De Digital audiobook narrated by Carolyn McCormick From the book jacket: Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found – and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled. My reactions: This is book three in the Women’s Murder Club series with Patterson’s name getting top billing on the cover, but I suspect mostly written by Andrew Gross. The formula must not have been working well because there’s a significant change among the club members. I’ll say this for the team of writers – they keep things moving quickly. There’s a killing every few chapters, and the women have a personal reason to make sure the perpetrator(s) is/are stopped. Vietnam era politics enter into the equation to further confound and confuse. Carolyn McCormick does a reasonably good job voicing the audio. However, the producers felt compelled to add cheesy “suspense” music and sound effects. I guess they didn’t have faith in the writers’ ability to build suspense with words alone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    Interesting, painful and romantic. Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has earned her rank in solving some of the worst crimes ever committed in San Francisco. This series is getting better every time. This storyline deals with domestic violence, terrorist, romance and crimes all rolled into one. You will enjoy reading it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Keisha

    It was really a fast-paced book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tiffy_Reads

    Third book in the Women's Murder Club and I loved it just as much as the first two. I was a little upset over a part of it. But the characters were great as they were in the previous two. Kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if they would solve the crimes in time. Can't wait to read the next novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    HELP - I NEED HELP. I had 20 likes thanks to you all, and something has happened to them all and now I only have one. If possible, could you please re-insert? Thanks! Not begging. Thanks!!!! WOW!!! I've been reading these very much out of order, and to finally read Book #3 "3rd Degree" has been very revealing and is helping to fill in the holes that I haven't received up until then. Written by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. In this third offering in the Women's Murder Club series, "3rd Degree" HELP - I NEED HELP. I had 20 likes thanks to you all, and something has happened to them all and now I only have one. If possible, could you please re-insert? Thanks! Not begging. Thanks!!!! WOW!!! I've been reading these very much out of order, and to finally read Book #3 "3rd Degree" has been very revealing and is helping to fill in the holes that I haven't received up until then. Written by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. In this third offering in the Women's Murder Club series, "3rd Degree" starts off with a bang. Literally. Lt. Lindsay Boxer, SF Homicide Detective, is out jogging along, admiring a town house she sees on the street. And then it explodes right in front of her. After calling for help, she rushes in and finds two dead bodies...and a child, whom she rescues. What happens in the subsequent days will soon be declared a war of sorts. But who is at the hub of this activity? And who will be next on the target list? Soon Lindsay and her pals—Claire, Cindy, and Jill—are in the thick of things. Someone is sending messages to Cindy at the Chronicle, and the name "August Files" seems significant. Joe Molinari, the hot FBI Deputy Director is in the mix, too, and the attraction between him and Lindsay is sizzling. Just found out that he is #2 in rating his abilities among the agency in which he works. While the troops try to sort things out, and find out what a group of revolutionaries from the 70s has to do with all that's happening, we get to peek into a developing romance between Lindsay and Joe. But sadness lurks nearby, and one of their own is targeted. Sweeping across the West—from San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley to Portland, Oregon—and from the 1960s to the present, the story carries the reader along, showing a glimpse of the country, then and now. And reminding us all that terror does not always come from outside our borders. Somewhat predictable, but definitely a page-turning novel that features the warm and fuzzy connections between the women. Recommend. (less)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    Boy, when you get your radicals, it can be quite the crime to solve. Add four women and you really have to love them when they insert themselves into the mess of causes. This particular cause, resulting in bombings all over the city and a deadly viral of ricin, is not what it appears to be. It's personal, and Jill, the District Attorney is caught in the middle of it all. And then we have three. This kind of story is all too often misunderstood and we all know there are radicals out there, even i Boy, when you get your radicals, it can be quite the crime to solve. Add four women and you really have to love them when they insert themselves into the mess of causes. This particular cause, resulting in bombings all over the city and a deadly viral of ricin, is not what it appears to be. It's personal, and Jill, the District Attorney is caught in the middle of it all. And then we have three. This kind of story is all too often misunderstood and we all know there are radicals out there, even in the US. Unfortunately, it is difficult to pin-point the persons who have ruined the lives of innocent people just trying to survive, without putting other innocent lives in danger. Protesting sure seems to be less peaceful anymore and much less, without positive results. So I have to agree somewhat to the ultimatums that were present in this book. Change ....or face consequences, but bombings are not the answer. I like this series but now we are less 1 and I'm so sad about that. She will be missed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Jo aka miro

    Fun, fast reading. But I couldn't fully connected with people in the story. Maybe I have to read first and second book of this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rashika (is tired)

    Note: there are probably some mistakes in here I'll correct once I am not so angry. That's it I am not going to bang my head anymore over this series. I was never a huge fan of this series in the first place. I picked it up because I wanted to read a crime novel with a female lead that wasn't the witness but instead the one taking things under her control. The mysteries in these books don't have much substance to them, they are almost along the lines of brain candy then anything else. I had give Note: there are probably some mistakes in here I'll correct once I am not so angry. That's it I am not going to bang my head anymore over this series. I was never a huge fan of this series in the first place. I picked it up because I wanted to read a crime novel with a female lead that wasn't the witness but instead the one taking things under her control. The mysteries in these books don't have much substance to them, they are almost along the lines of brain candy then anything else. I had given up on the series already but decided to pick it up again anyway because of the presence of a 'new' love interest. The one in the first book wasn't particularly appealing and the one in this book was an FBI dude or something like that so I decided to give the series another shot. The joke was totally on me. James has no idea how to write a romance. I kid you not. I'd rather not read one at all then read what he comes up with. Just to give you in idea, when she first encounters this interest (Joe), she has no reaction to him but that same day when she goes home and talks to her friend she is all blushing and talking about her attraction to him. Huh? And get this after going out on dinner once and not having gotten to know each other at all she has the tingling thing going on. Let me also quote one of the cheesy liness "“No” - he stroked my hair - “you don't have to pretend with me. You can let it out" ummmm the girl barely knows you and also I only like cheese in my food not my literature. I also found out that there is a love triangle in the later books. The guy can barely write a romance what is he doing adding a love triangle?? Honestly the death of a certain character was the last straw for me. I will not be returning for more of this series (unless I go crazy) and I don't think I want to read any more of his books either.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    So I thought maybe Cross was a fluke and Patterson is a better writer than that. There was another of his novels in the box so I read it as well. Not as bad as the other one, but then he had a co-writer. A nice plot idea, modern terrorists in USA, who are using the causes of the late 60s as a starting point. But I still feel like his characterizations are weak. Each book seems lacking in reasons to like these main characters, like he uses the extended time of a series to replace actual character So I thought maybe Cross was a fluke and Patterson is a better writer than that. There was another of his novels in the box so I read it as well. Not as bad as the other one, but then he had a co-writer. A nice plot idea, modern terrorists in USA, who are using the causes of the late 60s as a starting point. But I still feel like his characterizations are weak. Each book seems lacking in reasons to like these main characters, like he uses the extended time of a series to replace actual character development in a single novel. I think what bugs me most is that I can see he is a lazy writer. He has a good idea, but seems reluctant to put the time in to make a tight plot, and characters that work together and you care about. A lot of cliches thrown in the pot and stirred around a lot. I wasn't impressed, still don't know why people buy this guy's work enough to make it on the best seller list.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dalila.

    I really enjoy this series especially since the main characters are female, which you don't find too often in crime novels.You don't have to be female to appreciate the great plot, strong characters and fantastic writing style Great book I Highly recommend it...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    Best one of the series so far! Even had me in tears at one point! It is still hard for me to get my head around a man writing as 5 women, like sometimes it feels like they think in stereotypes but the overall story is pretty good. Decent read

  28. 5 out of 5

    L.A. Maria

    Enjoyed this just as much if not even more than the last two. Have already purchased several more and hope the thrills and twists and turns continue without it becoming a plot blueprint and therefore predictable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The first two audio books in this series were horrible. This one was WAY better. The plot was even way better. Unfortunately, the series so far has just been kind of...eh. I’m sticking with my 3-star rating because these are easy, fun books and I know what I’m getting into when I start. No award-winning writing here, folks, but an enjoyable audio book for a long commute.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Patterson and Gross bring the Ladies Murder Club to a whole knew level with their third installment. In the post 9/11 world of literature, terrorism has definitely come to the fore, and the authors turn to domestic terrorism as a basis for their story. It all starts one Sunday morning when Lt. Lindsay Boxer is doing her usual run with her friend Jill Bernhardt, San Francisco's Assistant DA. The two part ways after the run, leaving Lindsay to relax for a few minutes. It gives her just enough time Patterson and Gross bring the Ladies Murder Club to a whole knew level with their third installment. In the post 9/11 world of literature, terrorism has definitely come to the fore, and the authors turn to domestic terrorism as a basis for their story. It all starts one Sunday morning when Lt. Lindsay Boxer is doing her usual run with her friend Jill Bernhardt, San Francisco's Assistant DA. The two part ways after the run, leaving Lindsay to relax for a few minutes. It gives her just enough time to become a witness to a house explosion. Being the great cop that she is, she puts aside her safety and races into the burning building to look for survivors. She finds three dead bodies and evidence that there was a little girl in the building as well. Unfortunately, the toddler is missing. Other witness saw a young blond woman, the au pair, running off with the girl. The home was owned by a wealthy (and some say greedy) businessman who owned a successful computer company. It does not take long before Cindy, a friend of Lindsay and Jill who is a leading reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, start receiving information from Augustus Spies. This group is claiming ownership of the bombing as a protest against the approaching G8 conference that is going to be held in the city. They are blaming greed, big business, and the government for stepping on the "little man," leaving him abused and broken. Their vengeance will hopefully change that, and the bombing is just the first attack with others to follow later, each involving the poison sarin. Since it has become clear that terrorism is tied to the case, the Department of Homeland Security is brought in. Fortunately for Lindsay, the assigned agent, Assistant Director Joe Molinari has decided to work with her rather than taking the case away from the locals. They create a strong working relationship, strong enough that it starts to have a tinge of romance involved. As if Lindsay and her friends didn't have enough to worry about, she notices some bruises on Jill's arms. It is a pattern she has recognized in the past through her work, and Lindsay feels the need to bring it up with her long time friend. It does not take long for her to confirm that Jill's husband Stephen has been abusing her. Cindy, Lindsay, and city medical examiner and final member of the club Claire jump to the ready to lend their support to their good friend. I finished this book in just one day. I couldn't put it down!!! It definitely has the usual level of action and intrigued, but the added element of the global economy adds a touch of a Tom Clancy feel to the story line. Patterson and Gross also make it clear that they are willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the line of telling a good tale. Fans of the series will be totally surprised and shocked by what happens in this one.

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