4th of July – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

4th of July – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro


4th of julySynopsis

In a deadly late-night showdown, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer fires her weapon and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, a family destroyed, and Lindsay herself at the mercy of twelve jurors. During a break in the trial, she retreats to a picturesque town that is reeling from a string of grisly murders-crimes that bear a link to a haunting, unsolved case from her rookie years.Now, with her friends in the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay must battle for her life on two fronts: in a trial rushing to a climax, and against an unknown adversary willing to do anything to hide the truth about the homicides-including kill again?

My Thoughts

Once again, Lindsay finds herself in an impossible situation, facing impossible circumstances. She’s left to pick herself up once again. This time, as a result of her own actions – though justified. To me, the formula within these books is quite apparent.

Much of the book focuses on Lindsay – finally – taking time off during the hard times to come to grips with herself, and just take a step back. It was long, long overdue. For three books now, everyone around her has told her to take some time, step back, and relax if necessary. She never listened. Until now. All it took was a ridiculous lawsuit to do it. Sigh – Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay, when will you learn to rely on others, and stop trying to be the big hero? Oh, silly me, big heroes make great characters. However, she does take the necessary time to take a break, and enjoy herself. Which is a welcome change from her usual no-nonsense, always on the job stance.

However, it doesn’t last too long. Self-imposed crisis averted, she’s back to her old habits of sticking her nose in everything, and forcing herself to play the big hero role to solve intensely gruesome murders. As can be expected, she pulls through, saves the day, and leaves a bit of a mess in her wake.

What was not expected was a new-comer tot he Women’s Murder Club group – or so it would seem. A new lawyer is present in Lindsay’s circle, and she doesn’t pull punches. I did not expect Jill to be so unceremoniously replaced so soon. However, I suppose it had to happen some time or another.

This book is, quite aptly, another crazy Lindsay Boxer adventure. There is nothing else to be expected from this series. I am still quite enjoying it, and I look forward to reading the entirety of the series. But, maybe I should take a break in between Women’s Murder Club books – let the magic set in again, and enjoy the action-packed crime fighting, as opposed to reading it as a formula.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 9, 2014.

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