Title: 4th of July
Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
When I read it: September, 2012
Genre: Thrillers, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Crime
I am currently reading the 17th installment of the Women’s Murder club. Since there were so many books ahead of the 17th one, I want to post a review of each one separately, instead of creating a monster post. Most of this post will be about the plot, so that when I get to the 17th installment, readers will be caught up, in case they did not read all the books.
You can read my review of the 1st book, 1st to Die, here.
You can read my review of the 2nd book, 2nd Chance, here.
You can read my review of the 3rd book, 3rd Degree here.
The Writing: As with most of the James Patterson books, the writing is nothing special. Patterson’s books are classic beach reads. Quick and entertaining for a day at the beach.
The Audiobook Recording: Nothing to report.
Expectations/Recommendations: Since I have read many of Patterson’s books before, I knew what to expect, and I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a quick read, and aren’t expecting anything intellectual, this is the right book for you.
See below for the plot of the book, but be careful because there are several spoilers.
Summary of the Plot from Wikipedia:
When Lindsay Boxer gets a lead on a recent murder of two teenagers, she responds to the call and joins Warren Jacobi on a stakeout of a Mercedes. When the car takes off, a high speed chase ends in a crash. The officers discover two teenagers in their father’s car, who are scared and have been hurt. They help them out, but the teens pull guns and both officers are shot. After being hit in the shoulder and thigh, and seeing Jacobi shot twice, Boxer returns fire. The girl is killed, and the boy is paralyzed for life. As Boxer and Jacobi are recovering in the hospital, they are told that everything is legally good, that it was a case of self-defense.
Then, Boxer receives a notice she is being sued by the teenagers’ father for wrongful death. Taking a vacation before the trial starts, Boxer housesits for her sister in Half Moon Bay. While there she reads about recent murders in which the victims’ throats were cut and they were whipped. This resembles an unsolved case from before, so Boxer begins to investigate informally. After a few days, the Half Moon Bay police chief tells her to mind her own business, but reconsiders when the next bodies are found. Boxer meets with her friends to try to determine a link between victims as her trial date approaches.
Boxer is found not guilty, and instead of returning to work right away, goes back to Half Moon Bay, determined to solve the recent murders. She is only there a day when the killers leave her a message by shooting up the house. She gets out and follows more clues, discovering that pornography was the common denominator; all stricken families had been victims or producers of porno videos; then finally catches up with a guy who has been following her, a Keith Howard, who had sold her a car and who she liked a lot until then. He is arrested and provoked about his incapability of being a cruel criminal, he can’t resist and confesses to the killings. It is not until Alison Brown, her friend’s daughter, shows up at her house that Boxer catches the other two killers, the very same Carolee Brown and Bob Hinton, a local lawyer. They are part of a vigilante group of former sex victims who take the law into their own hands, playing the role of *The Seeker, The Watcher, and The Truth*. After they are all arrested, Boxer returns to San Francisco a double hero, for winning the trial and solving the murders.