4th of July

In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision:  in self-defense, she fires her weapon – and sets off a chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, an entire city divided, and a family destroyed.  Now everything she’s worked her entire life for hinges on the decision of twelve jurors.

To escape scrutiny during breaks from her trial, Lindsay retreats to the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay.  But soon after her arrival, a string of grisly murders punches through the peaceful community.  There are no witnesses and there is no discernible pattern.  But a key detail recalls a case Lindsay worked on as a rookie years before – an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since.  As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club battle for her life on two fronts:  before a judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries  who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings – including killing again.

This book was both more intense and more lowkey than 3rd Degree.  Lindsay had a lot more downtime to spend with her border collie, Martha.  So the plot pace seemed a bit slower, but the structure pace was the same.

Of course, it was made of plot twists, but the killers’ side of the story never seemed fully fleshed out.  It wasn’t like the last book where the reader saw the killer’s mindset.  Maybe Patterson thought Lindsay having a trial was more important.

The murders came together in the end, but the plot line of Lindsay’s trial went pretty much nowhere.  It could’ve had a lot more to it.  Patterson could’ve tied the two plot lines together somehow.  But he didn’t.

That doesn’t mean this wasn’t a great read.  It was really fun.


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