2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club Series #2)

2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club Series #2)

by James Patterson, Andrew Gross

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Master of suspense James Patterson takes us into a terrifying underworld with this second thriller in his dazzling new Women's Murder Club series.

The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues.

Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay's heart.

The partners in the Women's Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can't be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446612791
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/27/2003
Series: Women's Murder Club Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 6,764
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Part I



Chapter 1

ON A TUESDAY NIGHT, I found myself playing a game of crazy eights with three residents of the Hope Street Teen House. I was loving it.

On the beat-up couch across from me sat Hector, a barrio kid two days out of Juvenile; Alysha, quiet and pretty, but with a family history you wouldn't want to know; and Michelle, who at fourteen had already spent a year selling herself on the streets of San Francisco.

"Hearts," I declared, flipping down an eight and changing the suit just as Hector was about to lay out.

"Damn, badge lady," he whined. "How come each time I'm 'bout to go down, you stick your knife in me?"

"Teach you to ever trust a cop, fool." Michelle laughed, tossing a conspiratorial smile my way.

For the past month, I'd been spending a night or two a week at the Hope Street House. For so long after the terrible bride and groom case that summer, I'd felt completely lost. I took a month off from Homicide, ran down by the marina, gazed out at the bay from the safety of my Potrero Hill flat.

Nothing helped. Not counseling, not the total support of my girls-Claire, Cindy, Jill. Not even going back to the job. I had watched, unable to help, as the life leaked out of the person I loved. I still felt responsible for my partner's death in the line of duty. Nothing seemed to fill the void.

So I came here...to Hope Street.

And the good news was, it was working a little. I peered up from my cards at Angela, a new arrival who sat in a metal chair across the room cuddling her three-month- old daughter. The poor kid, maybe sixteen, hadn't said much all night. I would try to talk to Angela before I left.

The door opened and Dee Collins, one of the house's head counselors, came in. She was followed by a stiff-looking black woman in a conservative gray suit. She had Department of Children and Families written all over her.

"Angela, your social worker's here." Dee knelt down beside her.

"I ain't blind," the teenager said.

"We're going to have to take the baby now," the social worker interrupted, as if completing this assignment was all that kept her from catching the next Caltrain.

"No!" Angela pulled the infant even closer. "You can keep me in this hole, you can send me back to Claymore, but you're not taking my baby."

"Please, honey, only for a few days," Dee Collins tried to assure her.

The teenage girl drew her arms protectively around her baby, who, sensing some harm, began to cry.

"Don't you make a scene, Angela," the social worker warned. "You know how this is done."

As she came toward her, I watched as Angela jumped out of the chair. She was clutching the baby in one arm and a glass of juice she'd been drinking in the opposite hand.

In one swift motion, she cracked the glass against a table. It created a jagged shard.

"Angela." I jumped up from the card table. "Put that down. No one's going to take your baby anywhere unless you let her go."

"This bitch is trying to ruin my life." She glared. "First she lets me sit in Claymore three days past my date, then she won't let me go home to my mom. Now she's trying to take my baby girl."

I nodded, peering into the teenager's eyes. "First, you gotta lay down the glass," I said. "You know that, Angela."

The DCF worker took a step, but I held her back. I moved slowly toward Angela. I took hold of the glass, then I gently eased the child out of her arms.

"She's all I have," the girl whispered, and then she started to sob.

"I know." I nodded. "That's why you'll change some things in your life and get her back."

Dee Collins had her arms around Angela, a cloth wrapped around the girl's bleeding hand. The DCF worker was trying unsuccessfully to hush the crying infant.

I went up and said to her, "That baby gets placed somewhere nearby with daily visitation rights. And by the way, I didn't see anything going on here that was worth putting on file.... You?" The caseworker gave me a disgruntled look and turned away.

Suddenly, my beeper sounded, three dissonant beeps punctuating the tense air. I pulled it out and read the number. Jacobi, my ex-partner in Homicide. What did he want?

I excused myself and moved into the staff office. I was able to reach him in his car.

"Something bad's happened, Lindsay," he said glumly. "I thought you'd want to know."

He clued me in about a horrible drive-by shooting at the La Salle Heights Church. An eleven-year-old girl had been killed.

"Jesus..." I sighed as my heart sank. "I thought you might want in on it," Jacobi said.

I took in a breath. It had been over three months since I'd been on the scene at a homicide. Not since the day the bride and groom case ended.

"So, I didn't hear," Jacobi pressed. "You want in, Lieutenant?" It was the first time he had called me by my new rank.

I realized my honeymoon had come to an end. "Yeah," I muttered. "I want in."

Copyright (c) 2002 by SueJack, Inc.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess i think these mystery "suspense" novels are just not written very well. They all seem the same to me. I bought a few because they were half off and will read them when i have nothing else. This cop does stupid things that make no sense. No phone, no vest, no backup, yeah right. Thank god we didn't have a long sex scene with the preacher and the reporter. If these women are so tough, smart, independent and amazing at what they do, can we have a little less crying. I am a woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, fast reading. The plot keeps your interest and the characters are likeable.
IUBoi More than 1 year ago
The plot was very well conceived. Every time I thought I knew who committed the crimes, the focus switched on to someone else. Not until the last chapter did Patterson unveil who the real culprit was...amazing story line...kept me glued to the book until the very end!! I read this nook book on an iPad this time. I was able to download a free nook app for the iPad. I set the font size to very large, and it was a very easy read. Sorry B&N...don't see much of a need in buying another Nook going forward.
blhwPA More than 1 year ago
I am now on #3 and thoroughly enjoy this series. It is a nice mix of crime, friendship and the outcome of working together. The storyline is a pleasure to follow and the women, in the club, each have their own personal stories that take you into their individual lives. I am looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of significant characters in this book were being killed and you had no clue who was doing the shootings until the last chapter. Very thrilling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U can depend on patterson abd crew. Always a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line and keeps you involved in the book. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I couldn't put it down. Read it in 2 days.
HmmmmPB More than 1 year ago
His are always a good read. This one was a return visit as it's been years and years since I read this series. Now, I won't have to buy it again after I donate used books so I have room for more as this one is permanently in my Nook library. Enjoy this read. It's a good one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy James Patterson and the Women's Club - but I also find that Stuart Woods - Stone Barrington Series are a nice fill when your waiting for the next!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read book 1 & 2 now starting #3. Can’t wait to go on another case with these great 4 women friends adventure crime case.
DarlenesBookNook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Women¿s Murder Club series and is co-authored by Andrew Gross (someone whose work that I am unfamiliar with).Four women (a police lieutenant, medical examiner, assistant DA, and a crime reporter) join forces to solve crimes. A serial killer is murdering people from every walk of life. At first, it does not appear that the deaths are related but ¿the girls¿ find the connection.I didn¿t enjoy it quite as much as its predecessor, 1st To Die, but it was still a fast read and enjoyable.The one thing that bugs me about the series is that the way the women are portrayed and relate to each other is not at all realistic. These ¿professional¿ women relate to each other in an immature way that is reminiscent of adolescence!Another pet peeve is redundancy of vocabulary¿I lost track of how many times the author used ¿clapboard.¿I enjoyed the plot twist, and I still plan to continue with the series.MY RATING: 3.5 stars!
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great follow-up to a great new series!!
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read from February 22 to 23, 2012Read for FunChallenges: Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense, Read for FunOverall Rating: 4.25Mystery Rating: 4.50Character Rating: 4.00Audio Rating: 4.50 (Narrators Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven)First Thought When Finished: I really liked the mystery in this book!What I Loved: The mystery was really strong in this addition to the series. I really loved how it weaved in all the characters and through that we got to know more about them. It also gave you a bit of back story which was really interesting. I am not going to give anything away but once I thought I figured it out--one more loop was thrown into the mix.What I Liked: We are really getting to know the characters more! I am beginning to like them all and can't wait to read the rest of the series.Audio Review: I liked the duel voices of a male and female narrator! However, Melissa Leo was a bit stronger which is good because she was the bulk of the book. I love Jeremy Piven though and he voices a good bad guy!Final Thought: This was a great 2nd edition to the series. While I don't think you have to read these in order (each case stands alone), I think you would miss character development if you read them out of order.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Names may be Lindsay and Marty Boxer but what came to mind was Jordan and Max Cavanaugh. Classic Patterson, loved it.
Liz_S on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another smash hit by Mr Patterson!! I quickly ran out to get the next 2 in the series! I suggest you do the same!
BackyardHorse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like James Patterson you will like the story of The Woman's Murder Club members who set out to solve a murder that their male counterparts had already marked unsolved.
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like others in the series, good fun brain candy if you like police / mystery novels. Lindsay and her friends are back to find another killer, and as per usual, they do so with some laughter and some style.
DrT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The next book was 2nd Chance by James Patterson. This was the second book in a series that started with First To Die. The women¿s murder club reconvenes following a shooting at a church that leaves the taste of a racial murder. This book had Lindsey as the new lieutenant in the homicide department and she meets with her other 3 girlfriends. This book had the ¿whodoneitness¿ that I appreciated but also drew us deeper into the characters by having other person stuff like romance, returning father, other health concerns, going to a prison to meet with the head of a prison gang and some twists and turns. While I expected some of them it was still entertaining and fun to see how they played out. This book was fun.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Things get personal for Lindsay Boxer in Patterson's second installment in the Womens Murder Club series. When a killer starts a spree of what everyone else sees as "hate crimes" in SF, Lindsay and her friends find the true link in the murders. The bad part - it brings the killer closer to them as well. And Lindsay gets and unexpected blast from the past in her life, further complicating things.
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2nd Chance was a good book that I couldn't get enough of. I finished it in three days. It's about the womens murder club who come upon a case of racial shootings that involve people with relation to cops. I especially like the ending how Lindseys "relationship" with that special person, who I'll let remain nameless so I don't give anything away, isn't completely hopeless.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great read! Okay...I listened to it, but still a great book! I can't believe that I haven't gotten into this series before now. I mentioned that I hoped that the books following 1st to Die had a lot to live up too. This one doesn't disappoint. I didn't like it quite as much as the first one, but close. This book lets the reader get to know more about the personal lives of the girls. Cindy becomes involved in a relationship and one of the girls is targeted so we learn a little more about her too. In a series like this, it's important to me to know these main characters. We learn a little more about Lindsey and her past when her father who has been absent from her life for 22 years shows up. I'm not sure about Lindsey's reaction to his sudden appearance, but it fits well into the story.The ending isn't at all what I expected. That makes for a great read for me. I don't like to have the book figured out before I turn the last page. Patterson is great with the final twists that keep me coming back for more!! I've already started the 3rd book in the series and am trying to get my hands on a copy of #4!
Ti99er on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As the title suggests, 2nd Chance is the 2nd book in James Patterson's ongoing series The Women's Murder Club. This novel takes place a few months after homicide dectective Lindsay Boxer closed the case on the honeymoon murders. Recently promoted to Lieutenant of the San Francisco Homicide Division, Boxer must now track down a racially motivated killer, who is killing people with reckless abandon. Not long into the investigation Lindsay finds herself to be one of the killers targets. With the help of her friends, Cindy Thomas a crime reporter for the Chronicle, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, they will need to pool all of their resources together to catch the killer before they strike again. Will all of them make it through this case unscathed?
FallingForBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: Aaron Winslow would never forget the next few minutes.Favorite Quote: ¿You willing to consider the possibility that maybe your gunman hit exactly what he was aiming at?¿My thoughts: This is my 2nd installment in The Women¿s Murder Club series. I really liked this book a lot. I really like mystery murder type books. I find myself questioning and wondering who the killer is all the way to the end of the book. I like how James Patterson writes his books. I¿m drawn into them from the very first page. I love the short chapters and often find myself reading longer than expected!I love all of the characters in the book. I think the Murder Club gals could really exist and be friends. I feel like his books are based upon things that have or could happen in real life. They contains lots of action and many different twist and turns, all the way until the end. I love this series and will continue reading it!Overall: Great, fast paced book!