4th of July (Women's Murder Club Series #4)

4th of July (Women's Murder Club Series #4)

by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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After losing one of its own, Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever--one that could easily be their last.

A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.

While awaiting trial, Lindsay escapes to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, but the peaceful community there is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. Working with her friends in the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and a case she worked on years before--an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since.

As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay battles 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. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay.

Patterson fine-tunes the tension like never before in this heart-racing new novel in the bestselling detective series to debut in years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446613361
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2006
Series: Women's Murder Club Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 9,771
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.18(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 375 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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4th of July

By James Patterson Maxine Paetro

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2005 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-71060-1

Chapter One

IT WAS JUST BEFORE 4:00 a.m. on a weekday. My mind was racing even before Jacobi nosed our car up in front of the Lorenzo, a grungy rent-by-the-hour "tourist hotel" on a block in San Francisco's Tenderloin District that's so forbidding even the sun won't cross the street.

Three black-and-whites were at the curb, and Conklin, the first officer at the scene, was taping off the area. So was another officer, Les Arou.

"What have we got?" I asked Conklin and Arou.

"White male, Lieutenant. Late teens, bug-eyed and done to a turn," Conklin told me. "Room twenty-one. No signs of forced entry. Vic's in the bathtub, just like the last one."

The stink of piss and vomit washed over us as Jacobi and I entered the hotel. No bellhops in this place. No elevators or room service, either. Night people faded back into the shadows, except for one gray-skinned young prostitute who pulled Jacobi aside.

"Give me twenty dollars," I heard her say. "I got a license plate."

Jacobi peeled off a ten in exchange for a slip of paper, then turned to the desk clerk and asked him about the victim: Did he have a roommate, a credit card, a habit?

I stepped around a junkie in the stairwell and climbed to the second floor. The door to room 21 was open, and a rookie was standing guard at the doorway.

"Evening, Lieutenant Boxer."

"It's morning, Keresty."

"Yes, ma'am," he said, logging me in, turning his clipboard to collect my signature.

It was darker inside the twelve-by-twelve-foot room than it was in the hallway. The fuse had blown, and thin curtains hung like wraiths in front of the streetlit windows. I was working the puzzle, trying to figure out what was evidence, what was not, trying not to step on anything. There was too damned much of everything and too little light.

I flicked my flashlight beam over the crack vials on the floor, the mattress stained with old blood, the rank piles of garbage and clothing everywhere. There was a kitchenette of sorts in the corner, the hot plate still warm, drug paraphernalia in the sink.

The air in the bathroom was thick, almost soupy. I swept my light along the extension cord that snaked from the socket by the sink, past the clogged toilet bowl to the bathtub.

My guts clenched as I caught the dead boy in my beam. He was naked, a skinny blond with a hairless chest, half sitting up in the tub, eyes bulging, foam at his lips and nostrils. The electric cord ended at an old-fashioned two-slice toaster that glinted up through the bathwater.

"Shit," I said as Jacobi entered the bathroom. "Here we go again."

"He's toast, all right," said Jacobi.

As commanding officer of the Homicide detail, I wasn't supposed to do hands-on detective work anymore. But at times like this, I just couldn't stay away.

Another kid had been electrocuted, but why? Was he a random victim of violence or was it personal? In my mind's eye, I saw the boy flailing in pain as the juice shot through him and shut his heart down.

The standing water on the cracked tile floor was creeping up the legs of my trousers. I lifted a foot and toed the bathroom door closed, knowing full well what I was going to see. The door whined with the nasal squeal of hinges that had probably never been oiled.

Two words were spray-painted on the door. For the second time in a couple of weeks, I wondered what the hell they meant.



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4th of July (Women's Murder Club Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 433 reviews.
GGEgley More than 1 year ago
He just keeps on writing great books. I love his Womens Murder club set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the beginning. I love James Patterson and can't wait to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and finished it in three days. It's another adventure of Lindsey Boxer, the chief detective of SFPD. Lindseys was trying to catch a serial killer but got messed up with two teen-suspects in a car chase. The two teens ended in a crash and got injured. Being a good cop, Lindsey and her partner put their guns away to help the kids out of the car but the darn teens pulled their guns out and shot at her and the partner. She shot them back in self defense. One of the kids was dead and another was crippled. Lindseys ended up being sued for police brutality by the parents of the teens. This part of the book diverted my attention from the serial killer a little. But in the middle of the book, the tale twisted and ended well. The killer was a good surprise. I enjoyed this book very much. I think it's even better than the Judge and Jury. I still enjoy Patterson's thriller on the whole. It's always a good quick read. This one is a thumb up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suspensful, gripping and well written. One of the better story lines I have read in quit some time. Strong consultant work evident.
Balina More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. Very good read. and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's interesting and you won't be able to put it down.
maymeMM More than 1 year ago
Another gripping tale of the Women's Murder Club that keeps you begging for more. The authors' talents for keeping readers guessing about who done it and what will happen to our heroines next makes it hard to put this book down and anxious to purchase the next book in the series.
Dogmama More than 1 year ago
In the typical James Patterson style, you follow Lindsey and the Womens Murder Club to solve the crime!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my very first JPatterson novel. I was taken from the very first chapter. His style just flows... I also enjoyed the way he develops his characters and his talents to describe the scenes and build the suspense is rather brilliant. I finished it in 2days. Looking forward to reading the rest of his books...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It only took me two days or less to read it! You must buy this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my god it's just an excellent book i have ever read in my life. main thing which impressed me was the way of writing and the language and also the story. i just loved it overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books was thrilling and engaging. A real page-turner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From LONDON BRIDGES to BIG BAD WOLF, I've read them all--the Pattersons. I have to say, though, that his first books are still his best, and I consider 4TH OF JULY in a 'first book' series since he's obviously still going strong and writing more and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good, quick read. Not as creepy as some of his other books or quite as suspensful. Maybe I'm just used to them now since I've read most of them. Still, would recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I had read the rest in the series previously and found this one to be the most entertaining. I really enjoyed the beachy location. Very quick read. I read it in about 5 hrs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have A.D.D. when it comes to reading but I couldn't put this book down. The plot thickens, the writing style brilliant and the characters are well developed. A must read. The chapters are 1-2 pages at most so you can always get that next chapter in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is one of the most entertaining groups of murder-pursuit books ever written. I started with 1st to Die and read the books in order. However, they are so good that it really doesn't matter where you begin. 4th of July is a fast-paced, screeching ride with just enough twists and turns to keep you enthralled. The multiple murders within the book keeps you reading way into the night...and cranks up your adrenaline for another ride later! My only complaint is that Patterson and Paetro need to write more books and get them to the market faster!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This kept me interested the entire time. I was on a long road trip and finished it very quickly. The short chapters just tempted me to keep reading until I finished it. This is a must read. I am already wanting to read the rest of this series!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over all the book was amazing as all of Pattersons are but this one seemed to get off to a very slow start, I had problems getting into it at the beginning and my mother kept assuring me that it would indeed get better and of course it did. Over all I would reccomend this book but be prepared to want to put it down for the first part. After part 2 though its great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all of the Lindsay Boxer and this one is the best by far!! Definite page turner...can't wait for the next book to come out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a good next book after 3rd degree. I got to know more about Lindsay Boxer and her family. I was surprised at who were the killers and why. Different angle than I thought. Like others, I thought the end came to quick but definitely a page turner. I'm looking forward to more in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an excellent summer read. i read this book at the beach everyday over vacation to go home and pick it up again just before bed, i always wanted to know more. i was a little dissapointed in the ending only because i was expecting more out of it.
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miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been quite a while (over a year) since I read a James Patterson book, and this one reminded me why I like him! This is the 4th book in the Women's Murder Club series. It's quite fast-paced, typical of Patterson's books, since he writes the shortest 300 page books you've ever seen (white space, anyone?) Anyway, the trial is interesting, the murder mystery is interesting, and I didn't even have it all figured out before the end. I figured out 2 of the people involved, but had no idea about the third, or about the reasons.Thumbs up!
StefanY on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a typical James Patterson book, but nothing really special. As in most of his books, 4th of July is a good read. It held my attention throughout and I had trouble putting it down as usual. However this is not his strongest offering. I found some of the events in the book to be a little contrived in that so many things happen to be inter-related. I also was able to quickly figure out some of the major "twists" fairly early on, so I wasn't constantly trying to figure things out because I already knew mostly what was going on.All in all, I would recommend 4th of July to Patterson fans, especially those that are following the Women's Murder Club series. It was an enjoyable book, but let's hope that The 5th Horseman brings us back to the normally high standard of thriller that I'm accustomed to from Mr. Patterson.