The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club Series #8)

The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club Series #8)

by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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Overview

As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women's Murder Club series, The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can. And remember, this is the only Murder Club episode of the year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446561334
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Series: Women's Murder Club Series
Pages: 367
Sales rank: 18,896
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(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.

Hometown:

Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York

Education:

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

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The 8th Confession


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2009 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316018760

Prologue

BUS STOP

One

THE OLD CHROME-YELLOW school bus crawled south on Market Street at half past seven that May morning. Its side and back windows were blacked out, and a hip-hop hit throbbed into the low- lying mist that floated like a silk veil between the sun and San Francisco.


Got my ice

Got my smoke

Got my ride

Ain’t got no hope

Hold ya heads up high

Don’t know when

Ya gonna die. . . .


The traffic light changed to yellow at the intersection of Fourth and Market. The stop-sign arm at the driver’s side of the school bus swung out, the four-way hazard lights burned amber, and the vehicle came to a halt.

To the right of the bus was a shopping mall, a huge one: Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, the windows papered with large Abercrombie posters of provocative half- naked teens in black and white.

To the left of the bus was a blue Ford van and then one of two islands splitting the road — a staging area for bus passengers and tourists.

Two cars behind the school bus, Louise Lindenmeyer, office manager, late for work, braked her old gray Volvo. She buzzed down her window and glared at that goddamned school bus.

She’d been stuck on its tailpipe since Buena Vista Park, then watched it pull away from her at the light at Fifth and Market as a stream of traffic took the turn and pulled in front of her.

And now that bus had stuck her at a light . . . again.

Louise heard a shout. “Hey, asshole!”

A man in his shirtsleeves, tie flapping, face bunched up, dried shaving cream under his left ear, walked past her car to give the bus driver hell.

A horn honked, and another, and then a cacophony of horns.

The light was green.

Louise took her foot off the brake and at that instant felt a concussive shock, her ears ringing as she saw the roof of the school bus explode violently upward.

Chunks of burning metal, steel-and-glass shrapnel, shot out in all directions faster than gunfire. A mushroom cloud like that of a small A-bomb formed above the bus, and the box-shaped vehicle became a fireball. Oily smoke colored the air.

Louise saw the blue van in the lane to the left of the bus bloom with flame, then blacken in front of her eyes.

No one got out of the van!

And now the blaze rushed at the silver Camry directly in front of her. The gas tank blew, and fire danced over the car, consuming it in vivid, leaping flames.

The bunch-faced man pulled himself up off the pavement to the hole where her passenger-side window had been. His shirt was gone. His hair was black frizz. The skin of his face was draped over his collarbone like tissue paper.

Louise recoiled in horror, grappled with her door handle as fire lapped at the hood of her Volvo. The car door opened and the heat rushed in.

That’s when she saw the skin of her own arm still on the steering wheel, as if it were a glove turned inside out. Louise couldn’t hear the businessman’s horrified screams or her own. It was as though her ears had been plugged with wax. Her vision was all dancing spots and blurry shapes.

And then she was sucked down into a well of black.



Continues...

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The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club Series #8) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 616 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this lastest book in the series. I had read all of the others in the series and had been waiting for the next one to come out. I absolutely love the whole series. The thing that I like the most about all of these books is that you don't have to read them in order. You get to know the characters very well. I am hoping that there is going to be more to come in the future. I think I've read almost all of his books and he never lets me down.
JamieG_n_AZ More than 1 year ago
The Murder Club continues to be a hit series. The ladies solve crimes, fall in love, bond over beer and margarita all while protecting San Francisco. I've been a fan of this series from the first novel and I continue to look forward to each new publication. The author has done a good job at keeping the characters interesting and fresh. Even though I was hoping for the other girl to get the guy! If you're a first time Murder Club reading, start from one, its worth it.
poosie More than 1 year ago
The story grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. As usually happens, the women deal with two crimes. In the first, there is a serial killer who murders well-to-do people that she hates. When police arrive, the bodies always show no sign of violence. It is eventually revealed that the killer slips into the victims' bedrooms during the night and uses a krait, a deadly snake from Asia, to bite the victim or victims. This provides some tense times for Sergeant Boxer. At the same time, Boxer and company are investigating what appears to be the murder of a homeless man. He is not who he seems to be. The characters in the Women's Murder Club series are wonderful because of their strength and their passion for life. Loved it!
Picky_ReaderTS More than 1 year ago
I thought "The 8th Confession" was a good book, especially compared to James Patterson's "Run for Your Life", which was way below my expectations. I liked the way Patterson set up the plot of the story unraveling a few different storylines at the same time and then joining them together at the end. The author focuses not only on the murderer who managed to keep the high society in horror, but also on the deeper issues, such as relationship between rich and poor, and grudge held through the years and then materialized in the killing spree. As far as I understand this is book 8 of the Women's Murder Club series, and I think I would like to read the other seven books. This book is a page turner, took me only a few days to finish. Just purchased book 6, will let you know if I like that one.
LadyBoiler More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Alex Cross Series by James Patterson. Jack and Jill was my favorite. I've also read most of the Woman's Murder Club Series. 1st To Die was my favorite in that series. I've also read Swimsuit and The Quickie, as a "stand alone" and both were excellent novels. 8th Confession was a good read. As usual, there was good depth of character (Norma) which can actually make you care for the characters. The plot was original, off beat, thrilling and carefully thought out with the usual twists and turns. I also love Patterson's writing style. His writing style and short chapters make his novels an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love James Patterson and the Murder Club. It flows with the past books, but could be read without reading the others. It is an easy read. The curse words were minimal (I prefer none).
Vin_Mar More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Patterson's books and don't consider this one of his best. Seems like the story line was weak and he spent a lot of time going over information that was in previous books.
Goldenreader More than 1 year ago
After the previous Women's Murder Club books, I had really looked forward to this one. The interaction of the women was really missing in this book, and the plot was weak and confusing. The author(s) had too many story lines going, and the connections didn't work. Although this book was an okay diversion to everyday life, and for that is worth bothering with, get it at your local library and do not bother to buy it.
bostonnightnurse More than 1 year ago
having read all of the prior books in the Woman's Murder Club series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Was sorely disappointed. Definitely not up to his usual terrific work! Found the dual plot lines to be confusing and disjointed. The book itself was consumed in one evening's reading. time to take a break from Patterson, I guess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He does it again. I was hooked after the first paragraph.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great Patterson read. I am not always a fan of his books with co-authors, though his Women's Murder Club Series tends to be good. This one has some great and unexpected plot twists. That said, this book should come with a graphic warning; the first scene/chapter is horribly graphic - much more so than it needs to be. It could have easily started with the second scene/chapter without any damage to the plot. Also, some of the sub-plots are more loosely connected to the main plot than is usual in this series. Overall, this is a great book. If you don't like graphic violence, skip the first scene/chapter.
SchumateMarie More than 1 year ago
The 8th Confession rates as one of the best James Patterson novels that I have had the pleasure of reading. Although the plot is very unusual, it keeps you on the edge of your seat and found me trying to guess who the murderer was and what the outcome would be. I read this book in record time and was intrigued by the twists and turns of events. I am looking forward to the next novel coming in December 2009.
BuffaloDeb More than 1 year ago
It's a good summer read, fast-paced, short chapters, good multiple plots with twists and turns with the characters we've grown to love! Also, there were some interesting relationship twists in this book that I thought brought more depth and interest to Lindsay's and Yuki's character. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to just sit back and enjoy a good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Women's Murder Club Mysteries and this did not meet my expectations. All of the others were suspenseful, the characters were interesting, the plots were good, but this one fell way flat. I was extremely disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Patterson's books. This one is a 5-star winner. Patterson's ability to continually create original, suspense-filled, thrilling plots is amazing. The 8th Confession is no exception. It's a real page-turner. The plot twists are surprising, especially with finding two different murderers simultaneously. This was a "can't put it down read." I read this cover to cover in one night. Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club are characters that make the story entertaining.
Arleen1 More than 1 year ago
I have all of the Alex Cross books, now I have all of the Women's Murder Club books and I am sad because neither one of these two series has anything new coming up as of yet. The 8th Confession, which was recently released, was excellent just like all the others. I love Pattersons writing style, it is easy, makes the time go by fast and extremele catching. You, literally, just want to sit down with a glass of wine and your book and just read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Awesome
Anonymous 12 months ago
James+Patterson++has+done++it++again.++You+won%27t++know++who++did++it+++till++almost++near++the++end+.+Page++turner+.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was just another easy to read, none too exciting yarn from James Patterson. I may have to find another crime genre writer soon if his books continue to be this predictable.
Marcierr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
...first a homeless man is murdered and while street peopled seem to care, the general public doesn't. Next a series of wealthy people are randomly dropping dead without any cause. This mystery captivates the public. Lindsay and team are back to solve yet another case.All in all, I thought the book was entertaining, but predictable.
hgalligher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kind of hard for me to follow at times. I was ready for the story to be over.
jacobusp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first one of the Women's Murder Club that I've read. I'm a big fan of James Patterson and his mysteries, and the 8th Confession hooked me in by page 5. Patterson uses short chapters and multiple, interlinked plots to keep the pages turning fast. I've put the rest of this series (including the most recent 9th Judgment and 10th Anniversary) on my reading list.
rhodonite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like many other reviewers I just don't seem to connect with James Patterson books anymore. In this book, there's so little substance to it and the short chapters are distracting rather than making it flow faster. Does anyone actually talk like the characters do? At times they almost seem to be a cliche of themselves coming out of a 1950's US radio drama.
buffalogr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun book and the eighth in a series ... Women's Murder Club is a murder mystery series set in San Francisco, one of my favorite towns. This one was short and an easy, fun, listen.
JamesterCK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My opinion: I really wish I read these books closer together. By the time I got to this one, the rest of the books were just a distant memory, and it was hard to remember what exactly had happened up to this point. Luckily the stories tend to reflect back on what happened previously, but it still was hard to catch back up. So in this 8th installment in the Women's Murder Club series, a homeless man is shot and killed; at the same time, someone is killing the wealthiest in San Francisco. The entire police force is focused on the rich people murders, but Cindy is determined to get justice for the homeless man, Bagman Jesus since no one seems to care when homeless people die or go missing. So she starts to investigate herself, interviewing people and offering a reward to anyone who could identify his killer. Most people say what a saint Bagman Jesus was, so Cindy is even more determined to find out who did it. Meanwhile, Lindsay is stuck working the murders of the wealthy people. The only problem is Claire does the autopsies and still has no idea how any of them died. Without witnesses and manner of death, there isn't much to go on. Yuki has her own side story going, working a case of an ex beauty queen accused of murdering her parents. While the trial is definitely the focal point of her story, the big news is that she falls head over heels for a doctor. She feels like it's all too good to be true, but you'll have to read to find out what happens! Also, Lindsay is still struggling with her feelings for her partner, Rich. She loves her boyfriend Joe, but she just can't let go of the chemistry she has for Rich. She notices Cindy taking an interest in Rich and starts to get jealous; she realizes she needs to figure out what she wants and fast! There is some good shocks and twists throught the book, but I found some of them kind of ridiculous. And I just wanted to slap Lindsay; I honestly think Joe's too good for her, and wonder what he would think if he know Lindsay has kissed Rich multiple times and almost had sex with him at least once. She just came off kind of annoying in this book. Actually all of the characters were slightly annoying this time around, except maybe Claire but she didn't have a huge part in this story. I did really like the story line though, I enjoyed how it got you thinking about who's to say which life is more important, as the police seemed to make a stance that the wealthy are more important than one homeless guy. All in all, not a bad read. My rating: 4/5 stars