The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9)

The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9)

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Overview

During an intimate dinner party, a cat burglar breaks into the home of A-list actor Marcus Dowling. When his wife walks in on the thief, the situation quickly teeters out of control, leaving an empty safe and a lifeless body.

The same night, a woman and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in an abandoned garage. The killer hasn't left a shred of evidence, except for a foreboding and cryptic message: WCF, the letters written in blood-red letters.

With two elusive criminals on the loose, Detective Lindsay Boxer calls on the Women's Murder Club to help her stop them before they continue their spree. But before they can break either case, the Lipstick Killer changes his act and demands a ransom—not for a single victim, but for all of San Francisco. Lindsay puts her own life on the line—but will it be enough to save the city from this deranged killer?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609419974
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Series: Women's Murder Club Series
Sales rank: 1,072,033
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(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 9th Judgment


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316036276

Prologue

A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

One

SARAH WELLS STOOD on the roof of the carport and snaked her gloved hand through the hole she’d cut in the glass. Her pulse was thudding in her ears as she unlocked the double-hung window, opened the sash, and slid quietly into the darkened room. Once inside, she flattened herself against the wall and listened.

Voices rose from the floor below, and she heard the clanking of silverware against china. Good timing, Sarah thought. In fact, perfect.

But timing and execution were two different things entirely.

She switched on her miner’s headlamp and took a 180-degree illuminated tour of the bedroom. She noted the console table to her left, which was loaded with whatnots. She had to watch out for that table and the scatter rugs on the slick hardwood floors.

The lithe young woman quickly crossed the space, shut the door between the bedroom and hallway, and headed to the open closet, which smelled faintly of perfume. Leaving the door open just a crack, Sarah played her light over racks of clothing. She parted a curtain of long, beaded gowns, and there it was: a safe in the closet wall.

Sarah had bet on this. If Casey Dowling was like most socialites, she dressed for her dinner parties and wore her jewels. Chances were that she’d left her safe unlocked so she could put her jewels away later without having to punch in the combination again. Sarah tugged lightly on the safe’s handle—and the heavy door swung open.

It was a go.

But she had to work fast. Three minutes, no more.

Sarah’s headlamp lit up the contents of the safe while leaving her hands free to frisk the jumble of satin envelopes and silk-covered boxes. Way in the back was a brocaded box the size of a small loaf of bread. She undid the latch and lifted the lid on the mother lode.

Sarah gasped.

She’d read stories about Casey Dowling for two months and seen dozens of photos of her at society events, glittering with jewels. But she hadn’t expected the sheer weight of diamonds and precious stones, the gleaming mounds of baroque pearls.

It was cra-zzzy. Casey Dowling owned all of this.

Well, not for long.

Sarah plucked bracelets and earrings and rings out of the box and stowed them in one of her two small duffel bags, the straps of which crisscrossed her chest. She paused to study a particular ring in its own leather case, to marvel at the frickin’ wonder of it—when lights flashed on in the bedroom only yards from where she stood in the closet.

Sarah snapped off her light and dropped to a crouch, her heart rate shooting into overdrive as she heard the living, booming voice of Marcus Dowling, superstar actor of theater and the silver screen, bickering with his wife as he came into the room.

Sarah tucked all five feet eight of herself into a ball behind gowns and garment bags.

God, she was stupid.

While she’d been ogling the jewels, the Dowlings’ dinner party had ended, and now she was going to get caught and be imprisoned for grand larceny. Her. A high school English teacher. It would be a scandal—and that was the least of it.

Sweat broke out under Sarah’s knit cap. Drops of it rolled from her underarms down the sides of her black turtleneck as she waited for the Dowlings to switch on the closet light and find her squatting there, a thief in the night.



Continues...

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The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1125 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The Most Personal - A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence; a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The Most Dangerous - The same night, the wife of an A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burgular who is about to steal millions of dollars' worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria. In the book, 9th Judgement by James Patterson, you find yourself in the perfect blend between CSI and Criminal Minds while deciding if the two cases are separate or the same killer. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Hachette Book Groups to review and again, being a fan of this genre, I loved it and would recommend this book for anyone who loves crime and mystery fiction. If you would like to know more about this book and where to obtain a copy for you to purchase, please click on the link below. http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780316036276.htm
BookLoaner More than 1 year ago
This ninth book in the series was the best. The action was non-stop, the return characters fit perfectly into the story and I was mesmerized from beginning to end. Keep writing like this and I'll keep reading.
theoriginalpurpledragon More than 1 year ago
9th Judgement by James Patterson The Women's Murder Club deals with an obsessed war veteran, an aging movie star, multiple murders and a cat burglar in non-stop action. Lindsay Boxer faces horrific murders and comes through, non-stop. There is action on top of action in this Patterson page turner. I don't care who or how they turn these out, they make entertaining reading. For non-Patterson readers, there must be some some where; you may find it a little hard to keep up with the cast of characters. For those of us who are fans, the book just rockets! I enjoyed the book, found the subject matter frequently distasteful but regardless it was a very fast, good read. I highly recommend it.
erkanPA More than 1 year ago
i was expecting more. the best book from Women's Murder club is 1st to die. there are two stories going on at the same time even thoug they are not related to each other kind of bound by the characters. it is not a thriller at all and almost you could guess what would happend in the next chapter. the endings suck. overall it is below my expectation and i was really waiting for this book. i've read all 9 of them. 3rd degree and the 9th judgment are the worst ones in my opinion.
suzzeeeee1 More than 1 year ago
Went to bed reading the 9th book in this series. Had me going till 3am and then I thought i better go to sleep had to get up in 2 hours. When I woke up all I could think about was the book and picked it up again to take with me to work. And there is were I finished it.(don't let my boss know) lol Looking forward to the 10th to see if my thoughts are right about Lindsey. Keep them coming love the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries James Patterson this is the book to read.
IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
Lindsay, Claire, Yuki and Cindy are back for the ninth installment of The Women's Murder Club series. A serial killer, penned the Lipstick Killer by the police, is terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. Mothers and their children are being targeted and killed in a vicious manner. The killer only leaves one clue: a message in lipstick "WCF". Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, are angry that someone is killing mothers and innocent children. They are determined to bring the killer to justice. Lindsay and Rich are also pulled into the "Hello Kitty" case. A robber, who breaks into homes while the home owners are entertaining, to steal their jewelry. This time, the jewelry thief breaks into the home of actor Marcus Dowling and before the night is over, Casey Dowling, his wife, is shot and killed. Given his celebrity status, Lindsay and Rich have their hands full trying to solve his wife's murder. I really enjoyed The 9th Judgment. It started out with a bang-literally-and did not slow down until the final page. The authors did a good job with going back and forth between the two cases. What helped with the transitions were reading the perspectives from both the Lipstick Killer and Hello Kitty. I do have to admit, I wasn't prepared for knowing the identities of both from the beginning. It added to the suspense when Patterson and Paetro revealed more of their private lives. All in all, The 9th Judgment is a great addition to The Women's Murder Club series. Fans will sympathize with the police force as they race to stop the Lipstick Killer from killing innocent mothers and children. True to Lindsay's style, she risks her life to make sure justice is served. As usual, I'm waiting for the tenth book to be released. I do hope Patterson will soon allow Lindsay and Joe to marry. I want Lindsay to receive her happy ending-she definitely deserves it! 3.5 Stars
PhotoBySki More than 1 year ago
I'm not ashamed to say that James Patterson is one of my top 5 authors. And 9th Judgment is just another example of why. The story flows really smoothly. But that has a lot to do with the fact that James uses very short chapters. When you see that the next chapter is only a page or page and a half, you just keep reading. And when you add the great story line, well, what else can I say? This book was so engaging that it took me just three days to read it. There is no way I could have gotten through it that fast if the book was bad. But if you pick this book up, you won't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT, SAYS IT ALL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and own all 9 of the Women's Murder Club books and this book is another hit. It's a fast read and hard to put down. I wouldn't say it's the best in the series, but nonetheless, I highly recommend it. There are a couple twists that I found intriguing and it overall had a satisfactory ending that left me wanting more. I'm hoping there will continue to be more books in this series (although I haven't heard one way or the other), and I think the ending of this one definitely leaves the option there in a "to be continued" kind of way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading, the story kept moving at a fast pace. Only the need to get some sleep had me put the book down for the evening.
Shoegal18 More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE Women's Murder Club fan, I mean they just can't write them fast enough for me!! This store line was just as interesting and exciting as all the previous books, but it was not the best. There were a few too many character stories going on and the conncection between characters seemed weak.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Lindsey is once again faced with a psychopath killer is not only ruthless, he's smart too. His prey of choice? Women and their child. He gets them when they least expect it. His signature is a cryptic message and Lindsey knows right away that this wasn't just some random act of violence. On the night of the first mother-child murder, a man and his wife's home is broken into, jewelry is stolen from a safe and the wife has dead. Does this case have anything to do with the murders? How many more people have to die before this puzzle is pieced together? I'm a huge fan of James Patterson and the Woman's Murder Club. I enjoyed reading this book but I felt like it was a little bland, not as intriguing as most of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+am+never+disappointed+when+I+read+James+Patterson.++I+really+enjoy+the+women%27s+murder+series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but not one of the best hope the next is better
Justjenniferreading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was provided for review by Hachette Book Group. Even though I didn't realize it was abridged until after I finished it, I still liked it. I would like to know what was cut out from the original version, but even without it I don't feel as if I was shorted.The killer in this one is sick, truly sick. To go around and kill mothers and their children is just wrong. But it made for a great story. I did feel for the burglar though, once I realize why the burglaries were being done I almost felt sorry and wished the burglar had taken different actions to get what was needed. But both of these story lines going on together made the story that much more interesting. Trying to figure out two separate plots really kept me engaged (and I need to find a new adjective... Thesaurus anyone?).The character I connected the most with was the Hello Kitty burglar. That character was so dynamic. Like I said I almost was sympathetic to what was going on. The other characters were well written, and they all played an integral part in the story, they just didn't draw me in like the burglar did. I liked the narrator for this one. Her voice was almost soothing to listen to. I don't want to say she used different voices for the characters, as that implies an almost puppet show feeling, but she did a good job a differentiating for the listener who was talking without being able to read who was talking. This was the first Patterson book that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I don't know if I'll go back and start the series from the beginning, but I will definitely grab more of his books as they come out.
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is James Patterson's, the Women's Club, set in San Francisco. I enjoy the main character, Lindsay Boxer, and her circle of friends. I am unsure about Lindsay's love interest, Joe. I think I would rather see Lindsay with her partner, Rich Conklin. In this episode, Lindsay and Rich investigate the murder of an actor's wife and the psycho serial killer who kills young women and their babies. The count climbs as Lindsay and the FBI attempt to locate the killer. I cannot say enough about Patterson's style of writing with short paragraphs that egg the reader to complete another chapter. Patterson's stories do not delve into the psychology of the killer nor do they involve detailed setting and characters. His books are fun and a little scary.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 9th installment of the Women's Murder Club series and more of what I've come to expect with this series. Entertaining, quick read, but nothing earth shattering.
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of James Patterson since the very beginning, and, in fact, met this author just prior to the release of the first book in the Women's Murder Club series.I liked this book better than his last few and really enjoyed the interaction between the characters. It was a quick read--read it in a day; I can read his books almost as quickly as he puts them out.Lindsay is the central character in this book, on the trail of a serial killer who is killing young mothers and their children. Woven into this story is the burglar, Hello Kitty, who just happens to burglarize a house where a woman is murdered. Does this play into the serial killer's murder spree, or is this something else? Read the book and find out.
blockbuster1994 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Something about this Women's Murder Club mystery novel seemed contrived. I really wanted to love it, but ultimately, the writing seemed very commercial and formulamatic, right down to the gratuitous sex scenes, which were too numerous and did nothing to more the story forward.The central character was Lindsay Boxer, though, and I did enjoy her presentation. I am not done with the series yet, although I hope the next installment sizzles instead of being just another business obligation for the author(s).
writergal85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While reading The 9th Judgment, I kept picturing Angie Harmon as Detective Lindsay Boxer as I watched [and quite liked] the short-lived television show The Women¿s Murder Club based on the series of books by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.. Now I wonder why it hasn¿t just been made into a film with Harmon. But I digress. The 9th Judgment lists a bevy of promises on the back cover¿¿the most dangerous, the most personal and the most exciting¿-- as if Patterson and the Women¿s Murder Club fans will not pick up this latest tome. All I thought about after reading The 9th Judgment? That hype reminds me of the ads for every Bachelor episode. Although I believe that the Women¿s Murder Club and The Bachelor share the same audience. The 9th Judgment follows a straight-forward and formulaic pattern. Lindsay and her galpals: Medical Examiner Claire, D.A. Suki and reporter Cindy all get involved in an unimaginably violent case¿where lives become endangered, love lives intermingle, friendship and smart women rule in the end. I stopped reading anything else by Patterson¿the cases too violent and gruesome-- I¿m not interested. The Women¿s Murder Club books and the tenacious, autonomous character of Detective Lindsay Boxer appeal to me. A light read, The 9th Judgment flies by and doesn¿t require much thought.
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lindsay, Claire, Yuki and Cindy are back for the ninth installment of The Women¿s Murder Club series. A serial killer, penned the Lipstick Killer by the police, is terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. Mothers and their children are being targeted and killed in a vicious manner. The killer only leaves one clue: a message in lipstick ¿WCF¿. Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, are angry that someone is killing mothers and innocent children. They are determined to bring the killer to justice.Lindsay and Rich are also pulled into the ¿Hello Kitty¿ case. A robber, who breaks into homes while the home owners are entertaining, to steal their jewelry. This time, the jewelry thief breaks into the home of actor Marcus Dowling and before the night is over, Casey Dowling, his wife, is shot and killed. Given his celebrity status, Lindsay and Rich have their hands full trying to solve his wife¿s murder.I really enjoyed The 9th Judgment. It started out with a bang¿literally¿and did not slow down until the final page. The authors did a good job with going back and forth between the two cases. What helped with the transitions were reading the perspectives from both the Lipstick Killer and Hello Kitty. I do have to admit, I wasn¿t prepared for knowing the identities of both from the beginning. It added to the suspense when Patterson and Paetro revealed more of their private lives.All in all, The 9th Judgment is a great addition to The Women¿s Murder Club series. Fans will sympathize with the police force as they race to stop the Lipstick Killer from killing innocent mothers and children. True to Lindsay¿s style, she risks her life to make sure justice is served. As usual, I¿m waiting for the tenth book to be released. I do hope Patterson will soon allow Lindsay and Joe to marry. I want Lindsay to receive her happy ending¿she definitely deserves it!
kissmeimgone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was by far one of my favorite James Patterson books that I've read. Twisted and full of suspense, I found I was not capable of putting this book down. I recommend this book to James Patterson fans and people who are fans of murder novels in general, for it's a very good read.
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dear JamesI can call you James right, after all your books I have read, I feel we are on a first name basis. Now James, you know I love you, but lets talk about your latest novel, The 9th Judgment. For the first time I have had to put down one of your books and decide not to finish it. I know this is a first for us, so I need you to understand. James, you murdered an infant and sweetie, I just cannot seem to handle that sort of storyline. My youngest child is close in age to the infant you knocked off and that just hits too close to home. Now I AM going to forgive you for this and not treat you like I did Stephen King after being horrified while reading Pet Cemetery. I actually finished that book, but it took me 20 years to get over my disgust and pick up another one of his books, even though his book The Stand is my favorite. Instead I have decided to treat you with the same respect that I gave Joss Whedon, even though he broke my heart twice. The first time with the sudden death of Buffy's Mom by brain aneurysm (Sorry Joss, but I like Buffy came home to find my mom dead of a brain aneurysm, I CANNOT watch that episode ever again) The second time from the abrupt death of Wash, one of your most beloved characters. Joss, you made me cry, but I came back for more and James I am going to do the same for you now.Now promise me darling, no more murdering innocent children --or while we are at it no evil murdering toddlers back from the dead either. However I do approve of the killing of psychopaths or politicians -- oh never mind, that is the same thing, so keep up with that.Thanks for all your previous books, I know many people say you aren't a good writer, but don't listen to them. A good writer to me, is someone who tells a good tale and makes you not want to put a story down, well except for when you murder off innocent children of course.ThanksJenRating: DNF