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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Audiobook Review: 2nd Chance by James Patterson

Book cover of 2nd Chance by James Patterson, Audio book
2nd Chance by James Patterson with Andrew Gross
Book 2 in the Women's Murder Club Series
Unabridged, 8 hrs.
Hachette Audio
Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven (Narrators)
March 1, 2002
★★★★ ½☆
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Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Personal Collection
2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail she finds even more disturbing: both victims were related to city cops. A symbol glimpsed at both murder scenes leads to a racist hate group, but the taunting killer strikes again and again, leaving deliberate clues and eluding the police ever more cleverly. In the meantime, each of the women has a personal stake at risk--and the killer knows who they are.
This is my second read in this series in the last month. I am very happy to be reading these on audio book; I think that hearing these stories is more effective than reading them myself.

Lindsay and her 3 best girl friends are back on the case again. Lindsay has been promoted to the position of Lieutenant after the success of the last murder case. This time a string of murders are occurring that appear to be racially motivated and by someone with amazing aim with a firearm. As with all major murder cases a nickname is given to the killer – Chimera – from the symbol that is left behind at the scene as a calling card. While Lindsay is wrapped up in this case her father walks back into the picture – after being gone for 20 years…

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. It surged ahead at a great speed and changed direction a million times. I wish I could jump right into the next one – but I think I’m going to have to get it through interlibrary loan, which will take a little time.

★★★★ ½☆

Two well-known actors were the narrators of this audio book – Melissa Leo narrated the main part of the novel (about the girls and investigation) and Jeremy Piven narrated the parts from the perspective of the murderer. It was effective to have the different parts narrated by different people, different genders, because it helped to differentiate between the stories. Both people did a great job.

You can listen to a short sample from the audiobook (links to Audible)

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Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | RJ Julia

Also by James Patterson:
James Patterson has penned many mystery/thriller novels, the other books in the Women's Murder Club series include:
1st to Die
1st to Die [My Review]

3rd Degree
3rd Degree [My Review]

4th of july
4th of July [My Review]

5th horseman
5th Horseman

6th target
6th Target

7th heaven
7th Heaven

8th confession
8th Confession

9th judgment
9th Judgment

10th anniversary
10th Anniversary

11th hour
11th Hour

12th of never
12 of Never

Unlucky 13
Unlucky 13

14th deadly sin
14th Deadly Sin
(To be released in May 2015)

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