The 17th Suspect

The 17th Suspect

A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisd...

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Title:The 17th Suspect
Author:James Patterson
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The 17th Suspect Reviews

  • Brenda

    by James Patterson is the 17th in the Women's Murder Club series, and this time the focus is mainly on Yuki Castellano and a solid case that had gone to trial - one she was sure she would win - and Sergeant Lindsay Boxer's determination to bring a killer to justice.

    When Lindsay was approached by a woman with information about murders that were occurring among the homeless, Lindsay and her partner Rich Conklin made some discoveries that Lindsay found unpalatable. Crossing the jurisdi

    by James Patterson is the 17th in the Women's Murder Club series, and this time the focus is mainly on Yuki Castellano and a solid case that had gone to trial - one she was sure she would win - and Sergeant Lindsay Boxer's determination to bring a killer to justice.

    When Lindsay was approached by a woman with information about murders that were occurring among the homeless, Lindsay and her partner Rich Conklin made some discoveries that Lindsay found unpalatable. Crossing the jurisdiction line was something they didn't do - but it had to be done.

    While Yuki was confident of a result, the nature of the trial was unusual. And her opposing counsel was eager to get under Yuki's skin. What would be the outcome for the people involved?

    And what would be the result for Lindsay? She was putting herself in danger and her friends in the Murder Club were trying to convince her to let it go. But that wasn't in her nature...

    I thoroughly enjoyed

    ; right up there with the previous titles. I find the characters - Lindsay, Yuki, Claire and Cindy - extremely likeable; good friends who like a bit of fun but do their jobs well. Plenty of twists in this one, with enough tension to keep me flipping the pages well into the night. Highly recommended.

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    Wow, did I just go on an all night emotional rollercoaster or what?! I am so thankful that I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review! I am in total fangirl status right now! The Women's Murder Club Series is the series that rekindled my LOVE for reading. I was slumping around the house and binging on Netflix 24/7 because of some new chronic illnesses. I was just in a total fog and numbed out completely. I got a recommendation from a friend about this ser

    Wow, did I just go on an all night emotional rollercoaster or what?! I am so thankful that I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review! I am in total fangirl status right now! The Women's Murder Club Series is the series that rekindled my LOVE for reading. I was slumping around the house and binging on Netflix 24/7 because of some new chronic illnesses. I was just in a total fog and numbed out completely. I got a recommendation from a friend about this series and decided why not try it? I purchased First to Die by James Patterson and fell head over heels in LOVE with these characters. I LOVED everything about the book and read it within a day and proceeded to read all of the series within a month. I still recall all the details of every book in the series and that's when you know a book series is one that you absolutely adore! Well rest assured fans that Patterson and Paetro blew this latest installment out of the water! The characterisation was amazing! I mean, what's not to love about 4 strong and independent leading ladies with their own awesome and custom personalities?

    This particular Women's Murder Club book was more special than it's been in years. There is some big game changers in this installment. This novel is focused primarily on Lindsay and Yuki's current situations. As the reader, you get to experience an insane and cringeworthy courtroom case with Yuki and a twisty serial killer case with Lindsay. I enjoyed racing through this novel with not only their intense cases but their intense life experiences! I did not see any of the many twists coming and can't wait for the next installment! If you have read any of these novels, the latest Women's Murder Club installment is not to be missed!!!

  • Mandy White

    Book 17.. wow. I just love this series and it is still going strong. The Women of the Murder Club are like family now.

  • Matt

    A longtime fan of the Women’s Murder Club series, I was pleased to get my hands on its seventeenth instalment. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have been able to keep the momentum up throughout the years and keep the reader highly entertained. When ADA Yuki Castellano learns that a man is seeking to press charges of rape against his female superior, she’s intrigued and ready to take it to the Grand Jury. Believing that she can make the case, Yuki puts all her efforts into selling it, hoping to

    A longtime fan of the Women’s Murder Club series, I was pleased to get my hands on its seventeenth instalment. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have been able to keep the momentum up throughout the years and keep the reader highly entertained. When ADA Yuki Castellano learns that a man is seeking to press charges of rape against his female superior, she’s intrigued and ready to take it to the Grand Jury. Believing that she can make the case, Yuki puts all her efforts into selling it, hoping to dispel the stigma that surrounds sexual assaults with male victims, while bringing justice to someone who feels violated. Meanwhile, on her way to the office, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer encounters a homeless woman who shares a disturbing tale; other transient people have been gunned down over the past month and the police are doing nothing. Boxer begins to look into this, only to discover that two homicide detectives appear to be dragging their feet due to the less than upstanding nature of the victims. Boxer is prepared to go to war and will stop at nothing, even when it dredges up old family politics. When Yuki heads to trial with the rape charge, she is left wondering if she made the right choice, as the evidence begins to muddy the original narrative, though she is not ready to give up just yet. Boxer seeks justice for the homeless, even as the killer lurks in the shadows and has developed a personal vendetta against her. With Lindsay and Yuki both facing personal issues of their own, they cannot let their home lives cloud the cases before them, for these are women who refuse to be victims. Patterson and Paetro deliver a wonderful addition to the series and keep fans quite impressed with the annual gift of another thriller. Recommended to those who enjoy the Women’s Murder Club, as well as readers looking for something light and entertaining.

    While this series has been developing for years, it has not lost its lustre. Fans will enjoy having seen the foursome who dub themselves the ‘Murder Club’ grow and develop on their own. Patterson and Paetro not only keep their characters fresh, but also the crimes that fill the pages of each book, taking an interesting spin on events in San Francisco. Lindsay Boxer is, as always, the central character in the series and her dedication to the badge is never in question. She shoots from the hip and gets to the core of the matter, while always having something going on in her personal life to show the reader that she’s human as well. More personal development and a few spikes to keep her character interesting occur throughout, though the reader may be seeking a real shake-up before too long. Yuki Castellano moves to the forefront here, showing her legal skills and trying to impress not only her boss but the others in the Club. While usually a hardworking wallflower, Yuki has made a name for herself and keeps the reader hoping that she will succeed, even when things do not appear to be going her way. Some personal life struggles keep her from being the confident woman her friends know is within her, but it is surely within her grasp, given time. The story was decent and just what one might expect in a Women’s Murder Club piece. Two narratives running parallel that keep the reader entertained and the characters busy, helps pass the time, without taxing the brain too much. Incremental personal epiphanies help shape the central characters and have allowed the authors to keep stacking on new angles with each passing novel. Those familiar with the series (and Patterson) will be pleased to see those short, cliffhanger chapters that propel the story forward and keep the reader wanting to indulge in just a little more. Pleasantly, this is one series that Patterson has not allowed to go stale, with fresh ideas and a great collaborator working alongside him. One can only hope that as the novel count mounts, the stories will remain just as exciting.

    Kudos, Mr. Patterson and Madame Paetro, as you dazzle with yet another collaborative success. I am eager to see what else you have in store for us, Club or BookShot related.

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  • Tiffany PSquared

    The women of the Murder Club handle more baddies in this installment: An a-typical rapist, a hot-dog lawyer with tricks up his sleeve, and an elusive serial killer who is stalking the homeless.

    All that sounds interesting enough, but this book was just meh to me.

    The arrogant, sexist men in this series just seem to be reiterations of the same foul character with different names and physical descriptions (sometimes not even that).

    Plus, I am not a lawyer - not even close, but even I could see throug

    The women of the Murder Club handle more baddies in this installment: An a-typical rapist, a hot-dog lawyer with tricks up his sleeve, and an elusive serial killer who is stalking the homeless.

    All that sounds interesting enough, but this book was just meh to me.

    The arrogant, sexist men in this series just seem to be reiterations of the same foul character with different names and physical descriptions (sometimes not even that).

    Plus, I am not a lawyer - not even close, but even I could see through the gaping holes in Yuki's case this time. It almost made me want to root for the defense team. And Lindsay's stubborn insistence on barrelling through everyone without taking a moment to really think through all her options does not endear her to me. And instead of making her appear like a strong character, it instead makes her seem bull-headed and reckless.

    I wonder if I'm just not that into the Women's Murder Club anymore?

  • Sheri

    I’ve always liked James Patterson’s style – fun and light with short chapters that make for a quick read. Two of my favorite series are Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder Club. But lately something’s been off. I’m finding myself intrigued enough to start the book, but then it doesn’t hold my attention enough to be compelled to finish it. Usually, it’s past bedtime and I’m eagerly reading just a few more of those super short chapters until I can no longer keep my eyes open. Now, I pick up other bo

    I’ve always liked James Patterson’s style – fun and light with short chapters that make for a quick read. Two of my favorite series are Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder Club. But lately something’s been off. I’m finding myself intrigued enough to start the book, but then it doesn’t hold my attention enough to be compelled to finish it. Usually, it’s past bedtime and I’m eagerly reading just a few more of those super short chapters until I can no longer keep my eyes open. Now, I pick up other books first and when I get back to Patterson, I get back to him. Like other reviewers have said, maybe it’s time for this series to wrap up.

    The latest installment of The Women’s Murder Club was an all right read and an improvement over book 16. I found the male rape case storyline the more compelling storyline of the two, even though it was predictable. The serial murderer case was also predictable, but more conspicuously just lacking in everything: investigation, suspects, suspense, and collaboration of the WMC to solve the case. I was disappointed that only 2 of the 4 ladies had roles in this book, Yuki and Lindsay, and the other 2 barely earned mentions. The resolutions to both storylines were anticlimactic; I had been hoping for an exciting finish filled with twists to make up for an otherwise ho-hum read. No such luck though, leaving me to rate this 2.5 stars which I will generously round up to 3. I am invested in this series and I will read book 18 despite the few misses lately. I have high hopes that James Patterson and Maxine Paetro can get this series back on track.

  • Lorraine Southern

    3.5 stars.

    I’m struggling lately to give any of Patterson’s books more than 3.5 stars. His books are like Writing 101, churned out to the tune of the same template over and over. I’ve been a fan since I was a teenager and discovered Along Came A Spider though, so I’m really reluctant to throw the towel in completely with either Alex Cross or Women’s Murder Club. I’ve given up on everything else that is thrown out with his name attached, but I’ve hung in there with these two series. I’m just not s

    3.5 stars.

    I’m struggling lately to give any of Patterson’s books more than 3.5 stars. His books are like Writing 101, churned out to the tune of the same template over and over. I’ve been a fan since I was a teenager and discovered Along Came A Spider though, so I’m really reluctant to throw the towel in completely with either Alex Cross or Women’s Murder Club. I’ve given up on everything else that is thrown out with his name attached, but I’ve hung in there with these two series. I’m just not sure for how much longer I will continue 🤔

  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️

    The second of the James Patterson books I've read recently and I enjoyed it slightly more than NYPD Red 5. My issues with both books are the same though. The author churns out so many books per year I think they lose some of the quality. This is like many of his others in that they are fine for maybe a beach read but you wouldn't want to go back and re-read them over again. There's just not enough plot to make you want to go back time and again. 

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  • Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)

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    A pretty standard for the genre death scene

    TONE IT THE FUCK DOWN

    B for Beffort.

    Here’s the

    background on me and this series:

    I have read every single one of the books in this series. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Even the novellas. You can find all of my reviews of them here, if you’re so inclined to watch my descent into pure, unadulterated hatred. And part of my bookish New Years resolution was to not read a single Patterson nov

    |

    A pretty standard for the genre death scene

    TONE IT THE FUCK DOWN

    B for Beffort.

    Here’s the

    background on me and this series:

    I have read every single one of the books in this series. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Even the novellas. You can find all of my reviews of them here, if you’re so inclined to watch my descent into pure, unadulterated hatred. And part of my bookish New Years resolution was to not read a single Patterson novel this year. Well, I done fucked it up.

    This is my go-to head-read series. I am well-versed in the Women’s Murder Club. Truthfully, I hate mostly everything Patterson writes.

    Gather around, children and listen to your elder millennial: James Patterson is a fucking awful writer.

    AWFUL.

    It is maddening to me when people say he’s their favourite author. I mean, to each their own

    , but your taste needs a kick in the crotch, in my humble opinion, if you truly believe this is quality stuff.

    Karin Slaughter. Meg Gardiner. J.D. Baker.

    You want to read exceptional crime fiction? Pick up one of these authors and let the excellence wash away any trace of Patterson from your booknerd brain. Literally, anything they’ve written is 100x better than Patterson.

    To top it off, Patterson doesn’t even really write most of the stuff that is put out under his name anymore. He’s “co-authoring” everything to keep the Patterson Book Factory pumping out stories, but nobody really gives a shit about quality or the art of writing.

    That is one of my biggest issues with him: writing, the beauty and art and humbleness of it, has been completely trampled on in order to make money. And it’s infuriating.

    I continue to read this series because it’s easy to listen to on audio at work and because I have a sick fascination with seeing how terrible things can get for the members of the Women’s Murder Club.

    (these titles make less sense every time) is, in fact, the seventeen book in the series. And at this point, it’s laughable the amount of terrible happenstance that befalls this one small group of people. I mean honestly. Having baby’s in blackout storms, being blown up in a terrorist attack, being stalked, attempted murder, attempted rape, battling deadly diseases; not to mention all of the eye-roll-inducing relationship and friendship issues that make me want to barf.

    If I have to read about an otherwise strong, badass, career-woman crying about

    one more time I’m going to start typing my reviews for these novels in all CAPS.

    That being said, of all the shitty installments we’ve gotten from this series, I will say this one was less shitty – which is the same thing I said about #16 so maybe we’re finally hitting the road into Mediocreville!

    My finding this novel more bearable comes a lot from the fact that the absolutely moronic way these women talk to each other in the other books

    was massively toned down, as was Lindsay’s level of being completely fucking annoying and all of the hugging and crying that seems to dominate these women’s lives.

    There are still multiple storylines – something I usually don’t like because of how jumbled the writing becomes (only specifically with this series) – but in this book, it feels much more separated and easy to keep track of. Lindsay is investigating what she believes is a serial killer of homeless people. And Yuki is going full bore in a rape case where the accused rapist is a woman.

    The Yuki case was mildly interesting to me and definitely had a nice twist to it. But I’m still not sure why Yuki is consistently written as literally the dumbest prosecutor in the entire U.S. justice system. I mean seriously, the woman has the parachute but is missing the ripcord, if you know what I mean. Something even the defence attorneys working against her say to her face, but in more subtle terms.

    Lindsay’s case was okay, but the ending of

    was so fucking serial-killer literal and dumb in its performance that I think I sprained an optic muscle from rolling my eyes so damn hard.

    Oh, and no spoilers but Lindsay is super sick this time around. She’s worried it may be a deadly disease she used to have, but beat. I have literally no memory of her ever having this disease and I’m not sure if my memory is failing me or if the author(s) is just throwing something dramatic in and hoping no one notices the canon inconsistency. Kind of like when a serial killer Lindsay caught “years ago” wanted to talk to her, but that serial killer didn’t exist in any other book.

    I mean there’s seventeen of these bad boys, who’s actually going to remember everything?

    Overall, is this a good book? No. But it’s okay.

    Patterson and Co. still create emotions and interactions that feel soap-opera-esque and juvenile, but some of it was toned down enough to not fill me with rage. The cases are still tame but in abundance, so there are ways to keep your attention. I suppose there’s hardly enough time to think plot lines through to something deeper when these novels have such quick turn around. Storylines have to be safe and easy become the go to.

    If you like easy, dime store novels this is for you. If you’ve been reading this series forever because you consider yourself a fan in too deep to get out now, this is for you. If you enjoy a decent hate-read, this is for you. If your time is too precious and your TBR is too big, skip everything Patterson for the love of all that is good still left in the world.

    3 stars for the most okay-est.

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