Synopses & Reviews
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.
Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city's police department... Claire, a medical examiner...Jill, an assistant D.A...and Cindy, a reporter on the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle, now look for a criminal who has sprayed bullets into a crowd of choir boys and girls leaving a San Francisco church. Miraculously -- or was it the intention of the shooter? -- only one child dies. Then the killer strikes again, leaving his mystifying calling card -- and the body of an elderly woman. The unorthodox allegiances of Lindsay and her friends lead them close to their prey. But nothing can prepare them for the twisted logic behind his choice of victims.
Full of unexpected twists and turns, "2nd Chance" is Patterson's second book featuring the Women's Murder Club. When a little girl is shot on the steps of a San Francisco church, Detective Lindsay Boxer knows it's time for the club to reconvene. The members suspect that the killer may be an ex-cop, but nothing could prepare them for the demented logic behind his choice of victims.
A brutal madman sprays bullets into a crowd of children leaving a San Francisco church. Miraculously-or was it intentionally?-only one person dies. Then an elderly black woman is hung. Police homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer senses a connection and together with medical examiner Claire, assistant D. A. Jill, and Chronicle reporter Cindy, finds a link that sends a chill through the entire nation. This killer's motives are unspeakable.
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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 240 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
. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.