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Patterson, James
Boston : Little Brown, 2001.
ISBN 0316666009
Someone is killing newlyweds on their wedding days. And not just taking their lives, viciously mutilating and denigrating the couples in death, leaving crime scenes that turn the stomachs of all involved.

Including chief investigator Lindsay Boxer. But Lindsay has more on her plate than tracking down a sadistic killer. She has just learned she has Negli's aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder that can be fatal. She is driven to fight off the illness that requires many blood transfusions by her persistence in solving the murders.

Lindsay forms a support team of women, "The Women's Murder Club" including a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant district attorney, and a reporter who meet to unofficially look into the details of each case. They turn out to be a lifeline for Lindsay as well as performing excellent analytical work on the murders.

Wrap this all together with romantic feelings Lindsay begins to have for her assigned partner, Chris, and you have an emotional journey with a national search for a brutal killer at the forefront.

(Not for the first-time crime novel reader, this is a vivid look into murder, fixation, and forensics. Those comfortable with the genre will find a fast paced, twisting tale of cat and many mice.)

Jan Knauer  (Colorado Blue Spruce Children's Award)

SUBJECTS:     Women detectives -- California -- San Francisco -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.
                        Female friendship -- Fiction.
                        Serial murders -- Fiction.
                        San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction.


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