James Patterson

8th Confession

""If you like your books full of pace and as frothy and light as a Cappuccino, then 8th Confession is a must..." "


It is a normal day in San Francisco (if there is such a thing) when a school bus blows up. Believing that school children have been involved, Lindsay soon discovers that the bus was used for more subversive means than ferrying school children. This bus was a mobile drug factory and the dead are well known drug dealers.

At the same time, Cindy, news reporter of The Women's Murder Club has discovered the murder of a homeless man only known as Bagman Jesus. He has been beaten and shot and Cindy is soon on a mission to write a piece on this unknown man and why the SFPD are so reluctant to investigate a homeless man's murder.

On a different level, someone is murdering the nouveau riche, men and women who are anything but homeless – people who have too much money in someone's opinion. The only thing is that no one can see what they died of. They have the corpses of young, fit people who have died – but no idea what from. Soon, the cases begin to merge one in to the other and Lindsay and her partner, Conklin are negotiating their strangest case to date.

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I am sure that I am not alone on this one, but even though Alex Cross is Patterson's best known character, I actually look forward to the Women's Murder Club novels more. Why? I feel that Patterson is allowed much more scope with his female band of criminologists and can spread the plot about, bringing in the different personalities of each of the four women. Also, he and Maxine Paetro seem to be having a lot of fun with the characters and the plots that involve them throughout each book. Although this plot isn't particularly difficult to fathom, the Patterson/Paetro team seem to have found a kooky way of despatching their latest victims. And there are plenty of them. Running conjointly with the homeless theme, 8th Confession seems to be giving the message that no matter if you have everything or nothing – you are never totally safe. As with all Patterson's novels, you tend to fly through the short scenes which send you careening towards the taut ending. If you like your books full of pace and as frothy and light as a Cappuccino, then 8th Confession is a must and a well deserved episode in the fraught lives of the Women's Murder Club!

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