Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Judge & Jury - James Patterson


I've read quite a few of James Patterson's novels, including the Womens Murder Club series, and many of the Alex Cross novels. I'm a big fan of crime stories, as it is my career field. However, after reading so many of Patterson's books, I've come to realize that his style may be too predictable. Don't get me wrong, this book is still a good read, but the shock and surprise factors seem to be lacking.


Chapter 41, page 149

It felt as though my heart didn't move a beat. I just stood there listening, praying. Somebody say something back to me. Shout! Scream for help!

All I heard was the crackle of flames, and all I saw was the dark gray smoke mushrooming through the bus. The scene was as still and desolate as a bloody battlefield after the fighting was done.

I covered my face with my hand and pushed my way down the aisle. Madness, but I had to do it. It was impossible to see. Somebody, a small woman, had been hurled against a side window and was twisted into a grotesque position. Others had died right in their seats. Clothing was burned off.



Though much of this book was pretty predictable for anyone who has read Patterson, the novel is still pretty damn good. There are some exciting twists and turns and, as many of his novels go, a little bit of romance in the wake of furor. It's an easy read. I started and finished within half a day and couldn't put the book down. Patterson has a knack of drawing you into the story, even if it is somewhat predictable.


  1. Well. You may have convinced me with this review! I have a police procedural challenge coming up in a few months, if you had to recommend a Patterson, what would you recommend?

  2. Hmm...like I mentioned, I'm a big fan of the Women's Murder Club series. It revolves around 4 women who work together to solve murders (go figure, right): a detective, an attorney, an ME, and a reporter. They're excellent at drawing you in, and I own them if you'd like to borrow them (that is, if I can find them - they've all been packed and I'm not sure where they are at the moment). The first novel in the series is called -First to Die-.