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4th of July
by James Patterson
with Maxine Paetro
Book Review by Amy Coffin
The tragic events chronicled in 3rd Degree still weigh heavily on Lt. Lindsay Boxer’s mind; however, duty to the San Francisco Police Department calls in the form of a gruesome homicide in the Tenderloin District. The murder closely resembles a cold case from earlier in Lindsay’s career.

During an after-work get-together with her friends, Lindsay is summoned back on duty to trail a murder suspect’s car. Circumstances force Lindsay to make a life or death decision with stunning repercussions. The results put Lindsay in an unwanted spotlight with her career in jeopardy.

Forced on leave, Lindsay heads south to her sister’s house in Half Moon Bay. During her stay, Lindsay learns of a local series of murders that have rocked the quaint beachside town. Hunting for details, Lindsay finds incredible similarities between the San Francisco murders and those in Half Moon Bay. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s being watched and may very well be next on the killer’s list.

4th of July follows Lindsay during this difficult time. She’s being skewered at home while her presence makes waves in a coastal town.

Best-selling author James Patterson teams with Maxine Paetro to produce this fourth installment of the Women’s Murder Club series. The novel differs from its predecessors by focusing on the litigation and drama in Lindsay’s personal life. This sub-plot runs parallel to the serial murders. The stories don’t mesh easily. Not to worry, though. Patterson has plenty of surprises up his sleeve and the story moves at a rapid pace.

4th of July is a stand-alone novel in regards to the time line. However, the book provides little background information on Lindsay. Reading the series in order, starting with 1st to Die, is recommended to fully appreciate Lt. Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club.

Also in the Women's Murder Club series:

1st to Die
2nd Chance
3rd Degree