This Blog is Dedicated to our dear friend Karen.
When she left this life she left a hole in our hearts as well as several to be read books.
We, her friends, will read these books for her.
This blog will be a sort of book club for us to post our thoughts and feelings about the stories and feelings we have of Karen while we read.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

#301 3rd Degree by James Patterson


Pro Tip: If you in any way value your life, do not become friends with Lt. Lindsay Boxer. I'm only three books into this series, and already multiple friends, coworkers and lovers have been attacked, shot at or killed, not to mention the harassing emails. (In fact, I'm only 40 pages into the 4th book, and another Lindsay - connected person is shot - two, if you count Lindsay herself. )

In this 3rd volume in the Women's Murder Club series, someone is killing people (ostensibly ) to make a political statement. The victims all have connections to businesses or organizations that are taking advantage of the poor or otherwise disenfranchised. Statements are left with each victim, signed "August Spies", detailing the victim's crimes against the disenfranchised. Who or what is August Spies? Is this the work of a terrorist group, or is that just a smoke screen to cover up the murderers' true motives?

While I enjoyed this book, I didn't like it as much as the previous volume. Lindsay Boxer has a new boyfriend, and you know, being a woman and all, she can't focus on her work, because c'mon, boys! I also didn't care for Patterson's seeming portrayal of all social activists as dirty hippies, ne'er-do-wells and opportunists. Believe it or not, there are some good people out there, fighting to expose criminal acts by governments and corporations without resorting to murder and bombing.


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