Another James Patterson book I read as part of our "Reading with Karen" project. I think she had just about every book by him on her to-read list. I only have a few more of his books to read and I'll be done - well, done with that part of the project.
I've said it before, Patterson is a great idea man, he comes up with great book ideas and has the whole thing mapped out with all the plot twists and climactic scenes, but his best books are cowritten with another author. Peter de Jonge is one of his go-to coauthors, and their books are always a pleasure to read.
I only had one big issue with the book, and it may be just a lack of knowledge on my part, and not a fault of the book itself. An inquest is held to determine cause of death; I'd assumed there would be a judge, and that witnesses would be called, but that there wouldn't be a prosecutor or a defense lawyer, because they're just determining cause of death; no one is on trial. But the inquest held in this book has an assistant DA on one side and the high-priced lawyers of a powerful businessman on the other - as if the businessman is on trial. Again, I don't know if this was shoddy research on the authors' part or a misunderstanding of the legal system on my part. Ultimately, though there's a lot of legal action in the book, it's not like something by John Grisham where you can be sure all the legalese has been heavily researched.