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Book Review on The 6th Target by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Updated on July 12, 2012
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Women's Murder Club

This book series is another creation of the Edgar Allan Poe awardee James Patterson, a world-famous American fiction writer. His two famous Alex Cross book series, Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, made him a household name as the two books were adapted into films.

Meanwhile, Women's Murder Club book series of which the sixth installment is The 6th Target is now adapted as TV series via ABC 5 in the USA.

This time, Mr. Patterson is being tandem with a lady writer equally famous with his genre in fiction writing. Ms. Maxine Paetro who helped the series rolling as fans of the main protagonist of the story, Lindsay Boxer along with other important lady characters helped solved crime episodes in the vicinity of west coast area.

My encounter with the book was through my cousin-dentist who helped me rekindle my undying admiration with Mr. Patterson.

I didn't read the first five installment nor watched the DVD version of the TV series, but, I easily got hooked with the book installment that my relative gave me.

The tandem of Patterson and Paetro

P&P is a foprmidable tandem when it comes to mystery-thriller-and-suspense writing.

To get to know them better, here's a short information regarding their achievement in the field of fiction writing.

James Patterson is the author of 43 novels (to date). He is best known for his Alex Cross series and his Women's Murder Club Series. He has also recently branched out into young adult fiction with Maximum Ride series. He has won numerous writing awards. In addition to the Edgar, he has won the BCA Mystery Guild's "Thriller of the Year" award and is the 2007 recipient of the "Thrillermaster" Award.By the way, his first novel in 1976, Thomas Berryman Number, won for him an Edgar award and as 'Best First Novel'. As we can say, a writing phenomenon was born.

Meanwhile, Maxine Paetro has co-authored all of the WMC (Women's Murder Club) novels with James Patterson. She is a novelist and journalist, who lives in New York with her husband.

The 6th Target

Fred Brinkley, a troubled young man who heard voices inside his brain, fired his pistol unprecedentedly at first; mother and child, then to another two male passengers of the ferry in San Francisco, to medical examiner Claire Washburn (who's son was also shot but luckily missed the bullet), a member of the aptly named alliance, Women's Murder Club (WMC).

Brinkley personally surrendered to another WMC member, policewoman Lindsay Boxer, along with his gun, admitting that he shot five people. His lawyer insisted that his client was not in his normal self when he did the ferry shooting. The responsibility of persuading the members of the jury that the accused was sane during the incident was left in the hands of assistant district attorney Yuki Castellano, also of WMC.

There were other two huge crime that spawned in the vicinity of San Francisco.

The next one the serial killer at the apartment where another WMC member lives. Journalist Cindy Thomas was oblivious of the killing incidents that occur inside the building. This complicate the situation of WMC, especially to Lindsay who just got demoted because of the Brinkley case.

And above all, child-kidnapping once again terrorized the community, along with the suspicion that the nannies connived with such incident. That's when the San Francisco Chronicle chairman's 8-year old daughter Madison was kidnapped along with her nanny.

In the end, the 6th Target was found and Fred Brinkley was surprised to know (even in denial) that he'll be electrocuted or suffer the consequences of death penalty.

As for the couple (with many aliases) who sponsored foreign nannies (from Europe) in the neighborhood, they were caught red-handed, that they were responsible for the series of disappearance of gifted children in the neighborhood as they sell them to the highest bidders as pedophiles abused those children.

The apartment serial killer (from dog to humans), who's also a book writer, admitted his crime when a high-sounding radio static at the SFPD headquarters disturbed his weakness.

Note: The suspense never ends with this book series.

To tell you frankly, I finished the book reading for just two days (mostly during bedtime and early mornings).


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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Angela Kane: I'm glad the fan base of Mr. Patterson is growing on this hub. Thank you for dropping by. :)

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      Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I am a James Patterson fan and read most of his books. I am in the process of reading this book and a few others. Great review and hub, thank you.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Ghost32: Thanks. Loved the characters on TV, especially Lindsay, that courageous lady chief of SFPD.

      I totally missed James Patterson's latest books but I'm still hunting for it at the thrift shop for paperbacks.

      BTW, I still have some of the Alex Cross' series at home. Classic!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Romano Arnest0: Yes, I agree. It's a better read. I like my imagination to spin scenes from the book.

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me to get back to reading the James Patterson books I've missed--which happen to include this one. The 8th Confession is in one of the stacks of "read a few times, keep it around" books decorating my bedroom, but The 6th Target has eluded my grasp thus far.

      Gott rectify that error--if for no other reason than Yuki Castellano. That chick is HOT! :)

      Voted Up and More.

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      Romano Arnesto 5 years ago from Philippines

      A must-read book ! It's better than the TV series. Rated it up!