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The 20th Victim

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Women’s Murder Club #20

By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Hold on tight it’s a breathless roller coaster ride of a book.



Sergeant Lindsey Boxer catches the lead in the case of a lifetime. Mysterious murders are piling up in a San Francisco, L.A. and Chicago. All victims executed with uncanny precision and all seemingly linked to drug dealing. It’s can’t possible be one person responsible for all the murders at the same time so what is happening here?

San Francisco chronically crime reporter Cindy Thomas is diligently listening to her police scanner when the scanner screams with news of the murders. She is quickly on the scene and looks to Lindsey with help for her story. Lindsey’s inability to help her friend causes a major rift in their friendship The other two members of the Women Murder Club Yuki Castellano and Claire Washburn are fighting life and death battles all their own.

At the same time, Lindsay’s husband Joe Molinari is called to investigate the death of his best friend Dave’s elderly father. Joe has a hard time believing that there was any foul play in the old man’s death, after all Dave father was in the hospital for a bad heart. Perhaps his friend and college roommate is just overcome by the grief of loosing his father. Or perhaps not.

“Cindy was an investigative journalist, top dog on the crime beat. Her assistance was definitely not requested, but she was responding anyway. Tips don’t get any hotter than ones that came right off the scanner. “


Hold on tight when you open this book. The 20th victim is a breathless rollercoaster of a ride. As the number of bodies pile up, the multiple story lines evolve faster and faster. You won’t be able to stop reading this dizzying carousel of a plot.

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s writing is taut, clever and satisfying. Thanks to the short chapters it’s a fast and furious read. The Women’s Murder Club characters are all delightfully unique and are strong female characters capable of carrying their own weight in the story. I never tire of reading about the drive and determination of these smart and fiery women. Keep them coming!

Of course January LaVoy does a fabulous job with narration on the audio book!

“That was another thing. McGowan was pushy. OK, the same had been said of her. But in Cindy’s opinion, McSmarty was no team player and would love to shove her under a speeding bus and snatch the top spot. Or maybe he’s just stick around, like gum under her shoe, and simply annoy her to death. ”

Publisher Little, Brown & Company

Published May 4, 2020

Narrated January LaVoy

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