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The 8th Confession

A book by James Patterson

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This book is very intertaining

  • Jun 30, 2009
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This is eighth Patterson Women's Murder Club thriller. It is the fifth that he wrote with Maxine Paetro. He composed the first volume of this series by himself and the next two with Andrew Gross. Many of his other books were written with other people. Thus, despite being an extremely popular mystery writer, Patterson's books are not uniformly excellent. This one is a first class engaging thriller.
Patterson composes his mysteries in an interesting manner, and this may partially account for his enormous success. Virtually all of his chapters begin in the middle of a page, are followed by one full page, and end with a half page. The margins along all four sides of the pages are wide. The print is larger than in most other books and the spacing between lines is also greater. Paragraphs are very small, frequently no longer than three lines. Five dollar words appear rarely, but vivid vibrant verbs are present aplenty. As a result, readers are drawn to the pages and do not feel overburdened. Many can read seventy or more pages an hour. Since this novel ends on page 353, it can be completed in five hours, in an enjoyable afternoon or two. This accounts for part of the novel's attraction. But even more than this, the book is enjoyable because it is a supercharged drama with ever changing dramatic events, and it has interesting and likeable lead characters.
The 8th Confession takes the four women that we have come to love into three separate cases. Each case has at least one murder, one many killings. Three of our four fiends take the lead in each case. The fourth, the coroner, is also involved with the detective, newspaper writer and assistant DA. Two of our friends fall in love. Both the murders and the loves are far from simple affairs and are suffused with problems.
One of the murders involves millionaires with no evidence that a crime was committed; a second a slum do-gooder wearing a curiously designed crucifix who was obviously shot and beaten many times in anger; the third is an apparent patricide.
Were the many killings in the first case related? Did this pattern of these killings exist two decades before these events? How was the murderer able to approach his or her victims?
Who could possibly hate a man who dedicated his life to helping the homeless in the second case? What was the motive? Was the victim really as pious as his prominently displayed crucifix seems to indicate?
How could the DA in the third case prove that the daughter killed her father and tried to kill her mother? What does her mother remember about the assault?
Why is this mystery called The 8th Confession? This is not revealed until the book's surprising end, and readers will enjoy finding the answer.
This is an enjoyable and well written book. A good summer read, on the beach or at home.

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review by . May 07, 2009
Someone is killing Bay area socialites and they are leaving no clues behind. Because of the high society spotlight, Detective Lindsey Boxer is feeling pressure from on high to track down this ruthless killer. M.E. Claire Washburn is just as baffled as the police when she is unable to find anything wrong with the bodies that are piling up. This is one case that might just be too much for The Women's Murder Club to handle.      So here we are with round eight in James Patterson's …
review by . July 03, 2009
I loved the first few books of the murder club, and on book 8, I'm slowly getting annoyed. The basic premise was that the women (a reporter, a medical examiner, a police detective, etc) get together over drinks, share information and solve a case. It was fun, it was a girl's night gone weird. I loved it.    As the books have progressed it is less about the girls getting together and more about the detective. I miss the heavy on the girls night stuff. It's missing that, in my …
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As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women's Murder Club series, The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can. And remember, this is the only Murder Club episode of the year.

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ISBN-10: 0316018767
ISBN-13: 978-0316018760
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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