The prologue of the novel opens with a cat-burglar stealing priceless jewels from Casey Dowling, the wife of famous Hollywood star,Marcus Dowling. As the thief is leaving, she knocks over the console table and wakes Casey and Marcus. Their marriage had been on the rocks and Marcus realizes that he has a chance to blame a murder on someone else. He kills his wife and accuses the thief of murder.
As this murder is taking place, a psychopathic killer is on the loose. This murderer has a vendetta against women and babies. He kills an innocent women and her baby in a parking garage, leaving no witnesses.
Detective Lindsay Boxer of the homicide division, is investigating both cases. She works closely with her partner, Rich Conklin looking for the killers.
In a fast, but somewhat predictable story, the killer of the woman and child, strikes again. Det. Boxer intensifies her search which is difficult since there is so little evidence and still no witnesses.
As Lindsay and Rich spend more time investigating, they find their emotions pulling them together and it is difficult to separate work from romance.
The action moves along nicely and Lindsay and her Women's Murder Club has another exciting novel to their credit.
Dynamic Duo in Top Form! Best of WMC books yet! From the cover of The 9th Judgment (The Women's Murder Club): The Women's Murder Club hunts a killer with a motto: Women and children first! If that doesn't grab you, all you have to do is read the first chapter to become thoroughly hooked on this heavy-hitting action-thriller. Chapter one opens with the wife of popular movie star Marcus Dowling being murdered in what appears to be a cat burglary. The finger … more
Lindsey is once again faced with a psychopath killer is not only ruthless, he's smart too. His prey of choice? Women and their child. He gets them when they least expect it. His signature is a cryptic message and Lindsey knows right away that this wasn't just some random act of violence. On the night of the first mother-child murder, a man and his wife's home is broken into, jewelry is stolen from a safe and the wife has dead. Does this case have anything to do with the murders? … more
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