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The Postcard Killers

A novel by James Patterson and Liza Marklund

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  • Jan 19, 2011

Best selling authors James Patterson and Lisa Marklund collaborate in writing a thriller about serial killers on a crime spree through Europe. NYPD detective Jacob Kanon takes on a mission to track down the murderers of his daughter, who died with her boyfriend while vacationing in Rome. In fact, young couples visiting popular tourist destinations have been targeted, their brutally mutilated corpses laid out to resemble famous works of art. Readers learn early that the prime suspects are an American brother/sister team, who regard murder as a form of avant garde art. They signal there intention beforehand, by mailing postcards to a journalist in their next chosen city. In Stockholm, reporter Dessie Larsen has received such a card, and Kanon teams up with her to bring these sadists to justice.

The Postcard Killers is fast moving, its plot a cat and mouse game in which it appears that the killers might just be able to get away scot free. None of its characters are especially engaging, but the smugness and hubris of the murderers is enough to make you want to see them brought down. Their reasons for their imaginative efforts are esoteric, and it seems they have a sort of following on the internet. This is a quick read with lots of twists and turns, and some sexual interludes, but don't expect any insights into what makes these particular psychos tick.

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January 19, 2011
Sounds like another enjoyable, lightweight but marginal thriller with no lasting power put out by the James Patterson writing engine. Nice review, Linda.
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review by . November 18, 2010
This team of writers did a good job describing a team of serial killers
James Patterson wrote this book with Liza Marklund, a Swedish author who sold nine million of her mysteries in thirty languages. The publisher gave her the same size billing with the same color on the title page, something that does not usually occur with co-authors of Patterson books, but her name is on the bottom, under the book’s title. After reading Lee Child’s best-seller yesterday, I would call this suspenseful novel light reading, it is for a different audience. It is written …
review by . October 13, 2010
I have read many of Patterson's books, including the Cross series and the Women's Murder Club series. This is neither. This one is about a NYPD detective whose daughter and her boyfriend were murdered in Rome. Other couples have since been murdered in some of Europe's major cities, and the detective has followed all the murders to Stockholm. Prior to each murder, the murderer(s?) sends a postcard to a local newspaper, announcing the murder.  It is an intriguing book up to the end, …
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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