NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
NYPD Red chases a ruthless murderer with an uncontrollable lust for money–and blood.
It’s another glamorous night in the heart of Manhattan: at a glitzy movie premiere, a gorgeous starlet, dressed to the nines and dripping in millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry on loan, makes her way past a horde of fans and paparazzi. But then there’s a sudden loud noise, an even louder scream, and a vicious crime with millions of witnesses and no suspect–and now NYPD Red has a new case on its hands.
NYPD Red: the elite task force assigned to protect the rich, famous, and connected in the city where crime never sleeps. Detective Zach Jordan and his partner, Kylie MacDonald–a former girlfriend from the police academy who he hasn’t quite gotten over–are the best that Red has to offer, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to crack a case, even if it means putting their own complicated lives on the back burner.
From celebrity penthouses to the depths of Manhattan’s criminal underworld, Zach and Kylie are soon in hot pursuit of a cold-blooded killer with everything to lose, and millions to gain if he can just shake the detectives on his trail. With the city on edge, the mayor out of patience, and the flames of their personal relationship threatening to reignite and ruin everything, Zach and Kylie are facing down their worst fears–and their worst enemy yet.
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson’s books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
Review by Chief, USN Ret…VT Town (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
This story is multi-dimensional with several twists and turns. There is a heist of a big bauble, thefts of hospital equipment and multiple murders to solve. The intriguing part of the novel to me is that the ‘who’ is delineated first and then the ‘why’ appears later. The reader is also privy to the politics involved within the police force and the city officials. At times I thought it read more like scenes out of the old “Dragnet’ series on TV. Guess I am dating myself with that information come to think of it.
One thing that struck me was the intelligence of Detective Zach Jordon while he was working for the elite Task Force 4. Then, he displays such ignorance in his dealings with his live-in girlfriend Cheryl. He is such a tough cop but is truly perplexed about how to handle her. Zach’s partner, Kylie MacDonald has her own personal problems to deal with in this one, as well.
The portions that deal with the problems of addiction and the lives of addicts is written well. And, that includes the Narcan that a lot of police officers now carry to save the life of one that overdoses.
There is ample humor interjected to break up the solving of the murders. Gerri at the Diner is quite the character and she uses the tools of her trade wisely to get Zach’s attention concerning women. My favorite character is Annie as her character develops so much during the book. Overall an interesting and entertaining read for me.
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