Book Review - 4th Of July by James Patterson
In James Patterson's latest novel, 4th Of July, he brings back Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department for an adventure that could be her very last in more than one way.
In the process of trying to find a killer operating in the seedy areas of San Francisco, her and her partner find and give chase to a car thought to belong to the main suspect. After the car crashes, they find that it is driven by two young kids who look pretty banged up. While trying to give aid and remove the kids, both kids draw weapons and shoot the two cops. Boxer's able to return fire and kill one and paralyze the other. Unfortunately, the father is a high-powered doctor in the city and launches a huge lawsuit against the city and Boxer for wrongful death and injury as she had a couple of drinks off-duty before getting involved in the chase. While waiting for the case to be tried, she heads off to Half Moon Bay to stay out of the limelight. Nice try... A series of murders are taking place there, and they seem to tie to a cold case that Boxer has never been able to solve. Against her better judgement, she ends up working the cases along with the local police chief as she's compelled to find the killer or killers. But she's getting too close to the truth, and it's very possible that she might end up the next victim... The trick is to see what ends her career first... the court case or her demise?
Patterson did an excellent job with this story. Pacing, character development, hidden twists... it's all there. After the less-than-wonderful London Bridges, I wondered if he was losing his touch. Honeymoon recovered much of the old Patterson flavor, and 4th Of July continues the strong rebound. I'm almost over my fear of losing another favorite author, and I look forward to his next novel, whatever series it might be...