NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb - When NYPD Red arrives
at a crime scene, everyone takes notice. Known as the protectors of the
rich, famous, and connected, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in
only for New York City's most high-profile crimes. And Detective Zach
Jordan is the best of the best, a brilliant and relentless pursuer of
justice. He puts professionalism above all, ignoring his feelings for
his partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald, the woman who broke his heart
when they first met in the academy.
But even with their
top-notch training, Zach and Kylie aren't prepared for what they see
when they're called to a crime scene in the heart of Central Park. They
arrive to find a carousel spinning round and round, its painted horses
grinning eerily in the early morning dark. There is only one rider: a
brutally slaughtered woman, her body tied up and dressed in a Hazmat
suit, on display for the world to see.
The victim, a woman of
vast wealth and even greater connections, is the fourth in a string of
shocking murders that have hit the city. As the public pressure mounts,
and political and personal secrets of the highest order hang in the
balance, Zach and Kylie must find out what's really behind the
murderer's rampage. But Kylie has been acting strange recently--and Zach
knows whatever she's hiding could threaten the biggest case of their
Read as an audiobook. An engaging and interesting plot that kept me popping the next disk in. I would have ranked this an outstanding book, but unfortunately I can't. My main complaint with the book was a) every woman in this book is stunningly, drop dead gorgeous and b) our protagonist has a stunning drop dead gorgeous woman in his bed and he's lusting after his stunningly drop dead gorgeous partner and ex-wife.
Seriously? My eyeballs got lots of exercise as they kept rolling back into my head in disbelief as I was reminded over and over and over how stunningly gorgeous every woman was and his unrequited love for someone else.
The strength of this book was the plot and the character development. The plot is well constructed, moved along and, in my opinion, simply delightful. I loved the twists and turns everything kept taking. The story doesn't get bogged down in the details, no long expository lumps, and just the right amount of action. The characters are fairly well rounded (with the exception of what I noted above). The returning characters are fleshed out a bit more, the supporting characters stay supporting, and I like how everyone meshes together.
I'm off to reserve book number three. Recommended.
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