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Thursday, October 6, 2016

NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

NYPD Red 4 (NYPD Red, #4)NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  An audacious jewel heist. A murdered actress. A killer case for NYPD Red.

In a city where crime never sleeps, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in only when a case involves the rich, famous, and connected. Detective Zach Jordan and his partner, Kylie MacDonald--the woman who broke his heart at the police academy--are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to catch a criminal, even if it means antagonizing the same high-flying citizens they're supposed to be helping.

When a glitzy movie premiere is the scene of a shocking murder and high-stakes robbery, NYPD Red gets the call. Traversing the city's highs and lows, from celebrity penthouses to the depths of Manhattan's criminal underworld, Zach and Kylie have to find a cold-blooded killer--before he strikes again.

Read as an audio book.

Chapter 4. Zack is already agonizing over Cheryl being angry because he's home late. Cheryl is NYPD's psychological counselor. If anyone knows what it's like to be on a cop or detective hours, it will be her. But more than that, she's mad because he's with Kylie, his partner. Gads. Annoyed already.

So the big question at the start of this book was - am I reading a male fantasy romance or a detective thriller? The big question at the end of the book was - did I read a male fantasy romance or a detective thriller?

Several plots all kinda weaving together
Zack and Cheryl (sorry if I'm misspelling the name, I "read" this as an audio book) - will they or won't they stay together because of Zack's inability to say "No" to Kylie.
Kylie and Spencer - will she continue to support her drug addict husband or will she divorce the guy and return to Zack?
The Mystery - a shooting, a missing necklace, a couple of con artists, who's on first?
The Other Mystery - who's stealing hospital equipment?

I've already touched on the romance. I really could do without it. ALL of it.

I've noticed a trend in the Patterson books I've been reading - All the men are good looking, all the women are drop dead, heart stopping, gorgeous. Long legs, long hair, no plain women allowed.

The resolution to the hospital mystery - I didn't buy it. If a person was stealing millions of dollars in hospital equipment, and they were caught, they should be prosecuted regardless of "national hero" status. They were stealing. Period. It's not going to affect political careers - only that bright Hero has now fallen and the press is going to gobble that up like it's stuffing on T-day.

Ultimately - a mindless read, good for commuting, traveling, or a day at the beach. Don't expect a lot, because there's not a lot here.

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