1st to Die by James Patterson

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Four women share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each of the four friends holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant DA, and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the "San Francisco Chronicle."

But the usual procedures aren t bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these resolute women form a group dubbed the Women s Murder Club to collaborate outside the box, pursuing the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.

The four women develop intense bonds as they track a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. It is a killer who thinks, What is the worst thing anyone has ever done and then goes far beyond it. Working together, the Women s Murder Club hunts down this most terrifying and unexpected killer before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong.


The Women's Murder Club series is one of Well Read Books' best-selling series.