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Title: The 5th Horseman
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Published February 6th 2008 by Time Warner AudioBooks (first published February 13th 2006)
ISBN: 9781594831119
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The Women's Murder Club returns in full force when one of their own is faced with an unspeakable menace. Unabridged.

30 review for The 5th Horseman

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    "The 5th Horseman" written by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro is the 5th in the Women's Murder Club series and is a hospital and courtroom thriller. I'm still enjoying the series, this book contains all the usual James Patterson twists and turns, with fast page turning chapters and well developed characters. His writing style is uncomplicated and very easy to read and follow. I would recommend this book to avid Patterson fans and readers of quick and easy thrillers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    Another very good audio book by Maxine Paetro (published under James Patterson). Narrated by Caroline McCormick who did a fantastic job as always. As Lieutenant Lindsey Boxer leads one investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths, her friends, head ME Clair Washburn, Attorney Yuki Castellano, and top journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Cindy Tomas, do their best to hunt down a faceless, merciless killer. At the same time, an explosive court battle ensues between the hospital' Another very good audio book by Maxine Paetro (published under James Patterson). Narrated by Caroline McCormick who did a fantastic job as always. As Lieutenant Lindsey Boxer leads one investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths, her friends, head ME Clair Washburn, Attorney Yuki Castellano, and top journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Cindy Tomas, do their best to hunt down a faceless, merciless killer. At the same time, an explosive court battle ensues between the hospital's esteemed medical staff and the many citizens of San Francisco who have lost loved ones, patients who were given the wrong medications which lead to their deaths. In both cases, the hospital-administration is determined to shield its reputation at all costs. I have no knowledge regarding this kind of situation but I do think it's fair to say that it does happen. To the extent that it happens in this novel is something that I'd really rather not even try to imagine. Could if happen? Maybe, maybe not. Either way both situations are terrifying and each will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. The basis of this book regarding poor patient care, medical errors, and especially the medication errors, even with the so-called 'foolproof' medication dispensing machines that need a pass code to gain access, is in fact, VERY, VERY REAL! But nothing is foolproof, as we all know. Overall this was a great book. If you are familiar, as I am, with the inner workings of the medical profession there are some small improbabilities between this book, which is fiction, and the real world of hospital patient care. I was somewhat bothered by some of the events regarding medication 'errors' especially the ones resulting in fatalities. But this is only because I'm a nurse and have extensive experience with the nitty gritty details of patient care, especially when it comes to the administration of medications to patients. However, even with my misgivings of this topic it didn't prevent me from fully enjoying it. It's loaded with suspense, the pace is fast, and the ending is a beauty! The revelation of the killer(s) was a big surprise! Even with all my experience, I still didn't work it out! In the end, the identity of killer was definitely a realistic possibility! Very unnerving to me. That's for sure! Lindsey and her friends will no doubt be up to their necks in trouble again in the sixth in the series, The 6th Target. And I can't wait! I have no reservations in recommending this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)

    My book ish: Blog | Insta *fart noises with my mouth* UGHHH... Literally the only reason I continue with this series is because it's so easy to listen to while I'm working. But I'm starting to question this decision. My brain at work is dedicated 50% to my job, 25% to thinking about sexin' up my husband and 20% to when I get to eat next. That leaves 5% for audiobooks. And that is literally all the brain power you require to follow along with these fluffy and melodramatic stories. If I was more easi My book ish: Blog | Insta *fart noises with my mouth* UGHHH... Literally the only reason I continue with this series is because it's so easy to listen to while I'm working. But I'm starting to question this decision. My brain at work is dedicated 50% to my job, 25% to thinking about sexin' up my husband and 20% to when I get to eat next. That leaves 5% for audiobooks. And that is literally all the brain power you require to follow along with these fluffy and melodramatic stories. If I was more easily offended I'd be inclined to believe James Patterson thinks his readers are a bunch of fucking idiots; that he could literally take a shit on a page and people would buy and it give it 5 stars. Actually, that might be half true. So The 5th Horseman is about something, definitely probably about something. It had a plot, most likely. ....but, seriously, there's a lot going on in this book. We start with an "angel of death" killer taking out otherwise healthy patients at a hospital, followed closely by a second story line where escorts are being murdered. But frustratingly, neither story lines have anything to do with each other. Because of this, the competing plots fill up the short chapters with a lot of action (sometimes over-the-top) while ultimately sacrificing things like plausibility, research, character development and satisfying endings. This would have been better if it focused on only one case, but whatever...DOES ANYONE EVEN GIVE A SHIT ANYMORE? Patterson doesn't seem to and people are still giving this word vomit 5 stars. Listen, I'm not one to disparage other's opinions about books around here but come onnnn, people. This book doesn't bring anything new to the genre or to the Women's Murder Club series, except maybe for raising the bar on how insane female characters written by a man behave with each other. My eyes are sore from rolling so hard. Raise your hand if you are you a grown ass woman that calls another grown ass woman Butterfly or Angelface, in a seriously serious way. Anyone? And whyyyyy are they always hugging each other? Two professional woman literally hug over a dead body at one point. You're running a fucking crime scene, not a dinner party, bitches! And, and, and...if I had to hear one more time we're so prouuuudddd of youuuuuu or weee loovvveee youuuuu followed by crying I was going to scream. I was kind of hoping Maxine Paetro would have been able to say something about this unbelievable ridiculousness, but maybe she's too worried about defying The Great and Powerful Oz. Anyway, this is terrible. My least favourite so far. But I'm off to start number 6. Let's see how much worse it can get! I must be a literary masochist.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Once again, Patterson created a great novel that I just couldn't put down. Not the best, but clearly toward the top of the list with the Women's Murder Club Series. This one kept me guessing till the very end. The trial was the larger chunk of the novel than the actual murder mystery, even though they were intertwined. I enjoyed the change of pace with the trial and hearing the opening and closing argument and cross-examinations. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed by the ending. I wanted to k Once again, Patterson created a great novel that I just couldn't put down. Not the best, but clearly toward the top of the list with the Women's Murder Club Series. This one kept me guessing till the very end. The trial was the larger chunk of the novel than the actual murder mystery, even though they were intertwined. I enjoyed the change of pace with the trial and hearing the opening and closing argument and cross-examinations. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed by the ending. I wanted to know more about how they figured out who was the "night walker". The credit is given to Boxer in the end, but they never indicate how she figured it out, or followed the killer to her new position at her new hospital. It just seemed like such an abrupt ending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    I thought this book was just okay. It was easy to read, quick and the plots seemed to be a bit far fetched. I suppose as a nurse I was really bothered by some of the arguments in the trial. There are more than 2 checks for drug administration, not just room and bed number. A nurse must verify that you are giving the drug to the right person by checking the name band. Then the argument that it takes awhile after discharge for a nurse to know a patient has gone home is preposterous. It is the nurs I thought this book was just okay. It was easy to read, quick and the plots seemed to be a bit far fetched. I suppose as a nurse I was really bothered by some of the arguments in the trial. There are more than 2 checks for drug administration, not just room and bed number. A nurse must verify that you are giving the drug to the right person by checking the name band. Then the argument that it takes awhile after discharge for a nurse to know a patient has gone home is preposterous. It is the nurse that discharges a patient, and as soon as that patient is gone the chart is removed, everything is removed. You don't give report on a patient that is gone, and nurses will not give meds to a patient they have not had report on. Honestly, I like authors that do research, and good research, and this book has none of that. Watch out for the sex and language. I'm not sure I will read any more Patterson books. I was given these a few years ago and just gotten around to them. This was the first I read. Not sure I'm that thrilled with him as an author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This is the first James Patterson novel for me. This was a gripping, hard to put down book. Interesting plot, great characters and crisp dialogue. I like the use of short and punchy chapters. There were 139 chapters of about 1 /2 to 2 pages each. Very effective way to keep the story moving. I had always heard good things about Patterson and after having read this story I can now see what all those accolades are all about. He now has a spot on my favorite authors list.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Yates

    I hadn't read a Patterson in a while when I picked this up and it immediately brought back all of the reasons that I like his books. After a bit of a let-down for me with 4th of July, the Women's Murder Club is back in fine form. Patterson's characters are all likeable and easy to root for. The writing style is what I would call very comfortable and the storyline moves along at the usual Patterson frenetic pace. Once I start, I usually don't want to put one of his books down and The 5th Horseman I hadn't read a Patterson in a while when I picked this up and it immediately brought back all of the reasons that I like his books. After a bit of a let-down for me with 4th of July, the Women's Murder Club is back in fine form. Patterson's characters are all likeable and easy to root for. The writing style is what I would call very comfortable and the storyline moves along at the usual Patterson frenetic pace. Once I start, I usually don't want to put one of his books down and The 5th Horseman is no exception. I read a lot over lunch at work and another caveat of reading his novels is that the chapters are usually short and it's always easy to find a place to stop (even if you REALLY don't want to!) Anyway, I guess this isn't a review for The 5th Horseman exactly, but more of a review of James Patterson novels in general. He writes books that are incredibly fun and engaging to read and I would recommend picking one up! If you can start at the beginning of one of his series, that would be best, but another caveat of his writing is that he does a great job of filling the reader in on what's going on, so if you pick up a series in the middle, you're still ok.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Since so many others have outlined the general plot of this story (huge lawsuit against a hospital; suspicious deaths that may or may not have been committed by a doctor) I'll simply leave a brief comment. Although the story isn't all that complicated, it was still a quick, enjoyable read--and the ending was one I didn't see coming. Please be aware, though, that THE 5TH HORSEMAN is NOT an Alex Cross novel, which seemed to be one reviewer's complaint. This is the story of Lindsay Boxer, SFPD Lieu Since so many others have outlined the general plot of this story (huge lawsuit against a hospital; suspicious deaths that may or may not have been committed by a doctor) I'll simply leave a brief comment. Although the story isn't all that complicated, it was still a quick, enjoyable read--and the ending was one I didn't see coming. Please be aware, though, that THE 5TH HORSEMAN is NOT an Alex Cross novel, which seemed to be one reviewer's complaint. This is the story of Lindsay Boxer, SFPD Lieutenant and her fellow Women's Murder Club friends. I found the story to be heartfelt and emotional, full of action-adventure, and, as I said, a very quick, satisfying read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daizymaine

    James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, and I wait for his next book to come out in paperback. This is the fifth book in the Woman's Murder Club series. It is just as page turning as the other four and I am waiting to go shopping to pick up the 6th one. Great murder mystery. Most of the characters are professional women; One is a cop, one a lawyer, a newpaper writer and a medical examiner. The same characters are throughout the series. It feels like you are catching up with friends when y James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, and I wait for his next book to come out in paperback. This is the fifth book in the Woman's Murder Club series. It is just as page turning as the other four and I am waiting to go shopping to pick up the 6th one. Great murder mystery. Most of the characters are professional women; One is a cop, one a lawyer, a newpaper writer and a medical examiner. The same characters are throughout the series. It feels like you are catching up with friends when you read the next one. If you haven't read Patterson, you are definitely missing out!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I'm addicted to these for my in between, waiting for my books on hold, reading. I enjoyed this one!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carmaletta Hilton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn't like this one nearly as much as I have the other Women's Murder Club books. There seemed to be way too much going on, and I never really got a real, complete story. The whole thing with Dr. Garza just felt off. He wasn't a nice guy by any means, but it felt like his crime was in there just so Lindsay could feel justified about her mistrust of him, rather than he just rubbed her the wrong way. She had to be "right" about her hunch, even when she was wrong. It was mentioned over and over I didn't like this one nearly as much as I have the other Women's Murder Club books. There seemed to be way too much going on, and I never really got a real, complete story. The whole thing with Dr. Garza just felt off. He wasn't a nice guy by any means, but it felt like his crime was in there just so Lindsay could feel justified about her mistrust of him, rather than he just rubbed her the wrong way. She had to be "right" about her hunch, even when she was wrong. It was mentioned over and over again that Garza left other hospitals under suspicious circumstances, but that was never really gone into. In fact, there was pretty much no investigation of Garza, at all. The conclusion of the hospital killer just felt rushed, and it really didn't do anything other than show how super awesome Lindsay is without telling us how she figured it out at all. The Car Girl killer could have gone a lot better, too. When we finally got to the culprit, we knew absolutely nothing about them, the "twist" of Cherry/Ken came out of nowhere, and none of it was explained. The guy fessed up and then we left that entirely and never thought of it again. I'm also not sure I buy the way Yuki fits into the group. She was tossed in when she helped out Lindsay, but honestly, she has the feel of the new girl that the others aren't really sure fits in, except that the way it's written, we're supposed to think she's one of the girls. There's distance between them, and even when Cindy notices that Yuki doesn't look good, she doesn't really bother to tell any of the other women, and she sure doesn't really try to talk to her about it. Yuki's place in the club just feels pushed instead of natural. There was just too much going on in this book for anything to get satisfactory attention. Definitely not the best of the Women's Murder Club.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kavyen

    The book is fast paced with a gripping, fun and yet disappointing plot. There were a few twists to keep you going but most of them were anticipated. There were two different cases – one involving mysterious deaths in a hospital and another involving the gruesome death of beautiful call girls. The book would have done better if the focus was on either one of the cases as it would have assured us a better quality mystery. Also apparent was the missing motive behind the case which left me searching The book is fast paced with a gripping, fun and yet disappointing plot. There were a few twists to keep you going but most of them were anticipated. There were two different cases – one involving mysterious deaths in a hospital and another involving the gruesome death of beautiful call girls. The book would have done better if the focus was on either one of the cases as it would have assured us a better quality mystery. Also apparent was the missing motive behind the case which left me searching for answers even after I completed the book. The Women’s murder club is definitely an exciting series. If you have read the books in the order they were published you would connect to the women and feel for them like I do. They are smart, go-getters with a common passion. Yuki is relatively new and the sudden demise of her charming and lovable mother did not make me feel for her like it would do with the other characters. 5th Horseman sadly did not bring anything new to the table. If you are James Patterson fan go ahead and read this one as you will definitely enjoy it, but if you are looking for one of his best works this is not it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angeld01

    Pretty terrible so far. A friend told me these books get worse and worse as the series goes on. I am probably not even 50 pages in, and have already though at least 10 times, this book is SO obviously written by a man (cause women don't act like that). Like two friends, a detective and a coroner who are women, and they see each other at work - and hug. What??? I have worked with people I consider great friends, but I still don't HUG them when I get to work in the morning... But need something eas Pretty terrible so far. A friend told me these books get worse and worse as the series goes on. I am probably not even 50 pages in, and have already though at least 10 times, this book is SO obviously written by a man (cause women don't act like that). Like two friends, a detective and a coroner who are women, and they see each other at work - and hug. What??? I have worked with people I consider great friends, but I still don't HUG them when I get to work in the morning... But need something easy for the memorial day weekend - especially since I will be flying etc. But so far...1 star...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    ok so this book I did not like as much as the last few. I felt like since there were 2 cases going on neither were there detailed or hard to figure out. I also didn't like that Joe was not in it much. we need more Joe. and I didn't really like how much the point of view changed to different people....but I still did like the book just not as much compared to the others.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    So how do you catch a murderer in municipal hospital? They leave no clues except 2 caduceus (medical coin) over the eyes. The other case is to find whose killing women and leaving them inside luxury vehicles, dressed expensively. On top of that, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer, wishes to be a part of the action instead of the department's supervisor. So there's murder, suspense, a crooked lawsuit, romance, the loss of a loved one in the murder club and with all this activity, it kind of lost me somewha So how do you catch a murderer in municipal hospital? They leave no clues except 2 caduceus (medical coin) over the eyes. The other case is to find whose killing women and leaving them inside luxury vehicles, dressed expensively. On top of that, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer, wishes to be a part of the action instead of the department's supervisor. So there's murder, suspense, a crooked lawsuit, romance, the loss of a loved one in the murder club and with all this activity, it kind of lost me somewhat especially when the name of the book and explanation was near the end of the story and biblically related. Overall, an ok read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Meiga

    Nueva entrega del Club de las mujeres contra el crimen, con la teniente Boxer a la cabeza. Muy entretenida, como las anteriores entregas; con capítulos muy cortos y una narrativa muy sencilla, que hacen que se lea muy rápido. Como siempre, llena de sorpresas.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tony Romine

    What disjointed mess of a book. The 5th installment of the Women's Murder Club follows Lt. Boxer and her crew as they investigate like a billion different things. The main case is about a series of suspicious deaths happening at a big hospital in San Francisco. It just so happens that Yuki's, the lawyer of the club, mother treated there for a stroke and then she ends up dead after showing signs of recovering. Also a doctor at the hospital is on trial for malpractice over a these suspicious death What disjointed mess of a book. The 5th installment of the Women's Murder Club follows Lt. Boxer and her crew as they investigate like a billion different things. The main case is about a series of suspicious deaths happening at a big hospital in San Francisco. It just so happens that Yuki's, the lawyer of the club, mother treated there for a stroke and then she ends up dead after showing signs of recovering. Also a doctor at the hospital is on trial for malpractice over a these suspicious deaths. Yuki and Cindy, the reporter, attend this trial to see the doctor who treated Yuki's mom get what is coming to him. The secondary case concerns the deaths of several hookers that spans back a couple years. I refuse to elaborate on this because this plotline has exactly NOTHING to do with the main plot, there isn't even a vague attempt to make it seems like the two cases could go hand in hand. It is pointless, uninspired, uninteresting filler. It's a waste of your time to even read the chapters that they appear in unless for some reason you think it's interesting to see Lt. Boxer do about 5 seconds of actual police work. It's so boring and stupid. So that leaves the main case. It's as lazily written as the hooker case. The courtroom scenes have no sort of compelling moments to make you feel like something unexpected could happen, the most excited you'll get is (view spoiler)[ someone has a heart attack in the middle of the doctor testifying (hide spoiler)] . The investigation into the doctor amounts to nothing more than stalking him and some minor inquiries into the hospital's practices. I can't say much more without major spoilers, so check below for those. 5th HORSEMAN makes me legitimately question what the point of this book series is. When you're five books in, you should have some sense that the writers know what they are doing and what is going on. To me it seems like Maxine gets a call from James who tells her it's time for a Women's Murder Club book. "Let's have them looking into murders happening in a hospital by a doctor," James says wistfully, like he's reinventing the wheel. "That could be interesting," Maxine says, "should we tie it into one of the characters or something?" "What? Uh, sure, make one of their mom's die or something. I have to go now, I expect that book in a couple weeks." There is zero character development in this book. At one point Lindsey's boyfriend calls to say he can stop by to see her for the weekend, but then it's forgotten almost to the end of the book, like the writer forgot she included that plot point in there. Yuki's mom is Asian and is presented as a worse stereotype than Charlie Chan. Thank God she's not in the book for long, reading her dialogue was extremely uncomfortable for me. This is one of the worst Patterson books I've read. (view spoiler)[The crux of the murders at the hospital is that the victims end up with buttons on their eyes while still laying in a hospital bed after being given the wrong medicine. The women are so dead set on making it seem like the doctor on trial is the worst human being to ever live because Yuki's mom died under his care, that they ignore the biggest slap in the face in the book: they find a box of the buttons above a nurses locker. The nurse claims she puts the buttons there because it's an ancient practice in her native land of Haiti to help the souls pass on to heaven. They accept this and move on like nothing happened. When this same nurse is arrested at the end of the book as the murderer, it's done so as an after thought. No literally, the murderer is caught in the epilogue of the book, no explanation of why she is doing it. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    THE FIFTH HORSEMAN is, unsurprisingly, the fifth book of the immensely popular series of crime fighting novels featuring the individual heroines that comprise the San Francisco based WOMENS MURDER CLUB. It is a highly original, very entertaining, suspenseful and entertaining way to spend three hours of your life in typical James Patterson / Maxine Paetro fashion. Which means, of course, that the book will gift the reader with plenty of action, drama, and short chapters with impossibly addictive THE FIFTH HORSEMAN is, unsurprisingly, the fifth book of the immensely popular series of crime fighting novels featuring the individual heroines that comprise the San Francisco based WOMENS MURDER CLUB. It is a highly original, very entertaining, suspenseful and entertaining way to spend three hours of your life in typical James Patterson / Maxine Paetro fashion. Which means, of course, that the book will gift the reader with plenty of action, drama, and short chapters with impossibly addictive cliffhangers so steep that you are too scared to look down. The book starts out (naturally enough) with a murder - a beautiful, petite young woman, about to hit her prime in life, is cruelly taken from this world in immediately mysterious circumstances. The body is found in a late model Cadillac, located in an underground carpark. She is clearly dead, but with no signs of forced entry into the car, no signs of assault or modus operandi, it is less than obvious how and when the murder took place. One complaint i have with the story telling is the habit of the girls to refer to the book’s first victim as ’The Caddy Girl’, for obvious reasons. I know this is a work of fiction, but i don't believe those working in any aspect of the legal profession would be so crass, and so disrespectful of the victim of a heinous crime as to refer to the victim in such a manner. I personally find it offensive, and I am as removed from the action as it is possible to get! Anyway, back to the story... Examination of the corpse by the appropriate expert - and, naturally enough, one of the members of THE CLUB - soon reveals the reason for the death and the interest of readers right around the world will be piqued as their interest in the book, and the case, launches itself into hyperspace. Fellow Club Member, and top shelf lawyer Yuki’s mom collapses on the streets of San Fran early on the book, and with a simple case of angina mixed up with a very minor stroke, she is kept in the supermassive San Francisco Municipal Hospital for a short stay for treatment, observation and full recovery. Hopefully, she will turn out to be one of the lucky ones. I say that, because there is a civil action against this hospital - and one Doctor in particular - for multiple cases of gross misconduct. And the Doctor in question - you guessed it - is the Doctor in charge of caring for, and medicating over, Yuki’s mom. So hold your breath, fellow book lovers. This is going to be one wild ride. Having just completed reading and reviewing book fifteen of this amazing series (FIFTEENTH AFFAIR), there are one or two spoilers in the newer book which take some of the fun out of progressing through the backlog of this series, but that is just my bad luck for joining the fun so late in the game. THE FIFTH HORSEMAN is a very strong release, and as I have already mentioned, it is at turns gripping, suspenseful, and hugely action packed. What more can we ask for in a modern day crime thriller by two writers working perfectly in tandem? Four stars for an excellent purchase in more ways than one. Bye for now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Wow, I'm exhausted! Didn't remember I'd already read this a couple months ago. I'm pooped as it is so full and fast paced. Blows me away how fast it goes. Embarrassing that I don't remember reading it, but I enjoyed it very much the second time. I'm slowly making my way through this series. Haven't read in order, but am slowly filling in the holes. These books stand alone, so not a big deal if you can't find one. Another very good audio book by Maxine Paetro (published under James Patterson). Nar Wow, I'm exhausted! Didn't remember I'd already read this a couple months ago. I'm pooped as it is so full and fast paced. Blows me away how fast it goes. Embarrassing that I don't remember reading it, but I enjoyed it very much the second time. I'm slowly making my way through this series. Haven't read in order, but am slowly filling in the holes. These books stand alone, so not a big deal if you can't find one. Another very good audio book by Maxine Paetro (published under James Patterson). Narrated by Caroline McCormick who did a fantastic job as always. As Lieutenant Lindsey Boxer leads one investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths, her friends, head ME Clair Washburn, Attorney Yuki Castellano, and top journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Cindy Tomas, do their best to hunt down a faceless, merciless killer. At the same time, an explosive court battle ensues between the hospital's esteemed medical staff and the many citizens of San Francisco who have lost loved ones, patients who were given the wrong medications which lead to their deaths. In both cases, the hospital-administration is determined to shield its reputation at all costs. I have no knowledge regarding this kind of situation but I do think it's fair to say that it does happen. To the extent that it happens in this novel is something that I'd really rather not even try to imagine. Could it happen? Maybe, maybe not. Either way both situations are terrifying and each will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. The basis of this book regarding poor patient care, medical errors, and especially the medication errors, even with the so-called 'foolproof' medication dispensing machines that need a pass code to gain access, is in fact, VERY, VERY REAL! But nothing is foolproof, as we all know. Overall this was a great book. It's loaded with suspense, the pace is fast, and the ending is really good. Lindsey and her friends will no doubt be up to their necks in trouble again in the sixth in the series, The 6th Target. And I can't wait! I have no reservations in recommending this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ubalstecha

    James Patterson is a publisher's dream. He produces two hugely popular mystery/thriller series that routinely hit the best seller lists. He even makes appearances on Castle. 5th Horsman is the fifth (how appropriate) installment in his Women's Murder Club series. It finds our four female protagonists dealing with three concurrent cases; a hospital malpractice suit, a murder spree in the same hospital and a series of deaths of young escorts. And that is the problem with this book. There is too much James Patterson is a publisher's dream. He produces two hugely popular mystery/thriller series that routinely hit the best seller lists. He even makes appearances on Castle. 5th Horsman is the fifth (how appropriate) installment in his Women's Murder Club series. It finds our four female protagonists dealing with three concurrent cases; a hospital malpractice suit, a murder spree in the same hospital and a series of deaths of young escorts. And that is the problem with this book. There is too much going on. By packing more action than a Bruckheimer movie into 410 pages, Patterson (and co-author Maxine Paetro) sacrifice things like character development. It would have been a far better book if we had only had the hospital malpractice/hospital murder plot and they left the escort murders for another book. The book is also a very quick read. With chapters lasting three or four pages at most, a strong reader can plow through this book in less than a day. Not high literature, but a fun way to spend a few hours.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I liked this one along with all the others in this series, but I was a little disappointed in the very ending about finding out who the Night Walker really was. Seemed anti-climatic. I wanted to know how they found out and that part wasn't touched on, although I thought it was from the pharmacist's research.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Lynn Hayton

    A great book I loved reading this book. It was such interesting and intense book. It's worth reading from start to finish. Patterson did a great job.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Πάνος Τουρλής

    Στο νέο βιβλίο της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων, έχουμε να κάνουμε με δύο παράλληλες αστυνομικές ιστορίες: ένα ντουέτο δολοφόνων ναρκώνει και βιάζει νέες κοπέλες, τις οποίες στη συνέχεια ντύνουν με την τελευταία λέξη της μόδας και τις τοποθετούν σε ακριβά αυτοκίνητα ενώ στο Δημοτικό Νοσοκομείο του Σαν Φρανσίσκο αυξάνονται κατακόρυφα οι θάνατοι ασθενών με τρόπο που δείχνει ανθρώπινο λάθος, μόνο που κάποιος τους βάζει στα μάτια κουμπιά με το κηρυκείο του Ερμή «για καλό κατευόδιο». Η Λίνζι και οι φίλες Στο νέο βιβλίο της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων, έχουμε να κάνουμε με δύο παράλληλες αστυνομικές ιστορίες: ένα ντουέτο δολοφόνων ναρκώνει και βιάζει νέες κοπέλες, τις οποίες στη συνέχεια ντύνουν με την τελευταία λέξη της μόδας και τις τοποθετούν σε ακριβά αυτοκίνητα ενώ στο Δημοτικό Νοσοκομείο του Σαν Φρανσίσκο αυξάνονται κατακόρυφα οι θάνατοι ασθενών με τρόπο που δείχνει ανθρώπινο λάθος, μόνο που κάποιος τους βάζει στα μάτια κουμπιά με το κηρυκείο του Ερμή «για καλό κατευόδιο». Η Λίνζι και οι φίλες της προσπαθούν να λύσουν το μυστήρια τη στιγμή που μια έμπειρη και αδίστακτη δικηγόρος καταφέρνει να συγκεντρώσει γύρω της τους συγγενείς των θυμάτων, απαιτώντας δικαστικά από το νοσοκομείο μια τεράστια αποζημίωση. Οι Τέσσερις Ιππείς της Αποκάλυψης είναι ο Λιμός, ο Θάνατος, ο Λοιμός και ο Πόλεμος. Ο Πέμπτος Ιππέας όμως είναι ο Άνθρωπος κι αυτός είναι ο πιο επικίνδυνος απ’ όλους. Με τέτοιους αδίστακτους ανθρώπους τα ξαναβάζει η υπαστυνόμος Λίνζι Μπόξερ, αδίστακτα πρόσωπα που δεν έχουν δεύτερες σκέψεις πριν αφαιρέσουν μια αθώα ζωή, ακόμη κι αν αυτή είναι ενός πεντάχρονου παιδιού. Στο πλάι της, η επικεφαλής ιατροδικαστής της πόλης Κλερ Γουόσμπερν, η δικηγόρος Γιούκι Καστελάνο, της οποίας η μητέρα πέφτει θύμα του δολοφόνου στο νοσοκομείο κι αυτό της αλλάζει για πάντα τη ζωή και η δημοσιογράφος Σίντι Τόμας, που κάποια στιγμή δε χειρίζεται πολύ καλά τα ρεπορτάζ για την υπόθεση της ακροαματικής διαδικασίας. Κι όλα αυτά σχεδόν πέντε μήνες μετά την υπόθεση της προηγούμενης ιστορίας. Οι κατά συρροήν δολοφόνοι των νεκρών κοριτσιών αποκαλύφθηκαν κοντά στη μέση του βιβλίου με τον γνωστό συναρπαστικό τρόπο των δύο συγγραφέων, μόνο που μου άφησαν πολλά κενά για την αιτιολογία των εγκλημάτων τους και για τη μεταξύ τους σχέση. Ο τρόπος με τον οποίο αντέδρασε ο ένας εκ των δύο ήταν ακραίος κι έμεινε ανεξήγητος, ακόμη και μέσα από τα λόγια των αστυνομικών ή την ομολογία του δεύτερου. Και ειλικρινά, όπου συναντώ παράλληλες ιστορίες χωρίς συνδετικό κρίκο μεταξύ τους, το μυαλό μου πάει αυτόματα σε «γέμισμα σελίδων». Ας επικεντρωθούμε λοιπόν στους θανάτους στο Δημοτικό Νοσοκομείο της πόλης και στη δίκη που ξεκίνησε η Μορίν Ο’ Μάρα για ηθική αποζημίωση των συγγενών των νεκρών. Ευτυχώς, χωρίς υπερβολικά πολλές στατικές σκηνές όπως στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο της σειράς, «4η Ιουλίου», αυτό το ανατρεπτικό θρίλερ τα είχε όλα και σε σωστές δόσεις: ένας άγγελος θανάτου αφαιρεί ανθρώπινες ζωές, η Λίνζι Μπόξερ κάνει ό,τι μπορεί για να εντοπίσει τα ίχνη του ενώ ταυτόχρονα το ένστικτό της δεν είναι αρκετό για να κινήσει τις νόμιμες διαδικασίες. Η έκβαση της δίκης είναι μόνο η κορυφή του παγόβουνου, μιας και αμέσως μετά ξεκινάει μια χιονοστιβάδα αποκαλύψεων και ανατροπών που δε με άφησαν να πάρω ανάσα μέχρι το τέλος. Παρατηρήσεις Σπιρτούλη: 1) Παρ’ όλ’ αυτά, μου κάνει εντύπωση που δολοφονήθηκαν πάνω από 30 άνθρωποι σε ένα μέρος και αυτό δεν ανάγκασε την Αστυνομία να το αποκλείσει, να το σφραγίσει, τέλος πάντων να πάρει μέτρα νωρίτερα! 2) Είναι δυνατόν το ένα θύμα στο νοσοκομείο να πέθανε από λάθος φάρμακο γιατί έτυχε ν’ αλλάξει κρεβάτι με άλλον ασθενή που πήρε εξιτήριο; Δεν του μίλησε η νοσοκόμα; Δεν είδε τα στοιχεία του; Με τον «5ο ιππέα» η Γυναικεία Λέσχη Φόνων παίρνει ξανά τα πάνω της και μεταμορφώνει κυρίως τη Γιούκι, η οποία από απλή συνήγορος προτιμά να κυνηγάει και να χώνει στη φυλακή ενόχους, οπότε ξεκινάει να εργάζεται ως περιφερειακός αντεισαγγελέας! Από την άλλη, ο σύντροφος της Λίνζι πηγαινοέρχεται στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο ενώ ένα κωμικοτραγικό εμπόδιο τους χαλάει τα σχέδια για ένα ήρεμο Σαββατοκύριακο. Για να δούμε τι μας επιφυλάσσει η συνέχεια αυτής της γυναικείας ομάδας!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jayme(the ghost reader)

    Lindsay Boxer is on the case again. This time someone is killing ER patients at a big name hospital and leaving a calling card of two gold coins on the victims' eyes. There doesn't seem to be any pattern to the victims. There is a big malpractice trial in which the hospital gets sued. A doctor is under suspicion because many of the victims were his patients. The plaintiffs win their case but it doesn't stop the killings. Lindsay is running out of leads. You will be surprised who the real killer Lindsay Boxer is on the case again. This time someone is killing ER patients at a big name hospital and leaving a calling card of two gold coins on the victims' eyes. There doesn't seem to be any pattern to the victims. There is a big malpractice trial in which the hospital gets sued. A doctor is under suspicion because many of the victims were his patients. The plaintiffs win their case but it doesn't stop the killings. Lindsay is running out of leads. You will be surprised who the real killer ends up being.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    Probably the best one in the series so far. I feel like now that we "know" the characters I don't feel so awkward and stereotyped and I can just enjoy the mystery and the thrill of it. I am liking this series more and more and I want to continue reading it. I particularly enjoyed this case more than most of James Patterson's novels that I have read thus far. Good Read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    Lt. Lindsay Boxer and the newest member of the Women's murder club, Yuki Castellano, bond in this gripping story. Yuki, being the brilliant lawyer she is, loses her mother in a string of mysterious deaths occurring at a local hospital and the only clue is medallion like coins placed on their eyes. A cocky young doctor is the likely serial killer and the DA is hell bent on convicting him but the case takes a huge twist that you won't see coming. I like that James Patterson gives us a variety of m Lt. Lindsay Boxer and the newest member of the Women's murder club, Yuki Castellano, bond in this gripping story. Yuki, being the brilliant lawyer she is, loses her mother in a string of mysterious deaths occurring at a local hospital and the only clue is medallion like coins placed on their eyes. A cocky young doctor is the likely serial killer and the DA is hell bent on convicting him but the case takes a huge twist that you won't see coming. I like that James Patterson gives us a variety of murder mysteries. From political to serial. I really love that there is at least one huge red herring to give us that edge on thinking twice before settling on the killer we think it is. I also enjoy the men involved, whether they are a partner, a friend, or a lover. Too many women in a book can easily get boring. I can't wait to see more of Yuki in these books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam Millett

    As always a page-turner. Easy to read and likeable characters. On to the next one...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    Basic Info Format: E-book Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Mystery At A Glance Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: YES! Triggers: n/a Rating: 4 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 8 Characters: 8 World Building: 7 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: 9 Writing: 8 Ending: 8 Total: 8 In Dept Best Part: I knew what was going on! Worst Part: Small children die :(((( Thoughts Had: You all need to read more! Conclusion Continuing the Series: Yes Recommending: Yes Short Review: Am i the only one who understands why Basic Info Format: E-book Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Mystery At A Glance Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: YES! Triggers: n/a Rating: 4 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 8 Characters: 8 World Building: 7 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: 9 Writing: 8 Ending: 8 Total: 8 In Dept Best Part: I knew what was going on! Worst Part: Small children die :(((( Thoughts Had: You all need to read more! Conclusion Continuing the Series: Yes Recommending: Yes Short Review: Am i the only one who understands why these "coins" were being placed on the eyes?! Hello they need them to pay the guy to boat them across the river of sticks so they're soul can get to the good place. It upset me that it never really was brought up and none of the main characters knew what it meant. People need to read more that's for sure. This books ending killed me too, most of these wrap up nicely, this one, heck no. Cliff hanger and it better be solved quickly! Misc. Book Boyfriend: Joe Best Friend Material: Lindsay! Review in GIF Form:

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alright, if you have been following my updates for this series you probably know I am not a huge fan. I am going to come out and say that before I continue with the review. That being said, this novel could have been so much better, maybe 3 or 4 stars, if they would have cut out the Car Girl story line. All of the other plots had to do with what was happening at the Hospital except that one. Not only that, but it wasn't an overly compelling mystery that it was a good sidebar to the investigation Alright, if you have been following my updates for this series you probably know I am not a huge fan. I am going to come out and say that before I continue with the review. That being said, this novel could have been so much better, maybe 3 or 4 stars, if they would have cut out the Car Girl story line. All of the other plots had to do with what was happening at the Hospital except that one. Not only that, but it wasn't an overly compelling mystery that it was a good sidebar to the investigation into the deaths at the hospital. Between Yuki's emotional turmoil, the trail, and the actual hospital investigation, that would have been enough. We got nothing really out of the Car Girl story line. I also have a huge beef with Lindsey's characterization, or lack there of. In this novel she goes to the Chief and asks to be relieved from her post as Lieutenant because she wants to be back on the street, but literally all we see her doing is tracking down leads. If during this novel she would have literally been stuck behind a desk when good leads came in, it might have been understandable, but it made no sense with anything we have seen so far. It didn't have impact on this novel, it came up once and then we barely mentioned again. It just seemed out of place, out of character, and no foundation within the pages of the novel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I'm not one to look down on a good murder mystery/suspense novel, but having read a number of James Patterson books over the years, I've come to realize that his writing is an insult to readers' intelligence. A 3rd grader could read this book with no problem-- and still find it a yawn. The plot was so disjointed, made hardly any sense, and was just a bunch of garbage. Remind me to never be tempted to grab another Patterson book when I'm looking for a quick read! I'm not sure why this book pissed I'm not one to look down on a good murder mystery/suspense novel, but having read a number of James Patterson books over the years, I've come to realize that his writing is an insult to readers' intelligence. A 3rd grader could read this book with no problem-- and still find it a yawn. The plot was so disjointed, made hardly any sense, and was just a bunch of garbage. Remind me to never be tempted to grab another Patterson book when I'm looking for a quick read! I'm not sure why this book pissed me off so much, but I just find it ridiculous--and embarassing--that so many read and enjoy this crap (my former self included).

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