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2nd Chance (book 2) (original 2002; edition 2002)

by James Patterson, Andrew Gross

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Title:2nd Chance (book 2)
Authors:James Patterson
Other authors:Andrew Gross
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2002), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 416 pages
Collections:Already Read, e-book/pdf
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Tags:Read in Apr 2013, Read in 2013, Fiction, Mystery, Women's Murder Club, Series, Crime, Murder, Detective, Serial Killer, San Francisco, California

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This book was even better than the first one! James Patterson has me hooked! Will be reading the next one :) ( )
  Sugar_and_Snark | Sep 24, 2013 |
EDITORIAL REVIEW:

2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (adetective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner)who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles tosolve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, themurders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all thesigns of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of SanFrancisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail she finds even moredisturbing: both victims were related to city cops. A symbol glimpsed at bothmurder scenes leads to a racist hate group, but the taunting killer strikesagain and again, leaving deliberate clues and eluding the police ever morecleverly. In the meantime, each of the women has a personal stake at risk--andthe killer knows who they are. 2nd Chance speeds along at a Formula One pace through many tight curves,but unlike recent entries in theAlex Cross series, itdoesn't sacrifice good characters to a twisted plot. Lindsay's the star, butthere's a fine esprit de corps among the four women, who are even betterdeveloped here than in the first book. What makes them both convincing andinteresting as a criminal-justice juggernaut is their willingness to stick theirnecks out, even if they suffer for it. If you haven't picked up a JamesPatterson novel in a while, this is a great time to start anew. --BarrieTrinkle
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This book wasn't quite as overtly violent as the first one in the series. I think this series is a little formulaic in the way the story develops. I found the markers of progression to be similar to those in the first book.

Patterson's style in this series is very short chapters, which was mostly effective. On occasion he would move to a new chapter practically in the middle of the sentence, which was odd.

I was hoping to see some character development of the four women in this story. There was development in the things going on in their lives, but not very much in the way of understanding their characters. We did learn more about Lindsay's relationship with her father and I think she progressed a bit in that realm. ( )
  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
Several black people are killed by a sharp shooter. Lindsay Boxer, a Lieutenant for the San Francisco Police and her best friends, Jill Bernhardt, Assistant DA in SF, Clair Washburn, the main medical examiner, and Cindy Washburn (?) a reporter for the Chronicle Newspaper, work together to solve the mysterious killer ( )
  LindaGail | Jul 21, 2013 |
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Title: 2nd Chance
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Suspense
Challenges: Challenges: Winter Reading Challenge 2009, A to Z Reading Challenge, Numbers Challenge, 2009 Support Your Local Library, 2009 Audiobook Challenge, 20 Books in 2009, Pages Read Challenge 2009, Books Around the States Challenge, 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, States & Countries (OnThePorchSwing)

Rating: 4/5
No. of Pages: Audio (400)
Published: 2002

From the back:
The shooting of a little girl on a church’s front doorstep leads Detective Lindsay Boxer to round up “[four:] of the sharpest law-enforcement minds in the city” – the Woman’s Murder Club, composed of herself, Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant DA Jill Bernhardt, and a medical examiner Claire Washburn – to break the case. A serial killer, using different methods and choosing semmingly disparate victims, is leaving a trail of bodies across the greater San Francisco area. What is the logic behind this serial killer dubbed “Chimeria?” To her horror, Detective Boxer realizes that all the killings have affected relatives of policemen, and may have something to do with her estranged father, Detective Marty Boxer. Facing Chimera’s taunts and attacks, the WMC prepares for a showdown.

Mine: Funny thing about this series it that I started with book 4, little knowing what a great series and that it actually took place in my own backyard (San Francisco is about 40 miles away). How could you be so cold to be murdering children? Who is Chimeria? Lindsay must learn quickly before she is punished for her father’s sins as a police officer himself, can she do it?
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  suefitz1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Aaron Winslow would never forget the next few minutes. He recognized the terrifying sounds the instant they cracked through the night. His body went cold all over. He couldn't believe that someone was shooting a high-powered rifle in this neighborhood.
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You can't bring the dead back. You can't even make sense of why things happen. All you can do is the best you can to let the living believe their souls are at peace.
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2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail she finds even more disturbing: both victims were related to city cops. A symbol glimpsed at both murder scenes leads to a racist hate group, but the taunting killer strikes again and again, leaving deliberate clues and eluding the police ever more cleverly. In the meantime, each of the women has a personal stake at risk--and the killer knows who they are.

2nd Chance speeds along at a Formula One pace through many tight curves, but unlike recent entries in the Alex Cross series, it doesn't sacrifice good characters to a twisted plot. Lindsay's the star, but there's a fine esprit de corps among the four women, who are even better developed here than in the first book. What makes them both convincing and interesting as a criminal-justice juggernaut is their willingness to stick their necks out, even if they suffer for it. If you haven't picked up a James Patterson novel in a while, this is a great time to start anew. --Barrie Trinkle

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:19:31 -0400)

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Reconvening the Women's Murder Club after a little girl is shot in front of a San Francisco church, detective Lindsay Boxer and her companions are disturbed to discover that the killer may be a former police officer.

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