February 25, 2016

NYPD Red by James Patterson

It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert-and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald-who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend-to discover who the murderer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they've ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.

Zach and Kylie know there's no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail. With larger-than-life action, relentless speed, and white-knuckle twists, NYPD Red is the next mega-blockbuster from "The Man Who Can't Miss."
I have been meaning to start this series for a while now. I am so glad that I finally did.

This novel was such a typical James Patterson book. . . so I loved it! Sometimes you can just tell when a book is his, and this was one of those.

I am always nervous about starting a new series, because you never know if you are going to like the characters and if they are going to grow on you or if you will just be indifferent through the whole book (or series, if you choose to continue).

Thankfully, I fell for the characters right away in this one. They were awesome right from the beginning and they all seemed to have great chemistry while preserving their own separate personalities. Nothing is worse than when all of the character arcs run together and they are hard to distinguish by nothing other than their name.

The actual storyline in this first novel was also interesting. We have seen high profile cases before with Alex Cross, but this was closer to the cases that Lindsay Boxer tackles out in California.
Overall, I really enjoyed this first book in the series. I didn’t find myself buying into much of the suspense but it was just an ENTERTAINING read to me.

If you are already a Patterson fan, you will dig this book. If you like crime novels or thrillers, you may be intrigued and eventually become a Patterson fan. Try it out!

5/5 Stars

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