3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club Series #3)

3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club Series #3)

by James Patterson, Andrew Gross

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In James Patterson's shockingly suspenseful #1 New York Times bestseller, one member of the Women's Murder Club is hiding a secret so dangerous that it could destroy them all.

One of James Patterson's best loved heroines is about to die. Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. When Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. A lost infant and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.

Then a prominent businessman is found murdered under bizarre circumstances, with another mysterious message left behind by the killer. Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner's office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her figure out who is committing these murders-and why they are intent on killing someone every three days.

Even more terrifying, the killer has targeted one of the four friends who call themselves the Women's Murder Club.

Which one will it be?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446614832
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Series: Women's Murder Club Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 7,922
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 4.36(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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3rd Degree

By James Patterson Andrew Gross

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2004 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-60357-0

Chapter One

IT WAS A CLEAR, calm, lazy April morning, the day the worst week of my life began.

I was jogging down by the bay with my border collie, Martha. It's my thing Sunday mornings - get up early and cram my meaningful other into the front seat of the Explorer. I try to huff out three miles, from Fort Mason down to the bridge and back. Just enough to convince myself I'm bordering on something called in shape at thirty-six.

That morning, my buddy Jill came along. To give her baby Lab, Otis, a run, or so she claimed. More likely, to warm herself up for a bike sprint up Mount Tamalpais or whatever Jill would do for real exercise later in the day.

It was hard to believe that it had been only five months since Jill lost her baby. Now here she was, her body toned and lean again.

"So, how did it go last night?" she asked, shuffling sideways beside me. "Word on the street is, Lindsay had a date." "You could call it a date ...," I said, focusing on the heights of Fort Mason, which weren't getting closer fast enough for me. "You could call Baghdad a vacation spot, too." She winced. "Sorry I brought it up."

All run long, my head had been filled with the annoying recollection of Franklin Fratelli, "asset remarketing" mogul (which was a fancy way of saying he sent goons after the dot-com busts who could no longer make the payments on their Beemers and Franck Mullers). For two months Fratelli had stuck his face in my office every time he was in the Hall, until he wore me down enough to ask him up for a meal on Saturday night (the short ribs braised in port wine I had to pack back into the fridge after he bailed on me at the last minute).

"I got stood up," I said, mid-stride. "Don't ask, I won't tell the details."

We pulled up at the end of Marina Green, a lung-clearing bray from me while Mary Decker over there bobbed on her toes as if she could go another loop.

"I don't know how you do it," I said, hands on hips, trying to catch my breath.

"My grandmother," she said, shrugging and stretching out a hamstring. "She started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety now. We have no idea where she is."

We both started to laugh. It was good to see the old Jill trying to peek through. It was good to hear the laughter back in her voice.

"You up for a mochachino?" I asked. "Martha's buying." "Can't. Steve's flying in from Chicago. He wants to bike up to see the Dean Friedlich exhibit at the Legion of Honor as soon as he can get in and change. You know what the puppy's like when he doesn't get his exercise."

I frowned. "Somehow it's hard for me to think of Steve as a puppy."

Jill nodded and pulled off her sweatshirt, lifting her arms. "Jill," I gasped, "what the hell is that?"

Peeking out through the strap of her exercise bra were a couple of small, dark bruises, like finger marks.

She tossed her sweatshirt over her shoulder, seemingly caught off guard. "Mashed myself getting out of the shower," she said. "You should get a load of how it looks." She winked. I nodded, but something about the bruise didn't sit well with me. "You sure you don't want that coffee?" I asked.

"Sorry ... You know El Exigente, if I'm five minutes late, he starts to see it as a pattern." She whistled for Otis and began to jog back to her car. She waved. "See you at work."

"So how about you?" I knelt down to Martha. "You look like a mochachino would do the trick." I snapped on her leash and started to trot off toward the Starbucks on Chestnut. The Marina has always been one of my favorite neighborhoods.

Curling streets of colorful, restored town houses. Families, the sound of gulls, the sea air off the bay.

I crossed Alhambra, my eye drifting to a beautiful three-story town house I always passed and admired. Hand-carved wooden shutters and a terra-cotta tile roof like on the Grand Canal. I held Martha as a car passed by.

That's what I remembered about the moment. The neighborhood just waking up. A redheaded kid in a FUBU sweatshirt practicing tricks on his Razor. A woman in overalls hurrying around the corner, carrying a bundle of clothes.

"C'mon, Martha." I tugged on her leash. "I can taste that mochachino."

Then the town house with the terra-cotta roof exploded into flames. I mean, it was as if San Francisco were suddenly Beirut.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My reading habit is to finish a book and wait a day or two to begin a new one. I want to let it marinate before I move on to a new book. But with the series, I can't wait to get to the next book. Each one is more suspenseful, more emotional, and yes....VERY addictive. You just can't get enough. One of the reasons I enjoy this author and this series is that he steps out on a limb with each book and does the unexpected. Shocking you as your read and illicitating a verbal response such as a gasp. Be prepared to be surprised in each of the books.
sdquick More than 1 year ago
I was completely heartbroken with this one. (those that have read it know why) I take my nook and read on my lunch break. I came back from lunch with tears in my eyes. Some don't understand how people get THAT into a book. But its just been that great of a read. This has been a wonderful series thus far and I highly recommend these books. Can't wait to get further into the series, though it will never be the same.
Tenna More than 1 year ago
I love the books, but have found I can get them cheaper in paperback on Ebay. If I have to pay $10 a book for these, it's not worth having the nook or the kindle apps. Very sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down
LadyBoiler More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Woman's Murder Club Series by James Patterson. Although 1st To Die was my favorite, this novel was excellent. As usual, there is excellent depth of character (Lindsey and Claire, for example) which can actually make you care for the characters. The plot is original, somewhat off beat, thrilling and carefully thought out with a few twists here and there. I also love his writing style. His writing style and short chapters make his novels an easy read. Patterson has never disappointed me with his Alex Cross Series either. I highly recommend Jack and Jill. The Quickie and Swimsuit were also excellent novels.
Kaileigh More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely boring. I've only read two other books by him and thought they were great, but this one...I'm glad I'm done.
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No life without it.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
lindsay boxer is jogging when a building explodes. More murders and even her friend Jill is killed. Women's murder club. Very enticing.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have finally pinpointed what I find disconcerting about these books. It's the split narration! There are some chapters in a third-person omniscient style, where the author follows the killer, or one of Lindsay's friends, and then other chapters are narrated in first person by Lindsay herself. After reading the first book, I half expected the second to have one of the other ladies as the first-person narrator. Unfortunately, all these books follow Lindsay. This third book was a bit different in that up until the fourth killing, I was partially rooting for the bad guys---going to war with corrupt CEOs and unethical leaders of health care organizations. I don't actually think those people should be killed, but I do think they may need to shape up. The ending was mildly surprising, although one can expect that the person responsible for the deaths will always be someone slightly different than expected when reading a novel by Patterson. Overall, a compelling read and worth the day and a half it took me to read it. (Not that all I did was read this book for the past day and a half, I did other stuff too...like go to work.)
DrT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Next. I read 3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. I was torn with this book. I found it interesting right away and it was complex with the detective piece but also the personal parts that I really appreciated. This book was about terrorism and the complexity there, a ¿weak link¿ and cruelty/compassion, a love interest, government, and loss. Overall, I¿d give this book 3 stars maybe 3.25 stars out of 5. He is a good writer and writes page-turners in my opinion. I will pick up the next book in this series and see what happens. I wonder if he can keep it interesting. So far so good but I don¿t know. Maybe it was the senseless killing that I really didn¿t like. Sure in the terrorist¿s mind they had justification but still that knocked off some stars even though it is not the fault of the author even though it is his fault. I was driven to finish it because it was interesting and I wanted to see how he put in the twists in the novel and was pleased by how he tighed it together. I know, it's my fault for reading it knowing that it is part of the Women's Murder Club series so I blame myself.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Women's Murder Club loses one of thier own in the 3rd book of the series from James Patterson. A terror cell is loose in SF, and the G-8 summit is thier ultimate target - or is it? A desperate hunt is on by Lindsay Boxer and her team in the SFPD, as well as by her friends in the WMC. Toss in a little help from Homeland Security and this novel takes the reader on a wild and sometimes scary ride into the world of domestic terrorism in the USA.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the rest of Patterson's books, this was a very quick read. He really is the master of short chapters and large print. But, it entertained me for the 5 hours or so it took me to read it, so I really can't complain.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journal entry 2 by SKingList from New York, New York USA on Friday, August 05, 2005So I picked this up just before leaving Katherine this morning and finished it even before the bus arrived in Darwin. I am a Patterson fiend.I liked this one, but not as much as the first two in the series. One thing wasn't the book's fault, I read the 4th before I read this one so one of the major bits of the plot was given away but still, I didn't know the how or why and as per usual with Patterson, never figured it out.
becr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, gripping, didn't want to put it down
Ti99er on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good read in Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. If you have enjoyed the 1st two books in the series, you won't be disapointed with this installment.
momma2keira on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick read full of everything I enjoy... murder, mystery, forensics and suspense. I find I'm able to read books in this series in about a day, because I don't want to put them down. I was a bit annoyed with how many times the word/name "Molinari" appeared.... seemingly every couple minutes at many points. Overall, enjoyed this book.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book! I love Patterson's writing and I'm TOTALLY into this series. More than anything because of the girls. Each one of them are interesting in their own ways. I think I've said before that I like how the girls are not only working to solve a crime, but dealing with other things in their lives too. In this book, Jill is dealing with an abusive husband. The girls get together to support her and protect her from harm. Meanwhile, it looks like Lindsey's finally finding love again after losing Chris.The plot in this one revolves around terror groups in the U.S. Extremists who are killing people in order to prove their points and to try to scare others into action. The grizzly ways that folks are killed is different from the norm, so I liked that twist. Patterson throws in a couple turns in this one that I didn't expect at all. But, that's usually what keeps me interested! I liked this book, but not as well as the first two in this series. It's not stopping me from pluggin' on with them though!The reading of this book was great. There were a few sound effects that I thought really added to it. Most of the time, I don't like the noice, but this worked for me.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another satisfying James Patterson novel. I think this one has been the best one of the Women's Murder Club series.
sexysuzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
james p writes a good enjoyable book in 3rd degree
funstuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced mystery from Patterson.
amacmillen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third in the women's murder club collection. This novel involves a Berkley college group that is murdering people related to third world economics. The person who is responsible is a professor at another college and who has an axe to grind from issues in the 60s error.One of the four women involved in the club is murdered.
veranaz22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been reading this series for the first time from the first book. This is by far the most "action packed" and intriguing one. Great twists. I've started to read this with the intention of reading it when I'm on the cardio room at the gym, but I found myself finishing it up elsewhere!Four and a half out of five.
BookWallah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great yarn, nonstop action, intuitive sleuthing, and I really enjoyed it ¿ but what is up with these short chapters. Mr. Patterson, are you afraid we will fall asleep if the chapter are longer than two pages? Is this fiction for the MTV generation? And while I am at it what is up with the use of faxes as the most modern technology, this was published in 2004 but it appears the Internet had been invented yet.I herby begin my use of the tag, ¿beach read¿, which I define as any book requiring no mental energy to follow the plot. All ranting aside, this book is highly recommended for all lovers of thrillers and suspense fiction. If you prefer your murders confined to the parlor then keep looking this one will be a tad too grisly.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eeek. I can't believe how engaging these women are. By the time one of them is in peril (and one always is, though moreso than usual this time), I found myself staying up late to find out What Happens Next. This is not great literature, but it's a great read. Definitely choose any of the women's murder mysteries for beach or airplane take-alongs.