Instinct (previously published as Murder Games)

Instinct (previously published as Murder Games)

by James Patterson, Howard Roughan

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A criminal behavior expert teams up with an NYPD detective to track down a criminal in the novel that inspired the hit CBS TV series starring Alan Cumming.
Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally: he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene-along with a threatening message from the killer-it looks like someone has been taking notes.
Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene: a playing card. Another murder, another card. . . and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature; they're a deadly hint pointing directly toward the next victim.
As tabloid headlines about the killer known as "The Dealer" scream from newsstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal, could Dylan become one?
A heart-pounding novel of suspense more shocking than any tabloid true crime story, Instinct introduces the next unforgettable character from the imagination of James Patterson, the world's #1 bestselling author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316553476
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/26/2017
Series: James Patterson's Instinct Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 448
File size: 3 MB

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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Instinct (previously published as Murder Games) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. Love the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a quick read this is great book. Good for a pool or beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book focused more on the trials and tribulations of a gay couple trying to adopt than on the hunt for a serial killer Give me the OLD, juicy murder mystery without political overtones
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always love the quick pace of his books. Can't put them down!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very good book and the story was original.I was on the edge of my seat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Patterson--I couldn't put it down from the moment I started. His characters are endearing and relatable. As always, he kept me engaged until the last page
Anonymous 24 days ago
same comments as above.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Another excellent read by Patterson
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rokinrev More than 1 year ago
“The secret to staying alive? Never stop breathing” Dylan Reinhart: double PhD, author, genius, professor in Abnormal Psych; married to Tracy, former lawyer, wannabe actor. They’ve been together for a long time, and now have been trying to adopt, until, they seem to come up against the only openly heterosexist in the 5 boroughs, who never even makes it in the door. Dylan’s skills at observation and understanding people help get his mind off of that particular situation as he’s called in to help the cops find a serial killer whose taken a page right out of Reinhart’s book. At first, he and Detective Elizabeth don’t get along, but develop a healthy respect for one another in a fast paced story that pops right off today’s headlines. Recently optioned, and changed somewhat for the small screen, the book has aspects the show doesn’t. CBS has chosen to streamline in some places and expand in others. There are times I love Patterson, and times he’s so blessedly formulaic I want to scream. The character has a sly sense of humor and is much better in the book, but the stories built around Dylan on screen so far fall short of the Dylan in the book. I recommend this, because it’s fun.4.5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love thrillers, this is a great book to read. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several times the author described a series of events while riding a motorcycle that would be impossibile to do. His proof reader needs to be a true motorcyclist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what I was ordering
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Fast paced with plenty of action, intrigue, with some twists and turns thrown in. Keeps you reading!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the attitude and sharp wit of Howard Roughan! Can't wait for his next book to be released!