The Postcard Killers

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Press:Little, Brown and Company Little, Brown and Company (August 16, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-08-16
Author Name:James Patterson,Liza Marklund


Paris is stunning in the summerNYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. 
But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.The killing is simply marvelousKanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome.
Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead.
Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.
Wish you were hereNow Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be.
With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.

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.

From AudioFile

Someone is killing young and the beautiful couples all over Europe. 
Katherine Kellgren, Erik Singer, and Reg Rogers bring all the terror and excitement to life with a dizzying array of accents from the European nations and a conversational skill that moves the story along quickly and seamlessly.
Their delivery makes the listener fully relate to New York detective Jack Kanon, who is obsessed with bringing his daughter's killers to justice.
Kanon and a Swedish reporter figure out the pattern and the meaning of the sinister postcards that are sent to reporters after each killing.
Kellgren, Singer, and Rogers speak with such authority and passion that the book seems frighteningly real.
© AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     Over the years I have read the Alex Cross books and enjoyed them. Recently, though, Patterson's other books and all the books he is "co-writing" with some aspiring author, are just AWFUL!! Luckily, my library charges $.50 for each brand-new book I recieve written by authors of my choosing. This last one wasn't worth the $.50!! I've about had it with James Patterson and Whomever. There is little substance and I am finally giving up. Mr. Patterson, have you just run out of ideas? Go back to the drawing board and see if you can find some "creative juices".
  •     First off, it was my fault that I read this. I should have learned from Patterson's past books, on how bad this would be, and I should have listened to myself. I used to like Patterson a lot, but now his books are hit and miss, much more of them are a miss, and this is no exception. This is a clunker.I won't ever bother going over the plot. I read it once and I don't want to remember it. Honestly, it's that bad. What makes it that bad? Well my fellow reader, I'm glad you asked.The Characters: All of the characters are annoying. One of the main characters is Jacob, a cop from NYC, and he annoyed the bejesus out of me. He flashed his badge and expected people to jump and do what he wanted. The problem is that he was pretty much all over the world doing it. I guess it never occurred to him that his NYC police badge would mean diddly squat outside of his jourstiction. People were doing what he wanted, pretty much. If he didn't get what he wanted, he'll throw a hissy fit and throw things through windows and start yelling a people like he owned the place. The other main character was Dessie, who's a sometimes gay and sometimes straight reporter. I guess she hasn't made up her mind yet. Not only is she a reporter, but she feels the need to solve big crimes for the cops. I found that to be laughable.Also, the repetition of things grated at me nerves. How many times do we have to hear different and the same characters tell us that "The American smells", "Can't the American take a shower", "Why does the American smell so bad." "Hasn't the American heard of soap?" Okay we get it, Jacob stinks.... do we really need to read bout it so much? Speaking of repetition let's talk about Dessie, the sometimes report/crimfighter, shall we? Over and over again we are treated to , "Why did the killers contact me?" "Why did the killers choose me?" "Why would the Postcard killers send me a postcard". Then if that isn't enough, we're treated to other characters ask over and over, and over, "Why would the killers contact you?" Then when the killers do their things, we get to see them do the set up over and over, and over. When they started setting the victims up, I knew exactly what they'd do and what they said before they did it. Yeesh!The writing style if just awful. There's no plot twits, nothing to keep the reader hooked to the page. Nothing like, "OMG, I never saw that coming!!" The sad truth my friends, is that we see everything coming, and there are no surprises.Usually, I'd say get it from the library, I won't even suggest that. This is a clunker. Don't even waste your time on this.
  •     I have not completed it yet.As soon as I finish the book I will be glad to. Write a review
  •     I read 1-2 books a week but this book could not grab my attention. I rarely never not finish a book. I got to page 100 and realized at this rate I would be done with it in a month. I read the epilogue and called it good.Characters in the story were flat and I could not relate to them. Story line was terrible with no intriguing moments. I hate to say this about Patterson's books but I expected a lot more out of him. Seems to me like he is doing it for the money and he isn't writing most of his novels lately Might just have to Change authors.
  •     Good read! Will keep you thinking how they've done it. Romance between protagonists wasn't bad at all. Have not read a Patterson novel in a while but this one was good.
  •     This is a really good read! Recommend to anyone. Kept me on edge for sure. Ready for the next. Only took couple of days
  •     Boy, I wish I had seen the reviews on this before I read this book! Mr. Patterson is so much better than this, so the author, Liza Marklund, must have written most of it.
  •     I liked it. It is entertaining with a different kind of story line. I find that mysteries that take place in Europe are different and can be a fun read if you open your mind.
  •     Really liked this book. The story was very well set up and the characters interesting and easy to care about. Once you begin you have to finish it.
  •     A 5 for sure. Mystery, romance, what more can a reader ask for. James Patterson knows how to keep your attention. I did not want to put it down.
  •     Amazing how entire book is interesting, Patterson has such a gift ,characters are easily understood, plot so intense and carried with such interest till the amazing end ,WOW
  •     Having read 95% of James Patterson's Incredible books this one is Excellent !! It's different but the"can't put it down type"!! Keeps you guessing till the very end!!!
  •     Major page turner! I couldn't put the book down. My sisters and I read it together for our book readings. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
  •     I enjoyed this book.
  •     This is the second worst James Patterson book I've ever read, the first being "You've Been Warned." I really don't know why I even finished reading the book because I was disappointed within the first few chapters. There is absolutely no character development and the writing style is awful. It sounds like alot of us Patterson fans are fed up with his "book factory" that cranks out a dismal book every other month. I think I'm officially done with Patterson which is a shame considering he used to be one of my favorite authors.
  •     Edit: Aug 25, 2010 The expanded preview of this book is no longer available for Kindle. The sample received from the download now includes the five chapters in the Prologue and the first five chapters of Part One of the novel.This review is only of the free Kindle preview of this book. I have not read the entire book.The publisher decided to make a lot of material available in this Kindle preview. The Prologue has five chapters and once Part One begins there are a further 30 chapters of the book. However, all of the chapters are very short. This may simply be a normal charateristic of the writing style of this author. This amount of the story will definitely give you enough of a feeling for the novel to know whether you want to continue reading.I have never read a novel by James Patterson and had always intended to try one of his books. This Kindle sample will be the deciding factor in my decision regarding reading the entire book. I now think I have a feeling for the type of novel this will be and quite a lot of information on the main characters and even the murderers. The concept of presenting so much of the novel from the viewpoint of the murderers lends quite a chilling quality to the narrative and fulfills it's purpose of making the reader wonder what motive is behind these murders. If you already know Patterson's writing, this preview will give you a jump start on this particular book.
  •     Good read
  •     So intriguing. Was impossible to put down. Another James Patterson success.

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