The 9th Judgment
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Well, this one is a fast paced entertainer. It delivers a generous dose of mystery, shock, awe, suspense and excitement – till the last page. Patterson and Paetro’s lethal combination (of writing and visualizing skills) surely captivates attention and definitely all nerves!
The story shows Detective Lindsey Boxer and her partner, Rich Conklin, working on two cases – a female cat burglar (Hello Kitty) robbing the city’s celebrities of their jewels; and a sadist, ruthless, psycho, serial killer (Lipstick Killer) targeting mothers and their children and callously killing both.
The characterization of Claire, Cindy, and Yuki are well rounded and realistic. They come across as the smart, brave, sometimes arrogant, yet vulnerable lot.
Certain sections of the story seemed predictable, since Patterson has a peculiar style of depicting mysteries.
But the climax of the two contrasting cases comes loaded with an ironic twist.
The gripping tale and acute detailing of events and the horrendous crime shuns its readers from putting it down until the very last word.