By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is after all a “quick read” (atleast it happened to be so in my case.)
NYPD cop Lauren Stillwell has it all going well for her (a loving husband-Paul-a successful broker, a beautiful home, a nice job) till finds her husband entering a hotel with a beautiful blonde one afternoon. On questioning he lies through his teeth and Lauren gets all geared up to seek revenge – the same way!
Raging she gives in to temptation and has a fling (“quickie”) with Scott Thayer, an undercover police officer involved in a narcotics operation. But this passionate “quickie” turns deadly as she witnesses the brutal murder of Scott, by Paul (as she assumes it)!
Lauren is put in charge of Scott’s homicide case, along with her partner Detective Mike Ortiz. It turns out that Paul is clean – he was not the one cheating on her. And she tries her best to cover Paul’s involvement with the case at any level.
What follows is a roller-coaster ride of violence, deceit and lots of chaos as Lauren struggles to find out the real criminal and tries to save her job, her husband, her marriage and her life!
But I felt that Lauren’s conflicting roles as a wife and as a cop were not really acceptable. Agreed she loyalties towards her husband and her job put her in a fix but to such extents! It’s ‘coz of her rash, irrational assumptions that the whole saga takes place jeopardizing her whole world.
Patterson’s formulaic elements of love, lust, romance, betrayal, lies, murder, action, suspense and thrills meshed together to keep the story moving. The twists and turns in the plots and the surprises around the corner keep the readers hooked.
But overall this one sure is a fast paced and entertaining read.