The Harriet Blue Series
Black & Blue
Harriet Blue confronts a serial killer -
the Georges River Killer - who's murdering people in San Francisco:
Called to solve another mystery, the death of a prostitute, Claudia Burrows -
she mistakingly thinks it's the work of the killer, but her partner, Tox Barnes,
a man who was supposed to have killed a woman when still a child, understands
this crime had been perpetrated by another doer.
The inquiries bring them to discover one of Claudia's colleagues, Hope, who, out
of revenge had killed her and was going to kill another colleague, Jenny
Spelling and her husband, whom they kept prisoners in a yacht she had always
After a violent confrontation, Hope is killed and Harriet can come back to her
River killer; only to find out that he's just been caught: he's Samuel Blue,
When Harry's brother is arrested for the murders of
three young women, her boss needs to get the mercurial Harry away "for her own
good" from Sydney and a merciless press. She is assigned to a mining camp in
Western Australia with a new partner from Perth to solve the disappearance of a
young miner. Soon this disappearance turns into more and Harry finds she can
trust no one, not even her partner, in her new rough and tumble surroundings.
In the end the killer of those guys results to be Gabe Carter, who Harriet
relied to as a partner to find out the man behind the crimes and who
- later - became her lover, too.
Gabe Carter, in a final confrontation, shoots Harriet but she just pretends
she's dead and kills him.
The Women's Murder Club
1st to Die
First to Die by James Patterson
is the first novel in the Women's Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer is a
inspector with the San Francisco police department, a strongly male-oriented
career in which she has excelled for six years. However a health crisis and a
high profile case threaten to destroy all those years of hard work. Lindsay
turns to her good friend, Claire, and new friend, Cindy, and forms the Women's
Murder Club in order to not only garner support from other women who understand
the struggle of working in a male-oriented job but to help her solve this
difficult murder case. Along the way, the club will also include Jill, a
highly-ambitious assistant district attorney, and Chris Raleigh, Lindsay's new
partner and new lover. First to Die is another exciting crime novel by
bestselling author James Patterson that will more than live up to his fan's
Lindsay Boxer learns that she has a rare form of anemia called Negli's. This
diagnosis is potentially fatal, leaving Lindsay emotionally vulnerable when she
arrives on the scene of a double murder at a local luxury hotel. The couple had
just gotten married and the female victim is still in her wedding dress. Both
victims were stabbed, a brutal crime that seems like an assault on hope that
Lindsay cannot handle so soon on the heels of her diagnosis. Lindsay is so
emotionally touched by the scene that she nearly confides in an ambitious
reporter, Cindy Thomas, when they run into one another in the ladies room.
Immediately after the beginning to investigate the bride and groom case, Lindsay
is informed she will be working with a new partner, Chris Raleigh, a cop who has
been working in the mayor's office for the past few years to mediate with the
press in high profile cases. Lindsay is demoted from lead on the case to second
and resents Raleigh's presence. However, as they work together, Lindsay learns
that Raleigh is a good cop whose main concern is to find the killer. Together
they begin searching for motives among the couples' friends and family,
researching everything, including the father of the groom's business dealings.
As Lindsay begins treatments for Negli's, another murder takes place. Lindsay
and Raleigh go to Napa Valley where the second couple was married and were
staying in a local hotel before flying to Cancun for their honeymoon. As Lindsay
and Raleigh discuss the case with a local cop, Cindy Thomas arrives. Lindsay
agrees to drive home with Cindy if she will promise to keep any information
Lindsay gives her secret until Lindsay gives her the okay. Lindsay discovers
during this ride that she and Cindy have so much in common that Lindsey invites
Cindy to meet Claire, another friend of Lindsay's. Over drinks, the ladies
realize they all have an interest in the bride and groom case—Claire in her
capacity as coroner, Cindy as a reporter, and Lindsay as the detective on the
case. They decide to pool their knowledge and work the case together, forming
the Women's Murder Club.
The next day, Lindsay and Raleigh return to Napa where they see the place where
the bodies were found, an abandoned vineyard. Claire drives up to speak to the
coroner and view the bodies. Claire and Lindsay drive back to San Francisco and
Lindsay tells Claire about her devastating medical condition. Claire is
distraught but understands Lindsay's need to continue to focus on the case.
Lindsay and Raleigh begin to search for a connection between the two couples
while continuing to follow up on evidence found in both cases. Nothing seems to
connect until Lindsay realizes that both brides got their dresses at the same
Saks store in San Francisco. An interview with the clerk there garners a sketch
of the suspect. This brings in another witness who spoke to a
similarly-appearing man at the Brandt wedding. It seems the case is beginning to
break when another bride and groom are found murdered.
Lindsay and Raleigh fly to Cleveland where they learn that Kathy and James
Voskuhl were murdered during their reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The security tapes reveal a partial view of the suspected killer. Interviews
with the bride's family and friends also reveal that Kathy was having an ongoing
relationship with an abusive man whom she claimed was famous. This man turns out
to be Nicholas Jenks, a famous writer residing in San Francisco. Jenks becomes
the main suspect in the case. However, his fame causes Lindsay and Raleigh to be
forced to move cautiously.
Lindsay and Raleigh visit with the district attorney's office in the hopes of
getting a search warrant for Jenks' house, but they are turned down. However,
this meeting inspires Lindsay to invite Jill Bernhardt to join the Women's
Murder Club. At the same time, Lindsay begins a passionate affair with Raleigh
despite the fact that her treatments for Negli's do not appear to be successful.
During this time as well, Lindsay interviews Jenks' ex-wife and learns about a
book - *Always A Bridesmaid* - he wrote early in his career that parallels
the bride and groom murders. This gives Lindsay the break she needs to arrest
Jenks. After the arrest, the police find evidence in Jenks' house that appears
to conclusively point to him as the killer.
After Jenks is arrested he claims he has been set up. The more Lindsay thinks
about it, the more she thinks he is right. Lindsay begins to suspect Joanna Wade,
Jenks' ex-wife, to be the killer. When Jenks escapes police custody, Lindsay
goes to Joanna's house to search for Jenks but finds her dead. Raleigh follows
someone who was seen leaving Joanna's building dressed like Jenks. When Lindsay
catches up to Raleigh, she discovers he has been shot. At the same time, Lindsay
comes across Jenks and his current wife arguing. When the wife attempts to shoot
Jenks, Lindsay shoots her. Lindsay returns to Raleigh just as he dies.
After Raleigh's death, Lindsay falls into a depression despite the fact that her
Negli's has responded to treatment and she will live. One day after everything
has died down, Jenks breaks in on Lindsay and admits that he was behind the
killings all along. Jenks tries to kill Lindsay, but she manages to kill him
The murder of the second couple who were having sex in a taxi.
Joanna undressing off her husband's clothes.
Homicide Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is still recovering from the recent loss of
her partner and is just returning to the force when she is called in to
investigate a series of murders that include an 11-year-old girl and an elderly
woman. Through her investigations she discovers a connection to a jail-hate gang
called Chimera. After another police officer is killed by a sniper and then her
boss is murdered, the trail leads to the ex-cop Frank Coombs.
To further complicate all of the Women's Murder Club ladies, Jill is pregnant
and Claire becomes a target for the Chimera killer.
Cindy starts dating the murdered girl's pastor, Aaron Winslow, and Lindsay's
father shows up, pretending he misses her daughter, but actually following
Chimera, too, as he was present the day the killer slaughtered a young girl.
Finally, after chasing the trail of Frank Coombs, Lindsay trails the real
killer, Rusty Coombs - the son of Frank Coombs - to a tower on a college campus
where he has opened fire and killed several students. Rusty is getting revenge
for what has happened to his father and no longer cares if he lives or dies.
Lindsay kills Rusty at the college tower.
As an epilogue, Lindsay receives a postcard from her father in Mexico saying
sorry for lying to her about his crooked past and telling her he has bought a
boat and named it Buttercup, his pet name for her.
Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer.follows a serial homicide
Boxer and her friend Jill Bernhardt, who works for the District
Attorney, jog through the park. Together with Claire, the medical
examiner, and Cindy, a reporter, the women make up the *Women's Murder Club*.
Boxer witnesses an explosion that turns out to be an
assassination on the owner of a major corporation with questionable business
practices. Soon, other benefactors of American capitalism begin to die.
Boxer works with Joe Molinari, from Homeland Security, to uncover a plot led by
radicals whose sign is *August Spies* who aim to
derail capitalism worldwide,
The motivation for the killings stems from a decade's old case in which federal
agents killed the brother of a Charles Danko, a radical extremist.
Danko has waited decades to pull
of his catastrophic payback. His final target involves a bomb and assassination
at the G-8 summit.
Molinari and Boxer travel up and down the west coast to uncover leads,
eventually learning that Danko now teaches in Washington under another name.
Boxer takes down Danko at the G-8 summit, and prevents the bomb from exploding.
However, another "soldier" of Danko's *August Spies* group - a girl - succeeds in shooting the Vice president of
the United States. Once taken into custody, she reveals Danko's whole plot.
The vice president recovers, but Danko does not.
One subplot within the book involves Jill, who finally confesses her husband's
pattern of abuse to Boxer and the other women. Jill comes through on a promise
to her friends to kick him out, and the women congratulate Jill.
becomes Danko's next victim, because her father helped to prosecute Danko's
brother's fellow protesters.
Another subplot involves Boxer and Molinari. Romance quickly blossoms between
the two agents. They spend one evening in bed together. In the end, though,
Boxer almost lets Molinari leave without being honest about her feelings. In the
final chapters of the novel, Boxer calls Molinari's jet back from the runway and
asks him to consider a long-term relationship with her.
Mimi poisoning George
Rick beating Jill & Jill leaving him ouy
4th Of July
When Lindsay Boxer gets a lead on a
recent murder of two teenagers, she responds to the call and joins Warren Jacobi
on a stakeout of a Mercedes. When the car takes off, a high speed chase ends in
a crash. The officers discover two teenagers in their father’s car, who are
scared and have been hurt. They help them out, but the teens pull guns and both
officers are shot. After being hit in the shoulder and thigh, and seeing Jacobi
shot twice, Boxer returns fire. The girl is killed, and the boy is paralyzed for
life. As Boxer and Jacobi are recovering in the hospital, they are told that
everything is legally good, that it was a case of self-defense.
Then, Boxer receives a notice she is being sued by the teenagers' father for
wrongful death. Taking a vacation before the trial starts, Boxer housesits for
her sister in Half Moon Bay. While there she reads about recent murders in which
the victims’ throats were cut and they were whipped. This resembles an unsolved
case from before, so Boxer begins to investigate informally. After a few days,
the Half Moon Bay police chief tells her to mind her own business, but
reconsiders when the next bodies are found. Boxer meets with her friends to try
to determine a link between victims as her trial date approaches.
Boxer is found not guilty, and instead of returning to work right away, goes
back to Half Moon Bay, determined to solve the recent murders. She is only there
a day when the killers leave her a message by shooting up the house. She gets
out and follows more clues, discovering that pornography bas the common
denominator; all striken families had been victims or producers of porno videos;
then finally catches up with a guy who has been following her, a Keith Howard,
who had sold her a car and who she liked a lot until then.
He is arrested and provoked about his incapability of being a cruel criminal,
he can't resist and confesses to the killings. It is not until Alison Brown,
her friend’s daughter, shows up at her house that Boxer catches the other two
killers, the very same Carolee Brown and Bob Hinton, a local lawyer. They
are part of a vigilante group of former sex victims who take the law into their
own hands, playing the role of *The Seeker, The Watcher, and The Truth*.
After they are all arrested, Boxer returns to San Francisco a double hero, for
winning the trial and solving the murders.
Lindsay buys and old car from Keith
Howards *Brad Pitt*
Dennis Agnew in the bar
The trial Lindsay vs. the Cabot kids
Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is the main
character in The 5th Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.
This book is the fifth in a series written on the Women's Murder Club.
Lindsay is in her mid-thirties, slender with blonde hair. She works in homicide
at the San Francisco Police Department. Lindsay is also a founding member of the
Women's Murder Club along with ME Claire Washburn, reporter Cindy Thomas and
attorney Yuki Castellano. Lindsay is involved in a long distance relationship
with Joe Molinari, Deputy Director of Homeland Security. Lindsay lives with a
rescued border collie named Martha. Lindsay's best friend is Claire, to whom she
refers as "Butterfly."
Having been recently promoted to Lieutenant, Lindsay is often confused and
unhappy with her role as supervisor. She prefers to be on the streets. Lindsay
often works the streets with her former partner Warren Jacobi and his partner,
Rich Conklin. Lindsay is a tireless worker who takes her work to heart and will
keep on going to the point of collapse.
The story begins with a mysterious character named the Night Walker who kills a
Hospital patient, Jessie Falk.
Two plots are intertwined; the first is about a serial killer murdering young
girls and posing them into luxury cars; Lindsay Boxer and her team call them *Car
The second deals with the murders that take place at San Francisco Municipal
Patient whose diagnoses are not putting their lives in danger die continuously;
and 2 buttons are placed on their eyes, once dead.
One of those victims is Keiko Castellano, Yuki's mother. Yuki enlists the aid of
her friends to find out the real reason her mother has died.
Lindsay is called to the scene of the murders involving young women who have
been murdered and then posed in expensive cars seemingly chosen at random. Each
woman has been dressed in very expensive clothing from Nordstrom's. The case is
puzzling until it is learned that the clothes are the link - one of the killers
is an employee at Nordstrom's and has stolen the clothes to dress his dead
Lindsay captures the killers, who are a Kenneth Guthrie and Louise Bennet (a
prostitute called Cherrie), and watches helplessly as Louise jumps out of a
Tied into the strange murders at Municipal Hospital is a court case against
Municipal which involves a malpractice suit filed on behalf of twenty plaintiffs
whose family members died at the hospital due to medication errors or perhaps
outright murders. The ER doctor, Dennis Garza, working in conjunction with the
prosecutor, flubs his testimony so that the hospital loses. The doctor and the
prosecutor - Maureen O'Mara, who are lovers, will split the $18 million reward
she will receive for the victory.
However, the getaway plan is foiled when an outraged father of a dead patient
confronts Garza. Garza kills the man and then attempts to get away, only to be
stopped by Lindsay.
The Night Walker - the murderer of Keiko and other patients - is uncovered to be
a crazy nurse, Marie Saint-Germaine and is caught after her last attempt to
murder another patient, who was an undercover agent posing as a patient.
the hospital manager: you are in charge!
the way they capture Marie Saint-Germaine
in the end
Lindsay Boxer has to solve three separate
mysteries in this novel.
On a ferry, a madman named Alfred Brinkley shoots people and
hurts Claire Washburn, LA's ME and Boxer's friend.
Ike Quintana, an addict, voluntary points the police to Alfred Brinkley, a
madman who hears voices in his head; while Boxer is wondering how to contact him,
he spontaneosly turns himself to Lindsay herself, going to her house! She
arrests him and puts him on trial.
Brinkley is defended by Mickey Sherman, an excellent lawyer who has to fight the
People, represented by Yuki Castellano, together with Lindsay and Claire one of
the member of the Women's Murder Club.
Sherman convinces the jury Brinkley's legally insane and so he's judged not
guilty and simply interned into a criminal asylum.
Some days after the verdict, though, Brinkley kills his warden and escapes.
He goes to meet her mother, who reminds of having killing his sister when he was
a boy; Brinkley gets violent again and tries to kill her at the very same time
when Boxer catches him and finally manages to convict me; only to hear Brinkley
still threatening her while moved to prison.
A parallel plot deals with a band of pedophiles, led by Paul Renfree, a man who
was molested when a boy and now, with the help of his wife, kidnaps young guys
with the intent of selling them to the child trafficking mafia; when he tries to
kill Madison Tyler, SFPD tails him until they get their identity and manage to
stop him and his accessories.
Do you know this man? I am him!
Do you really think you got me?
Lindsay is confronted - as frequently happens in these series - by 2 cases.
We meet 2 thugs called Pidge and Hawk whose idea of fun is burning people alive.
They kill three couples until they try the big one in the house of a senator,
Campion, whose son has recently disappeared.
Campion reacts, though, and kills Hawk. Pidge flees but after some search led by
Boxer and her team, they find a lead in the college they attended together with
the kids of the victims; they were some sort of geniuses who wanted to try the
perfect murder without being caught and for no reason, being inspired by similar
gory stories collected in a novel, *The 7th Heaven*, full of latin quotations
they actually left behind them in the murder scenes.
After a final confrontation at his house, Pidge, too, is captured and
The parallel story concerns the same Michael Campion, son of a famous politician, who was
reported missing but now he's been said to have visited a prostitute - Junie
Moon - right before his disappearance.
Junie Moon is interviewed by the Police and confesses Campion died in her arms
and then, caught by panic, she had called her boyfriend and decided to slaughter him
and throw him away in plastic bags.
Junie is taken to court and tried but found not guilty.
In the meantime, a creepy wannabe writer, Twilly, stalks Yuki Castellano, who
had represented the People in the trial and tells her he knows who killed
and tries to kill Yuki, too; he's caught in the act, though, and he reveals he
knew Campion left Junie Moon alive and he had asked her to make up the whole
story in order to write a book.
The reader is left with no answer until the very end, where we discover Junie
Moon had contrived the whole thing; Michael's alive, he had actually been at
Junie's that night as so many more as they were lovers and now, with everybody
believing he's dead, they reunite and fly towards a new life together!
Lindsay and her Women's Murder Club are in
this book busy with three cases at the same time!
Stacey Glenn, a dropout girl from the high society has killed many people and
she's undergoing a trial in which she has many cards to play; Yuki Castellano -
the lawyer of the Murder Club - manages to convict her in the end, but only to
find that Glenn, once secluded, is brutally killed - beheaded! - in prison.
The two major plots develop around 2 cases: a homeless bum who goes by the name
of Bagman Jesus is beaten to death and then targeted with multiple shots;
Linsday and her mates investigate the case but they initially find a wall of
silence defending him; many people living in the slums where he lived seem to
consider him a sort of a saint.
Boxer's team finally gives Bagman Jesus an identity; he is Rodney Brooker, a
meth dealer who provoked a terrible explosion with a school bus he used as
a drug laboratory; he was not loved by the people who knew him but on the
contrary he was feared and hated; he had been actually killed by his mates; who
also planned to put the blame one on the other in order to make all confessions
void and impossible to be used in a courtoom.
Then there's a girl, whom the reader comes to meet as *Pet Girl*, who kills rich
people without leaving any trace behind; the corpses seem immaculate and intact.
She kills some couples until Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin manage to trace
her while she's trying another murder; her victims were killed with poison from
lethal snakes; one of them bites Rich; but he manages to survive and Pet Girl is
In the end, she's revealed to be Norma Johnson, daughter of a man who had taught
her how to manage dangerous snakes but wanted to throw her out of his house
since she was hated by his lover; Pet Girl-Norma had killed him and from then on
she had become a serial killer out of revenge.
SFPD sergeant Lindsay Boxer and her squad are tracking down a man who
approaches young mothers in shopping center parking garages and kills them and
their infant children leaving behind a macabre writing spelling *WCF* with the
blood of the victims.
Later we'll know that means *Women Children First*; the team calls him the
*Lipstick Killer* and will finally discover he goes by the name of Pete Gordon.
This happens several times and causes widespread panic. The man then makes
contact and demands a $2 million ransom in exchange for stopping the killing. He
strikes at such random places and times that, despite Boxer's protests, the
police decide to pay the ransom.
Boxer is selected to deliver the ransom and has the man guide her via cellphone.
After forcing Boxer to strip to her panties to prove she is not wearing a wire,
the man has her drive throughout San Francisco. The trek culminates on the Golden
Gate Bridge where Boxer drops the suitcase with the ransom in it to a boat
waiting below. The Coast Guard is able to apprehend the man in the boat, who
turns out to be uninvolved in the killings—he had been told his picking up the
suitcase was for a movie.
Upset at having not gotten his ransom, the man kills another mother and child.
While at that crime scene, however, he was noticed by the owner of a store on Fisherman's
Wharf. The owner recognized him as having bought a prepaid cellphone from
his store earlier and gives Boxer and her team the surveillance tape from his
store. From the tape, Boxer and her team identify the man and begin tracking him
Before they can find him, however, the man strikes again. However, the woman he
chose was armed with a 22 caliber pistol—carried in response to the general
panic caused by the shootings. She shoots the man and he dies just as Boxer and
her team arrive.
In the plot's secondary case, a notorious female cat burglar dubbed 'Hello Kitty'
breaks into the home of an aging movie star, Marcus Dowling and his wife Casey,
whilst they are eating dinner; Casey
happened to be law school classmates with Boxer's friend Yuki Castellano.
The star and his wife come upstairs unexpectedly and the burglar is forced to
wait in the closet until they fall asleep before she can escape. She waits, but
in the process of escaping, knocks over a table. Marcus Dowling pulls out a gun
and searches for the intruder before coming up with the idea of shooting and
killing his wife in the hope that he can blame it on the burglar, who escapes
unnoticed before the killing occurs. Through their investigation, Boxer and her
team discover that Marcus had a girlfriend and wanted out of his marriage and
that murder was cheaper than divorce. When confronted with the evidence, he
falsely claims that he shot his wife in self-defense after she attempted to
It is also revealed that the cat burglar is Sarah Wells, a school teacher in an
unhappy marriage. She is also in love with a female colleague - Heidi - and is
only burglarizing in order to get enough money so that she and Heidi can escape
to another country and start a new life together.
At the end, it is revealed that Heidi is also unhappily married to Pete Gordon,
the man who was killing mothers and children whom Boxer was tracking.
The Medical Examiner
Detective Lindsay Boxer and her
husband Joe Molinari witness the explosion of Sci-Tron, a science exhibition in
San Francisco; Lindsay is stricken by the presence of a man standing still,
observing the scene without apparently caring for people running, shouting and
the many people who have just died inside the structure.
Lindsay Boxer asks him who he is and he quietly answers his name is Connor Grant
and he's not shocked, but he's admiring a real work of art and that he's the
very author of that work of art causing death and destruction.
Boxer immediately arrests him, only to find, hours later, that he denies
everything, claiming he was simply in shock; Grant is brought to prison anyway
and immediately submitted to trial.
To everybody's surprise, Connor Grant decides to be his own lawyer and,
surprisingly, he defends himself very efficiently and the Court declares him not
Lindsay is not convinced at all and so she starts investigating on her own,
remaing under the radar because of the pressure the media exercise on her after
the failed trial.
Cary Woodhouse, husband of one of the victims of Sci-Tron explosion has never
given up, too, and had followed Connor Grant's moves; in the end Connor Grant
reveals himself to be actually the culprit of the terroristic attempt; he is a
psychopath who had killed his own family who made him suffer sexual harassment
and from then on he had assumed a false indentity, got a degree in law and had
never stopped playing with fire, literally.
Cary Woodhouse manages to stop Grant just before he's blowing another place,
this time the City Hall; he shoots the car where Connor Grant is in; but the car
explodes killing the murdered and Cary, too.
The whole plot is intertwined with that of another psycopath, an Edward
Lamborghini - Neddie Lambo - who has spent all his life in a psychiatric ward
for having killed his young sister but managing to escape from time to time to
kill people injecting them a substance provoking a sudden and fatal heart attack.
Neddie Lambo is caught, too, in the end, and killed while trying to make another
Connor Grant at the bay telling
he did it
Elise Antonelli telling the jury Grant will defend himself alone