The 18th Abduction

The 18th Abduction The Bestselling Female Detective Of The Past Years Is Back Detective Lindsay Boxer And Her Husband Joe Molinari Team Up To Protect San Francisco From An International War Criminal In The Newest Women S Murder Club ThrillerThree Female Schoolteachers Go Missing In San Francisco, And Detective Lindsay Boxer Is On The Case Which Quickly Escalates From Missing Person To MurderUnder Pressure At Work, Lindsay Needs Support At Home But Her Husband Joe Is Drawn Into An Encounter With A Woman Who S Seen A Ghost A Notorious War Criminal From Her Eastern European Home Country, Walking The Streets Of San FranciscoAs Lindsay Digs Deeper, With Help From Intrepid Journalist Cindy Thomas, There Are Revelations About The Victims The Implications Are Shocking And When Joe S Mystery Informant Disappears, Joining The Ranks Of Missing Women In Grave Danger, All Evidence Points To A Sordid International Crime OperationIt Will Take The Combined Skills Of Lindsay, Joe, And The Entire Women S Murder Club To Protect Their City, And Themselves, From A Monster

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  • Hardcover
  • 383 pages
  • The 18th Abduction
  • James Patterson
  • English
  • 28 June 2019
  • 9780316420266

10 thoughts on “The 18th Abduction

  1. says:

    I always look forward to my annual exploration of the Women s Murder Club, one of James Patterson s strongest series alongside Maxine Paetro, who is a stellar collaborator While many series lose their energy after so long, the eighteenth novel in this collection remains fresh and poignant, perfect for the series fan After a preface in the present day, the story goes back five years, where Detective Lindsay Boxer finds herself in the middle of a baffling query Three teachers from a prestigious preparatory school have gone missing while out together There are few clues as to their whereabouts, which makes it all the most confusion While Boxer is out handling this, her husband, Joe Molinari, comes across a woman on his way home She tells a story of having seen a war criminal from her native Bosnia, a man who tortured her and her family years ago Thought rumoured to have drowned, Slobodan Petrovi May still be alive and has the glint in his eye made infamous when he held the moniker as the Butcher of Djoba It perfectly describes the brutality to which he subjected his victims Molinari is eager to help this woman, but must cut through her determination to take action on her own, while also working with his FBI contacts to bring Petrovi to justice Living under a pseudonym, Molinari will have to approach Petrovi closely and ensure that this was not a case of mistaken identity Meanwhile, Boxer begins to piece together some early clues and one of the victims turns up brutally murdered Could there be a deeper connection to these three women, outside their teaching together The rush is on to find the other two women before they are too long, though they are being mocked by the purported killer, Bloodsucker In a case with brutality than any Boxer has seen since she joined SFPD, this may be one killer whose determination to eviscerate their victims has deeply psychological ties A wonderfully dark thriller that takes series readers on a journey with which they are familiar This deep into the series, I would strongly suggest readers start at the beginning, allowing them to discover some of the character developments and nuances James Patterson can be hit and miss for many readers, churning out books faster than many can list them and leaving his name to sell copies This inconsistency with the quality of writing has soured many and thereby left books like this shunned, forcing new fans not to see that there are still great JP books Teaming up with Maxine Paetro, Patterson develops this wonderful story that builds on many of the past novels in the series, while adding some new and international flavour Lindsay Boxer has become a strong character within San Francisco s Homicide community, working diligently to solve any crime tossed her way While there is little backstory left to reveal, the reader is always able to see small bouts of development within her work and personal relationships Her marriage to Joe Molinari has long been a hot cold situation worthy of exportation, though this book, which flashes back, dodges some of the bumpier parts of their relationship While the other three Club members receive their due mention, there is little the Club does to solve crimes as a unit, as has been the nature of the latter novels in the series With Patterson s great use of short and teaser chapters, the reader is pulled into the middle of this thriller in short order and left to explore all aspects of this multi pronged story Series fans will likely enjoy this book, as will those who are always looking for strong writing by Patterson and his collaborators Definitely a series worth exploring for those who have time and are not being drowned by a TO BE READ pile.Kudos, Mr Patterson and Madame Paetro, as you continue this well established series.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

  2. says:

    This is the first ARC that I ve read Thanks to all parties.So, this is how a thriller from 2019 is like I think that though this book was formulaic, it had enough new points to deserve reading What I m saying is that I do recommend it Also, just saying a thriller is formulaic by itself is a cliche and a lazy reviewing.There is much suffering present in the bodies and minds of the special characters in this novel When I thought a victim would make it free, I was cruelly disappointed It was because of these twists that I granted this 18th book in the series a high score.Ultimately, my relief at finding some victims safe outweighed the punishment meted out to the master criminal The two authors did well to write an addictive book I also gave 4 stars to the first Alex Cross novel, if memory serves right Consistency is the key, and I gingerly declare that James Patterson deserves all the dough he s been getting.

  3. says:

    Some Patterson collaborations are woeful however, this one remains an excellent combination with Paetro The Women s Murder Club are back on the trail of three missing teachers and Joe is following up on the sighting of a Bosnian war criminal This particular avenue made an excellent plot The novel starts in the present and then we go back five years If you ve read the other 17 in the series it s a little disconcerting but most pre current information aligns If you haven t read any of the others, this would be a great starting book in the series Four stars because of some missing info from previous books which doesn t align, the slightly unbelievable linking of the cases midway but thereafter the novel flies And I would love to have seen a bit of the other 3 members of the Women s Murder Club, this one focuses on Boxer and Joe.I m looking forward to the 19th one due out later this year.

  4. says:

    I give this book a 3.5 It was okay Not up to the usual Womens Murder Club books The story didnt grab me There was very little interaction with the other ladies in the group.

  5. says:

    I love that this series is still going so strong 18 books in This book was just as good as book 1 and I read it in a day Can always count on James Patterson for a good read.

  6. says:

    Let me be honest up front I read most of James Patterson s books and have for several years Some might ask why and that s another whole discussion best saved for another day I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn t really care for others On a personal level, I must admit that his Women s Murder Club series focused on the professional and personal lives of four women in San Francisco has been hit and miss over the last couple of years Last year s outing was pretty good, but the prior year s book was absolutely weak The 18th Abduction begins like other books in the series with two mysteries one with the disappearance of three young school teachers and one the sudden appearance of a supposedly dead notorious war criminal With the public pressure mounting, Lindsay Boxer and her partner, Conklin, race the clock to save the teachers before they turn up dead At the same time Lindsay s husband and FBI agent, Joe, has been approached by a Bosnian refuge who suffered serious personal loss at the hands of a war criminal that is now running a restaurant in San Francisco The refugee, Anna, experienced the brutal death of her husband, her child, as well as being raped repeatedly and left with permanent physical scars Now, Joe is the only person who can provide her with the justice that no one should have to beg for Patterson and Paetro weave both investigations in a fast but predictable manner There are the usual twists and turns along the way, but the challenges and obstacles were not very complex, nor that compelling In typical Patterson fashion, the standard multi plots come together in the end and provide the link that most readers saw coming after reading the book jacket And the key penultimate scenes leading to the climax happened mostly off screen, which weakened the ending a bit.In addition, there was no growth or development for any of the main characters, either professionally or on the home front Our fearless club members are stagnant, including Cindy Thomas playing a small role and Yuki Castellano being completely absent Although I truly love Lindsay and Claire Washburn, leaving them out was disappointing to me Overall, Patterson and Paetro lost some of their Women s Murder Club mojo this time out If you like the standard Patterson recipe, then enjoy to your heart s content But this one breaks no new ground, and feels too casual and comfortable when reading.

  7. says:

    What did I just read This book is terrible The writing is juvenile, the he said, I said dialogue is comical, and the plot line has a gazillion credibility holes And it s boring Super boring It s a murder mystery that literally has no suspense, and doesn t have any excitement until 60% into the book, for one scene After reading all 18 books in this series, this entry will be my last.

  8. says:

    I mean I will keep reading them as long as they keep getting published but I need of Women s Murder Club The storyline with Joe, Lindsay, and Conklin was great very engaging and a few triggers However, Yuki, Cindy, and Claire were so overlooked We are a bit of them but I felt like that group dynamic between them was forgotten and I missed it.

  9. says:

    3.5 stars I always wait with much anticipation for the next book in this series James Patterson and Maxine Paetro did it again with the 18th Abduction While I didn t love the plot for this one as much as some of the others in this series, the short, cliffhanging chapters that Patterson is so good at providing for us made for a very quick, enjoyable reading experience While there are really no jaw dropping moments or shockers, the endings tie up nicely, but still leave you wanting which makes the waiting part so difficult It always pains me to have to wait a year in between books, but I only have to wait until October for the next one when 19th Christmas gets released If you are a James Patterson fan and haven t yet started this series, or just a fan of mysteries in general, I highly recommend You will enjoy it

  10. says:

    Lindsay Boxer and her partner Conklin are called to help find three female teachers from a prestigious private school, who have disappeared after a night of drinking together When one of the three is found hanged in a rent by the hour hotel in the Tenderloin, it turns out not to be her first time there however, despite Herculean efforts, the SFPD and Women s Murder Club is stymied Meanwhile, Joe Molinari takes pity on a woman named Anna, who is convinced, she has spotted the Serbian war criminal, Slobodan Petrovi a k a the Butcher of Djoba , living large under a new identity in San Francisco Convicted in the Hague, Petrovi managed to negotiate some type of pardon, but was presumed drowned He taunts both the FBI and SFPD, with the U.S presumption of innocence When the second teacher is found dead, hanging in a forest, also with odd injuries from a shuriken, which tie back to a known skill of Petrovi Medical examiner Claire makes important contributions, but then Anna is kidnapped The cases ended too easily and conveniently, at least for my liking.

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