All serial killers are odious, but the one savagely offing newlyweds on their wedding nights is especially evil. And Lindsay Boxer, homicide inspector for the San Francisco police and valiant heroine of 1st to Die (unabridged) has taken the case in the first of James Patterson's new series. Maybe it's because she has just been told she has a life-threatening blood disease or maybe it's because the repellent rampage is picking up speed that Lindsay turns to three resourceful women friends a medical examiner, an assistant D.A. and reporter newly assigned to crime for help in piecing the ghastly puzzle together. Each brings her special skills to their unique support group, a group I'm sure we'll hear much more about in Patterson-perpetrated bestsellers to come. Performers Melissa Leo and Dylan Baker keep the tension taut and the pace racing.

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