4th Of July (Women's Murder Club)

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Patterson , Maxine Paetro
Narrator: Carolyn McCormick
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: May 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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After losing one of its own, Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever--one that could easily be their last. A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.

While awaiting trial, Lindsay escapes to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, but the peaceful community there is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. Working with her friends in the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and a case she worked on years before—an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since. As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay battles for her life on two fronts: before a judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings--including killing again. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay. Patterson fine-tunes the tension like never before in this heart-racing new novel in the bestselling detective series to debut in years.

Reviews (50)

4th of July

Written by Anonymous on February 1st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've gotten my husband hooked now. We love James Patterson's stories. I haven't found 1 that I don't like. You get to the point where the drive to and from work is looked forward to and the heavier the traffic, the better!

4th of July

Written by Betty from Ethel, AR on November 4th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read the book after this one first so it did answer some questions I had about the girls. I did enjoy it and hope to read more of the saga from the women's club.

4th of July

Written by Doda from Staten Island, NY on June 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A real page turner. Loved it - every bit of it. Especially enjoyed the way he treated Lindsay's court problems.


Written by Anonymous on July 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 0/5

This was really, really bad. My first experience with this author. He does not have even a rudimentary understanding of the law or the legal system, neither the law-enforcement profession nor the court system. The dialogue was horrid. The book was boring and completely predictable. All in all, it was just awful. I cannot understand how a writer that is this bad continues to get published.

Predictable but Entertaining

Written by Rebecca H from Knoxville, TN on June 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed listening to this book, although it gave too many clues too early. I pretty much had it figured out by half way through. I also thought the drawn out courtroom scenes were too long and boring. This is my first James Patterson book and couldn't understand why it was necessary to have a new chapter after ever page (or so it seemed). It was kind of annoying to break the flow of the book every few minutes with a new "chapter 100...". Overall though, it was pretty interesting and made my long drive a little easier.


Written by Anonymous from Hannon, ON on May 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book is fine if you are not looking for intelligent litterature. It entertains and the plot takes surprise twists. Having not read the preceding books in the series, I was at no disadvantage as Patterson fills in the needed gaps.

4th of July

Written by Anonymous from Rio, WI on April 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book, it took a little while to get into it but it was well worth the persistance. Towards the end I didn't want to stop listening.


Written by Susan L on April 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book is not what I expected. I didn't finish to listen this book. There are too much shootings and killings. Chosen by mistake.

4th of July

Written by Mary Wheeler on April 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have loved almost everything James Patterson has written. Although I have not read (listen all of the Women's Murder Club series, but hope to soon. His characters seem so real, down to earth people. As I listen, I feel as if I am watching a movie. I am dyslexic, so I can get the story by listening rather than trying to read books. Very good book. I love mystery novels.

4th of July

Written by Gerry on March 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book was great, just like all his books are. I really didn't guess the killer until the end and it surprised me. I like that in a book. Keeps you listening to the end. Happy reading

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.

Paetro, Maxine

Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels; Manshare, Babydreams, and Windfall, published between 1986 and 1991. She also wrote the biography, Dream Lovers, the Magnificent, Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee by Their Son, Dodd Darin in 1993. Her first book, How to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising (non-fiction), was published for the first time in 1979 and is still in print today.

Paetro has collaborated with best-selling author James Patterson, co-writing The 4th of July, The 5th Horseman and The 6th Target, all New York Times #1 best sellers in the Women's Murder Club Series. The series' seventh book, 7th Heaven, also a Patterson/Paetro collaboration, was published in February, 2008.

From 1975 through 1987 Paetro was a recruiter and EVP creative department manager at several large New York City advertising agencies.

Her garden, Broccoli Hall, has been featured in national magazines including House & Garden, Victoria Magazine, and Country Garden and is on the Garden Conservancy Open Days Program.

Paetro is married to former surety bond executive, John A. Duffy, now founder and CEO of consulting company, Manhattan Bridge, LLC.