Murder Games by James Patterson

Murder Games by James Patterson


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Murder Games by James Patterson
The life Dr. Dylan Reinhart saves may be his own
Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally - he's a renowned, best-selling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene - along with a threatening message from the killer - it looks like someone has been taking notes.

Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene - a playing card. Another murder, another card - and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature, they're a deadly hint - pointing directly toward the next victim.

As tabloid headlines about the killer known as "The Dealer" scream from newsstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal - could Dylan become one?

A heart-pounding novel of suspense more shocking than any tabloid true crime story, Murder Games introduces the next unforgettable character from the imagination of James Patterson, the world's number one best-selling author.



Reviews

Prolific author James Patterson and co-author Howard Roughan really hit a home run with this one: Intriguing story, interesting characters and, IMHO, an exceptionally satisfying ending. So much did I enjoy the characters, in fact, that I'd love to see psychology professor Dr. Dylan Reinhart and NYPD Detective Elizabeth Needham turned into a series (one that includes, I emphasize, Reinhart's delightful partner Tracy).

The book reeled me in right from the start (well, if I don't count the opening remarks by a serial killer dubbed "The Dealer") with the introduction of 34-year-old Reinhart, who teaches a course on abnormal behavior and is the author of a book on what he calls "persuasion theory." Psychology is my own undergraduate degree, and just about any time I find a mystery/thriller that focuses on that subject, I'm hooked. Sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes not, but in this case, I got to the end with a big smile on my face.

Truth be told, Reinhart has a bit of an obnoxious streak, but he clearly knows his stuff (and his sometimes off-putting personality is nicely tempered by the aforementioned Tracy). The plot begins as Needham interrupts one of Reinhart's classes, making the attention-getting pronouncement that someone apparently wants to kill the professor. Turns out that's her way of asking for help with a murder case in which the killer leaves a playing card. Reinhart is skeptical, but when a second murder takes place and another playing card is left at the scene, he realizes - as does she - that a serial killer is on the loose.

Reinhart and Needham develop something of a rapport, albeit grudgingly at first. Their investigative efforts are interspersed with bits of humor as they come to respect one another and follow clues that extend to a pesky journalist and even the local mayor, who's in desperation mode while vying for reelection. But is the deck stacked so far against them that the killer will end up with the winning hand?

Inquiring minds want to know - at least mine sure did. Now I do, and I'm sorry to close the book on these characters. Bring them back, please?

This is the first book in a long time that I couldn't put down. What a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was fast paced and to the point. I'm disappointed it's over.

4.25 stars

An author, Dr Dylan Reinhart, has a copy of his latest book show up at a murder scene. From there he partners with a NYPD detective, Elizabeth Needham to figure out who this serial killer is. Another clue is a playing card - one is left at the scene of each murder - and the murders go on and on. As a journalist, a judge and a mayor get involved the murderer is dubbed "The Dealer".

Typical Patterson -well put together, great character development, moving story line. A brilliant protagonist who is quick putting together the clues, with a couple of side kicks who have secrets of their own. Easy read, enjoyable.

Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally--he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene--along with a threatening message from the killer--it looks like someone has been taking notes.

Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene--a playing card. Another murder, another card--and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature, they're a deadly hint--pointing directly toward the next victim.

As tabloid headlines about the killer known as "The Dealer" scream from newstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal--could Dylan become one?

The next hand he deals you...may be your last.
A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan. His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that unites the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target. The killer, known in the tabloids as The Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly and scandalous guessing game that has the city increasingly on edge. Elizabeth Needham, the gorgeous, tenacious cop in charge of the case turns to an unlikely ally--Dylan Reinhart, a handsome and brilliant professor whose book turned up in connection with the murders. As the tabloid frenzy over The Dealer reaches a fever pitch, Dylan and Elizabeth must connect the clues to discover what the victims have in common before The Dealer runs through his entire deck.
Review
Its been a very long time since I've been excited by a book with James Patterson's names on it. Finally he has found a writing partner who isn't a disappointment. James Patterson and Howard Roughan have created an exceptional character in Dr. Dylan Reinhart, hes not a detective, hes a Professor of Psychology at Yale, who detective Elizabeth Needham has coerced into helping her find a serial killer that is sadistic, deadly and three steps ahead of them. This story was very clever. I liked how the stories intensity was continually escalating. This duo has a winning formula on their hands/
Highly recommended.

Found this to be a cut above the usual James Patterson novel. For that matter a couple of his recent books felt more like his early ones that got me hooked on him, and this being one of them. It has been years since I was at the point of being absorbed in one of his stories that I didn't want to put the book down. However, it got late (far too late at night) so I did practice common sense. To me when a story captures you like that it has a meaning. This is co-authored with Howard Roughan so it could be the new blood that brings back to life Patterson's stories.

Basically this is a story about the search for a very sophisticated clever serial killer on a vigilante spree in New York City. The killer is meting out justice to those obviously guilty that escaped justice under the law, due quirks in the law. The search and investigation is an interesting chess match between a very surprising college professor working with a well connected police detective and the killer who is leaving hints about his next victim at the crime scenes.

Like I said believe this is one of James Patterson's best recent works and anyone who enjoys a good story and does need overwhelming character development or, simply enjoys Patterson as a hidden pleasure will enjoy this latest adventure.
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