1st to Die

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Author: James Patterson

Title: 1st to Die

Genre: Suspense

Publication Date: 2001

Number of Pages: 462

Geographical Setting: San Francisco and Napa Valley, California; Cleveland, Ohio

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Women’s Murder Club

Plot Summary:  In San Francisco, a serial killer brutally murders and sexually assaults newly married couples oftentimes just hours after their weddings.  Enter Lindsay Boxer, a police inspector who battles not only a maniac killer in the world, but her own potential murderer in her own blood.  Fortunately, Lindsay has the support of her greatest friends: Claire, a medical examiner, Jill, an assistant district attorney, and Cindy, an up and coming reporter for the Chronicle.  Together, they make up the Women’s Murder Club and work together to catch a killer.  Along with her new partner, Chris Raleigh, Lindsay must race against the work of a homicidal maniac as well as against the ticking time bomb in her own body in order to solve the case before time runs out.

Subject Headings: Serial killers, Suspense, Romance, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Cleveland, Domestic Abuse, Sexual sadism, Negli’s aplastic anemia

 Appeal: Engrossing, breakneck, dangerous, suspenseful, sexy, romantic, multiple points of view, series characters, engaging characters, action-oriented, explicitly violent, plot twists, sexually explicit, simple language

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Breakneck, dangerous, sexy

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Mind Hunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

This title delves into the practice of profiling serial killers and how that works in the real world.  It gives insight into the mind of the real serial murderer.  In 1st to Die, Lindsay mentions the profile of the killer they are hunting and the book also gives insight into the murderer’s mind.

Murder by the Bay: Historic Homicide In and About the City of San Francisco by Charles F. Adams

This book tells the stories of real life murders that occurred in San Francisco and involved many of the well-known celebrities of the day just as 1st to Die’s fictional murders involved high profile citizens in Patterson’s version of San Francisco.

Many Overboard: Inside the Honeymoon Cruise Murder by Joan Lownds

Details the story of a real-life murder that took place on a couple’s honeymoon just eight days after their wedding. This mirrors the honeymoon killings that take place in 1st to Die.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Burning Time by Leslie Glass

The first of the April Woo mysteries, this book mirrors 1st to Die in that it features a female investigator and a psychopathic killer who stalks his victims.

Fall From Grace: a Noir Thriller by Clyde Phillips

This book is the first of the Jane Candotti mysteries and similarly to 1st to Die, features a female investigator working in San Francisco.

The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen

This book, part of the Rizzoli and Isles series, is a gritty, fast-paced novel about two women, a police inspector and a medical examiner, who work together to solve a crime, similarly to the work of the Women’s Murder Club.

Name: Christi H.

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