Title: NYPD Red
Author: James Patterson & Marshall Karp
Random House, 2012, Century
It’s the start of the Hollywood on Hudson film festival, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. There’s a red carpet premiere every night; the most exclusive restaurants are filled with wealthy producers and pre-eminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With so many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert – and it can’t afford to make a single mistake.
Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald – who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend – to discover who the killer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they’ve ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.
Zach and Kylie know there’s no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail
The story is about the Chameleon. The eternal extra who decides to make everyone else pay for his lack of career, because clearly it’s their fault. Obviously. Duh. Couldn’t have anything to do with his lack of talent, or that it’s really hard to become a leading actor, or, I don’t know, the fact that he’s crazy. So he throws the cops off the scent by wearing costumes when he kills people (Yep. Chameleon.) There’s a girlfriend / try-hard-helper. There’s the explosives dude. There’s the cops always hot on the heels but just that split second behind. There’s ex-lovers. There’s the love triangle. There’s enough to keep it moving with a couple of different plot threads, but not so much that you get lost and can’t remember who’s doing what with whom.
I really enjoy James Patterson’s books. I love that they are easy reads – I usually fly through them in about 2 days, and they don’t require lots of concentration. I only have to concentrate for 2 minutes at a time. Love! Not great for my rep, but at the end of a long day sometimes that’s all I can manage… I can read them when I’m exhausted and have absolutely no attention span left. They’re fast paced and there’s always something happening, so I’m kept engaged and entertained. Short chapters. I love short chapters! Makes me feel like I’m reading faster, so I read more at once. “Just one more chapter” I tell myself. “Just 15 more chapters” more like it. All of a sudden I’ve been reading for 2 hours, I’ve got 10 chapters left, and I may as well just finish it off, right? Right?? Right. Glad we agree.
Have you read NYPD Red? Are you a fan of James Patterson? Do you read crime fiction?