On a sunny Saturday morning in November, gunshots explode aboard the San Francisco Bay ferry as it comes into dock leaving four dead and several others wounded.
Meanwhile Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer, called to a murder scene because her business card was found in the victim’s pocket, struggles with the death of a woman she had counseled. Lindsay had urged her to leave her abusive husband, but now it’s too late. The woman is dead, beaten to death with an iron, her toddler crying at her side.
Just as the child protection worker arrives, Lindsay receives a call from her boss needing her at the ferry shooting. She rushes to the ferry only to find her best friend on a rolling stretcher and barely alive. Claire’s last words to Lindsay before leaving for the hospital are, “Where’s Willie...I think he went after the shooter.”
Lindsay gets the reluctant green light from Tracchio to work the case with Jacobi and several others from her squad.
While Lindsay attempts to crack the case that almost killed her best friend, a series of child abductions, along with their nannies, stuns parents around the city. Oddly, silence follows each abduction – no ransom note, no phone calls – just silence.
With Claire Thompson clinging to life, Lindsay and her team work desperately to catch the ferry killer. Cindy Thomas keeps busy filing her news stories and Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano prepares for the toughest trial of her career. The Women’s Murder Club members are all accounted for and busy as ever.
The 6th Target is Edgar winner James Patterson’s busiest novel yet. With multiple plot lines keeping a fast pace throughout, readers are treated to a dizzying array of stories. As usual in a James Patterson novel, there are twists and turns throughout. Lindsay is up to her armpits in cases while at the same time dealing with her position as Lieutenant, and trying to understand the status of a personal relationship.
Long time fans will enjoy revisiting the Women’s Murder Club, although this latest outing may leave the reader breathless by the end of the book. If you are up for it, enjoy the ride.