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Monday, 3 December 2012

Review: NYPD Red

Author: James Patterson

Release date: 25th October 2012
Genre: Crime Fiction / Detective Fiction
Target audience: Adult
UK Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 978-1-7808-9067-8


NYPD Red is crime fiction for readers who love fast-paced action and are not fond of brutal minutely described homicides.

Detective Zach Jordan is a member of New York’s elite force NYPD Red. Their job is to protect New York’s wealthiest: the rich, the famous, the high profile figures. The story begins on the day Zach gets a new partner. His previous one is off work injured. Zach’s feelings about his new partner are mixed to say the least. No doubt that she’s a great detective but she’s also a maverick, a loose cannon and a rebel. But that’s not the real problem here. Kylie MacDonald is Zach’s ex.

Their first day on the job together and a high profile film producer appears to have collapsed during his breakfast. On closer investigation the detectives discover he has been poisoned. It’s a race against time before more of the industry’s illustrious figures are killed off by a mad-man/ disgruntled film extra.

I don’t think I’ve ever read an adult crime novel before. I have read James Patterson’s fiction for teens – the Maximum Ride series and I did once attempt to read The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. I decided to give this a go for two reasons. The first was that I needed something really easy to read and not too wordy. The second reason was that I love TV cop shows. I don’t however enjoy things that are really scary. This book is the perfect middle ground. I wasn’t at all scared of the criminal mind who was attempting to take down the film industry. I actually felt a bit sorry for him. But I was still cheering on the detectives and interested enough to keep reading.

I liked the humour and the connection between Zach and the two women in his life. This was definitely a quick read and I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next book in the NYPD Red series.

Source: Bought from Amazon

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