Author: James Patterson (and Marshall Karp)
Release date: 5th June 2014
Genre: Crime thriller
Target audience: Adult
Publisher: Century Random House
Series: NYPD Red #2
NYPD Red 2 is another fast-paced crime novel from the frighteningly prolific James Patterson. Think: cops, car chases, elite team, good guys, bad guys and city politics.
In this instalment top NYPD Red team Detectives Jordan and MacDonald are after a serial killer vigilant. This criminal mastermind has decided to become jury, judge and executioner. The media call him “The Hazmat Killer”. The case ends up with the Red team when a young rich socialite is found dead on a carousel wearing the calling-card Hazmat-esque suit. It’s a race against time to locate the bad guy and save the mayor’s political career.
Though I don’t normally read crime fiction because I’m a big wimp, for some reason the NYPD Red series is just not scary. It’s fast-paced and involves horrible torturing and murder but I guess it’s just a little too tongue in cheek to take seriously.
The voices of the main characters are so snarky and a little daft with their witticism that it makes the book more light-hearted entertainment than edge-of-your-seat thriller. And yet, I enjoyed it. The chapters are so short that you can speed through it.
If you’re looking for a quick, light read which is entertaining, then give it a go. If you love cop shows like me, but hate being scared, it’s just the thing.
Source: Borrowed from the public library