The 24th Hour, James Patterson

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The 24th Hour opening lines: I was late getting back from the men’s jail in San Bruno. I braked the squad car in front of the Hall of Justice, where my good friend Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano was waiting at the curb.

The 24th Hour

My blurb:

Yuki has an impossible case. She knows her client was raped as she was in the same restaurant when it happened. The Women’s Murder Club were all together when they heard a young woman scream. And Sergeant Boxer found the man with his pants down, literally. But the case could be impossible to prove as the victim has challenges of her own.

The 24th Hour
Trouble is never far away . . .
The Women’s Murder Club is out celebrating an engagement at San Francisco’s finest restaurant when a blood-curdling scream interrupts the festivities.
They soon discover a young woman who has been the victim of a violent assault. Sergeant Lindsay Boxer makes an arrest. Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano takes the case.
But assigning blame is made impossible due to the victim’s chaotic version of events – and the shocking reason behind her ever-changing memory.
As Yuki argues the toughest case of her career, Lindsay must chase down a high-society killer whose target practice may leave the Women’s Murder Club short a bridesmaid . . . or two.
My verdict:

I like that there is always more to these novels by Maxine Paetro than just the Women’s Murder Club. It helps to have read them all to follow the personal stories. But it is not a necessity. This book also calls into question how mental health affects legal justice.

About the Author:

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past nine years in a row.

He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Confessions, and Maximum Ride series. James is the proud sponsor of the World Book Day Award and has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
Publishing information:
ISBN 9781529136784
Format Trade Paperback
Published March 2024

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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