Friday, November 9, 2012

NYPD Red by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

New York is about to host the Hollywood on Hudson film festival, a huge event with the goal of making New York a desirable place to shoot movies and series, a place where Hollywood can feel at home away from LA.  But it is not going to be smooth sailing this week, because the Chameleon has plans of his own for the big week, he has the perfect movie all planned out, and he has the means to make it happen.  The first act of his great movie goes off without a hitch, although the follow through was not quite what he was expecting.  The second goes to plan as well - for the most part.  One thing the Chameleon didn't count on was the team from NYPD Red, the task force created to protect the elite of New York.

With his partner on the sidelines with an injury, Detective Zach Jordan is teamed up with an old flame, Detective Kylie MacDonald.  McDonald is smart, driven, and has an inside edge with the film industry through her husband.  Despite some reservations about working with an ex-girlfriend, Jordan soon finds himself too involved with the case to worry about the past.  The killer they are chasing is smart, organised, and has a firm grasp of the film industry - seemingly able to hide in plain sight.  As his crimes get more and more daring, and as the spotlight on the crimes grows, Jordan and MacDonald find themselves in a race against time to stop the Chameleon before he can complete his final act.

NYPD Red is another great read from James Patterson and Marshall Karp, and is one of the more enjoyable ones I have read lately.  The plot is well thought out and keeps up a rapid pace through each act of the screenplay inside the Chameleons head, while also driving the story from the point of view of Jordan and MacDonald.  The human relationships help to drive this story, the interplay between characters and the clashing together of the two streams of the story.  It was a gripping read, one that could be spoilt if I give away too much of the plot here, needless to say the Chameleon is a great "villain" and the two cop "heroes" are well matched and provide a great counterpoint to the villain - and there are the odd trademark Patterson twists to keep you guessing what will come next.

If you like this book then try pretty much any other James Patterson, especially any other books written with Marshall Karp.

Reviewed by Brilla

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