New Release Books by Maxine Paetro

Maxine Paetro is the author of 22 Seconds (2022), 21st Birthday (2021), The 20th Victim (2020), The 19th Christmas (2019), The 18th Abduction (2019) and other 126 books.

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22 Seconds

release date: May 02, 2022
22 Seconds
22 seconds... until Lindsay Boxer loses her badge—or her life. SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer has guns on her mind. There’s buzz of a last-ditch shipment of drugs and weapons crossing the Mexican border ahead of new restrictive gun laws. Before Lindsay can act, her top informant tips her to a case that hits disturbingly close to home. Former cops. Professional hits. All with the same warning scrawled on their bodies: You talk, you die. Now it’s Lindsay’s turn to choose.

21st Birthday

release date: May 03, 2021
21st Birthday
In this thrilling novel from a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Detective Lindsay Boxer takes a vow to protect a young woman from a serial killer long enough to see her twenty-first birthday. When young wife and mother Tara Burke goes missing with her baby girl, all eyes are on her husband, Lucas. He paints her not as a missing person but a wayward wife—until a gruesome piece of evidence turns the investigation criminal. While Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas pursues the story and M.E. Claire Washburn harbors theories that run counter to the SFPD’s, ADA Yuki Castellano sizes Lucas up as a textbook domestic offender . . . who suddenly puts forward an unexpected suspect. If what Lucas tells law enforcement has even a grain of truth, there isn''t a woman in the state of California who''s safe from the reach of an unspeakable threat.

The 20th Victim

release date: May 04, 2020
The 20th Victim
Sergeant Lindsay Boxer tackles an ambitious case that spans San Francisco, L.A., and Chicago in this pulse-pounding thriller of "smart characters" and "shocking twists" (Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author). Three victims, three bullets, three cities. The shooters'' aim is as fearsomely precise as their target selection. When Lindsay realizes that the fallen men and women excel in a lucrative, criminal activity, she leads the charge in the manhunt for the killers. As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this suspicious shooting gallery galvanizes the country. The victims were no angels, but are the shooters villains . . . or heroes?

The 19th Christmas

release date: Oct 07, 2019
The 19th Christmas
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, the Women''s Murder Club gets ready for a quiet Christmas—until a mysterious killer decides to terrorize the city. As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women''s Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner''s office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco. Then a fearsome criminal known only as "Loman" seizes control of the headlines. Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women''s Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.

The 18th Abduction

release date: Apr 29, 2019
The 18th Abduction
Detective Lindsay Boxer''s investigation into the disappearance of three teachers quickly escalates from missing persons to murder in the newest Women''s Murder Club thriller. For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue -- until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco''s entire school system at stake, Lindsay has never been under more pressure. As the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest in the "school night" case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take a new approach to the case, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned. While Lindsay is engrossed in her investigation, her husband, Joe Molinari, meets an Eastern European woman who claims to have seen a notorious war criminal -- long presumed dead -- from her home country. Before Lindsay can verify the woman''s statement, Joe''s mystery informant joins the ranks of the missing women. Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women''s Murder Club must pull together to protect their city, and one another -- not from a ghost, but from a true monster.

16th Seduction

release date: May 01, 2017
16th Seduction
Still recovering from her husband''s betrayal, Detective Lindsay Boxer faces a series of heart-stopping crimes and a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy San Francisco. Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer''s life was perfect. She had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a criminal who''d brazenly detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing twenty-five people. But Joe wasn''t everything that Lindsay thought he was, and she''s still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious and possibly unnatural heart attacks claims seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco. As if that weren''t enough, the bomber she and Joe captured is about to go on trial, and his defense raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe''s investigation. Not knowing whom to trust, and struggling to accept the truth about the man she thought she knew, Lindsay must connect the dots of a deadly conspiracy before a brilliant criminal puts her on trial. Filled with the suspense and emotion that have made James Patterson the world''s #1 bestselling writer, 16th Seduction is the Women''s Murder Club''s toughest case yet-and an exhilarating thrill ride from start to finish.

The Trial: A BookShot

release date: Jul 05, 2016
The Trial: A BookShot
"I''m not on trial. San Francisco is." An accused murderer called Kingfisher is about to go on trial for his life. Or is he? By unleashing unexpected violence on the lawyers, jurors, and police involved in the case, he has paralyzed the city. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women''s Murder Club are caught in the eye of the storm. Now comes a courtroom shocker you will never see coming. BookShots LIGHTNING-FAST STORIES BY JAMES PATTERSON Novels you can devour in a few hours Impossible to stop reading All original content from James Patterson

14th Deadly Sin

release date: May 04, 2015
14th Deadly Sin
With San Francisco under siege and every cop a suspect, the Women''s Murder Club must risk their lives to save the city-and each other. With a beautiful baby daughter and a devoted husband, Detective Lindsay Boxer can safely say that her life has never been better. In fact (for a change), things seem to be going well for all the members of the Women''s Murder Club as they gather to celebrate San Francisco Medical Examiner Claire Washburn''s birthday. But the party is cut short when Lindsay is called to a gruesome crime scene, where a woman has been murdered in broad daylight. As Lindsay investigates, shocking video footage of another crime surfaces. A video so horrific that it shakes the city to its core. Their faces obscured by masks, the cold blooded criminals on the tape could be anyone-and now all of Lindsay''s co-workers are suspects. As a rash of violence sweeps through San Francisco, and public fear and anger grows, Lindsay and her friends must risk their lives in the name of justice-before it''s too late. With shocking twists and riveting suspense, 14TH DEADLY SIN, proves yet again that when it comes to suspense fiction, in the words of Jeffrey Deaver: "nobody does it better" than James Patterson.

Private Vegas

release date: Jan 26, 2015
Private Vegas
Private investigator Jack Morgan is on the hunt for a murderer in Las Vegas-and the murder ring he uncovers is unlike anything he''s ever seen. Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds-especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It''s the perfect location for Lester Olsen''s lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides-and then he teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin-and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he''s witnessed before. Chilling and marvelous, Private Vegas brings James Patterson''s Private series to a sensational new level.

The 17th Suspect

release date: Nov 06, 2018
The 17th Suspect
The newest Women''s Murder Club thriller--and instant #1 New York Times bestseller A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant''s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets inside Lindsay in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women''s Murder Club warn Lindsay against taking the crimes too much to heart. With lives at stake, the detective can''t help but follow the case into ever more terrifying terrain. A decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay''s unwavering integrity has never failed her. But now she is confronting a killer who is determined to undermine it all.

Confessions: The Paris Mysteries

release date: Oct 06, 2014
Confessions: The Paris Mysteries
In this New York Times bestseller, brilliant detective Tandy Angel is meeting her lost love in Paris . . . but when he becomes more distant, she starts to question everything she knows. Is there anyone she can trust? After investigating multiple homicides and her family''s decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, she is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner.

Unlucky 13

release date: May 05, 2014
Unlucky 13
The Women''s Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn''t be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women''s Murder Club has ever encountered. In this pulse-racing, emotionally charged novel by James Patterson, the Women''s Murder Club must find a killer--before she finds them first.

Unlucky 13 -- Free Preview -- The First 14 Chapters

release date: Mar 10, 2014
Unlucky 13 -- Free Preview -- The First 14 Chapters
The Women''s Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn''t be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women''s Murder Club has ever encountered. In this pulse-racing, emotionally charged novel by James Patterson, the Women''s Murder Club must find a killer--before she finds them first.

Manshare

release date: Mar 03, 2014
Manshare
Hanna Coleman is the fashion editor at trendy Urban Life magazine. No longer content with chronicling the rise and fall of hemlines, she devises a plan to get her name off the fashion page and onto the cover. Hanna proposes an article on ‘mansharing’—her answer to the shortage of eligible men in Manhattan. David Stein, her sexy boss, agrees to the idea on one condition: that she write the story from her own experience. So Hanna, happily attached to a wonderful man for the first time in her life, must share him with another woman—and 4 million readers. Realizing that the only woman she can trust with this experiment is her closest friend, Mahelly, she ignores an obvious complication: recently out of a frustrating 14-year marriage, Mahelly is too ready for sex and too vulnerable to handle it without commitment. Set in the worlds of advertising, publishing and the New York dating-go-round, Manshare is a highly entertaining novel about people traveling so fast they almost miss their human connections.

Confessions: The Private School Murders

release date: Oct 07, 2013
Confessions: The Private School Murders
In the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson keeps the confessions coming breathlessly as Tandy Angel delves deeper into her own dark history. Wealthy young women are being murdered on Manhattan''s exclusive Upper West Side, and the police aren''t looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she cracked was the mystery of her parents'' deaths. Now, while she''s working to exonerate her brother of his glamorous girlfriend''s homicide, she''s driven to get involved in the West Side murder spree. One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy''s own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn''t listening to her . . . and Tandy can''t ignore the disturbing fact that she perfectly fits the profile of the killer''s targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?!--EndFragment--

Confessions: The Private School Murders - FREE PREVIEW (The First 15 Chapters)

release date: Sep 03, 2013
Confessions: The Private School Murders - FREE PREVIEW (The First 15 Chapters)
In the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson keeps the confessions coming breathlessly as Tandy Angel delves deeper into her own tumultuous history-and proves that she can rise above the sordid Angel legacy. Wealthy young women are being murdered on Manhattan''s exclusive Upper West Side, and the police aren''t looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she cracked was the mystery of her parents'' deaths. Now, while she''s working to exonerate her brother of his glamorous girlfriend''s homicide, she''s driven to get involved in the West Side murder spree. One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy''s own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn''t listening to her...and Tandy can''t ignore the disturbing fact that she perfectly fits the profile of the killer''s targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?

12th of Never

release date: Apr 29, 2013
12th of Never
It''s finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor-while two killers are on the loose. Lindsay Boxer''s beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she''s ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he''s convinced is real. Lindsay doesn''t believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor''s description to the last detail. Lindsay doesn''t have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.

16th Seduction --Free Preview--The First 4 Chapters

release date: Mar 28, 2017
16th Seduction --Free Preview--The First 4 Chapters
Detective Lindsay Boxer faces a heart-stopping threat in the newest Women''s Murder Club thriller. Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer''s life was perfect--she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a criminal who''d brazenly detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing twenty-five people. But Joe wasn''t everything that Lindsay thought he was, and she''s still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious, and possibly unnatural, heart attacks claims seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco. As if that weren''t enough, the bomber she and Joe captured is about to go on trial, and his defense raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe''s investigation. Not knowing whom to trust, and struggling to accept the truth about the man she thought she knew, Lindsay must connect the dots of a deadly conspiracy before a brilliant criminal puts her on trial.

12th of Never -- Free Preview -- The First 17 Chapters

release date: Mar 05, 2013
12th of Never -- Free Preview -- The First 17 Chapters
It''s finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose. Lindsay Boxer''s beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she''s ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he''s convinced is real. Lindsay doesn''t believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor''s description to the last detail. Lindsay doesn''t have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.

15th Affair

release date: May 02, 2016
15th Affair
When an alluring blonde with ties to the CIA disappears from a murder scene, Detective Lindsay Boxer turns to the Women''s Murder Club to help her track down an elusive suspect: her husband. As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay''s life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay''s husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women''s Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth. Filled with the pulse-pounding intrigue that has made James Patterson the world''s #1 bestselling writer, 15th Affair proves that all is fair in love, war, and espionage.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect

release date: Sep 24, 2012
Confessions of a Murder Suspect
James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a #1 New York Times bestselling teen detective novel about the mysterious Angel family . . . and the dark secrets they''re keeping from one another. On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can''t trust anyone-maybe not even herself. As Tandy sets out to clear the family name, she begins to recall flashes of experiences long buried in her vulnerable psyche. These memories shed light on her family''s dark secrets, and digging deeper into her powerful parents'' affairs proves to be a disturbing and dangerous game. Who knows what any of the Angels are truly capable of?

11th Hour

release date: May 07, 2012
11th Hour
Your best friend Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn''t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco''s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department''s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer--even her closest friends. Or a vicious killer? Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she''s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims. You won''t know until the 11th hour A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay''s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to--especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women''s Murder Club novel ever.

11th Hour - Free Preview

release date: Apr 02, 2012
11th Hour - Free Preview
Your best friend Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn''t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco''s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department''s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer--even her closest friends. Or a vicious killer? Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she''s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims. You won''t know until the 11th hour A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay''s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to--especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women''s Murder Club novel ever.
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