The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club)

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Patterson , Maxine Paetro
Narrator: Carolyn McCormick
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Detective Stories, Police Stories
Publisher: Time Warner AudioBooks
Published In: February 2006
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friend Yuki Castellano are out shopping with Yuki's mother Keiko when Keiko drops in the middle of the busy street. It looks like she's had a stroke and Yuki starts to panic. She is rushed to the San Francisco Medical Center. Over drinks that evening at Susie's, with her friends in the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay learns of a huge malpractice suit against the San Francisco Medical Center. In the last few years, dozens of patients who were admitted to the emergency room seemed to recover and then died suspicious deaths. Is Yuki's mother safe? In a place where the lives of patients are quite literally in others hands, will Lindsay and her friends be able to establish who they can trust?

Reviews (28)

The 5th Horseman

Written by Betty from Ethel, AR on October 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This has been my favorite book so far. I love Boxer and all of crew. They are good characters and the person reading does them all really well.

a bit predictable...

Written by Sarah S. on August 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was a bit too predictable for my taste. I enjoy a lighter book from time to time, they can be relaxing; however, I felt this one bordered on boring. The writer also goes from being overdescriptive to glossing over whole points and leaving you wanting. It's good, but not great...

Horse Manure

Written by Skyler on September 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This was my 3rd attempt at giving this series of novels a try and I'm going to throw in the towel. Very poorly crafted plot. While each sentence and chapter is somewhat entertaining, when you put it all together you have to ask ,where's the mystery? suspense? etc?

The 5th Horseman

Written by basketcase on August 26th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I like Patterson's books. They're entertaining and keep my interest. However, this one had almost too much going on at one time. This one is not one of my favorites.

Why the sub-characters?

Written by Mark Piccolo on May 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have read and listened to many James Patterson novels. This one has an added set of characters and plot that did not fit into the story line at all. The original story line was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. A good book but not one of his best

5th Horseman

Written by M. S. from Ruckersville, VA on May 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow! This was only my 2nd book by James Patterson and it won't be my last. Wonderful twists and turns. Great character development. Terrific story. Kept me glued. I spend most of my day in a car. Couldn't wait to get back in with this book in the cd player.

The 5th Horseman

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on April 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great story by Patterson in the Women's murder club. Kept you on your toes with two crimes being solved during the book. Listened while doing my exercise helped the miles go by faster.

Liberal under-current

Written by Bob from Suwanee, GA on February 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The Women's Murder Club is a good series, but this will be the last one that I rent. I have become tired of the subtle liberal agenda in Patterson's writing. The women all tend to be smart and the men all tend to be pigs or dullards. Business people are very often greedy and soleless. You get the idea. That having been said, the stories are good and the reader is excellent. This book was a good listen.

5th Horseman

Written by Anonymous on February 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Never again. I've wondered what the fuss was about James Patterson books and now I know. He directs his books to those holding the reading level skills of an 8 yr. old. I was bored with the predictible story line, the reader's voice & cast of characters. Why did Patterson use brand names: "I took out my NEXTEL", Lexus, Explorer, as well as why was it necessary to note twice that a character was Afro American? The gentlemen's race didn't influence the story line and mentioning it just for throwing it in was a cheap shot. Is Patterson getting kickbacks from NEXTEL, Lexus & Explorer? How bout "I took out my cell phone, I got into my car. That's it for ole Jimbo and his stories.

Least favorite in the series

Written by Shane Nixon from Burlington, NC on January 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I think the REALLY bad TV show is biasing my judgement against this series. This was the worst I've had by Patterson in this series so far. I listened to it all, so I can't say it was awful, but it just wasn't up to the Patterson standard in my mind.

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.

Paetro, Maxine

Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels; Manshare, Babydreams, and Windfall, published between 1986 and 1991. She also wrote the biography, Dream Lovers, the Magnificent, Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee by Their Son, Dodd Darin in 1993. Her first book, How to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising (non-fiction), was published for the first time in 1979 and is still in print today.

Paetro has collaborated with best-selling author James Patterson, co-writing The 4th of July, The 5th Horseman and The 6th Target, all New York Times #1 best sellers in the Women's Murder Club Series. The series' seventh book, 7th Heaven, also a Patterson/Paetro collaboration, was published in February, 2008.

From 1975 through 1987 Paetro was a recruiter and EVP creative department manager at several large New York City advertising agencies.

Her garden, Broccoli Hall, has been featured in national magazines including House & Garden, Victoria Magazine, and Country Garden and is on the Garden Conservancy Open Days Program.

Paetro is married to former surety bond executive, John A. Duffy, now founder and CEO of consulting company, Manhattan Bridge, LLC.