Reviewed by David Savage
I am a big fan of James Patterson books and when I received NYPD Red I could not wait to start reading.
NYPD Red is about a serial killer fixated on killing as many people connected with films and film making as possible.
The Chameleon is a struggling actor who has and hundreds of parts as an extra in films but has never hit the big time and has now written his own script. He starts to make his own film without a camera and starts his murdering spree by poisoning a prominent Hollywood film director followed by having a famous actor shot and then firebombing a bad boy Hollywood star. This is just the beginning and all in the first day of the Hollywood on the Hudson film festival. The Mayor of New York has invited Hollywood to his city to encourage more filming in NYC, this is a disastrous start.
Detective Zach Jordan and his new partner Kylie MacDonald, an ex-girlfriend he still hasn’t got over, work for the New York Police Department’s High Profile Victims Response Team otherwise known as NYPD Red. This department is tasked with protecting the rich and the famous.
They are tasked with tracking and stopping this serial killer before he can reach his final and deadly conclusion to his script with a much bigger body count. An intelligent master of disguise he seems to be able to outsmart the detectives at every turn.
How many people will die and who will ultimately win this deadly game?
Overall, NYPD Red is a fast paced, action packed thriller with lots of twists and full of suspense. An absolutely thrilling read and so engrossing that I read it in under 24 hours! James Patterson has once again written another very highly entertaining novel, his books always deliver. Full of action and strong characters NYPD Red is well written and a compelling read, as they say “a real page turner”.
If you have never read any of James Patterson before I highly recommend starting with this, if you are already a fan you will not be disappointed.
RRP: £19.99 (Hardback) / £7.99 (Paperback) / £4.99 (Kindle)
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