The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club Series #6)

The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club Series #6)

by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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Theres a madman on the loose in San Francisco. Lindsay Boxer and the Womens Murder Club return for the most chilling case yet in the latest entry of this bestselling series that takes unexpected twists and turns to the very end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446198950
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Series: Women's Murder Club Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 19,840
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels , the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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The 6th Target

By James Patterson Maxine Paetro

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2007 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-316-01479-3

Chapter One

A KILLER IN WAITING, Fred Brinkley slumps in the blue-upholstered banquette on the top deck of the ferry. The November sun glares down like a big white eye as the catamaran plows the San Francisco Bay, and Fred Brinkley glares right back at the sun.

A shadow falls across him, a kid's voice asking, "Mister, could you take our picture?"

Fred shakes his head - no, no, no - anger winding him up like a watch spring, like a wire tightening around his head.

He wants to smash the kid like a bug.

Fred averts his eyes, sings inside his head, Ay, ay, ay, ay, Sau-sa-lito-lindo, trying to shut down the voices. He puts his hand on Bucky to comfort himself, feeling him through his blue nylon Windbreaker, but still the voices pound in his brain like a jackhammer.

Loser. Dog shit.

Gulls call out, screaming like children. Overhead, the sun burns through the overcast sky and turns him as transparent as glass. They know what he's done.

Passengers in shorts and visors line the rails, taking pictures of Angel Island, of Alcatraz, of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A sailboat flies by, mainsail double-reefed, foam flecking the rails, and Fred doubles over as the bad thing whips into his mind. He sees the boom swing. Hears the loud crack. Oh, God! The sailboat!

Someone has topay for this!

Startling him, the ferry's engines grind into reverse and the deck vibrates as the ferry comes into dock.

Fred stands, works his way through the crowd, passing eight white tables, lines of scuffed blue chairs, his fellow ferry riders giving him the eye.

He enters the open compartment at the bow, sees a mother berating her son, a boy of nine or ten with light-brown hair. "You're driving me crazy!" the woman shouts.

Fred feels the wire snap. Someone has to pay.

His right hand slips into his jacket pocket - finds Bucky.

He slips his finger into the trigger loop.

The ferry lurches as it bumps the mooring. People grab on to one another, laughing. Lines snake out from the boat, bow and aft.

Fred's eyes shoot to the woman who is still belittling her son. She's small, wearing tan clam diggers, her breasts outlined in the soft skin of her white blouse, nipples pointing straight out.

"What's wrong with you, anyway?" she yells over the engines' roar. "You really piss me off, buster."

Bucky is in Fred's hand, the Smith & Wesson Model 10, pulsing with a life of its own.

The voice booms, Kill her. Kill her. She's out of control!

Bucky points between the woman's breasts.


Fred feels the jolt of the gun's recoil, sees the woman jump back with a little hurt yelp, a red stain blooming on her white blouse.


The little boy follows his mother's fall to the deck with his big round eyes, strawberry ice cream plopping out of his cone, pee spreading across the front of his pants.

The boy did a bad thing, too.



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The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club Series #6) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 406 reviews.
CMCBoston More than 1 year ago
If you are into this series of books this particular selection is one of the best. I would definitely recommend it to James Patterson fans, as this book is classic Patterson. Essentially it follows the exploits of the Woman's Murder Club in a series of new cases that are both disturbing and complex. A psychopath murders people, children are kidnapped, an apartment complex is terrorized by brutal slayings that sort of a thing. Without giving too much away that summarizes the plot nicely. It should also be mentioned that there are elements of romance and some racy sections in the book so I would not recommend this book to children below high school age. As it is a thriller and not a deep societal examination the major themes include triumph over evil, crime does not pay, and follow your heart. This book is not a fable. However I definitely liked the book it kept me entertained to the very end. The characters were extremely well written and thought out; I especially liked Fred Brinkley. Not in the sense that I liked him as a person but that it was difficult to determine what drove him, what really was going on in his head. That is the kind of character that I look for in a book, one that you cannot really assess with just one look so to speak. I have to say I did not like the romance in the book. It just did not fit with the plot it seemed detached from the rest of the story. Additionally I am not a fan of romance in general. In short The 6th Target was good but not great entertaining but not enthralling well written but not superb. Oh and let me tell you the ending was a doozy. Peaked your curiosity have I; well you will just have to read the book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The gang is back to solve another case, except that this time, there are numerous parallel mysteries running amok in Patterson's THE 6TH TARGET.

Fred Brinkley, a man who hears voices inside his head, is videotaped murdering four innocent people aboard a ferry. He's charged with attempting to kill two others, one of whom happens to be a now critically injured Claire Washburn.

A five-year-old piano playing prodigy by the name of Madison Tyler is snatched off the street along with her nanny, and with no ransom note coming in to the family, things aren't looking good.

At Blakely Arms, an apartment complex, things are going from bad to worse as a dog is viciously murdered, residents are attacked, and people are beginning to suspect a neighbor in the building.

Demotions, pregnancies, relationship break-ups, life-altering decisons -- all of these plot lines vie for space within THE 6TH TARGET. As the four players of The Women's Murder Club set out to get their lives together while solving a series of mysteries, you'll be glad that you're along for this fast-paced, thrilling ride.
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I started reading the series when number 11 came out. I read a review about number 11 and the writer mentioned reading the whole series. I thought what can it hurt to start at 1. I have read 6 books in 4 weeks......can not put this series down. My 4 th grader likes reading so we are completing who can read more books by the end of the win for all. I love this series would revommend any of the books. They all flow very nice from chapter 2 chapter and book 2 book. Give them a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good on to the next!!!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Lots happening in this episode of the women's murder club. Again Lindsey keeps me engaged in her adventures!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book but I wish it had a better ending like telling me what happened to Fred in the end.
Maydacat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is action galore in this sixth installment in the Women¿s Murder Club series. Despite the somewhat misleading name, the women are solving ¿ not committing - the murders. A madman goes berserk on a ferry and shoots random victims. In an unrelated case, children from well-to-do families are being kidnapped, but no ransom notes are forthcoming. If you like fast paced thrillers with short chapters, and a surprise twist at the end, you will enjoy this novel. If you want something more descriptive and thought-provoking with well developed characters, you might be disappointed. A smattering of unnecessary romance adds some fluff. If you like Patterson, you will devour this series. If not, it still makes a nice change of pace for readers who normally enjoy more in-depth mysteries. This audio version was well performed by Carolyn McCormick.
WeeziesBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this novel a madman killer on the ferry and Claire¿s life is in danger. This is the key story line. There is also a child kidnapped with her nanny There are love interests, gun shootings and descriptions of partying and friendships. There was nothing that was unexpected but it was again, another fun Women¿s Murder Club adventure.The story is very predictable and easy to follow but not particularly exciting. There is lots of action and the usual cast of characters. This book is a fun beach read and is a fast and fun adventure.
DrT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 6 of Patterson's Woman¿s Murder Club is titled The 6th Target. He coauthored this book too with Maxine Paetro. The book starts out on a barge with a wild gunman and one of Lindsey¿s good friends being shot right in the chest! The book takes off from there. This book was full of things, follows the crazed gunman a serial kidnapper, a couple relationship issues, a pregnancy and court. Parents kept getting their children kidnapped and we try and figure out who who-done-it. The problem I really had with this book was the errors written about as it related to the psych information used. Since reading these books I really thought he was up on his research but in this book it was clear that Patterson was off a lot. He did what he needed to do I guess for the general public¿s knowledge but it was not accurate on things. Maybe I just got too caught up on that issue but it just messed it up a bit for me. He is not like Louis L¿Amour in his research. I was shocked at the demotion of one of the characters. This book had a lot of personal information also on the characters and it really made me wonder how much Patterson wrote and how much of this book was written by Paetro. It seemed like there was a lot of female writing in this book but that was just my interpretation. It made it interesting but it seemed different in that way. I¿m glad I read it and look forward to reading #7 soon. I have that one already but still need to find the 4th in the series. It seems like I missed something by missing a book. I¿d give this book 3.75 stars out of 5 stars.
MichaelDeavers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Fair story for the Murders Club. I have read most of the novels in the Women's Murder Club series and had great expectation that this would be a super mystery. Well, all I can say is that it was a struggle to get through this novel and I was very disappointed in Mr. Patterson and his co-author Maxine Paetro. In this book Lindsay Boxer is mourning over her best friend, Claire Washburn that had been shot during a shooting on a ferry near the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are a fan of the women's murder club series then you will know that Claire is a coroner and a Club member. Further into the story there are kidnappers that have a desire for the children of the wealthy families. While this crime is polluting the neighborhood there is a goon that is petrifying the tenants in an apartment building in San Francisco. The Women's Club must come to grips with all these crimes and solve them. Sounds great on the surface, unfortunately, these different crime stories go off in different directions and the club never really comes together as a unified group to solve these crimes, which when I finally got to the end of this story I was left with a ton of confusing thoughts. No surprise ending here in this story. I just shook my head trying to understand what it was that I had just read. I'm still a fan of Mr. Patterson and I'll probably read his next release.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You can always count on Patterson for a quick read! This is no exception. A slight improvement over the last installment, but not by much :(My biggest complaint was too many story lines going on in this one, with only two being succesfully dealt with. one of the main characters finds out she's pregnant after being shot and it's not mentioned again but one time in passing. Why even add that element to her story?I won't quit reading these, but I am grateful that they don't come out any quicker than they have been.
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 6th in the Women's Murder Club series. As always his books go along at a breakneck speed and are such quick reads.Back Cover Blurb:When a lone gunman goes on a shooting spree aboard a packed San Francisco ferry, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is called in to investigate. At the scene she finds three people dead and fellow Women's Murder Club member Claire Washburn fighting for her life. Lindsay promises to find whoever did this. But it's a promise she may not be able to keep.....As the investigation makes its way to court, news of a child abduction comes through. Lindsay's put on the case and discovers that more children have been taken. But with no ransom demands the abductions don't seem to make sense - unless the kidnappers aren't planning on returning their hostages.....The clock is ticking as Lindsay tries to fit all the pieces together. She knows that if she doesn't find the children quickly it will be too late.....
kavyen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sudden shooting spree by a mad gunman leaves one of the women from the murder club gravely injured. Lindsay is determined to find the killer and bring justice to her injured friend. Finding him happens to be much easier than keeping him in prison and Yuki steps in promising to get justice.Elsewhere in the city children from wealthy families are being abducted. No one calls for a ransom and they whole city is trembling with fear. Meanwhile, Cindy has her own case to handle when brutal violence breaks out in her apartment building.Where are the kidnapped children and why are there no ransom calls? Are they dead or alive? Who is causing terror in Cindy¿s apartment? Will Claire come out of this alive?The story line in ¿The 6th Target¿ was a tad bit sloppy; on one angle was the mass shooting in a ferry, the other angle involved kidnapping of wealthy children and then there was yet another ¿ misdeeds in an apartment building. Three diversified plots and not one of them managed to make an impression. In fact the only impact they managed to make was adding more complexity and confusion.We get to see all the women from the club, though Claire becomes the victim in the shooting episode and lacks in action most of the time. I was worried that she would not live for the next book since I already miss Jill (she died in the 3rd book of this series) I dint want another strong and like-able woman gone. The romance between Lindsay and Joe lacks the spark because of the long distance `thingy¿. Yuki and Cindy come and go as the cases need them but again neither of them managed to leave a mark. Of course Lindsay was the biggest disappointment.This would be my lowest rated book in the series with only a 2 on 5. For once I could not finish a James Patterson book in a day or two ¿ I held on to it for almost a week opting to move on to more interesting books as the plot and the characters refused to make an impression. I am still excited to read the next book (what can I say, a diehard fan !! )
dkg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy, quick read, as usual
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, although I didn't think so - thought I had it all figured out for most of the book and turns out I didn't. I like that.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another quality from the minds of Patterson and Paetro. Like the other books that they have written together, they try to pack too many plots into one story.
FMRox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lindsay Boxer investigates several cases, gets demoted, breaks up with her lover and gets a proposal. This novel isn't as good as the other Women's Murder Club series. There are several plots that are ongoing but don't weave together as well. Boxer's love life is all over the place as well, making little sense. Patterson missed the mark on this one, but I'll still read the next one in case he can redeem himself.
siren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this one. He spent to little time on what was supposedly the plot of the story, focusing instead on the shooting of one of the principles. The kidnap storyline seemed like an afterthought
momma2keira on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Annoying musical track at beginning of each chapter! Almost enough to make me not want to finish book.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 6th Target reads like three episodes of Law & Order all smushed into a novel, with entirely too much information about the lives of the prosecutors and investigators. I no longer have any interest in Lindsey's relationship with Joe. I think that if a mystery/crime novel is going to have more than one mystery/crime, they should be somehow related. I think that an author should probably pick one point of view and stick with it, because going back and forth from 1st person to third person omniscient is a little jarring. I feel as though the author, or authors rather, had three ideas for a book, but couldn't flesh out any of them enough for its own novel, and the effect is rather disjointed. This volume is not the best in the series, by far.
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like all of these "Womens Murder Club" series, the book can be read in about a day and a half. I think to beef up these books and make them look more "book-like" they use wide margins, wide spaces between sentences and a tad larger font. As a series, they're okay, immensely readable, occasionally surprising, sort of standard fare. I always wonder when I finish one, exactly how much of the novel Patterson actually writes. The style of writing is very similar to his, but in a really female author way. Anyway, it was okay, didn't hate it, didn't love it, but it was a great way to pass the time while waiting for appointments.
emmylee04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good installment in the popular Womens Murder Club series. These books are quick reads and make for great subway reading, since each chapter is about 2 pages (and I hate ending in the middle of a chapter). The main characters in these books are all successful women - a D.A., reporter, attorney, and cop - who come together to (as the name suggests) solve mysteries. This book focuses on two crimes - a too-easily-solved shooting spree and a who-done-it series of child kidnapping cases. With a sprinkle of romance and close female friendships, this is about as close to chick lit as mysteries get. It definitely makes for great summertime reading.