7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club Series #7)

7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club Series #7)

by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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A terrible fire in a wealthy suburban home leaves a married couple dead and Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin searching for clues. And after California's golden boy, Michael Campion has been missing for a month, there finally seems to be a lead in his case--a very devastating lead.

As fire after fire consume couples in wealthy, comfortable homes, Lindsay and the Murder Club must race to find the arsonists responsible and get to the bottom of Michael Campion's disappearance. But suddenly the fires are raging too close to home.

Frightened for her life and torn between two men, Lindsay must find a way to solve the most daunting dilemmas she's ever faced--at work and at home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446536240
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Series: Women's Murder Club Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 20,211
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 4.34(h) x 1.03(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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7th Heaven

By James Patterson Maxine Paetro Little, Brown and Company Copyright © 2008 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-316-01770-1

Chapter One TINY LIGHTS WINKED on the Douglas fir standing tall and full in front of the picture window. Swags of Christmas greenery and dozens of cards decked the well-appointed living room, and apple logs crackled in the fireplace, scenting the air as they burned.

A digitized Bing Crosby crooned "The Christmas Song."

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose ..."

Henry Jablonsky couldn't see the boys clearly. The one called Hawk had snatched off his glasses and put them a mile away on the fireplace mantel, a good thing, Jablonsky had reasoned at the time.

It meant that the boys didn't want to be identified, that they were planning to let them go. Please, God, please let us live and I'll serve you all the days of my life.

Jablonsky watched the two shapes moving around the tree, knew that the gun was in Hawk's waistband. He heard wrapping paper tear, saw the one called Pidge dangling a bow for the new kitten.

They'd said they weren't going to hurt them.

They said this was only a robbery.

Jablonsky had memorized their faces well enough to describe to a police sketch artist, which he would be doing as soon as they got the hell out of his home.

Both boys looked as though they'd stepped from the pages of a Ralph Lauren ad.

Hawk. Clean-cut. Well-spoken. Blond, with side-parted hair. Pidge, bigger. Probably six two. Long brown hair. Strong as a horse. Meaty hands. Ivy League types. Both of them.

Maybe there really was some goodness in them.

As Jablonsky watched, the blond one, Hawk, walked over to the bookshelf, dragged his long fingers across the spines of the books, calling out titles, his voice warm, as though he were a friend of the family.

He said to Henry Jablonsky, "Wow, Mr. J., you've got Fahrenheit 451. This is a classic."

Hawk pulled the book from the shelf, opened it to the first page. Then he stooped down to where Jablonsky was hog-tied on the floor with a sock in his mouth.

"You can't beat Bradbury for an opening," Hawk said. And then he read aloud with a clear, dramatic voice.

"'It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.'"

As Hawk read, Pidge hauled a large package out from under the tree. It was wrapped in gold foil, tied with gold ribbon. Something Peggy had always wanted and had waited for, for years.

"To Peggy, from Santa," Pidge read from the gift tag. He sliced through the wrappings with a knife.

He had a knife!

Pidge opened the box, peeled back the layers of tissue.

"A Birkin bag, Peggy. Santa brought you a nine-thousand-dollar purse! I'd call that a no, Peg. A definite no."

Pidge reached for another wrapped gift, shook the box, while Hawk turned his attention to Peggy Jablonsky. Peggy pleaded with Hawk, her actual words muffled by the wad of sock in her mouth. It broke Henry's heavy heart to see how hard she tried to communicate with her eyes.

Hawk reached out and stroked Peggy's baby-blond hair, then patted her damp cheek. "We're going to open all your presents now, Mrs. J. Yours too, Mr. J.," he said. "Then we'll decide if we're going to let you live."

Chapter Two HENRY JABLONSKY'S STOMACH HEAVED. He gagged against the thick wool of the sock, pulled against his restraints, smelled the sour odor of urine. Heat puddled under his clothes. Christ. He'd wet himself. But it didn't matter. The only thing that mattered was to get out alive.

He couldn't move. He couldn't speak. But he could reason.

What could he do?

Jablonsky looked around from his place on the floor, took in the fire poker only yards away. He fixed his vision on that poker.

"Mrs. J.," Pidge called out to Peggy, shaking a small turquoise box. "This is from Henry. A Peretti necklace. Very nice. What? You have something to say?"

Pidge went over to Peggy Jablonsky and took the sock out of her mouth.

"You don't really know Dougie, do you?" she said.

"Dougie who?" Pidge laughed

"Don't hurt us-"

"No, no, Mrs. J.," Pidge said, stuffing the sock back into his captive's mouth. "No don'ts. This is our game. Our rules."

The kitten pounced into the heap of wrapping paper as the gifts were opened; the diamond earrings, the Hermès tie, and the Jensen salad tongs, Jablonsky praying that they would just take the stuff and leave. Then he heard Pidge speak to Hawk, his voice more subdued than before, so that Jablonsky had to strain to hear over the blood pounding in his ears.

"Well? Guilty or not guilty?" Pidge asked.

Hawk's voice was thoughtful. "The J.'s are living well, and if that's the best revenge ..."

"You're kidding me, dude. That's totally bogus."

Pidge stepped over the pillowcase filled with the contents of the Jablonskys' safe. He spread the Bradbury book open on the lamp table with the span of his hand, then picked up a pen and carefully printed on the title page.

Pidge read it back. "Sic erat in fatis, man. It is fated. Get the kit-cat and let's go."

Hawk bent over, said, "Sorry, dude. Mrs. Dude." He took the sock out of Jablonsky's mouth. "Say good-bye to Peggy."

Henry Jablonsky's mind scrambled. What? What was happening? And then he realized. He could speak! He screamed "Pegg-yyyyy" as the Christmas tree bloomed with a bright yellow glare, then went up in a great exhalation of flame.


Heat rose and the skin of Henry Jablonsky's cheeks dried like paper. Smoke unfurled in fat plumes and flattened against the ceiling before curling over and soaking up the light.

"Don't leave us!"

He saw the flames climbing the curtains, heard his dear love's muffled screams as the front door slammed shut.


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7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club Series #7) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 456 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Patterson's, Women's Murder Club Series, books are awesome! You cannot put these books down. The print is large and the chapters are short, so it's easy reading. His style of writing gets you right into the story. Each book is full of twists and turns, so you are always surprised at the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If it's the New Year it must be time for a new James Patterson novel, and the Women's Murder Club returns in great form. Frequent collaborator Maxine Paetro and Patterson spin another devilish and delightful addition to the WMC canon.All the Women make appearances: Lindsay Boxer is adjusting to life having her long-distance boyfriend now living in the same city (and often the same apartment); coroner Claire Washburn is very pregnant and up to her ever-expanding belly in victims of arson-murders; Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the confessed murderer of the former governor's son; and reporter Cindy Thomas continues to cement her status as a valued member of the Club.Conner Campion, born with a degenerative and incurable heart disease, has been a media and public darling his entire life, a la John F, Kennedy, Jr. When he suddenly disappears, the worst is feared, and an eventual tip leads to the last person to see him alive, a young hooker named Junie Moon. She makes a shocking and disturbing confession which she quickly recants, and Yuki is forced to prosecute this less than airtight case.Meanwhile, two young men who answer to the names Hawk and Pidge are tying up well-off couples and torching their homes_while the victims are still inside. The resulting conflagrations leave little useful evidence save one thing: a book, inscribed in Latin with cryptic sayings, is left at each scene.As with the previous titles in the series, the characters share equal importance with the mysteries they solve. The authors are in top form here, expounding believably on the now well-known lives of the WMC members, and Lindsay's new partner Rich Conklin makes a welcome_and compelling_return.Who are the menacing arsonists, whose trail of death leads literally to Lindsay's door? Can Yuki successfully convict a young murderess who is aided by a high-profile, media-savvy woman attorney? Will Lindsay finally say yes to Joe's proposal? Read Seventh Heaven and you'll know those answers and will be anxiously awaiting the next installment.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. Very good read. and hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, but not one that you can't put down. Also if you're bothered by details that just don't match this one has a couple of them. You know where the author gives you some little detail and then later ignores the rules he/she has set out? Or when they speak about the details of a religious tradition and get them wrong? Perhaps it's just my little peeve but I'm bothered by that lack of attention to details.
erbookworm More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this book alot i brought it with me everywhere i went .I'm looking foward to the next in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who wants to kill DET Linsey Boxer while she¿s investigating Michael Campion¿s death and who¿s killing rich people? The cases appear to be related but they¿re not. For me this is the best in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series
LiteraryLinda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Women's Murder Club mystery gives us two cases the gals have to face. A teenage son of a former governor has disappeared and an arsonist has set several fires, one of which occurs a little too close to home. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends are being pressured to solve these cases asap. I enjoyed the story as I do all of Patterson's books. They are the quick read that helps my brain rest after having read nonfiction.
FMRox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
San Francisco detectives Lindsey Boxer and Rich Conklin investigates serial arson/murders.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young man disappears, thought dead, but no leads. And he happens to be the son of the Governor of California. Poster child for diseases and how they effect people. Now, a lead has turned up in the case, and Lindsay goes after it, now that she's back on the pavement as Sergeant Boxer, letting Jacobi take the reins as Lt.Meanwhile, houses are burning, burning , burning. And dead couples keep turning up in them. Can Boxer and the Club get to the bottom of it before a killer walks, and more houses are torched?
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very quick read wit a lot of inter-related side stories going on. Patterson worked in different books as clues and the ending was great. Who was the real victim, who really had the malignant heart at the end???
moontyger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad for a free book, though it suffered from not having read the 6 previous novels.The case itself was interesting and the writing's pretty good. There are some moments of gender fail that made me wince, however - consider yourself warned. (I've seen worse, but...)
DrT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 7 in the Women's Murder Club series was title 7th Heaven written by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. I don't have too much to say about this book but it was a very fast paced book and had the personal aspects to it again like the others. This book had various things going on. There was a famous young man that came up missing, a prostitute that he visited, arson, a new baby, Yuki's court case against a very good attorney, and romantic relationship issues. I kept saying, "Yuki doesn't have a chance in this case" and "WHAT ARE YOU DOING LINDSAY!? about her relationship with Joe and her work partner Rich. She is obviously attracted to both but come on! I wanted her to make better decisions sooner than she did. I know, often emotional reasoning is not the best thing to do but seriously. What else? This book took a long time to for the thing that happened at the end to happen. Overall, this was not my favorite book in the series but it was worth checking out maybe. I could have done without reading it and not missed it too much. Yes, they are good writers and do a fine job making me want to turn the pages to see what happens but again, not my favorite. I'd give this one 2.5 stars out of 5. Not sure if I'll read more of this series or not. I liked them well enough but I don't know. Maybe read something else next. We'll see. Come talk to me about this book if you've read it.
WeeziesBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another quick beach read. Another of the Women's Murder Club series with Lindsey, Claire, Cindy & Yuki. In this book, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner are investigating arson fires being set in the homes of wealthy and prominent community members. The girls take their usual roles and this is the fast paced story that unrolls with friendships and love interests common in all the Patterson books. A fun summer read.
JoAnnSmithAinsworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting story line. Clearly written. Fast paced.
vanedow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally, the plot makes sense! I¿ve complained before about the lack of cohesiveness in the plotting of this series, but 7th Heaven really pulls it together. I loved how the story was woven together, and the way the disparate crimes finally related to each other.This story has plenty of thrills and chills as one of the Murder Club members deals with a threatening stalker. Whatever else you might say about James Patterson, his novels definitely have a way of gripping you and pulling you into the story. The gory details may be a little much for some readers, though.My only complaint was that I didn¿t like the way the love triangle between Joe, Conklin, and Lindsay was worked out. I don¿t know that it could have been resolved in a way that would make me happy, though, so I might not be the best judge.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much more cohesive than the last volume in the Women's Murder Club series, this story featured two separate but intertwined plots, the same great characters we've come to love, as well as a couple steamy romantic scenes. Highly recommended.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this series thus far with fun, strong characters (I also enjoyed the tv series and was sorry to see it go) but I have to say that this book wasn't as good as the previous books from the series. Part of that may be my continued souring on James Patterson as a whole as he continues to do less of his own writing and rather leaves it to his stable of writers.
mookie86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another quick, easy read from Patterson...and as usual, a good story. The Women's Murder Club continues to be an enjoyable read with solid plots and character developments.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've caught up now with all the Women's Murder Club series published so far. I haven't been reviewing the individual titles, but thought I'd say some things about the series as a whole.Overall, I like it. The books are workable, the characters pretty good, the plots decent. The series centers around Lindsay Boxer, a homicide detective in San Francisco. Her best friend is the medical examiner, and in the first novel she gets to know a reporter, Cindy. The three form a Women's Murder Club that helps Lindsay figure out the cases she is working on. The are joined by Assistant D.A. Jill and in later books by another Assistant D.A. The biggest problem I have iwth the series is one that is common to a lot of police procedurals. The authors seem to think a police procedural can't be interesting unless the main characters are in danger or get hurt or lose people they care for, and I don't believe that is the case. Certainly I don't think it is sustainable for something like this to happen in every book in a series, and it seems to happen in every book in the Women's Murder Club series.In sum, readable, but not outstanding. I am still bummed though that they cancelled the TV series, which I really liked.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, but not as good as book 1 and 6. As this series moves along, the personal lives of the girls are more in the spotlight than them working together as they did in the beginning. This book has a lot going on with the chemistry between Conklin and Lindsey. It's interesting, but I found myself really torn between where I wanted Patterson to take this. I like that Conklin is swooning over Lindsey, but Joe is a rock and I think is meant to be that kind of character.Lindsey's closing of the fire cases was a surprise. It was a nice twist and something unexpected. I wasn't as interested in the case with Michael Campion so I can't really comment other than to say it's a little forgettable. I'm still looking forward to reading 8th Confession and hope that it really gets me back to loving this series.
carolmt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting quick read.
Pam1960ca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love the entire series of the Women's Murder Club books. Should definitely read them in the correct order.
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is another in the Women's Murder Club series. As with all the other books, its a fast and fun read, doesn't tax your brain or your eyes too much, and a nicely written little crime novel. Worth reading, if only because its a short one day jaunt, and sometimes we just need a little day trip, not a whole week long vacation!