Murder Games

Murder Games

by James Patterson
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Murder Games by James Patterson

The life Dr. Dylan Reinhart saves may be his own

Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally—he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene—along with a threatening message from the killer—it looks like someone has been taking notes.

Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene—a playing card. Another murder, another card—and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature, they're a deadly hint—pointing directly toward the next victim.

As tabloid headlines about the killer known as "The Dealer" scream from newstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal—could Dylan become one?

A heart-pounding novel of suspense more shocking than any tabloid true crime story, Murder Games introduces the next unforgettable character from the imagination of James Patterson, the world's #1 bestselling author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316273961
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/26/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 2,944
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(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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Murder Games 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book focused more on the trials and tribulations of a gay couple trying to adopt than on the hunt for a serial killer Give me the OLD, juicy murder mystery without political overtones
Anonymous 6 months ago
Couldn't put this book down. Love the ending.
Heart2Heart 8 months ago
Serial Killers. We have all heard about them. They need for notoriety and the belief that they will be the greatest in the history of murderers. They all have their own mode of operation or MO, and some prefer their methods over what others might choose. For some it is personal. For others simply a way to mete out their own satisfaction for justice in a system that seems to favor criminals while the guilty go free on technicalities. There are also two types of serial killers, those who want to get caught and those who really want to get caught. Some just are seeking publicity and others want to be famous. In the end though, even the very best serial killers make stupid mistakes that get them caught when they aren't even looking. Enter The Dealer or at least that is the name that the media, the Mayor and the police detectives are labeling the latest serial killer to land on New York City's streets just in the midst of a critical election year so everyone is using this to their own political agenda and the focus is on Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a well known author and college professor who is what some might call the expert on criminal behavior. Perhaps it is the Dealer's decision to invite Dylan into his sick games as the body counts begin to rise and with each is left a cryptic card, one of 52 from a standard deck of playing cards. Only these cards are a message, one that will give a clue to who the next victim is, beginning with Jared Loudin who ran a large hedge fund. It was there that the games began. It will take a true master who gain access into a serial killer's thought process and perhaps that is why Dylan is chosen. Since it has been somewhat of a personal invitation, he is willing to place his bets he can solve this crime before too many cards have been dealt from the deck. With pressure from the Mayor's office and working with Detective Elizabeth Needham, they will begin the race against a stacked deck to solve this killer's identity. Will he be able to convince the Dealer to lay down his cards or will all bets be off and possibly have his own hands to deal instead. I received Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan compliments of Little Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group. This is another exceptional novel for fans of James Patterson. I mean for fans of anything like Criminal Minds, CSI or any other criminal murder mystery, then you would probable love this novel. It was the idea of the playing cards being left at each of the murders that had me interested. I do need to caution readers about a couple of things. It is a murder mystery so the crime scenes are there but not to graphic. There is some strong language but most of it is implied meaning the words are used with symbols representing the actual words. Thus implied. The main character Dr. Dylan Reinhart is married to his domestic partner Tracy and they are attempting to adopt a child from Africa. Thus another need for disclosure for those that might from on that content. Since book reviews are slated to offer a peek at what's really inside, thus my need for full disclosure on what you will find inside. That being said, I would rate this novel a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion. Readers also get a sneak peek at his next novel, The Store, at the conclusion of this novel.
Anonymous 9 months ago
If you are looking for a quick read this is great book. Good for a pool or beach read.
Anonymous 14 days ago
I didn't know what I was ordering
Anonymous 3 months ago
Always love the quick pace of his books. Can't put them down!!!!
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Anonymous 5 months ago
It was a very good book and the story was original.I was on the edge of my seat
Anonymous 6 months ago
Typical Patterson--I couldn't put it down from the moment I started. His characters are endearing and relatable. As always, he kept me engaged until the last page
SJ_Wayne 7 months ago
This book was half and half, the ending definitely was a disappointment, not necessarily a waste of money but could have been better.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Anonymous 8 months ago
BORING!!!!! I did not even finish reading this book-has to one of worse books Patterson has written what a waste of money --sorry I did not get it from local library and save myself the money!
Laced 8 months ago
I returned this one without finishing it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
A page turner for sure!
Anonymous 9 months ago
tschnitzler 9 months ago
What a page-turner THIS book is! As is the Patterson tradition, each chapter stops with a cliffhanger, and you are forced to start the next chapter. This story is unpredictable, creative, and is a challenge to keep up solving this murder mystery thriller. The start of the book captures your interest in a delightful way with Detective Elizabeth Needham making an appearance in Professor Dylan Reinhart's college class, and the intrigue does not stop until the conclusion. Patterson ad Roughan are a great match, and I'm looking forward to more books co-authored by Roughan.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Fast paced with plenty of action, intrigue, with some twists and turns thrown in. Keeps you reading!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love the attitude and sharp wit of Howard Roughan! Can't wait for his next book to be released!