The legendary Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are war, famine, pestilence, and death, but in James Pattersonís newest entry in the Womenís Murder Club it is the 5th Horseman- man - that is the most deadly. In this typical, page-turning Patterson thriller, the women take on a powerful San Francisco hospital.
The Womenís Murder Club becomes involved in their latest case when their newest memberís mother dies unexpectedly at the city hospital. Yukiís mother is only one of the latest patients to die suddenly when no life-threatening illness exists. Patients are admitted with a broken arm or a mild, treatable illness and leave via the morgue. The suit against the hospital is the focus of courtroom drama as an ambitious attorney tries to prove that the hospital is guilty of negligence, if not outright murder. Yuki becomes absorbed in the theater of the courtroom to the exclusion of all else as she struggles to accept her motherís death.
At the same time, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is also trying to solve the cases of The Car Girls - girls found dressed in high fashion, killed and deposited in fancy sports cars. While missing both her boyfriend and her previous on-the-streets position within the police department, Lindsay must help find the killer before he finds another victim. She gets concise and immediate results from fellow Murder Club member and medical examiner Clair Washburn.
The 5th Horseman was co-authored by Maxine Paetro, who was also Pattersonís collaborator on the previous book in this series, 4th of July. It features his typical short-chapter style that gives the plot its feeling of rapidly paced energy and excitement. The unexpected ending is the treasure of the book. The creation of the characters as a newspaper reporter, a detective, and a medical examiner give the story insidersí views of all aspects of the courtroom and police plots. This prolific author has continued his habit of writing two or three books a year with this latest addition to his roster of bestsellers. Anyone who has read the previous four books in the Womenís Murder Club series will enjoy this one; new readers will find it works fine as an introduction to the series.