21st Birthday

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In the latest book in the globally bestselling Women’s Murder Club series, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer vows to protect a twenty-year-old victim long enough for her to see her twenty-first birthday.

When a distraught mother pleads with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to investigate the disappearance of her daughter Tara and baby granddaughter Lorrie, Cindy immediately loops in SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The prime suspect is Tara’s schoolteacher husband, Lucas Burke, but he tells a conflicting story that paints Tara as a wayward wife, not a missing person.

While the city’s chief medical examiner, Claire Washburn, harbours theories that run counter to the police investigation of the Burke case, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano sizes up Lucas as a textbook domestic offender – until he puts forward a theory of his own that could connect the dots on a constellation of killings.

As the case grows into something far bigger than any of them could have imagined, the four friends will need each other to help unpick the truth from a web of lies.

© James Patterson 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried… there’s no stopping his imagination.

    NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
  • No one gets this big without natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades.

    LEE CHILD, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
  • Patterson boils a scene down to a single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves a plot along. It’s what fires off the movie projector in the reader’s mind.

    MICHAEL CONNELLY
  • James Patterson is the boss. End of.

    IAN RANKIN, bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus series
  • James Patterson is the gold standard by which all others are judged.

    STEVE BERRY, bestselling author of the Colton Malone series

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