New York's biggest cases.
New York's best detectives.
Chapters: 84 (Plus a prologue with three parts.)
Publisher: Arrow Books
Book Links: Goodreads
Patterson and Karp bring it in the second entry to the NYPD Red series! Number one is good, but number two blows it out of the water.
Everything is on point: The action-packed plot that twists your mind; the compelling cast that rocks their chemistry; and Patterson's standard, quick-fire pacing and writing that makes your adventure as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
NYPD Red 2 is a carefree thriller that delivers everything it promises.
Synopsis (Not a copy from the book, but I always keep my interpretations close.)
Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald work for the NYPD Red section: A specialist collection of talented officers who cater to the rich and famous.
When a woman from a family of money is murdered by the Hazmat Killer, a serial murderer who targets those with shocking secrets to hide, the two detectives are assigned the case.
But they're behind.
The killer has bagged three victims before their most recent, and the officers on the original case are far from helpful.
Zach and Kylie can catch the killer, but with a city praising the vigilante's actions, how will they cope when their usual investigative routes are closed?
To make matters worse, the Mayor is up for another term in office, but a canny opponent plots against him, and the police who might help him...
Plot - 5/5 Stars
NYPD Red 2 starts with an emotional punch to the feels. A story that takes place almost a decade before the meat of the book. It's a vital part of the overall plot and it pays dividends. A little revenge to get the reader's blood pumping.
We then move on to vigilantes and political battles. The moral dilemma posed by the former is a theme I never get bored of: When an individual, or individuals, take the law into their own hands and get results, should we really stop them? The authors do a good job of making the confusion feel authentic. The law's problematic in all places, but personally, vigilantes worry me, especially if their information is based on rumour rather than fact, then the innocent get hurt.
Thankfully, the authors do portray this aspect, and it balances the thread out.
The political aspects are also fascinating, fun and frustrating. Fascinating, because the bureaucracy is intense and ruthless; fun, because it adds so many layers to the story; and frustrating, because when the 'good guys' (politicians) work against the good guys (cops) to further their own agenda, then it leaves you wondering just how crime is ever solved...
The last quarter of the novel is near perfection. The twists that the authors throw at you are insane and definitely blindsiding. I gasped aloud when they revealed the truth, and for a crime aficionado, it's the best feeling.
Pace - 5/5 Stars
Non-stop action, non-stop thrills, non-stop reading until you reach the end.
It's just great. I know a lot of people question Patterson's use of short chapters that sometimes only cover a couple pages, but you can't fault the effect they have on the novel's immediacy. It's fantastic.
Characters - 5/5 Stars
Zach and Kylie are a solid duo. I absolutely love the two of them. Their chemistry and camaraderie, even with their past, is nothing short of inspiring. The status quo is simple. yet effective: Zach is intelligent and kind, using soft tactics and careful manipulation to get to answers; Kylie, on the other hand, is straight to the point and vocal, someone who isn't afraid to punch through lies if need be.
They're a team to be reckoned with.
Their personal lives engage too, something that, for some reason, surprises me. It adds a fuller picture of their personalities, and the shaky road everyone's on is sure to capture your attention.
The villain also has a wonderful backstory that, although doesn't justify what they do, it gives the reader an understanding. Our protagonists' boss, Cates, delights, and the rest of what would be considered the 'background' players honestly shine.
Writing - 5/5 Stars
I think, by now, everyone should know what to expect from a Patterson novel, whether you love it or hate it. I, of course, love it. They're great books when you need a little adrenaline in a dose as simple and sublime as this.
Overall - 5/5 Stars
Who would have thought it?
Another Patterson series I love.
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