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NYPD Red 7: The Murder Sorority

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Good writing, a solid plot, and a fun (but improbable) premise made NYPD Red 7 an easy read. A good read for anyone who loves suspense, intrigue and action. The debut book of the NYPD Red series written by author Karp is entitled ‘NYPD Red’. It was released by the Little, Brown, and Company publishing in the year 2012. The central characters mentioned by author Karp in this book include Delia Kates, Kylie MacDonald, Gabriel Benoit, Zach Jordon, Dr. Cheryl Robinson, etc. Marshall Karp has done the setting of the plot in New York City, New York. At the start of the book’s story, it is depicted that New York City is filled with glamor as Hollywood on Hudson has begun. Each night, the city’s people get to see film stars arrive in limos at the premieres and walk on red carpets. Even the expensive restaurants get booked exclusively for the private parties of wealthy producers, prominent directors, dashing actors, sexy actresses, etc. Fans gather in the number of thousands outside all such restaurants to get glimpses of beautiful and famous faces. Because of the arrival of the long list of celebrities in the town, a special task force, NYPD Red, is asked to stay on high alert. Not even a single mistake is expected from them as it is their prime duty to take care that nothing happens to the celebrities or other people during the premiere. Shortly after, a well known producer collapses suddenly during breakfast and dies. A top detective of NYPD Red, Zach Jordon, is the first person to reach the scene. Immediately after the producer’s death, Zach is partnered with the beautiful Kylie MacDonald to find out the murderer. Kylie also happens to the former girlfriend of Zach. Soon, the two realize that the death of the producer is just the beginning. Crimes begin to take place in large numbers and in the most spectacular, horrifying, and brutal manner, and openly in public. The whole of New York turns into chaos and puts NYPD Red on the most important task of stopping the crimes and catching the killer. Zach & Kylie know that no one knows what the killer is up to. They also know they have to put an end to all the chaos and hunt down the psychopath as the whole world is watching. Of all of James Peterson’s various series, I have come to love the NYPD Red ones over the others. Marshall Karp delivers an expected exciting plot, witty camaraderie between Kylie and Zach, and thrilling twists. He’ll do well with continuing this series. 5 stars!

Moving on… And the surprise that I alluded to in paragraph seven above is this… I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It was better than I expected. As a matter of fact, it was my favorite book in the entire series so far. For the first time, I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. That was a big surprise for me. This had been one of Patterson’s lesser series, but Karp somehow made it shine and seem fresh for the first time.

I love this series by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. I have given 4 stars to EVERY book from 1-6. Book #7 is a solo work by Marshall Karp!

Green Eyes (only 2% of the real world, yet it seems like 90% of all fictional females): YES Always in the NYPD Red series, since lead detective Kylie is a green-eyed blonde. Truth be told, if I had read this book without knowing Patterson’s named was removed, I wouldn’t have noticed any differences. It felt just like their previous six books in the series. I am not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is. I am also not sure what this says about Patterson’s involvement in their writing partnership. It’s weird. Patterson steps away and I can’t tell the difference. I am going to stop talking about this now and let you form your own opinion on the matter.So, what is the result of Karp taking over the series? Did it make much of a difference? Let’s see…

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