NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp

NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (392 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

When NYPD Red arrives at a crime scene, everyone takes notice. Known as the protectors of the rich, famous, and connected, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in only for New York City’s most high-profile crimes. And Detective Zach Jordan is the best of the best, a brilliant and relentless pursuer of justice. He puts professionalism above all, ignoring his feelings for his partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald, the woman who broke his heart when they first met in the academy.

But even with their top-notch training, Zach and Kylie aren’t prepared for what they see when they’re called to a crime scene in the heart of Central Park. They arrive to find a carousel spinning round and round, its painted horses grinning eerily in the early morning dark. There is only one rider: a brutally slaughtered woman, her body tied up and dressed in a Hazmat suit, on display for the world to see.

The victim, a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections, is the fourth in a string of shocking murders that have hit the city. As the public pressure mounts, and political and personal secrets of the highest order hang in the balance, Zach and Kylie must find out what’s really behind the murderer’s rampage. But Kylie has been acting strange recently–and Zach knows whatever she’s hiding could threaten the biggest case of their careers.

NYPD Red 2 is the next outstanding novel in James Patterson’s newest series, a thriller that careens through New York City and deep into the psyche of a depraved killer you’ve never seen before.

Meet the Hazmat Killer. A vigilante murder sweeping through New York City and disposing of those wealthy and connected folks he believes have gotten away with too much for too long. Enter Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald, NYPD Red’s best. But will the city’s finest be good enough to stop this crazed murderer in the next twenty-four hours? Only time will tell.

Next to Lindsay Boxer, I have to say that Zach Jordan is my favorite James Patterson character to date. He’s not perfect, but man does he ever try to be. Case in point: despite his lingering crush on his old Academy friend and current partner, Kylie MacDonald, he manages to squash his feelings and work well with the woman who broke his heart. I’m not sure I could do that in his position, so he gets major props from me. Besides, he’s managing to get over her, slowly but surely, and I like where he’s directing his attentions.

In my last review, I might have mentioned how I didn’t much care for Kylie MacDonald. I understand that being a female in the NYPD would be hard. Being a female in the coveted, elite world of NYPD Red would be even more difficult. That said, she takes a lot of risks and disobeys a ton of orders, which bugged me a lot in the first novel. She has a lot of personal drama going on in this sequel, and I think it helps to tone her down somewhat. She’s still brash and over the top, but not to the point of making me want to shake the book until she falls out. If she keeps improving like this, I might wind up liking her before too long.

Despite my personal feelings about Kylie, she and Zach really do make an amazing team of detectives. He uses his brains while she uses her instincts and connections and it works really well for them. It’s easy to see why they’re both part of this elite group of NYPD detectives, catering to the finest citizens of New York City.

The NYPD Red series is quickly becoming one of my very favorite series, not just by James Patterson, but in all of the mystery genre. Action packed from beginning to end, the authors have a real knack for tossing in twists and unexpected turns at a moment’s notice. Just when I think I have it all figured out, I realize I’m wrong and wondering what I missed. A great book for anyone who loves a good, intense read.

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