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The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

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I miss old school James Patterson! The Postcard Killers was another disappointing thriller from the prolific Patterson and new co-writer Liza Marklund.

There are killers on the loose who are terrorizing young tourist couples in Europe. Their M.O. is to send the press a postcard with a cryptic message about the intended killings. Then, they drug their victims, slash their throats in the most gruesome of manners, and position the bodies on the bed as to taunt the authorities with whatever message they are trying to communicate.

The most recent postcard has been sent to Dessie Larsson, a crime reporter who specializes in burglary stories, at a paper in Stockholm. Larsson is joined by American homicide detective Jacob Kanon who’s daughter was murdered by these same killers. Kanon is completely driven to stop these killers and avenge his daughter’s death, and although Dessie knows that Kanon may be completely off his rocker, she can’t help but be intrigued by the attractive cop.

You know I love my Jimmy Patty, but this just felt like a cheap knockoff of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although the premise has the making of a blockbuster thriller, it wasn’t executed well. The ending felt a bit unbelievable and totally rushed. Plus the climax of the story took place at an IKEA. Could this be any more cliched?


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