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Paris is stunning in the summerNYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer. The killing is simply marvelous Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couplParis is stunning in the summerNYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.The killing is simply marvelousKanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.Wish you were hereNow Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet....

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Number of Pages : 591 Pages
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Postcard Killers Reviews

  • Phrynne
    2019-03-05 16:59

    Another typical James Patterson - just suspend belief and settle down for the ride. And what a ride this one was!I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a completely insane set of twins murdering their way around the world. When they end up in Stockholm the Swedish police turn out to be totally ineffective, but our heroes, Jacob a NYPD detective and Dessie a newspaper reporter save the day (suspend belief remember!)It was great fun, action packed and a totally satisfactory read. Patterson is definitely my go to author when I just want to be entertained:)

  • Craig Sisterson
    2019-02-28 12:45

    NYPD cop Jacob Kanon has been chasing a pair of vicious killers across the capitals and holiday hotspots of Europe, killers who kick-started their murderous spree by butchering his daughter and her fiancée in Rome. Before each murder, a postcard is sent to the local newspaper, and when Stockholm-based crime reporter Dessie Larsson receives the latest missive, she and Kanon team up to try to stop the killers once and for all. Unfortunately for readers hoping that the co-authoring of award-winning Swedish crime queen Liza Marklund will add some of the depth and substance apparent in many Swedish crime novels, Patterson’s by-now formulaic and breezily-plotted style filled with relatively thin characters clearly dominates the partnership here. While you’ll want to know what happens, there is far too much telling rather than showing; everything is spelled out for the reader and there is little subtext, resulting in an insubstantial feeling. What passes for attempts at character development are generally clumsy or cliched, and the authors' hand is often obvious. The characters say things for the benefit of the reader, rather than them being organic from the story or character. There is no depth here. While Patterson still has some talent for page-turning plots, there are many other thriller writers out there just as good (in fact, many better) at plot, while also providing much much more when it comes to character, setting, social issues, and dialogue etc. Like fast food, the page-turning Postcard Killers may briefly satisfy, but soon afterwards you’ll be left feeling hungry again, unsatisfied and wanting something more. Something different, and better.

  • Manny
    2019-03-15 18:00

    [Joint review with GULLA KULLA]Chapter 1The note had just saidTösses Konditori, Karlavägen 77, StockholmMonday, noonWe need to talkThe handwriting was female. He didn't know why he'd turned up. Maybe it was because he'd tried everything else. "You're R.E. Vuer?"The voice had come from behind him. He spun round, his hand instinctively reaching inside his jacket. The woman looked at him gravely. "Don't shoot me. At least, not until you've drunk your coffee."She put two full cups on the table, then took off her coat and sat down. He had to admit she was quite attractive."Well?" he asked.She took a sip of coffee. "You've been tracking Patterson for some time now, haven't you?" she said. It wasn't a question."Maybe," he answered."He's here," she said. She reached into her bag, and pulled out a shiny paperback. "Look at this."The title was Postcard Killers. There were two authors: James Patterson, Liza Marklund."Who...?" he said confusedly, shaking his head. Suddenly, the jet-lag was catching up with him."One of our most popular authors," the woman replied. "She writes... wrote... intelligent feminist thrillers. I read the whole Annika Bengtzon series, all eight of them. Great books.""And now..." She swallowed, visibly fighting back tears. "Her reputation... ruined in one day. No one will ever take her seriously again. She's finished."She looked straight at him. He couldn't help noticing how blue her eyes were."Mr. Vuer," she said, "I've got to stop that... djävla skithög... before he does it again. Will you help me?"He put his hand on top of hers."There's nothing I'd like to do better," he growled. "And call me R.E."Chapter 2They walked down Strandvägen. "Is this your first time in Stockholm?" she asked politely."Uh-huh," he grunted."Well," she said. "That's the Royal Palace over there. But you'd probably rather know where Lisbeth Salander lives, right?"He ran his hands through his tangled hair and gave her a crooked smile. Herregud, he really was quite good-looking under that dishevelled exterior! He just needed someone to look after him...She made an effort to pull herself together. "It's up there," she said, pointing. "Nice location, don't you think?"He stopped suddenly. "We're wasting time," he said. "We need to get through four murders and five annoying plot twists, visit Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Oslo, get some back story, fall in love, and have some tasteful but explicit sex before we stop Patterson in a bloody showdown seconds before he gets away. And we need to do it all in the next page and a half. It's impossible. Might as well give up now."She moved closer, and suddenly he was holding her, their bodies molding together. "I know how he persuaded her to do it," she whispered, as she nibbled his right earlobe. "And I've already bought the plane tickets. Still think it's impossible?"He pulled back for a moment, then kissed her again. "Hey," he said softly. "I think I like working with you."[The rest of this review has been suppressed in the interests of good taste and general public decency]Afterword from the second authorWhen world-famous Goodreads reviewer Manny Rayner contacted me and asked if I would like to help him write this article, I was so pleased and flattered! Oh yes, I said, without a second thought. Maybe this will make me famous too!- Gulla Kulla

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-04 15:03

    3.5*Not bad at all. I enjoyed the story and characters. I love standalones but some of these characters would have been interesting to read about in series format for sure. The international hunt of these killers is pretty engrossing and the story does move at a good pace. My only issue was the quick succession of the romance aspect of the two main characters. This story is twisted in a nature but that just adds to the story. It only takes four or five hours to read it (I read the mass market paperback edition so those seem to go by quicker). My quick and simple overall: entertaining and quick with enjoyable characters.

  • Mitch
    2019-03-08 16:50

    James Patterson can always be counted on for a fun and exciting thriller and mystery. He and Swedish author Liza Marklund don't dissapoint with this one. It may not be as polished and memorable as some of his Women's Murder Club or Alex Cross books, but it still held it's own.The following may or may not contain spoilers.NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is all over Europe, trying to stop a duo of killers who murder young vacationing couples. They send postcards to journalists before the kill, and then send them pictures of the victims after the kill; their bodies arranged like famous paintings. This case is personal for Jacob after his daughter, Kimmy, becomes one of the victims. When beautiful and sassy Swedish reporter Dessie Larson is the next to receive a postcard, Jacob teams up with her to try and stop the killers before more innocent victims start to pile up.Some nice and unexpected twists and a nice guessing game of a wild ride. I did think Jacob and Dessie's romance was a little forced and un-needed, but so many people can't read or write a book these days unless there is some kind of love story involved. In this case it was unneccesary in my opinion. But other than that, I enjoyed this book a great deal!

  • Ljubomir
    2019-03-06 15:02

    The best thing I can say about the book is that it's a page turner and that's about it.As far as I understand from user reviews, it's a typical James Patterson novel (I haven't read any of his other books), so if you're a fan you're going to enjoy it.That is not my case, however.The novel is action packed, which accounts for the page-turning, but also for the shallow characters and superficial story.The basic premise is not that bad. A young couple travels around Europe, killing other couples and arranging the murders according to motifs from famous local works of art.But the idea is not developed, its potential is left unused and the portrait of the murdering couple is not convincing. In fact, the actions of the killers, the police or the victims all seem implausible.The investigation often moves forward thanks to the authors' conveniently revealing or omitting important information.The ending is rushed and not very credible either.Overall, the book is just one of the many 'fast food' crime novels and I'd recommend it only if you are looking for a quick and easy read.

  • Lezlie
    2019-03-13 13:06

    I've read Patterson before but this one was addictive, a real page turner. First of all I'm a sucker for anything with a reference to Paris on the cover (the Eiffel Tower in this case - paperback version). When I picked it up and read the endorsement on the back from the "A fun read . . . puzzles, and more exotic places than you will probably ever visit in person." - I was totally hooked being a huge fan of the travel writing genre. Although it started off graphically with more gruesome detail than I normally like, it pulled me in immediately. Obviously, Patterson is a master novelist - chapters are minuscule, so readers are always thinking they can read "just" one more, which usually turns into five or so. The characters were quirky, unusual, and just outrageous - even the good guys. Since I haven't read a lot of Patterson, I'm not sure what part of the writing was Liza Marklund, the best-selling European author who collaborated with him on this, but it is an excellent escape into another world - not literally, no science fiction or fantasy here - thank you very much. And although the Eiffel Tower on the cover was obviously a marketing hook (it worked for me) and most of the action occurred in Stockholm, I was not at all disappointed. In fact, now I want to go to Stockholm.

  • Marilisa
    2019-03-06 17:47

    Libro letto in un giorno, in poche parole divorato.Questa per me era la prima volta che mi avventuravo nel mondo letterario di James Partterson. A dire la verità ero timorosa di questa lettura perché avevo paura di trovarmi difronte a un thriller "pesante" in cui le scene dei omicidi erano troppo macabre oppure di combattere con un linguaggio troppo poliziesco, invece tutto questo è stato sostituito da un romanzo leggibile.Un thriller "leggero" e coinvolgente fino all'ultimo respiro.L'unica cosa che proprio non mi è piaciuta:è la velocità dimostrata nel spiegare il movente che ha spinto i serial killer a lasciare dietro di loro queste innumerevoli morte, mi sarebbe piaciuto entrare di più nella mente degli assassini.

  • Pamela
    2019-03-14 13:01

    Up until this point, I had read two and a half books by Patterson (in his adult range). The half book so disgusted me that I gave up. All three of them were Alex Cross books, and I think that was a major reason why I didn't really like his books--his writing of an African-American detective was so very bizarre that it made me uncomfortable. Plus, I believe that Patterson clearly wins the "Author of the Creepiest, Most Disturbing, and Downright Disgusting Sexytimes" award. Like, ever. I would not want to psychoanalyze this guy. I really couldn't explain (coherently, at least) why I decided to give this one a try. Perhaps it's that I've read quite a lot of late 18th century fiction lately. Perhaps I felt like giving the guy another chance. Perhaps I was intrigued by the partnership with Marklund, who writes Swedish thrillers (according to the back cover). Perhaps I laughed so hard at the silly label on the front "The Scariest Vacation Thriller Ever!" that I had to see what happened, exactly. Actually, it isn't half bad (I give most of the credit to Marklund, who seems to have tempered Patterson's peculiar brand of crazy). We were only subjected to two gross-out sexytimes, and those weren't half as bad as the ones in the previous books. The storyline is interesting, too. Two killers (titular) stalk and then brutally murder newlyweds by slashing their throats, leaving a trail of grisly, posed crime scenes across Europe. Jacob Kanon, NYPD, whose daughter was among the victims, also stalks them across Europe, not bathing and generally behaving like a massive jerk and stereotypical American abroad. *Shudder* Inexplicably, he interests the latest recipient of the killers' postcards, a Swedish journalist named Dessie. From this point on it's pretty much a "two very different people must band together to save innocent lives from the depraved villain" story, with a gross sexytime thrown in there. Ew. The dénouement was very ... strange, rather hastily cobbled together. Because things are going on in Sweden, yes, there is an Ikea involved. *thumbs up*I guess the only reason I gave this two stars instead of one was the Swedish settings ... which is a totally bizarre reason, I know. But the names and places reminded me of my beloved Stieg Larsson. Except here we have no butt-kicking female, nor an interesting male lead. Our male lead, Jacob, is mostly memorable for the fact the he seems to abhor bathing (?!?!?!!). An amusing read, in a way. I'll probably seek out more of Marklund's stuff.

  • Jodi
    2019-03-25 18:10

    Quick, easy read. Certainly, not a book that will "improve" my mind but just like trying to eat healthy, every once in awhile I need a cookie or a piece of chocolate to relax and feel happy. I feel the same way about Patterson - he is my "mind candy." I cannot fathom where he comes up with his creepy ideas but it is fun to escape once in awhile. The Postcard Killers kept me guessing until the end because I couldn't figure out how they could be in so many places at once. Hopefully, an "end" was put to these horrible artists!! I have been to Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and St. Petersburg, Russia so it was so fun to read about these places in my mind because I have actually been there - pretty cool, I think! I loved picturing the pedestrian street in Old Town in Stockholm, and "The Little Mermaid Statue" in Copenhagen! Such great memories. I also took the cruise line "Silja" from Sweden to Finland and saw all the archipeligo. I was also there during the "Midnight Sun" and could totally relate to Jacob's inability to sleep!

  • Cindy
    2019-02-27 19:51

    This standalone thriller was good. I know that he does not appeal to some, but I like the short chapters and staccato style of Patterson. This one has a few twists and turns in store for the reader as it follows a heartbroken father intent on bringing his daughter's killers to justice. Jacob is on the trail of a pair of serial killers who target other couples. It's mindless entertainment and just the kind of escape reading that I wanted.

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2019-02-24 12:43

    James Patterson seems to continually disappoint me these days. It's bad enough that I hated his last two books, but this one is only marginally better. Many people are die hard Patterson fans and until quite recently I would have also put myself in that category. Unfortunately, I am now becoming very cynical when it comes to any book he has co-written.This particular book I was actually looking forward to due to many reasons. The first is that he has never co-written with author before; and secondly because Lisa Marklund is a successful author in her own right. Once again I have been let down.The story itself sounded pretty good from the bog standard jacket info. NYPD Detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of some of the most famous European cities. However, his reasons for the tour are not what you imagine. His daughter Kimmy was brutally murdered along with her fiancé while visiting Rome. Since then other couples have been found murdered in many other cities. There seem to be no connections except for a postcard that is sent to a local newspaper prior to each of the murders. Jacob feels that he has to track the killers down to find himself some peach and the only way to do that is team up with Dessie Larson, a reporter that received a postcard in Stockholm.The first few chapters are pretty good with non stop action from the killer and the detectives. Gruesome crime scenes and the police scratching their head is the general theme of the story in the beginning. This book actually had the potential to be really good.Sadly, both Lisa Marklund and James Patterson got bored around halfway through this book and decided to slow the pace and the storyline at the same time. The story itself was okay, but it seemed to become more lacklustre the further into the book you got.The main character Jacob was not the strongest character I have read, but by no means the worst either. The relationship between Jacob and Dessie was also a bone of contention for me as it was very unbelievable and stilted.Besides Jacob and Dessie, the only other characters that the reader is drawn to, is that of the killers. The killers were so mentally unbalanced it was laughable. There was nothing like the connection you feel to characters when reading a Cross novel. This is one of the major factors that is turning me rapidly into a Patterson turncoat.I still pray that when the next Cross novel is released by Mr Patterson alone that I will take back all my words of criticism and be a number one fan again. I think that overall Patterson fans want just that, Patterson and Patterson alone. Leave the co-writing alone for a while!

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-04 15:51

    I am a Patterson junkie. I admit it. I'm not ashamed of it. Yes, he spits out novels like an assembly line, but I eagerly anticipate each and every book that he produces. Although I enjoyed The Postcard Killers, it wasn't one of my favorite Patterson books. I didn't feel any real connection to the characters in the story. I didn't really care what happened to them. I felt that the romance between the the male and female protagonist was forced and unnatural. Their relationship actually made me uncomfortable. One minute they are discussing horrific murders and the next they are in bed together? After just meeting? I just can't buy into that.The overall story was interesting, but didn't really hold my attention that well. It takes place mainly in Sweden, which I found to be a unique location and not one that I've seen in other Patterson books. I really enjoyed this change in locale from other Patterson novels. I do not know anything about the geography of Sweden, so I would be curious to know how accurate the descriptions were in this book.The story is about a couple who travel around Europe committing murders and posing their victims to resemble famous paintings. A bit of a strange plot, but interesting, nonetheless. I know practically zero about art and art history so the descriptions of painters and paintings had me glazed over at times. Although I can appreciate art, it is not something that I have a strong interest in, so this book wasn't exciting for me as some of Patterson's previous works.This is a quick read with Patterson's trademark 2-3 page chapters and easily read in a day or so. It's an interesting story, but not one of my favorites by Patterson - just a middle-of-the-road story for me. Jennifer

  • Vasavi
    2019-03-14 15:12

    I usually don’t get into the actual content of the book in my reviews, I just express my views on the book.. but am not able to stop myself here.This novel has degraded the meaning of art as much as possible and the dignity of brother and sister relationship was brought down.Felt that some unfitting content was introduced at unfitting situations, just to make the novel a commercial success.There were some unanswered questions in the book..If the killers are trying to just create an imitation of the famous art, why cant they create art with living people and take snaps?Why were the police so dumb not even to work on very obvious clues?There was no reason given on how a kid can kill her parents in the name of art, the author did not bother to mention what mental condition of her made her do this.The author just created a suspense that the sales girl was hiding something and then she went missing, but did not bother to reveal the suspense later.Why were the lead characters discussing leisurely about the heroine's childhood and the hero's ex-wife in climax when the hero was supposed to be restlessly waiting for his daughter's killers to arrive? This has diluted the climax.When the killer considered killing as art, then why did she protest when the hero was coming to kill her at the end?I do understand that this is just a fiction, but there is a limit to anything.. felt that the author just projected some brutal acts without any basic logic and it failed to make any sense to me.Some phrases like the glittering eyes, grinding teeth and banging fists were repeated tooooo many times.I got irritated that apart from the ridiculously small chapters of the book, the epilogue also had chapters!

  • Brenda the compassionate liberal Whitner
    2019-02-24 15:45

    Not one of Pattersons best books. Kind of a let down. Post card killers are moving across Europe killing couples by slashing their throats and putting them in poses according to famous art exhibits. Jacob a cop from New York is hot on the case because his daughter was one of the first victims. He meets up with Dessie a reporter in Sweeden and they work to solve the case, while doing this they fall in love. Not much to the story or the capture. I was a little disappointed with this one. I am a great James Patterson fam I have read 37 of his books this is deffinately not one of my favorites.

  • Marian Deegan
    2019-02-25 14:00

    There is not a single shiver in this story, and despite a pocketful of lurid details, the writing was deadly dull. I expect my guilty pleasures to offer entertainment, if nothing else, but there was nary a suspenseful or lively moment in this narrative. If I were you, I wouldn't touch this one.

  • Gina
    2019-03-21 17:55

    *Please note: I cannot quote anything from the book. I'd won and received an ARC copy through the contest on the author's website. NYPD Detective Jacob Kanon has been all over Europe for almost six months. His on the trail of a serial killer, one that sends postcards and pictures to the newspapers before and after each killing. But it's for sure the murders are being committed by a serial killer. Victims are of young couples in love, either boyfriend/girlfriend, engaged, or newlyweds. The victims are drugged, murdered (throats slit), and posed, and polaroid pictures are taken and sent to the same person they previously sent the postcards to. The murders are committed once, in one city, then the killer moves on. Jacob is on the hunt for what he calls The Postcard Killers, and won't stop until they're caught. At every murder, he becomes more and more frustrated, and despair is crashing on him. You see, he'd sent his daughter on vacation to Rome with her fiance, and she was one of the Postcard Killers's victims. Guilt-ridden, he's determined to catch them, no matter the cost. Dessie Larsson, a Swedish reporter, received a postcard and wonders what it's supposed to mean. But then the polaroid arrives, and she's dragged into the case, against her wishes. She's persuaded by the police to write a letter and publish it in the newspaper, meant to capture the killers' attention. It does, in a gruesome way, and now Dessie feels responsible for the second set of victims, believing that, if she hadn't written the letter, the killers would have moved on and the victims in Stockholm would still be alive. Together, Jacob and Dessie comb through the evidence, the postcards, the polaroids. There's a pattern, but just when it seems obvious, it floats away. One picture in particular haunts Dessie, for the posed victims remind her of something. After talking to her ex-husband, she's figured out what all the polaroids have in common; the victims are posed to immitate reknown paintings, famous paintings. When clues fall into place, pictures of the killers are released to the media, and a widespread manhunt ensues, only to have the tables turned on them. The killers give themselves up, acting like a pair of tourists caught in the middle of the whole fiasco. Jacob is sure they are the killers, but there's not enough evidence. No prints, no DNA, no nothing. But when they're released, Jacob loses it. He needs to find evidence it's them, and decides to investiage their pasts - in Los Angeles. The more people he talks to, the more he's certain that Sylvia and Malcolm Rudolph, twins, sister and brother, are the killers. As more clues fall into place, he returns to Dessie, and together the find another clue: a website created about their art group. One page needs a password to access, and no matter what they try, the password is denied. That is, until they hit the right password. What they find, is indescribable. The killers aren't just Sylvia and her twin brother, Malcolm, but several other people, all over Europe. All part of the same art group, and art group formed by Sylvia and Malcolm. Jacob and Dessie are hot on the twins's trail, through northern Sweden, where Dessie had enlisted the help of her cousin to see if they could find and track the twins. When news of a second car theft reaches them, Dessie passes on the information to her cousin, and the car gets spotted. The climax of the story is swift and brutal, but the epilogue is very sweet. **Not your garden-variety killers. Ha! (If you read the book, you'll catch the pun, LOL!) I liked Dessie right from the beginning. Even though she was a small-time reporter, she didn't want to be reknown. That wasn't for her. She didn't care if her byline was under the biggest story. She wasn't in it for the prestige. Her morals and beliefs grounded her, and I liked that about her very much. When the police persuade her to post a letter to the killers, offering them a large sum of money for an interview, she's viewed in the media as unethical and immoral, and this really disturbs her. Jacob is on a one-track mind: to find his daugther's killers, no matter the cost. Severely depressed by guilt, believing that if he hadn't sent his daughter and her boyfriend/fiance to Rome on vacation, she'd still be alive, he'll stop at nothing to find and capture her killers. I liked his tenacity, even if I found him to be immoral at times. For him, morality flew out the window the minute he confirmed his dead daughter's body was his daughter's. I also loved how the walls he built around himself came crashing down when Dessie came into the picture, and how her face kept coming to mind while he was away from her. I think Dessie was his "saving grace." The killers, Malcolm and Sylvia Rudolph... what a pair of psychotics. I think the most disturbing to me was watching them interact with their victims. *shudder* Reading a murder-mystery, you expect gruesome crime scenes, so I was prepared for it. But you don't really get into the killers minds, you just see them interact with everyone around them, how they act with their victims, how they "put on a show" about being simple art students and tourists, taking in the sights and museums... that was disturbing. The climax was perfect. And the epilogue was sweet. One thing, though... I'd have liked to see Jacob "say goodbye" to his daughter with Dessie beside him. Another perfect James Patterson novel. No unneeded details or descriptions, vivid descriptions bring mental pictures to mind that make you shudder, characters that are complicated with simple words, and short chapters make this a quick, but very enjoyable, read. Highly recommended!

  • Steve
    2019-03-21 17:51

    The action in this book picked up from the very first page, which actually left me a tiny bit shocked. However, the investigative side did pick up after that rather quickly, and keep me hooked. The chapters were brutally short (420 pages, 140 chapters!) which led to a lot of scene changes, but it was fairly easy to keep it all in my head. The climax was drawn out a little too much for my liking, and then ended incredibly abruptly. The resolution was nice, but I would have liked to have seen more.

  • Сибин Майналовски
    2019-03-11 18:06

    Зле. Много, много, много зле. И не говоря за калпаво направения epub от страна на издателство "Ентусиаст" (сериозно, пичове, и за това искате пари?!?! с почти никакви отстъпи на първи ред, с правописни грешки (еди-кой си "СА ВЪРНА") и тирета, цъфнали навсякъде?! е, не!!!). Говоря за мудното повествование, които се точи като песен на Слави Трифонов на погребение. Говоря за елементарно изградените образи (детектив-американец, плосък като синьо "Виктори", и мома-шведка, нимфоманеста и тъпа като галош). Говоря за прекрасно окепазената идея, която, ако беше подхваната от Крис Картър или Джефри Дивър, щеше да е егати бестселъра, а сега прилича на смотан афганистански превод на някое от онанистичните съчинения на МП, ЗК или ГГ. Единственото хубаво нещо в цялата книга е обяснението що, аджеба, трепе тоз народ, ама то идва чак в края и е замазано с фекала на аматьорски описаните финални сцени. Ужас и безумие. И като си помисля, че за това нещо дадох 8 лева... "Ентусиаст", искам си парите обратно :)

  • Aaron
    2019-03-14 12:45

    James Patterson teams up with Liza Marklund, a bestselling author from Scandanavia, to bring readers on a romp through Europe to catch a pair of killers that use postcards to local newspaper journalists as their calling card. Dessie Larsson is a reporter for a Swedish newspaper, and she is the latest journalist to get such a postcard. It does not take long for her to be contacted by Jacob Kanon, a detective from the New York Police Department.Jacob has an interest in the postcard killers, as well, though his interest is much more personal. His daughter was on vacation with her boyfriend in Rome when they became the first victims. Since then, couples have turned up dead in a number of cities with postcards and photographs being the only clues to direct local authorities to where the bodies are.Thanks to their unique backgrounds, Dessie and Jacob are able to make some connections that produce possible leads in identifying the killers. Unfortunately, the Swedish legal system and the police themselves are not completely open to utilizing their suggestions. Some of this might be due tot he fact that Dessie recently broke up with one of the women detectives assigned to the case.With that said, the police are not afraid to use Dessie's connections at the newspaper to write a letter to the killers with the hopes of calling them out and making a mistake. Dessie knows that this is not something that will be well received by the media, but she has hopes that it will stop the killers before they target another couple. As they work together, Dessie and Jacob find that they might want to be more than investigative partners and a relationship starts to develop. I do have to say that this seems to be a bit of an annoying subplot since Dessie's bisexuality seems to be totally pushed aside for this to happen.This is a typical Patterson novel with lots of gore and a the steady uptick in pace until the edge-of-your-seat climax. In some ways, the novel seems to draw on Dan Brown's novels as art plays a major role in the resolution of the case.The killers themselves prove to be pretty interesting characters. As with most of Patterson's novels, the reader has an idea of who they are from the beginning with their narrative being told along side the detectives. They definitely have issues of their own since Patterson loves to use those with mental problems as his murderers.All-in-all, I really liked this one. I am not a big fan of Jacob, who comes across as quite the arrogant ass. If he pushed in on my turf the way he does in this novel for the Swedes, I would probably ignore him, too. Dessie is quite interesting.I will be curious to see if this one leads to sequels.

  • Jennifer Defoy
    2019-03-27 12:11

    I've only read a few James Patterson novels. I've always heard great things about his writing and I really wanted to start reading some of his stuff. My only problem thus far is that everything of his I've read has been so predictable. I've had such high expectations for each of his books and I've been let down with each one.Having said that I don't hate his books. I think that the sheer number of books that he has released, with co-authors, has lead to a bit of overkill. I like the story lines, I like the characters, but it's so easy to predict the end of the book.This one was no different. While it did have a bit more of an emotional connection than I've felt with the other Patterson novels it was still predictable. I liked the characters. Dessi was a great character. She was very well rounded, she had such a great back story, and as her past starts popping up she becomes even more likable. For her to come from where she came from and be able to do what she's done it was very touching. Jack wasn't an unlikable character, but I didn't really connect with him. I did feel sympathy for him, but that was about the extent of my connection.The story was pretty fast-paced. Things happened pretty quickly in this one. It didn't take long for the killers to get going, actually that's how the book opens. As the reasoning behind the killings come out, it is pretty shallow. But I guess a killer doesn't really have to have a good reason to kill (killers are crazy after all).Since this was an audiobook I have to talk about the narrators. There were actually three of them in this story. I liked the differences in the narrators. It helped me to keep track of when the story changed. When I'm listening to an audiobook I find it easy to get lost as far as what's going on, and who's doing what but the three different narrators would at least keep me on track as to who the story was following. I have to say that I wish more audiobooks were read like this, I really liked it. A review copy of this title was provided by Hachette Book Group.

  • Mark
    2019-03-23 11:48

    This was a quick read nice for the daily traintrip from and to work. I did enjoy the short chapters, which is quite usual in Pattersons work and found the decor of Sweden pleasing, which was a break of Pattersons usual placement of adventures.The book is about a set of serial killers that post a postcard to the press before they murder a couple. NYPD detective Jacob Kanon (nice masculine and no-nonsense name)is on leave and tracking this set of killers. His drive is that they killed his daughter Kimmy and her boyfriend during a trip to Rome he had given them upon completing their schooling at Juilliard. And he is doing not such a good job so far.In Sweden journalist Dessie Larsson receives a postcard from unknown people. And pretty soon she will be dragged into a world she does know from her studies but finds it hard to cope with. She and Jacob will be changing the hunt on these killers and finale try to resolve their murderous journey.It is an easy book to read with some explicit scene of gore and sexuality. with the short chapters you'll find yourself making quick headway. And even if the book is more often predictable in its outcome and conclusions it remains an entertaining read.I do not rate it any higher as Marklund & Patterson have delivered far better books alone. But you have to admit that the cooperation did work. Recommended on the beach or while traveling.

  • jv poore
    2019-03-11 15:53

    Postcard Killers, by James Patterson & Liza Marklund, follows an unusual crime spree. Young couples are being murdered, their bodies posed in unique, yet familiar and haunting poses. Although the crimes are happening all over Europe, a NYPD detective is the person hot on the trail, for very personal reasons. A reluctant reporter becomes involved in the hunt for the killers. She and the dectective form an unlikely, yet productive team. Her expertise on petty crime, combined with her knowledge of art and his dogged determinedness uncovers the reasons for the crimes, and eventually, the criminals.Reading this will be a thrill for any mystery fan. The story-line moved quickly, the murderers and their crimes were chilling; however, none of the characters were remarkable. Relationships seemed obligatory and the ending felt rushed. As more and more information is discovered about the criminals, there are several questions raised as to when these priveledged kids became killers, why the chose this path and who the instigator was. These questions were never answered, but it did not appear as if they were meant to linger, thus setting up anticipation for a sequel, rather, they just seem forgotten. For a solid plot with intricate twists and turns, I really liked this book. The lack of depth in all of characters and the rushed ending were somewhat dissapointing.

  • Julie
    2019-03-03 12:06

    I really enjoy a good Patterson read. It has all of the elements that I love in a story--action, thrills, suspense. Unfortunately, I didn't feel it with this particular book.The story itself was good; very clever and well thought out. Obviously I knew who the killers were since they were revealed at the very beginning of the story, but when it looked like they had alibis for some of the murders, I began to wonder who it was that was working with them. I never was able to figure that one out on my own. And this marks a good mystery in my opinion.The part that I struggled with were the characters. Usually, I am drawn to the characters immediately in Patterson's books. I identify with them and am able to lose myself in their story. But Jack and Dessie were hard to connect with. They seemed emotionally-stunted, and indeed maybe that was the author's intent. But it just didn't make for a pleasurable read for me.Of course I will continue to read Patterson's work; I am a big fan. This one just didn't do it for me.

  • Melodie
    2019-03-25 14:43

    James Patterson may be somewhat of a formula writer, but he hides it well, and I am rarely disappointed.And this held true for The Postcard Killers, a collaborative effort with Liza Marklund. Young couples on holiday in Europe are the prey of sadistic serial killers.Postcards are sent to journalists in each country before each murder is discovered. One of these victims is the daughter of an NYPD detective, Jacob Kronon. He has been on the trail of the killers and will not stop until his daughter has justice. He reluctantly teams up with Dessie Larsson, a Swedish journalist who received the latest postcard. The story opens dramatically, and the reader is filled with a sense of urgency as the story unfolds. The chapters are short.This along with the pace of the story keeps the reader turning the pages.I wish I could say that I saw the collaboration in the story,but beyond the location this seemed to me to be all James Patterson.But maybe this is unfair as I am unfamiliar with Ms.Marklund and her work. Any which way however, it was a good story.

  • Quetzi Fernald
    2019-02-25 12:00

    If you are in to books with foreign settings you will really love this book! But even if you aren't, you don't want to miss out on reading this rollercoaster of a thriller ride! This is James Patterson & Liza Marklund at their best! I couldn't put this book down & it was so enthralling that I even had dreams about it! I KNOW that a book is really great if I dream about it!The author's take you on a ride from the USA to Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Stockholm & Italy! I'm usually good at guessing the ending or close to the end how a book finishes, but this book was filled with all kinds of surprises! A NYPD detective, named Jacob Kanon is determined to find his daughter's killer, even if he has to follow them to the end of the world! Will his determination succeed or will it lead him terribly array? Well, I'm not going to tell you. Why spoil all the fun! All I can say is this book will keep you guessing all the way to the end & you can't put it down until it's finished! :) For me, it's been one of the best books, so far, this year that I've read!

  • Darcia Helle
    2019-03-03 17:42

    I couldn't connect to the characters. They were poorly developed and I just didn't care what happened to them. There was a lot of telling me about emotions and actions but not a lot of showing me and letting me feel it. I found it dragged out in the sense that I could skim 5 or 6 pages, then read a few paragraphs, and not miss much of anything. Yet, at the same time, the interesting scenes were too quick and I was left wanting more details.I used to be a huge Patterson fan. Over the past few years, I've been disappointed and have stopped reading his work. This is only the second "co-authored" book I've read and I doubt I'll read another. It wasn't terrible but simply wasn't worth my time.** I received this e-book as a review copy from Little, Brown andCompany, through **

  • Kimmylou
    2019-02-26 20:05

    Can you say disappointed? Well I am saying it about this book; Mr. Patterson has let me down BIG time! The book did not grab me the way that all of his previous works have. The story comes out of the gate as if it just ate a huge six course meal….SLOOOOOOW. So I continue on, and continued to be let down. The “Killers” were not developed, their murders were un- eventful, there were no bases or insight on their psych they were shallow. The main character was not developed at all it seems as if he was just sat out to look pretty and claim there was a main character. I can honestly say that Name recognition has gotten one over on me for sure, and I sure hope that Patterson is not going to throw out any more drivel, if so I am going to have to pass!

  • John
    2019-03-06 13:55

    I read the first 1/3 on a long plane ride and had a hard time keeping my eyes from slipping off the pages. THE POSTCARD KILLERS wins the prize for being the most mediocre book ever written. Had it been outright bad, I could've just stuffed it into the stewardess's garbage sack and been done with it. Instead I soldiered on, hoping it would get better.On the flight home, I read the next 1/3. Didn't get any better, didn't get worse. I didn't like it; I didn't dislike it. Eventually, I just couldn't take it anymore. Have you ever read 250 pages of a novel and felt absolutely nothing? No emotions whatsoever, neither positive nor negative? Just an empty, soul-sucking void? Very few authors apart from James Patterson can pull that off.

  • Valaree
    2019-03-26 18:55

    I love a mystery! Especially an original mystery! This was my first Patterson read. The title & cover illustration grabbed my attention the minute I saw it on the shelf. The concept of a series of international murders of young couples, each preceded by a postcard clue, was intriguing. The pursuit by the two main protagonists (Jacob & Dessie) linked well together. It was a fact, easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it...loved the twists & turns...but to be honest, some parts of the murders were just a little too gruesome & graphic for this chick! If you seek a scary vacation thriller with a satisfying solution, Patterson's novel is your best bet!