James Patterson is one of the most prolific authors today. Last year he earned $70 million to become the world's highest paid author (according to Forbes) surpassing both J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Stephanie Meyer (Twilight). This is all made possible by his teaming up with other authors, and his newest release, The Postcard Killers, falls in this category.
Liza Marklund, a bestselling author in Sweden, was a good choice for turning out an action-packed, will-they-ever-solve-the-mystery thriller. The story takes place in multiple locations in Europe where young couples are being killed in their hotel rooms while on vacation. The killers send a calling card, a postcard, to alert authorities that they will kill in their town. The authorities are puzzled by the staged placement of the victims that resemble well known art. Why take the time to do this?
It takes an unknown journalist and the father of one of the victims (who just happens to be a New York detective) to keep the investigation going and try to find an end to the killings and the father's obsessive grief. The plot and action keep you reading to find out who wins--the killers or their pursuers. One of Patterson's better thrillers.
Warning: not for those who do not want graphic descriptions of the murder scene. SH