This is another propulsive thriller by Marshall Karp, featuring the NYPD Red team. This group of police investigators doesn't shy away from tips given by the most unlikely witnesses. They are able to follow leads in an expeditious way (remember this is fiction!), and yet give credence police procedures. Hard to put down, this is a terrific read, packed with wit, humor and plot twists.
I really liked this book and felt The Murder Sorority was a plausible and maybe even real group that could exist within our government. The story was fast paced, with plenty of twists and lots of action. I'm always a fan of kickass females who don't need rescuing and Detective Kylie MacDonald definitely fits that description. She's sarcastic, smart, and can hold her own against anyone including her partner, Zach Jordan.
There's also a couple of side stories that relate to the detectives' personal lives, which I liked, as it gives you more depth and insight into their characters. And since this is an ongoing series, it's nice to learn more about them and have their stories keep developing.
This, the seventh book in the series co-written by James Patterson and Marshall Karp, marks Karp's first solo effort. And I must say I enjoyed it thoroughly and hope to read many more. For those not familiar with the series, the books focus on the elite New York group of detectives known as NYPD Red and specifically on detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald.
Two in-your-face assassinations happen in fairly rapid succession - one man killed by a long-range sniper and the other done in by a killer obviously well versed on where a knife should slice to do the damage quickly and efficiently. As the investigation picks up steam, Zach and Kylie learn about an old guy who brags about a "sorority" called Kappa Omega Delta (Killers On Demand) that's actually a group of elderly military-trained male assassins who apparently have been plying their trade for years. Finding them, however, doesn't come easy; they may be good at killing, but they're even better at eluding identification and capture.
Tracking them down is only part of the story, though; both Kylie, has a serious boyfriend who develops a serious issue, and Zach has a current main squeeze and at least one in his past who comes back to haunt him - though not necessarily in a bad way. All in all, there's plenty of action that kept me turning pages, and I'm already looking forward to the next installment. Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy of this one.
In the 7th installment of NYPD Red, a series about a duo of cops, Kylie MacDonald and Zach Jordan, who are assigned the high profile celebrity cases of New York City, Marshall Karp is now the sole author, having taken over after co-authoring the previous six books with James Patterson. The series retains its excellence with Karp in charge — interesting plots, well-written characters, action packed chapters, truly evil bad guys, and heroic efforts by Kylie and Zach.
In this installment, a Harvey Weinstein type is unbelievably exonerated of killing a police officer and as he steps up to a microphone on the courthouse steps to gloat, an invisible sniper delivers Wild West justice. And then another assasination simultaneously takes place (the scumbag’s equally scummy brother who also got away with murder). So it seems that there is militarily trained squad of killers for hire (known as Kappa Omega Delta/KOD — Killers on Demand) operating in NYC. The subtitle of the book is “The Murder *Sorority*” and not “Murder *Fraternity.*” A clue for the reader in advance of Kylie and Zach uncovering what’s really going on? Or people who “were gender-fluid before it was cool”? This investigation is further complicated when someone close to the team is shot in a seemingly unrelated incident.
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!
Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review!
Literary Pet Peeve Checklist:
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.
Horticultural Faux Pas (plants out of season or growing zones, like daffodils in autumn or bougainvillea in Alaska): NO It’s Manhattan, so lots of parks and greenways make guest appearances.
I have loved the NYPD series by James Patterson and co-authors and this was a wonderful addition to the series!
Marshall Karp is the master behind this amazing 7th installment of the NYPD Red series. This latest installment of the NYPD Red series has blown the others out of the water. This is one series I can read over and over again.
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from Blackstone Publishing and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Suspense, intrigue, action full of police action.
Good book! This book had suspense, intrigue, action, plenty of serial killers, great police chases and great police work! It also had a great who done it! The storyline was very interesting and kept me glued to my kindle! I will definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!