The 8th Confession
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|Author||James Patterson and Maxine Paetro|
|Series||Women's Murder Club|
|Publisher||Little, Brown and Company|
|April 27, 2009|
|Preceded by||7th Heaven|
|Followed by||The 9th Judgment|
From the bookjacket
"As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.
As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built?"
Lindsay and her Women's Murder Club are in this book busy with three cases at the same time!
Stacey Glenn, a dropout girl from the high society has killed many people and she's undergoing a trial in which she has many cards to play; Yuki Castellano - the lawyer of the Murder Club - manages to convict her in the end, but only to find that Glenn, once secluded, is brutally killed - beheaded! - in prison.
The two major plots develop around 2 cases: a homeless bum who goes by the name of Bagman Jesus is beaten to death and then targeted with multiple shots; Linsday and her mates investigate the case but they initially find a wall of silence defending him; many people living in the slums where he lived seem to consider him a sort of a saint. Boxer's team finally gives Bagman Jesus an identity; he is Rodney Brooker, a meth dealer who provoked a terrible explosion with a school bus he used as a drug laboratory; he was not loved by the people who knew him but on the contrary he was feared and hated; he had been actually killed by his mates; who also planned to put the blame one on the other in order to make all confessions void and impossible to be used in a courtoom.
Then there's a girl, whom the reader comes to meet as *Pet Girl*, who kills rich people without leaving any trace behind; the corpses seem immaculate and intact. She kills some couples until Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin manage to trace her while she's trying another murder; her victims were killed with poison from lethal snakes; one of them bites Rich; but he manages to survive and Pet Girl is arrested. In the end, she's revealed to be Norma Johnson, daughter of a man who had taught her how to manage dangerous snakes but wanted to throw her out of his house since she was hated by his lover; Pet Girl-Norma had killed him and from then on she had become a serial killer out of revenge.