The Coast-to-Coast Murders - book cover
Action & Adventure
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition
  • Published : 04 Jan 2022
  • Pages : 576
  • ISBN-10 : 1538753189
  • ISBN-13 : 9781538753187
  • Language : English

The Coast-to-Coast Murders

A detective and an FBI agent join forces on what seems like an open-and-shut case-but a new rash of killings sends them on a pulse-pounding race against time in this intense thriller.

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a terrifying past. Both adopted, and now grown-Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology-they trust each other before anyone else. They've had to. Their parents are public intellectuals, an Ivy League clinical psychologist and a renowned psychiatrist, and they brought up their adopted children in a rarefied, experimental environment. It sheltered them from the world's harsh realities, but it also forced secrets upon them, secrets they keep at all costs.

In Los Angeles, Detective Garrett Dobbs and FBI Agent Jessica Gimble have joined forces to work a murder that seems like a dead cinch. Their chief suspect is quickly identified and apprehended-but then there's another killing just like the one they've been investigating. And another. And not just in Los Angeles-the spree spreads across the country. The Fitzgerald family comes to the investigators' attention, but Dobbs and Gimble are at a loss-if one of the four is involved, which Fitzgerald might it be?

From coastal California to upstate New York, Dobbs and Gimble race against time and across state lines to stop an ingenious and deeply deranged killer-one whose dark and twisted appetites put them outside the range of logic or experience.

Readers Top Reviews

gina p ritchiegeoff
When I finished this book, I had to reread the final chapters as I wasn't sure what had actually happened, who was dead, or who did the killing. Or even how many people were involved. I still don't. Very convoluted all the way through, a lot of rereading involved, and a really inconclusive rubbish ending that I still don't get. Very disappointed with this from James Patterson, and partner. Will avoid this collaboration in future.
Kept me guessing. Lots of twists and turns and fun trying to keep up with the characters. Now I want a follow up to this to know more how and why. May have to read again at some point. It's that good. I would say one of the authors best novels. Keep them coming
Print MD
SEPTEMBER 2020 : 4 STARS. Michael & Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a terrifying past. Both adopted and now grown, Michael is a long-haul truck driver & Megan is a college student. Their parents, a psychologist and psychiatrist brought up their adopted children in a rarefied, experimental environment. As Det Garrett Dobbs & FBI Agent Jessica Gimble search for a killer, Michael & Megan's trust for each other will be tested. I'll start by saying I am not a James Patterson fan but I LOVE JD BARKER! His 4MK thriller series is awesome (The Fourth Monkey, The Fifth To Die and the Sixth Wicked Child) and were all 5-star reads for me. Right from the beginning I can tell Patterson did not have much to do with this book. Mr. Barker has a great style getting into the minds of the characters which you see right from the beginning. You never know what's around the next corner as the plot plays-out. The thrills and action never stop. Twists & turns right to the very end. Definitely expecting a book 2 in this series.
Linda S. DimezzaS. M
I like James Patterson and J. D. Barker. I have all of Barker's books and most of those by Patterson. I am not sure what this book is!! I liked Gimble and Dobbs and most of the law enforcement officers trailing the killer. At times the story was exciting but there were just too many dragged out chapters and passages. The plot twist at the end was good but the ending itself was the major disappointment. Like opening a present on Christmas morning and finding the box empty! I am just wondering if this is the first of a series and the story will continue. Hope so otherwise it was a, as I said, a disappointment!
TulliaPhoto Nuts
I couldn't wait to finish this book. I have a rule that once I start a book I have to finish it. However, it was excruciating to get to the end of this book. It was boring. It was slow moving. It was, at times, repetitive. Michael Kepler is accused of killing numerous people. He claims he did not kill anyone, and that he is being framed. The only person he trusts is his sister Megan in whom he confides everything. This is the sum and substance of this wretched book. Finally, this work is wordy. What was said in 405 pages on my Kindle could have been said in 105 pages. And James Patterson should know better than to connect his name to such fodder. I do not recommend this book. It was a big waste of my time. Amazon verified purchase.

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