James Patterson. 1st to Die (2001) 424 pp.
In San Francisco’s Grand Hyatt Mandarin Suite, David Brandt feels he
must be the luckiest person on the earth as he celebrates his honeymoon
with his new wife Melanie. However, Phillip Campbell ends that happiness
by killing the couple in their honeymoon suite. This is the first crime
of a vicious serial killer. San Francisco homicide detective Lindsay Boxer
struggles with a dangerous blood condition while striving to solve the
difficult case before the killer strikes again. She forges an alliance
with three other women (a reporter, a medical examiner, and an assistant
DA—they call themselves the Women’s Murder Club) in order to uncover the
identity of the culprit without the continual interference of her male
superiors and those of her new partners, also mostly men.