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The Postcard Killers
The Postcard Killers
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ISBN: 0316089516
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400 pages
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ISBN: 0446569941
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ISBN: 145550663X
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432 pages
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Paris is stunning in the summer

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him—he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each café through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

The killing is simply marvelous

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.

Wish you were here

Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm—and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.

The Postcard Killers
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 0316089516
$27.99/U.S.
400 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 0446569941
$14.99/U.S.
384 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Mass Market
ISBN: 145550663X
$9.99/U.S.
432 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Prologue

Four

SYLVIA SMILED AND SLOWLY UNDID the man’s shirt. She managed to get his shoes and trousers off before he collapsed on the bedspread.

“Clive,” the woman slurred. “Clive, I love you forever, you know that…”

Then she, too, fell asleep.

Mac had managed to take all her clothes off — apart from her underwear. He removed the underpants now, carried her to the bed, and laid her down next to her husband. Her hair, a little shorter than Sylvia’s but more or less the same color, spread out like a fan.

Sylvia picked up her purse. She riffled quickly through the credit cards, then looked more closely at the passport.

“Emily Spencer,” she read, checking the photo. “This is good, we look similar enough. That makes it easier.”

“Do you think she’s related to Lady Di?” Mac said, as he pulled off her wedding ring.

Sylvia gathered together Emily Spencer’s clothes, valuables, and other important belongings and stuffed them in her backpack.

Then she opened the bag’s outer pocket and pulled out latex gloves, chlorhexidine, and a stiletto knife.

“Mona Lisa?” she asked.

Mac smiled. “What else? Perfect choice. Help me with the cleaning first, though.”

They pulled on the gloves, got some paper towels from the bathroom, and set about methodically wiping down everything they had touched in the room, including the two unconscious figures on the bed.

Sylvia stared at the man’s genitals.

“He wasn’t that big after all,” she said, and Mac laughed.

“Ready?” she asked, pulling her hair up into a ponytail.

They took off their own clothes and folded them and put them as far away from the bed as possible.

Sylvia started with the man, not for any sexist reasons, just because he was the heavier of the two. She sat behind him and hauled him into her lap, his slack arms flopping by his sides. He grunted as though he were snoring.

Mac straightened the man’s legs, crossed his arms over his stomach, and handed Sylvia the stiletto, which she took in her right hand.

She held the man’s forehead in the crook of her left arm to keep his head up.

She felt with her fingertips for the man’s pulse on his neck and estimated the force of the flow.

Then she thrust the stiletto into the man’s left jugular vein. She cut quickly through muscle and ligaments until she heard a soft hiss that told her that his windpipe had been cut.

Copyright © 2010 by James Patterson

The Postcard Killers
Fiction/General
Audiobook (unabridged CD)
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The Postcard Killers
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 0316089516
$27.99/U.S.
400 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 0446569941
$14.99/U.S.
384 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Mass Market
ISBN: 145550663X
$9.99/U.S.
432 pages
Grand Central Publishing

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