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The Postcard Killers
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

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

Five

UNCONSCIOUSNESS HAD LOWERED THE BRIT’S pulse and blood pressure, but the pressure in his jugular still made the blood gush out in a fountain almost three feet from his body.

Sylvia checked that she hadn’t been hit by the cascade.

“Bingo,” Mac said. “You hit a geyser.”

The force of the flow soon diminished to a rhythmic pulsing. The bubbling sound as the air and blood mixture seeped from the severed throat gradually faded away until finally it stopped altogether.

“Nice work,” Mac said. “Maybe you should have been a doctor.”

“Too boring. Too many rules. You know me and rules.”

Sylvia carefully moved away from Clive, propping him against the cheap headboard. She got blood on her arms when she arranged the man’s hands on his stomach, right on top of left, but didn’t bother to wash it off yet.

“Now it’s your turn, darling,” she said to the doped-up Englishwoman.

Emily Spencer was thin and light. Her breathing had almost stopped already. Her blood scarcely spurted at all.

“How much champagne did she actually drink?” Sylvia asked as she arranged the woman’s small hands on her stomach.

She looked down at her bloody arms and went into the shower. Mac followed her.

They pulled off the latex gloves. Carefully they soaped each other and the stiletto, rinsed themselves off, and left the shower running. They dried themselves with the hotel’s towels, which they then stuffed into the top of Sylvia’s backpack.

Then they got dressed and took out the Polaroid camera.

Sylvia looked at the bodies on the bed, hesitating, deciding if the look was right.

“What do you think about this?” she asked. “Does it work?”

Mac raised the camera. The brightness of the flash blinded them momentarily.

“Works pretty damn well,” he said. “Maybe the best one yet. Even better than Rome.”

Sylvia opened the room’s door with her elbow and they stepped out into the corridor. No security cameras, they’d made sure of that on the way up.

Mac pulled his sleeve down over his fingers and hung the DO NOT DISTURB sign outside the door. The door closed with an almost inaudible click.

The sounds of the night faded into silence. The gentle patter of the shower inside the room could just be heard above the hum of the ventilation system.

“Stairs or elevator?” Mac asked.

“Elevator,” Sylvia said. “I’m tired. Murder is hard work, darling.”

They waited until the doors had closed and the elevator was descending before they kissed.

“I love being on honeymoon with you,” Sylvia said, and Mac smiled brilliantly.

Copyright © 2010 by James Patterson

The Postcard Killers
Fiction/General
Audiobook (unabridged CD)
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$34.98/U.S.
Hachette Audio
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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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