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NYPD Red #3
James Patterson / Marshall Karp
Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder

Hachette Audio
3/16/2015/ ISBN 9781478927938
Thriller / Detectives / New York / Audiobook - Unabridged

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

Prologue: There’s money to be made.

NYPD Red is a special task force that handles high-profile cases that involve the wealthy and the most powerful in New York. Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald are the primary detectives. The partners have a romantic history, but its Zach’s current girlfriend, Cheryl, (NYPD phycologist) he is celebrating New Years with, and it’s in one of the most luxurious hotels in New York. It’s short lived when Cheryl’s ex-husband has an emergency, and Kylie calls Zach about the Alden case.

Businessman Hunter Alden Jr. is at his father’s New Year’s Day party; a yearly event for the rich and powerful. Alden is too upset at his teen son, Trip, to enjoy the smell of money or the expensive liquor flowing nonstop. Alden expected Trip’s chauffer/body guard, Peter, to know better and deliver Trip on time. When Alden arrives home and opens the garage door, he expects to see his son and his newest commission, a personalized, 1.1 million dollar German car. What he finds is Trip’s Camera case with a head, a phone, and a note.

The Alden case is one of the most difficult for NYPD Red. They have a head, a note, two missing teens and a father who refuses to aid in the search. Money and power is controlling NYPD Red’s every move. Their boss steps forward with a reminder that the wealthy’s tax bracket provides more police for the city than any other. When things heat up and the unforgivable side of the rich and powerful is revealed, we see a battle of wills in the department – a temptation to cover up and a personal need to expose everything.

NYPD RED 3 has plenty of twists and turns, but it’s the freezing cold, slick roads, fast cars and flying bullets that will keep the pages turning. The last half of the storyline is a real thriller.

Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder once again narrate the NYPD Red team – it’s intense entertainment at its best. In typical Patterson style, the violence and language is over the top, so remember your headphones. The unbridged audio version also gives listeners an excerpt of Patterson’s next title, Miracle at Augusta.

Reviews of other titles in this series

NYPD     [audio] #1
NYPD 2   [audio]
NYPD 3  [audio]
NYPD 4  [audio]
Red Alert  [audio] #5

Reviewed 2015