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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

Part One

Chapter 1

Thursday, June 10

Berlin, Germany

THE VIEW FROM THE HOTEL room consisted of a scarred brick wall and three rubbish bins. It was probably still daylight somewhere up above the alley, because Jacob Kanon could make out a fat German rat having itself a good time in the bin farthest to the left.

He took a large sip from the mug of Riesling wine.

It was debatable whether the situation inside or outside the room’s thin pane of glass was more depressing.

He turned his back on the window and looked down at the postcards spread out across the hotel bed.

There was a pattern here, wasn’t there, a twisted logic that he couldn’t see.

The killers were trying to tell him something. The bastards who were cutting the throats of young couples all over Europe were screaming right in his face.

They were shouting their message, but Jacob couldn’t hear what they were saying, couldn’t make out their words, couldn’t understand what they meant, and until he could work out their language, he wouldn’t be able to stop them.

He drank the rest of the wine in his mug and poured some more. Then he sat down on the bed, messing up the order he had just arranged for the postcards.

“Let’s look at it this way, then. Let me see who you are!”

Jacob Kanon, a homicide detective from the NYPD’s 32nd Precinct, was a long way from home. He was in Berlin because the killers had brought him here. He had been following their progress for six months, always two steps behind, maybe even three or four.

Only now had the magnitude of their depravity started to sink in with the police authorities around Europe. Because the killers carried out only one or two murders in each country, it had taken time for the pattern to emerge, for everyone except him to see it plainly.

Some of the stupid bastards still didn’t see it, and wouldn’t take help from an American, even a fucking smart one who had everything riding on this case.

He picked up the copies of the postcard from Florence.

The first one.

Copyright © 2010 by James Patterson

The Postcard Killers
Fiction/General
Audiobook (unabridged CD)
ISBN: 1607883821
$34.98/U.S.
Hachette Audio
Read by Erik Singer and Reg Rogers

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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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