“His great subject was the struggle of decency against small-mindedness, and his rare gift was to make sheer decency a moving subject. . . . [This] novel runs on the dogged insistence that simple elements carry depths, and readers will find much to be grateful for.”
Spenser heads back to the Boston suburbs to help a mother whose son has been arrested for—wait for it—setting up a fake Twitter account. … The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it’s great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn’s prison-for-profit scheme.
… Fans of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme tales (The Skin Collector, 2014, etc.) will anticipate a long string of surprises, but this time Deaver takes the edge off his customary overgenerous élan, and most of his few lightning bolts land with a thud. Dance's fourth appearance (XO, 2012, etc.) shows her still-creaky skill set—she can't tell when her 12-year-old is lying to her—in search of a plot that can effectively harness her putative gifts
No one can legitimately accuse James Patterson and Maxine Paetro of not giving the readers of the Women’s Murder Club series their money’s worth. … Quite a bit goes on, yet never for a moment did I feel as if I was about to get lost in the intersection of one investigation with another. When two authors (never mind one) can pull off something like that, it’s the occurrence of another intersection, that being craftsmanship with experience. It shows in spades here. … Many people consider the Women’s Murder Club to be Patterson’s best collaborative series. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of sampling the canon, 14th DEADLY SIN is an excellent place to jump on. And while truly a book for all seasons, it may well be the beach read of this summer.