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Publisher's Summary

A CBS TV series starring Alan Cumming - premiering January 2018.

Previously published as Murder Games.

Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally - he's a renowned, best-selling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene - along with a threatening message from the killer - it looks like someone has been taking notes.

Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene - a playing card. Another murder, another card - and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature, they're a deadly hint - pointing directly toward the next victim. As tabloid headlines about the killer known as "The Dealer" scream from newstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal - could Dylan become one?

A heart-pounding novel of suspense more shocking than any tabloid true crime story, Instinct introduces the next unforgettable character from the imagination of James Patterson, the world's number one best-selling author.

©2017 James Patterson and Howard Roughan (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Not Patterson's best work!!!!

I gave this book 2 stars because it's so slow. It's hard to get into. I kept listening thinking for sure it would pick up. I was wrong. I chose this book because all of Patterson's precious work is fast paced and is very suspenseful. This book was neither. It also didn't have the twists and turns and surprise ending I've come to expect from him. This book wasn't awful but it wasn't all that good either. It's an okay read. Go ahead and try it for yourself, you may actually enjoy it. If not you can always return it for a credit. I probably will return it. I don't plan on re reading it.

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Struggled to Finish...

I am a huge fan of James Patterson but I just can't follow the story

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Meh

The whole book felt kinda pretentious. The writer does things like mention a grouse by its scientific name(just one example of many) when it is completely unnecessary and it comes across in a way that makes you want to roll your eyes. The way the reader sounded really helped to push the pretentiousness over the top. Overall just another "killer who leaves behind playing cards" story. Nothing particularly special.

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The thrill never came

The story was disappointing. Says it's a thriller, but the thrill never came. Only saving grace is the voice actor.

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Thriller!

What a great Who done it Thriller! Witty. Sarcastic. Great characters you can’t help but love and hate.

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First Patterson book I’ve really liked in years

When James Patterson first started writing books, I loved them! Then, like other authors who churn them out like butter, they started to fall flat. This was the first one I years I’ve really enjoyed. The story was mostly solid and all the way interesting. There was very little story prolonging yammer that is distracting and makes me lose interest in so many other books (written by anyone). The narrator was an excellent choice too. Highly recommend.

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A Smarmy, Bad Humor Sneer

The good reviews pulled me in, but in the first minutes I could not stand the hero, an unbearably arrogant Yale professor. His smarmy humor so overpowers the story I could not finish the book.

Unfortunately, its a waste of a great premise and mystery.

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loved it...

Keeps you on the edge of your seat.. couldn't stop reading it, good read. thanks..

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Only made it to chapter 7. Couldn't get past there. Really makes me mad that I paid for this garbage. Next time I will be more careful researching the books I buy.

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Murder Game

What made the experience of listening to Murder Games the most enjoyable?

It's a typical James Patterson"s crime and mystery thriller The narration added the enjoyment listening to this audiobook.

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