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117 Days of James Patterson – Day 110

Day 110, Chapter 110
110.  Holy crap.  Gimme some Claire, today, JPatt.  

“Sorry I’m late. I was on the medical examiner database, still trying to break the logjam in this Lipstick Psycho disaster. Edmund says I should take the pictures of those dead babies down from the board in my office, but I want to keep them up until that devil is in custody.”

“Did you find anything?” I asked.

“I can’t find a pattern that matches anything in any database but ours. No other mother-child shootings. No lipstick messages. The stippling pattern is unique. What is his motivation, his trigger, his problem? I don’t have a clue. Cindy, could you pass the chips?”

1. I will forever be haunted by those words: “Cindy, could you please pass the chips?”
2. Yes, let us discuss the stippling pattern one more goddamn time.  Pete was in the military and the gun seems to be military issue.  For the love of God, can we please move on from this?!
3. “Lipstick Psycho Disaster” is a great band name.
4. She keeps pictures of dead babies on her cubicle wall at work?  Who’s the crazy one?
4. And who the hell is Edmund?

WMC: Yuki Castellano not included.

Now that we have reached the event horizon in this ridiculous excuse for a novel, what would be the point of trying to figure out what the killer’s motives are?  His name is Pete Gordon, he was a soldier in Iraq, he seems to have gone crazy, and he has been killing people.  And the police screwed up his capture on several occasions, thus he is still at large.  Just find him.  Jesus, won’t this thing end?

And if you really want to know, Claire, I’m sure there’s something in his military records that drove him to this lunacy.  You just don’t have clearance for that, though, sorry.  Maybe you should just read this stupid book.

Claire doesn’t buy the fact that Pete is motivated by money – and she’s probably right, but again, who cares?  She asks where the investigation currently stands – we left things with the FBI after Pete wrote on another windshield that he wanted $5 million.  Lindsay doesn’t know anything – “Benbow is in charge.” The girls discuss setting a trap for Lipsticky, since he will most likely kill more people if the FBI ignores him.  Which they seem to be doing – especially since Special Agent Dick Benbow was last seen driving Heidi and Sarah off into the wild blue yonder.

Claire claims to have “an interesting idea, different from the last time” for catching Pete.  Lindsay is relieved, as she doesn’t want to take off all her clothes and drive around town again, never knowing “when Gordon would take the money and pop (her).”  (Presumably, “pop” is not a euphemism.)  Then the chapter just ends.
Go to Day 111

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5 comments on “117 Days of James Patterson – Day 110

  1. Anonymous
    August 17, 2010

    OMG! PLEASE help Seth (and me) make it these last 7 days. (ugh)

  2. Nate
    August 17, 2010

    A thought just struck me, and I can't sort it out based only on these excerpts Seth's posted. Just WTF POV is Patterson using in this thing? It seems like first person from Lindsay's POV, but then we get some kind of third person omniscience that bounces to Pete and Sarah and others whenever the mood strikes.

    I'm thoroughly confused now and wish this question would never have occurred to me, as I don't care about it any more than I do anyone or anything else occurring in this novel.

  3. Anonymous
    August 18, 2010

    One more week! Just one more week!

    I admire your perseverance. It's been hard enough reading the book vicariously through your eyes, even with your wonderful commentary and disgust. Can't imagine what it's been like for you. Thank you for performing this public service.

  4. Seth Marko
    August 18, 2010

    Nate, any chapter from Lindsay's POV is 1st person POV. (She's always the “I” in the excerpts I post.) All the others are 3rd person omniscient. I probably should have covered that 110 days ago. 🙂

  5. Nate
    August 18, 2010

    No, it was always pretty clear Lindsay's the “I” in the first person stuff, Seth. I just don't know why he would bounce around rather than sticking to one POV, because it's a big sloppy mess in Patterson's hands.

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