Book Review: Murder Beyond the Grave

I can’t remember what I was looking for in the non-fiction section, but this caught my eye. James Patterson, writing NON fiction? And only his name is on the cover? Murder Beyond the Grave came home with me.

Basic Summary (Courtesy of Amazon):

A wealthy kidnapped man fights for his life and a real estate deal turns deadly in these two true crime thrillers that inspired Discovery’s Murder is Forever TV series.

Murder Beyond the Grave (with Andrew Bourelle): Stephen Small has it all: a Ferrari, fancy house, loving wife, and three boys. But the only thing he needs right now is enough air to breathe. Kidnapped, buried in a box, and held for ransom, Stephen has forty-eight hours of oxygen. The clock is ticking . . .
 
Murder in Paradise (with Christopher Charles): High in the Sierra Nevada mountains, developers Jim and Bonnie Hood excitedly tour Camp Nelson Lodge. They intend to buy and modernize this beautiful rustic property, but the locals don’t like rich outsiders changing their way of life. After a grisly shooting, everybody will discover just how you can make a killing in real estate . . .
My thoughts:
Ah, of course, this is all to promote his TV show. sigh.
I brought the book on my 4 hour flight to Texas, thinking with a little nap, this should get me through.
Not even close. It’s a quick read, very quick read. Told in standard Patterson style of bold strokes, third person Omniscient. Not enough detail for me.
I ran through the book in 2 hours. Twiddling my thumbs for the remainder of the flight and mentally comparing this fluff piece to an Innocent Man by John Grisham, which I just watched. Patterson comes up short. Again. When will I learn?

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