Red Alert, an NYPD Red Mystery, is the fifth in the NYPD Red series by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. For those who haven’t read any of the series, you’re missing out. NYPD Red is an elite investigative task force set up to handle the legal problems and complaints of New York’s rich and famous.
NYPD Red is the elite, hard charging, investigative task force called in only for New York City’s most high-profile crimes. Detective Zach Jordan is the best of the best, a brilliant and tireless detective. He puts professionalism above all, ignoring his feelings for his partner Kylie MacDonald, the woman who broke his heart when they first met at the police academy. After solving a brutal string of murders during the Hollywood on Hudson film festival, the scandalous hazmat killer case, the mysterious kidnapping of a billionaire businessman’s son, and a shocking jewel heist at a Manhattan movie premiere, Zach and Kylie return to face the most dangerous criminal of their careers.
Unlike most other crime novels that normally focus on only one or two crimes, this story juggles a few. To quote Captain Cates, “It’s a bad night for the rich and famous.” The novel opens with a dead filmmaker, then a bomb explodes during a gathering of the rich and famous. As if that wasn’t enough, a judge is being blackmailed. On top of that, there’s an eight-hundred-thousand-dollar armed robbery. And the victims happen to be a bunch of high-rollers who aren’t that concerned about losing the money. The person in charge has ties to Kylie and would like to keep it quiet. However, Zach has his suspicion and goes on his own investigation.