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Book review: “11th Hour” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

San Francisco police are involved in two puzzling multiple murder cases in “11th Hour,” the latest in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.
BY KAY DYER Published: May 20, 2012
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San Francisco police are involved in two puzzling multiple murder cases in “11th Hour” (Little, Brown, $27.99), the latest in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

Detective Lindsay Boxer is pregnant and stressed because her husband, Joe, has been working out of town. She also faces the possibility a co-worker may have used a gun from the police evidence locker to kill several major drug dealers.

Then, two heads with no bodies are found on the grounds of a palatial compound once occupied by famous actor Harry Chandler, whose wife had mysteriously disappeared years before. Lindsay and her partner get that case, too.

As the grounds of the mansion are dug up, other heads, all from women, are found. Lindsay fears there could be hundreds of them buried here. She and her Women's Murder Club friends Yuki, an assistant in the district attorney's office, Cindy, an investigative reporter, and Claire, a medical examiner, share information and their feelings.

When a rival of Cindy blows both stories out of proportion and uses a picture indicating Lindsay's husband could be having an affair, the pressures are almost too much for the women. Although Chandler had been absolved of his wife's disappearance, Lindsay is certain his former home will contain clues to the identities of the victims and possibly of their killer. That leads her to some grisly discoveries no pregnant woman should have to face.

— Kay Dyer