Three stories unfold in 10th Anniversary.
San Francisco Police Det. Lindsay Boxer has just gotten married to Joe Molinaro, her long-time (off and on) boyfriend, and is investigating series of drug/rapes, as well as a very unusual case. Avis Richardson, 15, is found naked except for plastic rain poncho, claiming she lost the baby she’d delivered that night.
Avis, a student at Brighton academy (for rich kids) disappears, then is found, then disappears again before she is found. One of her acquaintances tells Lindsay and Avis was seeing English teacher Jordan Ritter.
Assistant DA Yuki Castellano, who has begun Boxer’s new boss, is trying a murder case involving Dr. Candace Martin, head of cardiac surgery at Metro Hospital. Dr. Martin has been accused of killing her philandering husband, Dennis. Yuki is sure she’s got the trial won.
Cindy Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle investigative reporter, is chasing down facts and clues for a story in Boxer’s drug-rape case.
The action moves nicely along, with the WMC members crossing over into each other’s territory. Who killed Dennis Martin? Who is the rapist? What happened to Avis’ baby?
And then, a break. Avis finally produces a couple of names under duress, which prove to be a real lead that Lindsay and medical examiner and Murder Club member Claire Washburn can follow up. And then, there’s a shocking twist in the Dr. Martin murder trial – an unbelievable confession.
Oh, and remember the mysterious rapist? The story that Cindy was chasing down? There’s a startling development in that story as well.
And what about the 10th Anniversary book title? What has that got to do with anything? I’ll tell you right now that it has nothing to do with the cases, but everything to do with the Women’s Murder Club. It’s all explained at the end. Not very relevant to anything, unfortunately.
James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Little, Brown and Company ($27.99 list)