Someone dubbed "Revenge" by the news media has been killing drug dealers, the most recent being a cocaine broker murdered at his daughter's violin recital. The dealer had been working undercover; the vigilante is probably a cop because the gun that was used was one of several stolen from the department's evidence room.
In the other case, two severed heads (one just a skull) are found at the home of an Oscar-winning actor acquitted of murdering his wife. More skulls are found buried in the backyard garden and everybody is perplexed, with nothing really to go on.
Lindsay's former partner appears to be the prime suspect in the Revenge killings. To complicate matters, a contemptible cockroach reporter has been dogging Lindsay, photographing her and scratching around for information. To further complicate matters, she finds out – from the other woman – that her husband is having an affair with his former fed partner.
With help from the rest of the Women's Murder Club – Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Claire Washburn, San Francisco Chronicle investigative reporter Cindy Thomas, and Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano – Lindsay closes in on the cases. The Revenge killer case is the first to break, but not without consequences.
Then, thanks to modern technology and a skilled forensic anthropologist, the severed skulls are identified. So is the murderer, but only after a grisly scene unfolds. Frankly, it's Pukesville, U.S.A. Yeech.
It's easy to read a James Patterson-Maxine Paetro book, and it's always guaranteed to lock into you. Can't complain in the least about this, 11th Hour, their latest collaboration. Although, I have to say, it's very good, but not great.
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Little, Brown & Company ($27.99 list)