Plot summary (from the publisher): Your best friend
Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer–even her closest friends.
Or a vicious killer?
Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she’s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims.
You won’t know until the 11th hour
A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay’s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to–especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women’s Murder Club novel ever.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- Like all of Patterson’s co-authored books, this was a blazingly fast read made up of over 100 very short chapters.
- The main characters seemed a bit toned down in this book. I remember being turned off from the series because of some over-the-top actions from the Women’s Murder Club members, but their individual “quirks” were less of an annoyance this time around.
- There was more focus on the casework in this book and less on the personal relationships with husbands/boyfriends or how the ladies need to use the Other Woman house cleaning service since they’re so busy with work, which I greatly appreciated.
- The cases were actually interesting and made me eager for answers.
- Although both cases (the severed heads in the movie star’s garden and the vigilante cop) were interesting enough, I felt that each got short shrift by being covered in the same book. Why the need for two main cases here? Either one could have been beefed up enough to fill an entire book on its own — especially a book as short as these Murder Club installments.
- I absolutely despised Lindsay and Joe’s argument. She became convinced he was cheating on her, so she kicked him out of the house without bothering to listen to his side. I don’t know what kind of relationships people tend to have, but it seems to me that this kind of thing would ONLY happen in a book, TV show, or movie. Who values their husband so little that she wouldn’t even let him speak out in a situation like that??? Especially when Joe had done nothing (to that point) to make Lindsay distrust him. WTF?
- I don’t really like how these cases are solved. The whole investigation seems very passive, and as a reader, I don’t get a chance to test my own P.I. chops in an attempt to figure out whodunit. The author provides scant suspects, pointless interviews, and zero clues. The whole solution basically hinges on an accidental discovery or a fuckup on the part of the perp. Not very fun from a reader’s perspective.
As far as the Women’s Murder Club series goes, 11th Hour is actually one of the better books in the series. The cases are intriguing, the characters are (mostly) on their best behavior, and the story as a whole was entertaining. But the book comes off as merely average when considered in light of the larger crime fiction genre, so I give it just 3 stars out of 5.