When SFPD detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner are called to a crime scene at the Four Seasons Hotel they find four bodies; a man in one room, a couple in another, and a dead maid in a closet. An alluring blonde who was in the room with the dead man is missing, and all they have on her is a name. A few days later, an airliner enroute to San Francisco from Beijing is shot down as it approaches the airport, killing all on board. One of the dead passengers has the same name as the dead man in the hotel, and the corpse of the airline crash goes missing.
As Lindsay gets into the case, the clues lead her to her own home. Her husband, Joe, a safety consultant for the airport, is connected to both the crime scene and later is seen near the dead man’s house. Then, he too disappears. The more she investigates, the more confusing things become for Lindsay. How is her husband connected to the murders, and is his activity somehow related to the downing of the plane? Why is a group of Asians tracking and attacking Lindsay?
Frustrated at the lack of official progress in the case, Lindsay turns to her friends in the Women’s Murder Club for help.
The 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetko is a chilling murder mystery/international thriller that will keep you flipping pages as Lindsay doggedly pursues the elusive blonde while dodging bullets and coping with the anxiety of not knowing what her husband is up to. With an eye for small details that if you’re not careful, you’ll miss, Patterson and Paetko take you on a whirlwind journey of intrigue and betrayal. A Patterson mystery never disappoints.
I received this book as a gift.
It ended with no resolution of Lindsay and Joe’s relationship, setting the reader up for further action. I give it five stars.