THE 18th ABDUCTION is yet another entertaining read in James Patterson & Maxine Paetro's WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB series. Let me start by saying the Murder Club meets only three times during this book, but with the exception of Claire, who pops in and out as the ME for several grim murders in the book, the story far and away is about Boxer and Molinari. Poor Cindy is stuck with a few short cameos in which she is inevitably trying to pry some info out to stay ahead of the story. Yuki does jump in twice with some helpful legal ideas. That said, none of it is criticism. The story line, if rough and violent (it can be), is mostly because it centers around a convicted war criminal from the Balkans who did some really bad things. Very sadist things. Now he shows up in the US and the SFPD and FBI are trying to find out who is doing sadistic things in San Francisco. Like the violence part or not, there was crazy stuff happening for real in the Balkans, and war crimes were committed. I think this story reminds us of what people with power can do, in the worst ways, to those who have no power. Good story line, and an entertaining read.

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