Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Treachery in Death - 32nd in the In Death series
Author: J. D. Robb
Publisher: G.P. Putnamís Sons
ISBN-13: 978-0-399-15703-5 (Hardcover)
Release Date: February 2011
Year/Setting: 2060/New York City & Ireland (briefly)
Overall Rating: 5.0 +
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
J. D. Robb's Website: www.noraroberts.com
Before I even begin this I should tell you that what you are about to read will feel much more like an ode than a review. I have been reading the In Death series by J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) since I can remember. In fact, she's the author who inspired one of my very own characters. As always with Ms. Robb's novels, there is a criminal, there is a case, there is humor, there is a kick-your-ass homicide detective who loves her husband, engages her friends, and cares very much for her partner and her job. However, this is the very first In Death book that was so emotional, I was in tears at the remarkable scene that ended this absolutely fantastic story.
For those of you who've been asleep for a very long time, Eve Dallas is our main character. Eve had a tough upbringing, to say the least. She was stuck in a horrifying situation as a young girl, and fought like a banshee to become the best cop she possibly could be. She fell for a wealthy man named Roarke who is her exact opposite, yet completely the same in many ways. Although he was used to crossing-over the legal line and doing things that would most definitely be placed in the "gray" area he, too, had to fight through an unnatural childhood and in each other they have found peace, love, and a friendship that can never be broken.
Usually we have a criminal and an exciting case that the reader decodes as they stand by Eve's side and watch her use her intellectual prowess and strength to bring the "bad guy" to justice. This newest offering, however, is about the internal world of the police department. In this story, Eve comes up against the worst of the worst - an entity that truly makes her ill - a bad cop.
Her partner, Peabody, after making her first collar is writing up her report and decides to get in some "work-out time." She heads down to the old, empty exercise room and ends up overhearing a conversation between a Lieutenant, Renee Oberman, and one of her flunkies. They discuss "business" and how a junkie has to go down because he knows too much about the money they're bringing in. They're afraid the rat will rat them out, and Renee Oberman takes it upon herself to give orders to have this scum removed from her nice, tidy world.
Renee is the complete opposite of Eve Dallas. Whereas Eve's "team" of cops is actually a team who work together to get the job done, Renee's department is filled with men and women who have to dress to the nines, shine their shoes, and not have any personal belongings on their desks. She has an office that is always locked, keeping her men at a distance, acting like the CEO of a booming business instead of a Lieutenant who offers direction and leadership to the men under her. She's basically had a free ride up the ladder of success because she's the daughter of the sainted ex-Commander that all cops look up to and respect for the many years he worked the "chair" and built up the police department in the world's eyes. So, as the daughter of the Saint, Renee hasn't been checked out as closely as she should've been, and because of her greed, vanity and "daddy" issues, she's become a bad cop with a cover so clean that no one will ever know she's actually ordered the deaths of other cops.
When she runs into Eve Dallas by frightening her beloved partner, Peabody, old Renee gets a hell of a lot more than she bargained for. Eve can be a lot of things but the one thing she is to her very core is a cop. She loves her men, she trusts her people, and she wants this bad cop whose had the nerve to kill others to go down in flames.
Each and every part of this book is intriguing, as always, and the romance between she and Roarke is still hot and heavy. In addition, two new detectives are introduced that I hope will show up in future books. They are extremely funny and have a way of engaging the reader with their comic wit and charm. The chaos and conflict make the adventure thrilling for the reader, but the emotions in this one run extremely deep.
Readers will come away on an emotional high as they feel the power, integrity, and loyalty that cops possess for one another. And the amazing salute given to Lieutenant Eve Dallas shows the love she has for the people who stand beside her everyday - ready to take a bullet for her - and is written beautifully, poignantly, and causes definite tears to the eye.
J.D. Robb always gets my "Bravo!" and it's doubtful that will ever change. Eve Dallas remains one of the best and brightest characters ever to hit a bookshelf and I hope with all my heart that there are many, many more to come. In fact, if I knew Nora Roberts personally, I would chain her to her desk and make her write book after book so that I would never be without a brand new In Death story! Enjoy everyone! The master is back.
Until next time,
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