Saturday, May 1, 2010

Immortal In Death

Author: J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin Group
Copyright: 1996
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Futuristic Police Procedural

I wouldn't dare to presume to review a Nora Roberts book. Besides, this book is third in the "In Death" series, and if I'd review each one I read, I'd end up repeating myself. That's not to say that the books repeat themselves - far from it! But each one has the same richness, of character and plot and wit, so saying it once is really enough. This is not the first book of the series that I read. The books don't necessarily have to be read in order, and I read them in a totally random order. Now I decided to get hold of all the books I have not yet read and actually finish the series up till the latest one.

The series follows Eve Dallas, a Homicide cop in New York, starting in the year 2058 - her interesting cases and her relationship with Roarke, the rich Irish former criminal. The relationship develops over the course of the series, and there is always some new facet of their relationship explored in each book - never a boring moment in the lives of Dallas and Roarke! The cases are also always exciting. Enough clues are dropped throughout so that you can almost figure out who the real culprit is, but most of the time you're left guessing until right before the end. Even when you can figure it out early on in the book, the way Eve gathers evidence and finally arrests the killer keeps you on edge the whole time.

In Immortal In Death, Mavis, Eve's friend, is the main suspect in a murder case that Eve gets. The case is intriguing, and the involvement of Mavis makes it especially tense for Eve. There are lots of twists and turns, as there are in every case of Eve's, and the final surprise was a real shock.

In this book, we also see the beginnings of some of the relationships that are a big part of the series. Leonardo, Mavis's love interest, is introduced, as is Trina - and the tone is set right away for all of Eve's encounters with her dreaded self-appointed stylist. Peabody begins officially working with Eve, and their friendship starts taking root. Eve also begins remembering more of her past in this book, and of course, Roarke is there to help.

Another great book in the series! What else is there to say?

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