Author: J.D Robb
Series: In Death #1
Genre: Crime, Romance, Adult, Futuristic
Published: Piatkus Books 2007 (1st Published July 1995)
Plot: The first book of the In Death series, featuring New York City homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.
It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion. When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society.
Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome . . . and the leading suspect in the investigation.
Review: This book has an interesting mixture of crime, romance and passion to make it an all around fantastic read. The main feature is the crime and the mystery behind the ‘whodunit’ scenario. It leaves one guessing all the way until the end who might have been the murderer and then flings out a totally unexpected criminal.
The romance for myself only adds to the experience of the read because it’s the background story to building the character profile. It allows the connection between reader and character to be made and increases the excitement. Not only does the main character have to tackle the problem of murder and deal with the fallout from the crime, but she has to balance it with a man who’s a suspect and coming after her for more than just a chat.
The idea of Roarke being a suspect only further entangles the precarious emotions of Eve who is an incredibly likeable, strong heroine. She’s confused and distraught over potentially falling for her leading suspect, but then the problem appears when she’s faced with the facts and her gut instinct. Roarke is definitely the suave, man-of-your-dreams with the money, power and looks, you want him chasing you instead of Eve and it certainly becomes a page turner to find the murderer and the resulting implications for the romance. Roarke may be arrogant and over-bearing at times, but this only makes for an interesting mix with the strong-willed Eve.
Robb certainly doesn’t surpass the gore and violence of a real crime thriller, despite having the romance, this book pertains all the grit of a really exciting crime book and loses nothing for gaining a love plot.
The introduction to the series starts with a real adrenaline rush and without a doubt, leaves you desperate for more of Eve’s action, her romance and more murder!
However if you’re looking for a straight crime without interference of romance, this book would not be one I’d recommend. Only if you like to mix the genres and enjoy some nice romance, with a suave, confident man then this book is for you.
This book tops an all time favourite for me and I could read it over and over again!
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