Title: Purity in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death#15
Genre: Crime, Romance, Adult
Publication: January 6th 2005 by Piatkus Books
Plot: Louie Cogburn has spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. Finally, when someone knocks on his door, Louie picks up a baseball bat and starts swinging … The first cop on the scene fires twice and Louie dies instantly. Detective Eve Dallas over the investigation, but there’s nothing to explain the man’s sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved. And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts to think the impossible—that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man …
Review: I enjoyed this book immensely, but that is in large due to my general love of the series, which is an extremely unique one.
We see Eve grow as a person when she has to deal with her personal relationships more than ever. Those relationship dynamics were by far the most we’ve seen Eve express herself emotionally towards friends, when Peabody, Mavis and McNab all become central focus. The strength of their relationships are all tested. With Mavis we find a certain humour that lightens the book, whilst McNab and Peabody remind us of the dangers of the job and make our heart beat a little faster.
However, on the downside to this, I felt like Robb tried to put too much emotional stress on Eve all at once, when the incidents were minor details in certain instances and then major problems in another. I felt that testing both her friendship with Peabody and McNab was overdone, and rather it should have just been one or the other that Eve had the emotional trauma over. Using both lessened the impact of the event and reduced the emotional attachment for me.
Trueheart reappears in this novel again, and I adore his character. Unfortunately, we hardly see the poor guy, despite him taking a major role in the case at the start of the story, he then vanishes for at least the central part before reappearing right at the end. When Eve is meant to be concerned for him and his trauma, there is no incident where she speaks to him or even checks on him. I found this to be the only real ‘plot hole’ when he vanishes for most of the book. It seemed to me that he was meant to have a story within this novel, and then Robb forgot about him for the central part and stashed him into the end to sort things out. His character witness a real emotional trauma and although he isn’t a main secondary character, he was important in this particular novel, and that frustrated me greatly when he disappeared.
Despite all of this, there were many good points about the book. We saw the development of Eve’s position in the police force and the discussion of her gaining bars once again. This leaves us ever excited to see when she’ll finally be awarded the certainly deserved bars. The relationship with Roarke manages to develop into a more solid relationship after the confrontation of morals and right and wrong.
Finally this instalment draws in many of the much loved characters from the past that have had little action until now. We see Baxter, Jamie, Trueheart and Tibble all playing much larger roles along with McNab and Peabody having a central stage for development in their relationship. This made it rather cute and fluffy for a crime novel, but the brutality and terror still remained to remind us of Robb’s uncanny ability in portraying the true horrors of murder.
Overall an enjoyable read, with only a few minor discrepancies.
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