Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2007 J. D. Robb; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
Once again, J.D. Robb has come up with a gripping story that kept me glued to my earbuds from beginning to end. In this 8th adventure of Dallas and company, Eve and Peabody are investigating a string of bizarre murders of elderly street people, each case involving the removal of an organ (heart, liver, etc.) by someone obviously very skilled as a surgeon. As they investigate, they discover that similar crimes have been commited in Chicago, Paris and London. The initial question is why? Why would someone want to gather these old, damaged and diseased organs -- they would be worth nothing on the organ market and they certainly couldn't be used for transplant purposes.
Besides the perplexing murder investigation, Eve must deal with a street cop, a female officer who does a lousy job, has a bad attitude, and hates Eve so much she wants to destroy her. When that officer is killed, Eve is one of the suspects. Even though none of the authorities believe that she is in any way guilty, she must be suspended during the investigation. And this is the real heart (npi) of this book. When her Commander takes her badge, Dallas falls apart and the reader gets a real look inside her feelings and the person she has made herself into through grit, determination and hard work. Losing the symbol of that person is almost more than she can bear. Seeing the progress of her recovery, while continuing to carry on her investigation outside of police authority, gives the reader a real emotional tie to this character.
I was glad to see in this story that Eve handled the final confrontation on her own, with no help from Roark. And I enjoyed meeting again all or most of the regular characters from the previous "In Death" books, and seeing the deepening of relationships. Two additional continuing characters make their debut in this book -- Officer Trueheart and Detective Baxter.
As usual, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Reasonably entertaining story, full potential unrealized and overshadowed by protagonist too angry to allow the story speak. Sex as therapy for anger a dangerous role model.
I really enjoy the In Death series
It was good to see the softer side of Eve Dallas who is normally always so in control and tough
When Eve Dallas was told to hand in her badge and gun.
This book stands out from the normal Dallas fare. The plot is gripping and rather gruesome, but not overdone. I must say though, it is reminds me quite a bit of one of Tess Gerritsen's books - or Tess Gerritsen reminds me of this one... whichever, they are similar. Even so, I didn't figure out who-dun-it until toward the end, and then was still a bit surprised.
As usual, Roarke is fantasy material and the narrator is excellent!
Yes, I'd recommend this book... even more than the previous ones.
Sidewalk sleepers are being murdered and body parts are missing from them. Dallas is on the trail of a person that kills with no mess left behind. Who ever is killing these sidewalk sleepers takes pride in their work and doesn't look like they are going to stop soon. Then Dallas runs into problems with an officer on a crime scene and gets in to a fight. Soon problems with the officer heats up and the officer is found murdered in a very violent manner. Now Dallas has lost her badge while the murder is being investigated, Dallas being top on the list of murder suspects. This book takes turns that throws people on guard, puts highly respected people circling the wagons to protect their own. This story is one of the best that J.D. Robb has written. Susan Ericksen does a great job with the narration.
Yes seems to be the best series I have read in a long time
The story was interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat
That is a hard one, if I had to choose 1 then I would go with Eve.
When Peabody,s brother was caught up in the mess
Must read series
Yes, I'd listen to it again. I really enjoy the narration of the in death series.
Mavis because she is fun and unpredictable.
I am into the evolving characters.
Eve is probably my least favorite character.
Every voice was seperate and distinct. I could visualize each one.
Can't wait until I get the next one.
I have only read 2 other books from this series, and I enjoyed them all. However, I found that this one dragged on too long. I was also not as enamoured with the voice of Roarke this time.
The story does leave one thinking about the future of medicine with regards to organ donations and transplants, and the possibilities of people living on forever!
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