It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving.
Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.
Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things - monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions make more sense: it appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive people into temporary insanity - if not kill them outright.
But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror - or why. Eve’s husband, Roarke, happens to own the bar, yet he’s convinced the attack wasn’t directed at him. It’s bigger than that. And if Eve can’t figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it’s airborne....
This was my first (& last) JD Robb book. Thought premise was interesting enough, if a little graphic, the story quickly devolved into detailed descriptions of Eve's sex life, gross descriptions of the murders & Eve's childhood abuse. Narration was ok but sometimes couldn't tell at first if character was male or female and Irish(?) accent was downright annoying. By end of first hour, I couldn't stand any longer & turned it off!! A waste of money to me.
Which scene was your favorite?
I don't want to give it away, so I'll just say the last scene was my favorite.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Eve's dream about her mom and Mavis's daughter moved me. It seemed a pivotal point for Eve. Her parents were monsters, and it seems she made headway coming to terms with what she went through as a child.
Another great book by Robb. Lots . Of action and lots of suspence and great content,
liked it. loved story and voices. plot could be now in our crazy times so....
great historical background; not as much character development as usual. perhaps she is taking a breather after the Dallas entry?
start to finish on my seat. kept me guessing until the end. a great finish too.
The narrator is good at changing her voice for the different characters. She keeps you engaged the whole time. I never thought I could read/listen to a series this long without getting bored
Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?
This is what is absolutely surprising: I love Susan Ericksen as a narrator, and I've enjoyed a great number of Robb's books, but this one was so incredibly painful that I couldn't get past the first 90 minutes before I needed to take several Tylenol to ease the migraine this novel inflicted.
Another excellent addition to the In Death series. This one starts with a bar full of people go from a typical after work drink to viciously attacking each other. Leaving over 80 people gruesomely killed by each other in the space of a few minutes. Then it happens again, less people dead this time, but same circumstances.
This mystery and the eventual mastermind behind it was more of a surprise than some of the others in the series. Which was nice! All the usual characters are here and they are what keeps me reading these books. I love the interplay between them all. Eve and Summerset actually help each other! That alone makes this worth reading.
As always, wonderfully performed by Susan Ericksen.
I love all the books in the series, but besides the content what makes me come back is Susan Ericksen performance, I love her voice, her accents , voices, great actress