Friday, February 22, 2008

Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb

Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb

As Eve Dallas is wrapping up what she considers an easy case, she gets a call from an untraceable number, giving her a riddle of where she can find a body. When Dallas deciphers the riddle, she finds a mutilated body in one of her husband's towers. What's worse, is that her husband, Roarke, used to be friends back in Ireland with the victim.

The killer has decided that Dallas is going to play a game with him and that he is going to start taking out people from Roarke's past. Summerset, Roarke's uptight butler gets framed for the crimes. Eve needs to get a step ahead of the killer before he gets too close.

As usual, this was an interesting story. Unfortunately, also as usual, Robb makes it personal, AGAIN! This is book 6 in the series, and I believe for 1/2 of them, someone close to Dallas has taken some sort of hit (framed, attacked, what have you). In a 25+ book series I can understand taking this route once or maybe twice. But 50% of the time in the first 6 books? And of course, Eve walks in on the killer without any backup. I believe 5/6 of the last books have had this happen as well. Why does Robb think that it would be any less dramatic if Eve outsmarted the guy rather than had a fist/gun fight with him?

That being said, I love the chemistry between Eve and Roarke, and the exchanges between Eve and Peabody. Not a bad book overall, just way too predictable.

First Line: "The business of murder took time, patience, skill, and a tolerance for the monotonous."



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