Strangers in Death is the latest in J. D. Robb's popular series. The book opens with Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a homicide detective, at the murder scene of Thomas Anders, a prominent sporting goods businessman. It looks like a kinky sex game gone wrong. The scandal and sensationalism will surely set tongues a-wagging.
Eve slowly untangles the scene as it just doesn't add up. Security tapes are missing and how did the murderer get in and strangle Anders with no struggle? Ava, his wife, is in the Caribbean and his nephew has a rock solid alibi.
Anders on one hand is portrayed as a philanthropist and the other as a sex fiend. No mysterious payments have been made. There are no unexpected phone calls to or from. Who could have murdered him? Will this person finally outsmart Eve?
Eve is a hard ass cop with a heart of gold. She goes out of her way to help a young boy who uncovers a scam. She helps her friends and then turns around and is an absolute bitch in a police interview with a potential suspect.
I have read the first 6 in this series and found no major spoilers to spoil the intervening books. Eve is more comfortable in accepting Roarke's help in investigation and even requests his help. It is always fascinating to read of the technological help Roarke can provide.
Eve and Roarke still have sizzle. They are more 'in sync' with each other but still have a tiff about money. It is interesting to see how Eve has grown in the relationship.
I am amazed at how after 25 books in the series Robb can write a book that is so riveting.
First Line: "Murder harbored no bigotry, no bias."