Review: Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

Review: Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
Glory in Death

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Series: In Death #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on December 5, 1995
Pages: 296
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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In a time when technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there's only one place to hide a crime of passion--in the heart...

The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provided Eve with a long list of suspects--including her own lover, Roarke. As a woman, Eve was compelled to trust the man who shared her bed. But as a cop, it was her job to follow every lead ... to investigate every scandalous rumor ... to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark. Or how dangerous.

The Delight

Eve Dallas and Roarke are back in the next futuristic cop thriller and after my first encounter with them in their gritty, sensual futuristic world, I was ready for more murder and suspense.


Glory In Death is book two in the In Death series. I picks up about six months after the events of book one. The reader could get by treating it as standalone as the main thriller plot is contained in this book, but Eve’s background and her relationships particularly to Roarke are part of the ongoing series arc.

The book opens with a vicious murder of a high-profile victim. Eve is handed the case and it puts her under instant scrutiny and pressure. She dives into the case even while trying to put off Roarke’s insistence that she’s shutting him out and needs to learn to trust in his love for her. Her past has left its scars and she puts their relationship on the line when fear has her stepping back. Meanwhile, another brutal killing in the same manner takes place, she zeroes in on her suspect with the newshounds yapping at her heels.

I enjoyed how this one dug a little deeper than the first book and combined the personal with the professional for Eve. She’s really brought up against her own limitations. It was interesting how she really struggled to understand parents’ love and sacrifice or the depth of love in any relationships. She also learns that she throws so much of herself into her cases that its getting in her way. There were relationship struggles, but I was glad that they were good conflict without going over the top and just becoming a distraction. And, oh yes, I luxuriated in the scenes where Roarke manages to whisk Eve away and leave the hard-working cop become the sated woman.

Characters introduced in book one return like her flamboyant friend, some cop buddies, a news reporter, and of course Roarke’s dour butler.

The mystery was cunning, but I figured it out within the first half of the book. I wasn’t disappointed, though, for the suspense and excitement of Evie’s journey to the truth and getting all the facts in order with Finney’s help and some assists along the way from others.

All in all, I felt the strength in book two and anticipate the series just growing stronger as it goes and anticipating another cop thriller and times away with the delectable, sexy Roarke. Those who love romantic suspense, cop procedural, or gritty thriller romance in a futuristic setting should definitely get on board for this long-standing series.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.