Genres: Futuristic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on March 3, 2007
Has it really been over a year since I left off with this series? Jumping back in was like slipping into a comfy pair of jeans. I loved going back into Lt. Eve Dallas’ gritty, dangerous and sensual futuristic romantic suspense world.
Judgment in Death is the eleventh installment in a series of not-quite standalone books. Each mystery is self-contained, but there are ongoing relationship and character threads that work best in order.
Dallas gets the call for a brutal murder at a strip club and it isn’t long before she learns that the victim is a cop and the club is her husband’s. But that is only the starter’s gun for a case that gets into police corruption, inter-department politics, and a crime boss that Rourke has a past with. Dallas is tough and bleeds police blue, but she takes some hard hits and some from within her own marriage before she learns that she won’t be going it alone nor standing out front with Roarke hiding behind her. With the help of Finney, Peabody, McNab and Roarke she takes on all comers to track down an avenging killer and take down the crime boss before he can get her.
Judgment in Death presents a brutal killing right off the bat and dark deeds come to the surface to provide a suspenseful case. There were some great action scenes and confrontations at had me on the edge of my seat.
But, as usual, as riveting as that is, it is Eve herself still growing and still figuring out people and relationships even while demonstrating her detecting skills and a spine of steel to deal with what gets thrown at her that really makes this book shine. She tries to manage Roarke and make unilateral decisions because, for the first time in her life, she has someone else that means everything to her and she can’t lose him. It miffs her when he ends around her because he’s just as strong and stubborn of spirit and feels the same way about her that she feels about him.
Eve Dallas is the central figure, but there is no neglect to the usual cast of characters including the sexy, ruthless and enigmatic Roarke. I love the light affection and loyal camaraderie Eve shares with her co-worker friends and Mavis. They all do their part to work the case, support and protect Eve. Peabody and McNab crack some fun jokes and are still circling around each other.
The mystery itself isn’t hard to work out and probably wasn’t meant to be since the focus was on the emotional and character-driven side as much as the action suspense. Though, that said, this one was pretty balanced with both. There are a few twists.
All in all, it was another brilliant time with the In Death series and I am not intimidated at all by the long series list. I’m so glad to have all those still to read. Those who enjoy sexy romance and gritty suspense in a futuristic setting should not hesitate to grab up this book/series.
Library Love #5
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