Published by Berkley
Released on October 1, 1997
Onward I progress through the In Death series and arrive at the book the completely did it for me. Oh, I’ve enjoyed all the earlier installments, but this was the one that emotionally engaged me while delivering a cunning and suspenseful challenge for Eve and the others.
Vengeance in Death is book six and, to a certain extent, be read out of order- new mystery, and all. However, this one relies on the reader to already be familiar with a handful of characters and their situations and this is what really makes it pack the punch.
Roarke’s past has been mentioned before, but this is the first occasion where one of Eve’s cases takes them right back into the gritty, black heart of it. The book opens with a horrendous murder and a killer who calls Eve in on it personally. Vengeance is his game and his religious quest. If he wants to best her, well then, that’s all part of it, isn’t it?
So, Eve, Peabody, and new tech cop, McNab have the work of tracking down a crazed killer who is set on having Roarke’s stiff butler, Summerset go down for it and Roarke to suffer through to the end. Eve is now faced with her worst nightmare- someone she loves in deadly danger- and she’s barely hanging in there. But when things get bad, she gets nastier and more stubborn and people had just stay out of her path.
I worked out who was behind it all quickly, but it honestly didn’t help because my method was cheating really. I don’t want to spoil it for others, but let’s just say that my method didn’t track clues and facts, but rather a vague opportunity and the echo of a similar murder mystery I’d read years ago. The Eve and her helpers had a tough time of it because the villain was prepared and the advantage of know the opponents.
What really made this one shine for me was watching crusty, stubborn, and dedicated Eve faced with so much personally in this story- marriage, husband’s grieve and anger, ethics, objectivity, and pushing herself so hard. She just keeps going forward whether tired, hungry, or hurt until she drops or Roarke forces her to take a breather. I get frustrated with her at times, but I admire this heroine tremendously. And, need I say it? I do love the way Roarke is right there for her, always. This was the first book where I felt we were allowed past his guard and it was great.
So, it was a page-turner and the longest yet, but I didn’t even notice the pages as they flew past. Romantic suspense lovers who don’t mind it getting gritty and dark and set in the future definitely need to grab this one up.
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