Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on December 5, 1995
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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