woensdag 24 november 2010

J.D. Robb – Naked in Death

The first book in the In Death series, published in 1995.

Naked in Death

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant, hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she’s seen it all – and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire – and a suspect in Eve’s murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it’s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about – except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

After terminating a suspect, Eve knows she will have to go trough Testing the next morning. Instead, she gets called to a new murder scene, a very high profile one. To keep things from leaking out, only she and her old partner Feeney are on the job. Which means also doing the drone work themselves. A powerful Senator’s granddaughter is murdered in her own bed. She was a high prices licensed companion, something her family was not happy with. Sharon DeBlass was murdered by three gunshots. As guns have been outlawed decades ago, they are only collectors item’s, collected by the rich and powerful mostly. The high end security in Sharon’s apartment building was tampered with, so there is no evidence of the killer on disc. The apartment itself was cleaned meticulously, so no hairs, body fluids or fibers were found on scene. But the killer is arrogant, as he leaves Eve a recording of the murder at her apartment. Telling it is only the first out of six …

The case is difficult, there are almost no leads. But then they learn Sharon kept a diary since her youth, and loved bragging about the secrets inside it. Eve and Feeney do everything they can think of to find it.

The case seems to be blocked in every direction, the senator demands progress, but at the same time is using his granddaughters dead to further his political goals. The chief of police stonewalls her, and asks her to lie to the press, that this high profile murder has nothing to do with the next one, of a very young licensed companion, who was killed in the same modus.

And every piece of evidence seems to point to Roarke, a mystery man, who seems to own half the planet and its satellites. But Eve just knows he didn’t do it, and not only as she is attracted to him. O he is certainly capable of killing, but not in this way, and not to brag about it.

I decided I wanted to reread the first few books in this series, to learn again how the relationship between Eve and Roarke got started. Even after 37 books it is still a great series to read. The murders are never boring or repetitive, and the personal life of Eve and Roarke is still steamy and filled with friends and the difficulties of learning to handle a relationship and everything that is custom to it. Both Eve and Roarke had hard childhoods, but they got out of them, and made something of themselves. They will never be victims again.

If you like romantic suspense, I certainly recommend this series to you. You don’t have to like Nora Roberts’ other books to love those, they are so completely different.

8 stars.

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