zaterdag 18 december 2010

J.D. Robb – Loyalty in Death

The tenth book in the In Death series, published in 1999.

Loyalty in Death

New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb’s phenomenal series has captivated readers nationwide with its tantalizing bend of romance, suspense and near-future police procedural. New York cop Eve Dallas returns to face her most ingenious foe – a ‘secret admirer’ who taunts her with letters … and kills without mercy.
An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the “corrupt masses”/ And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for mist, Eve fights back. It’s her city … it’s her job … and it’s hitting too close to home. Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit – before the city falls.

30 years ago, a terrorist group called Apollo wanted to take over the government. With inside help, they took out the Pentagon, thousands of people were killed. Military staff, but also office workers, their families and children. And now history is repeating itself. A new group calling itself Cassandra is hitting New York. Making demands of the city, the freeing of prisoners, ransom money. Or they will destroy New York landmarks, the heart of capitalism. Is it a coincidence they choose buildings Roarke owns? They target Lieutenant Eve Dallas to receive their communications, and just as she got a high profile murder on her hands. The PA deals for a manslaughter two, which is a laugh of course. She just knows it was premeditated, and now the murderer will inherit millions. But with those new threats, she has not much time to dig in the case, the background.
They manage to safe Radio City, but barely, and the terrorists take out a popular hotel restaurant, loaded with people. They are totally without a conscience, hundreds of people were murdered, employees and visitors.

In the meanwhile, Peabody’s little brother Zeke is visiting town. He is a great carpenter and has accepted a job for the Branson’s. He met Mrs. Branson last summer, and fell in love with her. But she is married, even though he knows she is unhappy in her marriage. Is it a coincidence, it was the Branson’s brother who was murdered last night?

Eve is running into dead ends with her investigation, the people she suspects are getting murdered. Finally she decides to turn to hard copy, not trusting the computers at Cop Central anymore. And Roarke and his unregistered are really coming in handy.
Then Zeke kills the other Branson brother, to protect Clarissa Branson. Her husband supposedly beats and rapes her, and that has been going on for years. But things just don’t klick for Eve. How come a woman so much in shock gets rid of the body of her husband in just a few minutes, and why does she disappear out of the hospital? Zeke is tormented, as a Free Ager, he is unaccustomed to violence. But he also cannot accept the truth, that he is been used, that he “murdered” a droid.
And in the end, everything comes neatly together, the loyalty to a dead father and his dead ideals, and to money.

Another great book, and in this one, finally Peabody and McNab find each other. The start of a bumpy relationship. Mavis has made it as a star, and Summerset is still a pain in Eve’s ass. Eve and Roarke almost die in the Statue of Liberty, but they make it, and they triumph. A great story, filled with suspense, even the second reading.

8 stars.

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