by J.D. Robb
Betrayal in Death
Berkley, March, 2001.
Paperback, 355 pages.
The secret is out: J.D. Robb is really internationally bestselling author Nora Roberts. (Well, it wasn't really much of a secret.) But now Ms. Roberts' picture is on the back cover and her name is listed over the title. The loyal fans of this excellent futuristic police procedural series have plenty to be happy about in this gripping 13th installment of the adventures of NYPD Lieutenant detective Eve Dallas and her billionaire dreamboat of a husband, Roarke. At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid enters one of the palatial suites to do the nightly turn down. Surprised by a ruthless serial killer who brutally rapes, tortures and kills her, the maid is left in the hotel room for the staff to find. Furious at the fate of one of his employees, Roarke demands to be let in on Eve's investigation, to which she reluctantly agrees. Eve and her team soon find out that they are up against the brilliant and sociopathic Sly Yost, whose real target may be Roarke himself.
All of the elements which make this series so popular are in full force in Betrayal in Death: a fascinating futuristic vision of New York City, fast pacing and the incredible chemistry between Eve and Roarke. We learn a bit more about Roarke's mysterious past, and even meet a friend from the old days -- a charming Irishman who hasn't given up the life of a top-class con artist. This is great stuff, and we can't wait to see Eve Dallas back in action in the next installment.
--Claire E. White
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This review was published in the April, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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