Divided in Death
Putnam, January, 2004.
Hardcover, 357 pages.
Former Secret Service agent Reva Ewing was decorated for bravery for saving the president's life in an assassination attempt. She left the service to become a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, owned by billionaire Roarke. When Reva is found standing over the dead bodies of her artist husband Blair Bissel and his mistress, she certainly looks guilty. But Roarke and his wife, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, are not so sure. For one thing, the computers in the home and in the artist's studio are wiped clean by a virus created by a terrorist group known as the Doomsday Group. To Eve, the murder scene looks like the perfect frame. Because Roarke's company is working on a defense to a serious computer virus which terrorists can use to shut down banks and government institutions, Roarke and Eve must enter the world of clandestine agencies and spies to find out what's going on and stop the deadly virus from being unleashed.
Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robbs, takes on an all too timely topic with her latest heart-pounding, futuristic thriller. Roarke and Eve take on an American MI5-like organization which was founded to fight terrorism in the 21st century but because of corruption has now turned into a Gestapo-like group which ignores Americans' rights and has a total disregard for the law. Given the nature of the current proposals for an American style MI5 to combat domestic terrorism, Robb's book provides an interesting background to this gritty and compelling detective story set in 2059 New York City.
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This review was published in the March-April, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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