by J. D. Robb
Portrait in Death
Berkley, February, 2003.
Paperback, 368 pages.
Subgenre: Futuristic mystery
Homicide cop Eve Dallas is back for another adventure in 2059 Manhattan in this tautly plotted thriller. A serial killer is on the loose, targeting young girls who he photographs after their deaths. He then sends the photos to the press and the police, challenging them to stop him. He's ruthless and very twisted, and the crimes keep getting worse. Eve and her partner, the beautiful Peabody, dive into the college and club scenes to find the killer. Meanwhile, Eve's billionaire husband Roarke, is doing some investigating of his own. He grew up believing that his mother was a heartless woman who deserted him, but it seems that he was totally wrong. His investigation stirs up a lot of emotion, and Eve and Roarke are in for some rocky times in their marriage.
2059 New York, as imagined by Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb, is full of luxuries beyond imagining and the depths of depravity. Eve Dallas is a vivid character: tormented by the abuse she suffered as a child, determined to make good, and totally bemused when she's asked to dress up and play socialite at one of Roarke's functions. Robb knows how to write high-octane action scenes, and her characterizations are pitch perfect. This is an outstanding series that will appeal to both crime readers and romance lovers.
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This review was published in the April-May, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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