Review: Loyalty in Death – J D Robb

  • Title: Loyalty in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Genre: Futuristic Murder Mystery Romance
  • Why: I intend to read the whole series
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: 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 most, 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.

Review: Another solid entry in this series, though I found it entertaining more because of the long-expected development of a subplot than the main plot itself.

A multimillionaire entrepreneur is murdered by his mistress, who has nailed him to the wall with one of his own drills. It seems a clear crime of passion, and the murderer calmly admits to having done the deed, having called the police herself.

Eve, as primary on the murder, is annoyed that the woman will probably get away with minimal time, but pursues it with her usual relentless zeal. Then she discovers that one of her informants has disappeared, and since the guy was a super-paranoid ex-military man with security to match that of the President, it suggests something big and something organised.

The plot rattles on after that, with some idealistic terrorist group setting off bombs all over New York on the pretense of wanting freedom for the masses from the evils of the corrupt government. It’s a bit overwrought at times, but the developments are, as always, suitably convoluted and obscure to keep you guessing at who the perpetrator is, and the book has a suitably exciting finale.

No, what really got me entertained in this book was the ongoing antics between Eve’s assistant Peabody and techie whiz cop Ian MacNab. They’ve been riling each other for at least three books now, and it was great to see it finally going somewhere. I’m lifting this to four stars on the strength of that alone.

Other than that it’s more of the same, with Eve being bitchy, Roarke being smug and capable of doing anything (there must be something the man can’t do?) and Summerset being disapproving. It’s just that Robb does more of the same with so much flair that her average is better than a lot of people’s good.

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