Review: Judgement in Death – J D Robb

  • Title: Judgement in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Genre: Futuristic Murder Mystery Romance
  • Why: I intend to read the whole series
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Description: When a cop killer cuts loose in a club called Purgatory, New York detective Eve Dallas descends into an underground criminal hell…

In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon’s a baseball bat. The motive’s a mystery. It’s a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that’s more than a hot spot. Purgatory’s a last chance for atonement where everyone is judged. Where your ultimate fate depends on your most intimate sins. And where one cop’s hidden secrets are about to plunge innocent souls into vice-ridden damnation…

Review: Another strong entry in this series. No accusations thrown at Eve or her friends this time; instead we have a killer who targets cops. The first victim is an undercover cop who works in one of Roarke’s night clubs, and is found brutally beaten to death. The second is slit open from belly to throat, and both cops belonged to the same unit.

When Eve starts to investigate, she quickly establishes a link between that unit and a notorious crime lord, who was close to being caught and convicted, but managed to walk away. The links seem tentative, but as she tends to do, Eve bites down and resolves to get to the bottom of things.

As always, the murder mystery is only part of this book, and at least half of the interesting bits come from the interaction between the people. Eve and Roarke get into a right tiff about another cop, who secretly holds a torch for Eve and tries to warn her off from going somewhere she doesn’t want to go with her investigation. Never mind that Eve doesn’t really have any feelings for him at all, Roarke gets all uppity and alphamale over it, and for a good part of the book the two are at odds, and suffering for it. It’s a good example of how two people who love each other can still mess up things badly, even if neither of them mean to.

I can’t really say much more about it. I never guessed who the murderer was, but the resolution was good and made sense. I could maybe have done with more Peabody and MacNab, but I’m sure I’ll get my dose in subsequent books. In all just a very good book.

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