Sunday, March 13, 2011
"Treachery in Death" by J.D. Robb
Once you've told as many stories as J.D. Robb has, you probably know your way around a tale pretty well. This is like the 32nd or 33rd novel in the series, which is still going amazingly strong (if this particular installment is any indication). That's a LOT of novels! And to have the same characters (the In Death series centers around Eve Dallas, a Lieutenant for the NYPD, set in the near future) throughout but still be this tight is nothing short of phenomenal.
This entry is not, truly speaking, a mystery, as we know whodunnit right from the start, but the tension and thrills mount as the team tries to put together an airtight case. Lt. Eve Dallas is a compelling character to build a series around (clearly... 30-some-odd-novels!) and leads a team of equally interesting personalities. The plotting is airtight, the prose zips along, the dialogue is believable and specific. In short, this novel has everything a thriller reader could ask for.
For the rest of you out there, this reasons for reading this novel center around the fact that Robb has put together such a long-running and successful run of books. She knows what she's doing. It's the adrenaline fueled world of thrillers with the feminine touch, which I've truly come to appreciate. A strong and integrity-filled heroine at the helm matching wits against another female cop at the other end of the spectrum is enjoyable. Another aspect of this novel that might appeal is the "sting" that's set up within the boundaries of what might otherwise seem like a typical police procedural. It's fun and ultimately very satisfying to make your way through this one.
So, if you're a thriller reader that likes the procedurals, this one is a must-have. If you're new to the genre, or even a little leery or jaded, give it a try. If you enjoy it, there's another 30 or so out there for you to read! You can get Treachery in Death here.
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