Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review - Treachery In Death by J.D. Robb

Synopsis From Barnes & Noble

In the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law-including the ones sworn to uphold it.

Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime-an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody's first case as primary detective-good thing she learned from the master.

But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she's all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and-while hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound-she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn't take long to realize they're both crooked-guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve's husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down-knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret.

My Review

You might think that a book that is the thirty-second in a series would be a little stale and perhaps even a bit boring.  That is so not the case with Robb's latest - Treachery In Death.  The characters continue to be appealing and strong.  There is indeed a murder investigation in this book; in fact, there are several.  With the first case Dallas makes Peabody primary and it is solved within hours of the crime being committed.  It is at the end of a long, productive day that Peabody inadvertantly learns about a second murder, unrelated to the first.  This time, treacherous police officers are behind the murder.

It was a very interesting twist having Dallas and Peabody (and all of the recurring, secondary characters) knowing exactly who their criminals were from the beginning.  They had to compile evidence all while keeping the investigation very hush, hush.  I also liked that the main crooked, crimianl cop was a woman equal in rank to Dallas. 

This series gets better and stronger with each book created.  If you are interested in the series, start with the first book - Naked In Death.  Each book is a stand alone in regard to the crimes but the characters grow and new ones are introduced through the series.  That's why i say start at the beginning because the chracters evolution is so very well done.

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