A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced.
The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.
The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.
Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With a vaguely noir feel—and a dash of romance—J. D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) returns for the 45th installment of the In Death series. Tough-as-nails detective Eve Dallas is thrown into a world of celebrity gossip and blackmail when society reporter Larinda Mars is murdered in front of her. Teaming up with her reformed-criminal husband, Roarke, Eve desperately seeks the killer who made a perfect escape. Fans of the series will feel at home in Robb's near-future New York City, while newcomers will find this high-tech world surprisingly easy to slip into.
At the start of bestseller Robb's entertaining 45th novel set in a near-future New York City (after Echoes in Death), homicide cop Eve Dallas is having a drink at Du Vin, a lower Manhattan bar owned by her entrepreneur husband, Roarke, when gossip reporter Larinda Mars staggers in her direction. Eve catches the woman, whose right sleeve is soaked in blood, as she collapses, but despite almost immediate medical help, Mars dies. The subsequent police interviews with staff and patrons reveal only that the killer, probably male, exited the bar right after slicing Mars's brachial artery. Eve soon discovers that Mars was heavily into blackmail; the list of potential suspects includes everyone from Mets star third baseman Wylee Stamford to talk show queen Annie Knight. Robb fleshes out the main action with such tantalizing puzzles as the reason for Mars's extensive plastic surgery and the location of the hidey-hole she must have kept. Robb continues to impress with her ability to make the same murder mystery formula fresh. 750,000-copy announced first printing.)
Another winner with great use of the theme of protection
Another great entry in this fantastic series. This book is one of the cerebral/reflective additions to the series as opposed to the suspense/action/danger versions. I find I really enjoy these books more as there is more character development and insight and there seems to be more emphasis on the,e and connections. Plus, it get's a little ridiculous having Eve, Rourke or one of her team nearly die every month!! I mean seriously, this is book 45 and it's only been three years...no one comes that close to meeting their maker that many times in such a short time period!!
The theme/connections here are all about protection, family and what we do for those we love. Aside from the victims of the blackmailer demonstrating these qualities we see it between Peabody and McNabb, Eve and Peabody, Eve and Rourke, Trina and Mavis, Eve and Mavis, Summerset and Rourke, Madine and Eve, Nadine and Mavis, Mira and Eve etc. There are great emotional and enlightening conversations between many of these characters that gives the reader more depth of understanding of their relationships.
The investigation and watching Eve's wheels turn as she gathers information and excludes people from the suspect list is just fun to read for any mystery lover...it's like vintage Agatha Christie!
My only disappointment is I don't think there was a mention of the grey button which normally shows up in every book. Though perhaps there was and I either didn't register it or am attributing it to one of the five In Death books I read this weekend in the lead up to this book's release! Guess I'll find out for sure in the soon to come re-read!!
Secrets in Death
As usual the awesome duo Dallas and Roarke team up on the bad guy! I had someone else pegged but Dallas works her way through it with pizazz. Always keeps me entertained from beginning to end and I can’t put it down! Love love love it and JD/Nora!!
I have read all of books in this series.I look forward to each one.Bought them in hard cover for years,have switched to e-books on my IPad,I have collected to many paperbacks and hard covers, reading from IPad is much better.I started reading the Eve Dallas series in 2000 I think.I was looking for a good book to read on weekend,I looked at one and became curious because I’m from Dallas, born and raised here.I read it in one night and knew I had to find first one written and get back story.Every book is just a little better than the last.Hard to wait another 6 or so months for next one.