Lieutenant Eve Dallas must keep the predator from becoming the prey in Vendetta in Death, the newest thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.
She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless.
The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company’s human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims—but they don’t know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price.
Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy’s secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It’s a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy’s widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice’s criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can’t stop this vigilante, there’s no telling how much blood may be spilled…
A scorned woman calling herself Lady Justice goes on a killing spree in bestseller Robb's fast-paced 49th thriller featuring Lt. Eve Dallas (after Connections in Death). On Manhattan's Upper West Side, the mutilated body of a man is found outside his apartment building. Tacked to his corpse is a cryptic poem signed Lady Justice. Eve's instincts tell her this isn't an isolated incident, and when the body of another mutilated man is discovered the next day with a similar poem attached, she realizes time is critical. The day after that, Lady Justice claims a third victim. Eve searches for a link among the murdered men, assisted by her police partner Det. Delia Peabody, and her husband, Roarke, a brilliant tech-savvy entrepreneur. When Eve discovers the common link is a women's support group, she must set a careful trap for this cunning, methodical vigilante before the woman can murder a fourth man. The romantic banter between Eve and Roarke adds some welcome relief from the grim crimes. Robb enthusiasts will be well satisfied. 750,000 announced first printing.
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First off, this is a good book. There’s a lot of richness to the ancillary characters, especially the villain, which is part of what makes the “In Death” books so good. Ditto for the mystery, its development, and its solution, although l would enjoy it more if Ms. Robb would keep the mystery going longer or occasionally give us a surprise twist at the end like she used to.
That said, I’m losing interest in Eve and Roarke, the main characters. People change over time, and after 50 books, Eve and Roarke definitely need to show some growth. Please. Reading about perfect people is boring.
I know, Eve is not perfect. Unfortunately, she’s perfectly imperfect and very predictable, and that’s getting old. Roarke’s perfection only works against Eve’s strong ethics and delightfully unpredictable reactions and solutions to her own imperfections.
Reading about people who face no new personal challenges is also boring. What, does Eve have no ticking clock? Is she going to remain fertile and young forever? Roarke wants children; he’s made that very clear. He’s also uber-accustomed to getting what he wants. Eve is scared to death of children, especially having one of her own. This conflict was deliberately set up by the author ages ago. Seriously, what’s Roarke going to do? Give up without a whimper? Decide to do the test tube thing or adopt someone else’s child and raise it in separate compartment so Eve doesn’t have to deal with it?
Please, Ms. Robb, give us back our wonderful friends. Make them real again. It’s not enough for Mavis—who we almost never see anymore, anyway—to have another kid. There are so many ways for this essential conflict to play out, so many opportunities for Roarke and Eve to grow within it, and you are a good enough author to knock it miles out of the ball park.
I walked by “Vendetta in Death“ in the store when it first came out. I’ve never done that to an “In Death” book before. I only remembered it and downloaded it when I ran out of books by other authors I wanted to read.
Please take the time to do it right on the next book, or soon I’ll just keep walking.
Really liked the book but I needed a glossary every now and then to understand the futuristic terms. Maybe there is one but didn’t find it on ebook