Born In Death by J.D. Robb (‘In Death’ series Book #23)

Berkley Mass Market

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: April 4, 2007 - 368 Pages - ISBN: 0425215687 - Published By: Berkley Mass Market


Born In Death

by J.D. Robb (pseudonym of Nora Roberts)

‘In Death’ series Book #23

Lt. Eve Dallas struggles with the end-and the beginning of – life, in the #1 New York Times bestselling series set in 2060 New York City.

Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers – both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm – are brutally killed on the same night. It doesn’t leave Eve a lot of leftover time to put together a baby shower for her buddy Mavis, but that’s supposedly what friends are for.

Now Mavis needs another favor. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in Mavis’s birthing class, didn’t show up for the shower. A recent emigrant from London, Tandy has few friends in New York, and no family – and she was really looking forward to the party. And when Eve enters Tandy’s apartment and finds a gift for Mavis’s shower wrapped and ready on the table – and a packed bag for the hospital still on the floor next to it – tingling runs up and down her spine.

Normally, such a case would be turned over to Missing Persons. But Mavis wants no one else on the job but Eve – and Eve can’t say no. She’ll have to track Tandy down while simultaneously unearthing the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city’s richest and most secretive citizens, in a race against this particularly vicious killer. Luckily, her multimillionaire husband Roarke’s expertise comes in handy with the number crunching. But as he mines the crucial data that will break the case wide open, Eve faces an all too real danger in the world of flesh and blood.

Review: Finished April 30th, 2007. I sort of agree with some of the reviews I’ve read elsewhere. Sure, the book wasn’t as exciting, the plot not as thick as previous books, but I think Eve and Roarke needed to work some things out more personally than the usual norm that we’ve read. I really liked the ending, how Eve’s past still manages to catch up with her – and how she can push it back, push it away. She was there for the best friend that needed her there, wanted her there, and I think with both, Even and Roarke in that room with Mavis, I’m glad it helped them. To understand them as each other, and as a couple, you have to read the rest of the series to completely get them. Otherwise, you don’t get the big picture, you don’t understand why Even and Roarke react and feel as they do. You might think you do, but you don’t, not by a long shot. Sure, the plot didn’t seem as thick as usual,  but I truly don’t think this one was supposed to be like the first 22 books of the series. An excellent book, and I can’t wait for Innocent In Death to come out in MMP!!!

Rating: .75


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