Also by this author: Devoted in Death (In Death, #41), Festive in Death (In Death, #39), Brotherhood in Death (In Death, #42), Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43), , Secrets in Death (In Death, #45)
Series: In Death #44
Also in this series: Naked in Death, Glory in Death, Immortal in Death, Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43),
Published by Brilliance Audio, St. Martin's Press on February 7, 2017
This chilling new suspense novel from #1
New York Times
bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.
Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”...
While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:
What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?
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Echoes in Death, the latest offering in the In Death series, is arguably the best one yet. I am in awe of J. D. Robb, as I am of all authors who write these long-running series’. I marvel at the creative genius that keeps their stories and their characters fresh and compelling to the point that readers seem to be just marking time until the next book in the series is published. After a start in life that would have destroyed a lesser person, our heroine, Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, now gets to spend a lot of her time “looking into the wild blue eyes of a man conjured by the gods on a particularly generous day.” Those blue eyes belong to her husband Roarke, a man with a rocky start equal to hers, and a worthy soulmate for Eve’s character. When Eve and Roarke almost run down a naked woman who stumbles in front of their car as they drive home from one of those dress-up parties Eve hates so much, she is plunged into a case that elicits echoes of her troubled past . . . echoes that reverberate as they build toward a final twist Eve alone sees coming. The woman, Daphne Strassa, is only one victim. The other victim is Daphne’s husband, a man who is universally disliked, and he is dead. Dedicated, as always, to standing for the dead, however despicable, Eve is hampered by a lack of evidence, a daunting list of potential suspects, and a blizzard. Time is not her friend as she and her team work to catch a killer who uses burglary as a cover for his true objective – rape and murder.
This is the spot where I go all fangirl over Susan Ericksen whose narration of this series just gets better and better. She reads the opening scene, a dream-like sequence which takes place inside the mind of a crime victim, with such an other-worldly tone it’s as if the woman is floating above herself. In fact, her voice for this character throughout the book perfectly captures a woman who is physically and emotionally abused and who has submitted, totally, to her abuser.
I love how the author has developed the character of Eve. She is still basically a loner and a person who just doesn’t get some of the more frivolous aspects of life like clothes, make-up, and social niceties. She is still a hard-nosed cop, but the author has shown us a softer side, as well as a slightly philosophical bent. Eve’s take on certain cliches will make you smile, but she makes one statement in Echoes in Death which is so true, I want to put it up on billboards all over the country. “Next to stupidity, ego’s the thing that causes the most mistakes.” Just look around you and tell me this isn’t the truth! If you haven’t read any of the 43 previous books in this series, feel free to jump straight into the year 2061 with Echoes in Death. J. D. Robb is definitely an author who has a gift for bringing first-time readers into the In Death family as if they’d been there all along and this book is the best one yet for setting up the backstory with a few key remarks.