Series: In Death #47
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 September 4, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Police Procedural
Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series…
For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter―but what was the motive of the masked men?
Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.
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As I listened to the last words of book #47 in one of my favorite series, I was thinking there might not be much left to say about J. D. Robb’s work. Star ratings don’t necessarily work for the In Death series because all the books are good, but some are better. Spending time with Eve and Roarke and all the characters J. D. Robb has created makes Leverage in Death seem like a visit with family. That statement brings a smile to my face because what a family gathering it would be! Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a tough lady who stands for the dead. In this book, eighteen are dead . . . all victims of apparent suicide bombings. Terrorism isn’t the motive and it is up to Eve and her team to discover why mild-mannered family men would strap on bombs and blow up innocent people. As a lighter back story to murder and mayhem, we have an upcoming and long-awaited Oscar ceremony. We know that this frou-frou event is not something Eve will go to unless she is bound and gagged, but because a movie based on one of Eve’s most famous cases is up for several awards, Nadine Furst will be there, Mavis Freestone will be performing, and Eve’s sidekick Peabody and her man McNabb will be attending, thanks to some last minute machinations by Eve and Captain Ryan Feeney. When the bodies start piling up, Peabody’s big night seems in jeopardy and we begin to wonder how Eve will work her case without her partner. Enter Roarke — expert consultant, civilian, turned Peabody substitute minus the pink cowboy boots!
Susan Ericksen continues to turn in superb performances of Robb’s work. Her unique voice for each character gives them a place in my head that the written word alone can’t accomplish. How does Eve not swoon every time Roarke calls her “Darlin’ Eve?”
Leverage in Death has an intriguing storyline, but not a great one. The perps are real dirtbags who have some convoluted psycho reasoning that makes it OK for them to do what they do. In the final analysis, they don’t claim any motivation other than their own greed, and they have developed several bizarre schemes for making money on the backs of others’ misfortune. If you are into the stock market, expect Roarke to give you a lesson in high finance that is fascinating. I think one of the things that keeps people coming back to the In Death series is an addiction to the relationship between Eve and Roarke. It’s always fun to watch the interactions between the Dublin street-rat-turned-business-god and his hard-eyed cop. Highly recommended, because if you’re like me, you need your Eve and Roarke fix and you don’t want to miss a single episode of their complex partnership.