Obsession In Death by J.D. Robb

 

Science FictionParanormal RomanceRomantic SuspenseObsession In Death by J.D. RobbIt’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s. When Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Detective Delia Peabody are called out to the scene of a wealthy defense attorney’s murder, Dallas discovers a present has been left for her. The killer wrote a message on the wall indicating the woman was murdered for Dallas’sake.

The attorney and Dallas had had courtroom confrontations in the past and the woman tried to disparage Dallas. The defendant got off with a lesser sentence than he deserved for his crime. While Dallas didn’t like the attorney, she wouldn’t want her killed either – especially for her sake.

The next victim is a junkie who had bad mouthed Dallas in the past. He is found murdered in a similar manner in his flop that was the complete opposite of the attorney’s home. The message left for Dallas this time is more personal – the two of them believe in justice and the killer could be Dallas’ best friend.

The third intended victim was saved when his unexpected house guest threw a bottle of wine at the murderer. The man was able to give some description of the murderer. Now the New York police department has a bit more to go on. They are certain the killer either is a cop or works with them. They have to look to their own. The murderer is going over the edge and either Dallas or someone very close to her will probably be the next target.

Throughout Obsession In Death J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) gives glimpses of the murderer’s madness. Robb shows the sense of justice felt as well as the perceived connection with Dallas, making the killer sympathetic as well as frightening.

Obsession In Death is a tight, near future suspense with the touch of romance Robb always adds. The Christmas whimsey in the homicide department is one of the many background touches Robb uses to keep the book from getting too dark – along with Peabody’s new pink jacket. The final departmental scene is well done. The reader knows the ultimate outcome because Dallas always wins, but that doesn’t cut down on the edge or tenseness of the writing.

Can Obsession In Death be read outside of the series? Probably. I know Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, and the others too well to be impartial. Robb’s murder mystery doesn’t rely on the past character building other than references to past cases involved with the new victims.

Dallas and Roarke deserve the island vacation they are planning over New Year’s. Enjoy finding out how they deserve it in Obsession In Death.

Notice: Graphic violence, Strong indecent language, Strong sexual content

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