Kindred in Death
Newly promoted Captain Jonah MacMasters and his wife come home from a celebratory weekend to discover their only child was brutally murdered. He is now the head NYPSD Illegals department. He specifically requests Lt. Eve Dallas to be the lead detective of the investigation into his daughter's murder.
The man who murdered Deena MacMasters has wiped everything down, left no DNA, took her personal communication links and records, erased the security tapes, and released a virus to the system that was designed to destroy the computer. There isn't any physical evidence for her team to follow up. But Deena was a 16-year-old in the throes of first love. She told her best friend about him. That's all Eve needs to get started.
But how do you find a shadow? Everybody gets to work - Eve, Peabody, Baxter, and Trueheart start canvassing everywhere Deena could have been seen with the young man. Feeney, McNabb, Roarke (when he's not busy buying the world), and even Jamie Lingstrom are on the electronics. Jamie's sister had been murdered and Eve had solved the case. Now a good friend of his is murdered - that's a lot for a young man to handle in his lifetime. Yet he insists that he be part of the investigation.
These people do what they do best - they start pulling at threads. They keep examining, questioning, looking, and digging. This case is hard on them not only because its one of their own but it hits their pasts - including and especially Eve's.
The first half of Kindred in Death is intense and heart wrenching. The suffering of Deena's family and those surrounding is palpable. The second half becomes less tense. Robb follows the investigation closely, keeping the reader up with Eve and her team. All the right notes are struck, but the intensity falls off. The interpersonal connections between Eve and her friends are strengthened with Louise and Charles' wedding coming up at the end of the week. The grieving cop/father is nicely defined. He wants to join the investigation yet knows he's too involved.
The take down is satisfying and not edge-of-the-seat as some can be. There is a scene between Louise and Eve that is handled just right for both personalities. It shows how Eve's character has grown since the first novel. It is a great friendship moment.
Kindred in Death is a good book that doesn't quite make it. The first half made me tear up. The second half pulls it all together nicely but not as strongly. It's another addition (the 29th) to J.D. Robb's exceptional futuristic mystery series.
Notice: Graphic violence, Strong indecent language, Strong sexual content
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