Monday, September 21, 2015

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

 Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
1995, Putnam
Series: Book 1 of In Death

Synopsis: It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.

When a senator's daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she'd been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve's growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome... and the leading suspect in the investigation.

The Good: I'm not a fan of Nora Robert's romance novels, so I dragged my heels in getting around to read her pseudonymous In Death science fiction series. I should not have done that and now have over 40 books I'm excited to catch up on. The mystery is really fantastic and edgy - doing well to illustrate the world Robb is building here. Roarke is a fascinating character, much of his life and history is hidden and rumored, making me want to know it all the more.

The Bad: Eve is strong and smart. She's also super annoying when it comes to men. Her budding relation with Roarke is the basis of half the series so I can see why the author would push the issue, but her choices in relation to him are career suicide. Her risk taking based on lust makes her character hard to root for.

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