in Death, by Nora Roberts (Putnam)
Book review by C. M. Clifton
"Innocent in Death", by Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb, is the
latest novel of the suspense series that takes place in a futuristic
New York City. Amid a frigid, winter setting, Lieutenant Eve Dallas
works to solve the murder of Craig Foster, a school teacher who
appears to have been an all-around good guy. Published by G. P.
Putnam's Sons, ISBN: 978-0-399-15401-0, the book appeals to readers
who enjoy mystery, police procedural, and romantic subplots.
Roberts/Robb does a wonderful job at creating three dimensional
characters in "Innocent in Death." Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a
no-nonsense, smart cop who takes no prisoners once she believes she
knows the culprit that is responsible for Craig Foster's murder.
Beneath Dallas' cool posterior lies a slightly less chilly interior.
Beyond the walls that Dallas has probably built as a defense
mechanism is a witty, sarcastic woman who is fiercely in love with
her husband, Roarke. While I enjoyed the entire book, I especially
enjoyed how Roberts/Robb shows the intense passion that Dallas and
Roarke share by weaving words in such a way that the novel's
romantic subplot drew me deeper into the story. When someone from
Roarke's past slinks into town, Roberts/Robb uses her word-weaving
skills to show Dallas' more vulnerable side.
"Innocent in Death" touches on several themes, in my opinion. The
author shows that appearances can be deceiving, that past mistakes
in life does not define one's present or future, and that love does
conquer all, sometimes.
Although Nora Roberts has written twenty-three previous suspense
novels as J. D. Robb, "Innocent in Death" was the first book I had
read of the series. Despite "Innocent in Death" having been the
first I had read of Eve Dallas, the book was written in such a way
that I understood the parts that touched on Dallas' past without
needing to have read any of the previous books. Over all, I enjoyed
"Innocent in Death" from its first page to its last. The novel has
good pacing, well done suspense and characterizations, and a
chilling culprit. I look forward to reading the next novel in the
series and as many of the past novels as possible, and recommend
that other mystery/suspense lovers read "Innocent in Death" also.
About The Author
C. M. Clifton is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a
site for Love Poetry.
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