Review: Treachery in Death


Treachery in Death
Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book I have read from the In Death series and I must say I was once again captivated by the way Norah Roberts sets out her book; I must read the rest of the series in order though.
Lt. Eve Dallas and her squad take on corrupt cops in Robb’s 33rd full-length novel featuring the New York Police and Security Dept. homicide detective (after Indulgence in Death), a fast-paced, intricate, and deadly dance of well-matched opponents. When Dallas’s partner, Detective Delia Peabody, overhears an angry exchange between Lt. Rene Oberman and Detective William Garnet that reveals an unlawful killing and ongoing skimming, Dallas’s reaction to this news is decisive: “the blue line breaks for wrong cops.” The setting may be slightly futuristic, but the procedures are familiar: Dallas puts together a solid team that meets in her home to avoid leaks as they compile evidence. At the same time, she initiates confrontations with the dangerous Oberman, whom she begins pushing toward a trap. From this pure good guys versus bad guys scenario, Robb (aka Nora Roberts) wrings plenty of exciting strokes and counterstrokes before reaching the satisfying climax.
“Treachery in Death” is a classic how to get the bad guys story and I liked that the book concentrated on Eve and her team’s investigation it was great to see them work together and in particular how Eve got to grips with the corrupt cops was astounding.
The investigation of the case showed all the reasons why Eve is such a great cop, she is upright, and wears her badge with pride, she doesn’t abuse her rank and does everything in her power to solve cases.
“Treachery in Death” is easy on the whodunit, we know who the bad guy is, and what the crime is from the very first chapter, but as I have come to expect from this weaver of the murder-mystery yarn it moves with a lightning rapidity. In the main the story is about Lt. Eve Dallas putting together her case and even though she can identify the villain, she still has to gather the evidence and outline just how extensive the corruption has spread and who is involved.
As a reader, it’s straightforward to picture the appalling consequences of a year’s long, extensive police corruption case and I just want to get to the first book of this series and learn all I can about this awesome female detective.

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