Glory in Death ~ J D Robb

  • Title: Glory in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Series: In Death #2
  • Genre: Futuristic Murder Mystery Romance
  • Format: e-book
  • Source: Own copy
  • Reviewed by: Erica
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Description:  The dead were her business. She lived with them, worked with them, studied them. She dreamed of them. And because that didn’t seem to be enough, in some deep, secret chamber of her heart, she mourned them …

The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims are beautiful and highly successful women; their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of power and wealth provide Eve with a long list of suspects – including her own lover, Roarke. As a woman, Eve is compelled to trust the man who shares her bed. But as a cop, it’s her job to explore every avenue … no matter where it might lead.

Review: This second book of the In Death series picks up a few months after the end of Naked in Death, which ended with Eve and Roarke admitting to the fact that they’re in love with each other. Since they’re both very much used to going it alone, it wasn’t easy for either of them.

So at the start of this book, that’s pretty much the situation still. They have a relationship, but Eve especially is reluctant to let it go any further than that. Roarke wants her to treat his luxury mansion as her home, but whenever he has to go away on business for a few days, Eve returns to her own tiny apartment, and it annoys the hell out of Roarke because he wants more from her.

Eve, on her part, is mostly struggling with the fact that there is now more in her life than work. Her work has always defined her – she often states that if she weren’t a good cop, she’d be nothing. Her traumatic past is still mostly hidden from her, but the one thing it has taught her is that to be dependent on others is to set yourself up for heartbreak and failure.

In this context another murder is committed: Cicely Towers, a supremely skilled prosecuting attorney, is found in a seedy neighbourhood with her throat slashed. Eve’s boss, Commander Whitney, was a close personal friend of Cicely, and as such he puts Eve on the case, both because he knows she’s the best he has, and because he knows she won’t hesitate to ask awkward questions just because of this friendship.

The interpersonal relationships are what makes this such a strong series. Despite the mutual respect between Eve and her commander, their relationship becomes strained because Eve homes in on the victim’s son as her prime suspect. Never mind that this is the exact reason why Whitney put her on the case – because she wouldn’t show bias – he still resents her for it, which of course pisses Eve off.

These books are very interesting on second reading. I have read them recently enough to remember who the perpetrator was, and it is very interesting to see the clues which are seeded throughout the book. As with the first book, I do remember that I did not work it out myself until Eve did.

Another strong effort, with a good, engaging story.