DELUSION IN DEATH is 35th book in the In Death series.
It's truly amazing to me that J.D. Robb can continue to
come up with different and interesting ways for murder to
happen, and that we as readers find each one plausible.
As with any long running series (for that matter with any
author who writes more than one book) some stories are
going to resonate with some readers more than others.
Unfortunately for me DELUSION IN DEATH didn't hit quite the
mark as the previous few books did.
As DELUSION IN DEATH opens it's a hot summer night in New
York City, and what better way to wind down a hard day at
the office, then to kick back with some friends, happy
hour, and appetizers. No one expects that what they might
be doing is being involved in a mass murder at their local
The carnage that awaits Eve and her crew is something that
they haven't had to experience before, and if I'm recalling
correctly it's one of the few stories written in the series
with a mass murder. How will they ever get all the
victims tagged, identified, and find the how, what, why,
and most importantly the who that killed them.
Eve and her team are good at what they do, and use whatever
means available to them to get the job done, but
unfortunately there is one more mass murder before they
really discover the who, what, why, and how of things.
DELUSION IN DEATH was a bit of a history lesson, and
showed how the mindset of our ancestors, and their actions
might influence not only the generation that immediately
follows them, but perhaps for generations yet to come.
As I said earlier in this review this book just didn't
work for me, and that was for several factors...1) I felt
that it was more technical and more of a history lesson
that I personally like, 2) I missed the interpersonal
relationships that seemed to be coming back in the previous
two (2) titles, and 3) I didn't really have time to sit and
read, and therefore it took me awhile to read.
So with my reasons stated I do believe that the In Death
series is evolving and in my own opinion that is what a
series needs to do to not only keep its current readers,
but to attract new ones as well. If you are new to the In
Death series I think DELUSION IN DEATH could be a good
starting point because the focus is on Eve, a very
dedicated New York City police lieutenant and the process
that she uses to not only solve, but to do it quickly a
crime that has the potential to threaten her beloved city.
It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown,
where business professionals unwound with a few drinks . .
.until something went terribly wrong.
And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, eighty
people lay dead.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable
events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing
things—monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden,
overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When
forensics gives its report, the mass delusions make more
sense: It appears the
bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and
illegal drugs that could drive anyone to temporary
insanity—if not kill them outright.
But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror—or
why. And if Eve can’t figure it out fast, it could happen
again, anytime, anywhere. Because it’s airborne. . . .