Lyle Pickering had beaten the odds. He's served time in prison, left his
gang, stopped using illegal drugs, and is now living with his sister, Dr.
Rochelle Pickering while working as a cook at a nearby restaurant.
Meanwhile, Roarke wants to hire Rochelle as the head therapist at An
Didean, a shelter and school he is building to help young people feel a
sense of community while seeking therapy, education, and
rehabilitation. Unfortunately, Rochelle's excitement over the job offer is
destroyed when she returns home from a celebratory night out to find
Lyle dead from an apparent overdose. She knows it can't be true and
her boyfriend turns to Lieutenant Eve Dallas to investigate. What
ensues is a dark journey into the underbelly of gangs lurking in New
York... but Eve intends to see that justice is done.
CONNECTIONS IN DEATH is the
48th book in the spectacular In
Death series. CONNECTIONS
IN DEATH focuses more on the police procedures that Eve,
Peabody and the rest of our favorite police officers have to follow and
thus can be read as a standalone with little issues. Most of the ongoing
threads are explained sufficiently for a new reader to jump right in.
However, I can't imagine not reading every single J.D. Robb book in
the In Death series because
yes, these books are just THAT good!
While I love Eve and Roarke, the secondary characters in the In Death series are what create
the storyline depth that keeps me coming back for more. I love that we
get to see more of Crack in CONNECTIONS IN DEATH as J.D. Robb shows us a
softer side of him. The book opens with an Oscars party so we briefly
get to see some of our other favorites, such as Mavis, but we later get
to spend quite a bit of time with some of the law enforcement officers
we've grown to love, such as Baxter, Trueheart, Jenkinson, and Strong.
And of course, there's lots of Peabody, including some touching scenes
that made me love the camaraderie of the characters all the more.
J.D. Robb works her magic as CONNECTIONS IN DEATH is yet another page-turning
but oh-so-different installment in the In Death series. I particularly love the whole underlying
redemption theme as we see how Eve wrestles with the sadness that
follows the death of someone like Lyle Pickering. J.D. Robb fans will
relish this 48th installment in the In
Death series as we delve into a darker side of her futuristic
version of New York City.
In this gritty and gripping new novel in the #1 New
York Times bestselling series, Eve Dallas fights to save
the innocent—and serve justice to the guilty—on the streets
of New York.
Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband,
Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter.
They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous
crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a
few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they
hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own
brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and
crime with Rochelle’s support.
Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life
together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new
job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy.
Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she
finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s
investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD.
After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of
poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a
scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory
where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of
tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a
wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a
second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as
they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle
Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…