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Connections in Death

Connections in Death, February 2019
In Death #48
by J.D. Robb

St. Martin's Press
Featuring: Roarke; Eve Dallas
384 pages
ISBN: 1250201578
EAN: 9781250201577
Kindle: B07D2C2J66
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"Eve chases down the connections, even when they seem to be "dead" ends"

Fresh Fiction Review

Connections in Death
J.D. Robb

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted February 4, 2019

Thriller | Suspense | Romance Suspense

At a party, you never know who you will meet, but when Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband help a friend celebrate her new home, they soon learn that they have made CONNECTIONS IN DEATH with one of the guests.

Roarke had an eye on Dr. Rochelle Pickering as a counselor at An Didean, the school and youth shelter they are building. Who better to help teens turn themselves to the right path than someone who has been there. Her brother Lyle was a gangbanger, druggie who is now clean with his sister's help. To celebrate her new job with Roarke, she and her boyfriend Wilson (aka Crack from Down and Dirty) go out on the town. Only to return to find Lyle, sitting on the sofa, looking much like he overdosed. Rochelle won't believe it and Crack calls in the best.

CONNECTIONS IN DEATH is a storyline that could have come straight out of the newspapers. Lyle was cleaning up his act and moving away from the gang, but someone or a bunch of someones didn't want to let him go. Eve knows it's a homicide and is determined to investigate as she would any murder, but especially this death of a young man whose future was on the straight and good.

Few can write a mystery the way J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) does. This is a futuristic setting, but the characters are realistic, with everyday emotional problems and dreams. The crew from the cop shop are always an added hit of fun, with their eye-burning ties and socks, and with each offering, we get a look at their non-cop personas and learn a bit more about them that makes them seem even more real in readers' eyes. But these cops will go all out to solve a murder case, not caring who the person was before because now they belong to the cops.

The emotional toll of CONNECTIONS IN DEATH will hit you at different times. I felt horrible that Lyle was used as he was, I felt bad that Rochelle, who had such hopes for a better life for him, was crushed. To be honest, I even felt bad for some of the gangbangers, because many of them had sad, hopeless lives. (I must add here that not all the gang members fit that category, some just wanted that life.) Eve never cared about their backgrounds; once they were dead they became hers, so she is just as fierce with her investigation as she would be anyone's violent death.

I read in a newsletter that Nora Roberts stated the In Death series was supposed to have been a trilogy "about a prickly, difficult homicide detective in New York's near future" and never imagined it would last 24 years. She said number 50 is in the works and there were an additional ten novellas. As a reader, a fan and lover of the series I can only say "Thank You!"

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SUMMARY

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…


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