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
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…