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Random in Death

Random in Death, February 2024
In Death #58
by J.D. Robb

St. Martin's Press
Featuring: Eve Dallas; Jake Kincade; Roarke
368 pages
ISBN: 1250289548
EAN: 9781250289544
Kindle: B0C1X8GDPV
Hardcover / e-Book / audiobook
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"Lt. Dallas has to move fast in this one!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Random in Death
J.D. Robb

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted January 25, 2024

Romance Suspense | Thriller

Jenna Harbough is a young woman out for the night of her life – her friends and Avenue A at a club. She is hoping to meet Jake Kincade and pass along her songs. Jenna gets her wish but not exactly the way she hopes, and Jake never wants to meet a fan like that again. Before the night is over, she will be in the hands of Lt. Eve Dallas. It isn’t long before Dallas is sure this is an evil RANDOM IN DEATH.
Jake Kincade is having a good evening and when it is break time he heads outside. Music, crowds, applause and singing are the high of his life. He turns when he hears the door open and out stumbles a girl he had seen in the crowd. In moments he is doing CPR. In a blur, the night continues with Nadine – his girlfriend, EMTs, cops and death all things he has to deal with as well as the guilt that there had to have been more he could have done to save that girl.
RANDOM IN DEATH will have readers on an exhilarating roller coaster ride. Knowing how this author’s mind works, this book takes you to so many emotional levels that you will have no choice but to follow the words until the Lieutenant and her team find the answers and solve the deaths. As you can guess there is more than one loss of life in the same or similar enough fashion that Eve knows she has to work fast to get to the truth.
RANDOM IN DEATH will have you on the edge of your seat but will also allow you to laugh at the bullpen antics with some of the usual favorites – Reineke and his socks, Jenkinson and his ties, Feeney and his team that, of course, includes McNab, and Det. Peabody the Stalworth partner. They add levity but also give readers an insight into the workings of this futuristic police world.
There is also time to enjoy Eve and her home life. Sommerset keeping the home lights burning with the ever-finicky Galahad. Then there is always Roarke good at keeping other things burning. He also has learned to enjoy when he can dip in and help his cop and the cops who have become friends, still much to the thief’s – former and never convicted – amazement.
RANDOM IN DEATH might be the 58th in J.D. Robb’s In Death series, but each book is even better as we watch the growth of Eve who has accepted friends, and family and is loved. The characters have all fleshed out so that if one – especially from the bullpen – is missing faithful fans will know it.
You will want to get your hands on RANDOM IN DEATH, set aside time and space, snacks and tissues and be ready to enjoy the ride.

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In the new crime thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling J.D. Robb, a small and easily concealed weapon wreaks havoc, and the killer is just a face in the crowd.

Jenna’s parents had finally given in, and there she was, at a New York club with her best friends, watching the legendary band Avenue A, carrying her demo in hopes of slipping it to the guitarist, Jake Kincade. Then, from the stage, Jake catches her eye, and smiles. It’s the best night of her life.

It’s the last night of her life.

Minutes later, Jake’s in the alley getting some fresh air, and the girl from the dance floor comes stumbling out, sick and confused and deathly pale. He tries to help, but it’s no use. He doesn’t know that someone in the crowd has jabbed her with a needle—and when his girlfriend Nadine arrives, she knows the only thing left to do for the girl is call her friend, Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

After everyone on the scene is interviewed, lab results show a toxic mix of substances in the victim’s body—and for an extra touch of viciousness, the needle was teeming with infectious agents. Dallas searches for a pattern: Had any boys been harassing Jenna? Was she engaging in risky behavior or caught up in something shady? But there are no obvious clues why this levelheaded sixteen-year-old, passionate about her music, would be targeted.

And that worries Dallas. Because if Jenna wasn’t targeted, if she was just the random, unlucky victim of a madman consumed by hatred, there are likely more deaths to come.

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