Divided in Death – J.D. Robb

Divided in Death – J.D. Robb

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(5/5)

Pros: Exciting story, Roarke’s matured!

Cons: None, really.  Robb did this one right!
Divided in Death is the 18th book in the “In Death” series by J.D. Robb. Like all of the books in the series, this one stars Eve Dallas, a New York Police Lieutenant, in the year 2059.

Eve’s always investigating a murder – in this case, it’s a double.  A man and his lover are found in bed, stabbed to death.  The man’s wife is standing over the bodies, covered in the victims’ blood.  Sounds like a simple case, right?  Except that the wife is Reva, a woman who works with Eve’s husband, Roarke.  Reva has been working on a top-secret project: build a computer program that will counter the effects of a massive computer virus, being developed by a terrorist organization.  It soon becomes clear that Reva has been framed for the murders, by someone who clearly wants to stop her work.

Of course, believing that Reva’s innocent, and proving it are two different things.  Especially since as Eve works the case, more bodies start piling up.  In fact, in this book, Eve relies on a lot of help from a lot of different sources.  Roarke, with his computer and security knowledge is drafted.  And Peabody, Tokimoto, and Feeny (all returning characters from prior books in the series) play major roles in solving the case.

So far, of all the books I’ve read in the series, this was the most enjoyable.  The story was exciting, with plenty of suspense.  While we (the readers) always believed in Reva’s innocence, we really had no idea who set her up, or why.  The story gets a bit convoluted but is tied up nicely by the end.

And, Roarke didn’t annoy me nearly as much in this book as the others.  In past books, I’ve always hated how possessive Roake acts towards Eve, and how he runs roughshod right over her authority.  But in this book he was completely supportive and kind.  In fact, there’s a major subplot that’s developed in prior books and continued in this book, concerning Eve’s tragic past.  And in the course of this subplot, Roarke has to make a choice.  He can follow his own instincts to make things “right” or he can bow to Eve’s desires, even though it means he won’t get the satisfaction of vengeance he seeks.  I was so proud of Roarke and felt that he’d really matured.  I hope he keeps this new & improved attitude in future books!

As these books take place in the future, Robb has some “leeway” when it comes to inventing technological advances that can be used to help Eve solve the cases.  To me, it can be a bit of a cop-out.  But I was happy that in this book, Eve didn’t rely on any futuristic technology to solve the case.  She solved it the old-fashioned way – by examining the clues, working on the puzzles, and investing lots of man-hours.  It made the book more enjoyable for me, as I didn’t feel like Robb “cheated” to get to the solution.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable book, one of the best in the series.

Other books in the In Death series

Betrayal In Death
Born In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

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