Apprentice in Death shows J.D Robb’s heroine Eve Dallas at her very best-completely focused on taking down a pair of killers, and doing so before they kill again. This latest installment of the “in Death” series features the NYPSD lieutenant from the 23rd century tracking a vengeance-minded duo of father and daughter on a murder spree, equipped with sniper rifles and deadly skill. The father is a former police officer, and his accomplice, a fifteen-year-old shooting champion, becomes “his hands and his eyes” to take out any who have offended the pair, and anyone else who gets in the way. The drama escalates as the pair attack very public venues such as Times Square and a sold-out concert, forcing Dallas to feed information to the media as a distraction while she once again puts herself into the mind of the killers. Dallas combines intuition and hard work with high-tech gadgetry, in defense of her beloved city, and to see justice for the victims. I think this book would appeal to anyone who likes science fiction, police dramas, or who is a fan of strong, independent, female characters.