In this 49th installment of the futuristic cop series, Eve Dallas takes on a serial killer that uses the moniker Lady Justice to justify her personal brand of torture and murder.
Eve is set against a foe that attacks men that have used and abused women. She targets rapists, adulterers, thieves-those who Eve would normally seek to lock “in a cage” or an off-planet prison. Unfortunately, these men have become victims, and Lt. Eve Dallas always stands for the victim, no matter whom or what they were in life.
Luckily, Eve doesn’t have to go it alone. She has a whole crew of supporting characters, from the detectives and police officers under her command, to her family and friends that are there to lend a hand or a friendly ear when she needs one. When she has to face off against the granddaughter of a legendary movie star, she’ll have plenty of help to take down the criminal and save the latest victim, all under the auspices and the rules set by the NYPSD.
At this point in the series, the characters, from Eve and Roarke, to Peabody and McNab, even Feeney and Summerset are so familiar. While some circumstances may change and events may alter lives in some way, the characters remain true to their core values. The readers have seen so much of their lives, read as they’ve changed and grown, that it’s easy to feel like we know them; that they are old friends.
However, the stories are still totally absorbing; the way Dallas’ mind works; the way she puts herself into the shoes of the killer she’s chasing, is always fresh and exciting and is a credit to the author for her ability to continue to reinvent the characters with each new novel.
While there is continuity in the series, a reader new to J. D. Robb’s work need not be daunted with the thought of traversing that many books, as each story is a self-contained novel. Still, once one becomes hooked, it’s hard not to grab the next one or go back and discover what other cases are available. It certainly will take a while for most readers to run out new material, as the series also includes a number of short stories in collections.
I give this book five stars, and recommend it to any readers interested in sci-fi, police drama, and action stories with powerful female characters.