Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook
Published: October 1, 1996
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games - where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...
This was, IMO, the weakest of the first four books in the series. It started rather slow, dragging its feet, it picked up pace only somewhere in the middle, once again slowed down, and rushed to the finish in those last few pages.
The biggest problem with me was the “lack of romance” between Eve and Roarke. What there was of it seemed lackluster compared to the previous books. Sure, they’re a married couple now, but that doesn’t mean romance is dead, now, does it?
The second problem was the predictability of the entire book. Some reviewers were a bit shocked by the “closet scene” between our intrepid couple, and I don’t know why. Everything pointed to it happening (maybe not in a closet, but happening nonetheless). But it was done well, if you ask me, providing just enough tension to keep the story flowing, while also providing quite a red herring, though I wasn’t deterred.
I knew who the real killer was from the first scene (nothing beats a female intuition, and mine has helped me determine the killer in three of the books so far), and that also added to the whole predictability of the plot.
Now, I really need a break from this series.