Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: Purity in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Purity in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: August 27, 2002
Publisher: Berkley

A frightening new computer virus is spreading and it knows no boundaries...

Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging...The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice and Louie died instantly.

Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved. And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts racking her brain for answers and for courage to face the impossible...that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man...

My rating:

Someone is killing the dregs of society by remote. The shadowy group calling themselves the Purity Seekers has appointed itself judge, jury and executioner for crimes committed against children...But when an innocent bystander, a cop doing his job trying to find the computer virus that is suddenly infecting people, is caught in the crosshairs, Lieutenant Eve Dallas merely gains one more incentive to run down the terrorists and make them pay.

A good, fast-paced, gripping story with an extra layer of social commentary and mirror with the issue of vigilantism and people taking matters into their own hands for what they see a just goal and failures in the system that's supposed to protect us all, especially those of us that are the most defenseless.
The fact Eve and Roarke were somehow on the opposite sides of an invisible line could be seen as a metaphor for the everyday man battling between his/her reason and his/her heart, although I did find Eve's inability to see the world beyond the black and white rather tedious and tiring...Until the blinders were finally knocked off her and she was the one who had to make a choice in that elusive gray area for the greater good. Sometimes she can be really annoying.

Thanks to the mystery and suspense, and some slightly gory scenes, this book had little time for romance. Eve and Roarke were being Eve and Roarke (the guy should be made a saint for his patience with the woman), but there was quite a progress on the Peabody/McNab front with the guy going all martyr and the girl not having it. It was lovely seeing the development and molding of yet another steady couple-unit.


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