Vendetta In Death (In Death #49) By J.D. Robb
Lieutenant Eve Dallas must keep the predator from becoming the prey in Vendetta in Death, the newest thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.
She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless.
The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company’s human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims―but they don’t know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price.
Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy’s secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It’s a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy’s widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice’s criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can’t stop this vigilante, there’s no telling how much blood may be spilled…
"Tautly constructed, fast-paced . . . the author continues to find new and innovative ways of keeping readers to the edges of their seats." -Booklist
"Fast-paced... Robb enthusiasts will be well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly
"A rousing futuristic hunt for a serial killer of victims no one will mourn." - Kirkus
"The camaraderie and love that permeates every aspect of Eve's world is a joy to read. As much as I want each killer caught, I hate to see the end of any In Death book and immediately can't wait for the next one in the series...yet another stellar tale from the gifted J. D. Robb!" - Fresh Fiction
About the Author
J.D. ROBB is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
#I've been a huge fan of this series from day one and can only say that about a few other authors. Series are hard to keep fresh but Robb has done well in keeping things exciting. This series has had its bumps, with a few books several years ago being so uncharacteristic and boring that I wondered in my reviews if someone was ghosting for her or was she just tired of the characters? Things improved.....until now. It could have been a tremendous book especially now in the 'me too' movement. What an opportunity wasted! There was no voice there. Besides that issue this was not an 'in death' book. The characters lacked depth and interaction was very stilted with no real warmth. A very thin plot that gave up the killer way too early--an easy out for the writer. It was truly one of the old 'fill in the blank' efforts like before with bits from old books mixed in. Very very disappointing. So is there a new ghost in town or is Robb just bored?? We certainly are after this....
#Well, this one started with a punch! We get to know a lot about the perpetrator from the start and most surprising is it’s a woman, though we don’t know her true identity. Her first target is a notorious predator in the corporate arena who uses his power to do some pretty awful stuff to the women who cross his path (think Harvey Weinstein) and her brand of justice is not for the faint of heart. Lieutenant Eve Dallas and team have their work cut out for them when the next murder occurs with all the same elements but no apparent connection.
I immersed myself into the story immediately as it connected with current events and challenged my sensibilities because the victims were so nasty. Still, disassembling the clues provided an even greater hurdle as the suspect pool grew quickly. What made it doubly intriguing is Eve zoning in on a suspect just based on her gut instincts and having to still go through the process of eliminating everyone else, which was the professional thing to do. She could be wrong so you had to avoid being distracted.
It wasn’t all low moments as there were opportunities for Eve to distribute some real justice for some of the victims of other predators. Those were feel good moments we don’t often get to see in these stories or real life and it was uplifting considering these were issues with which we are currently grappling. It’s a strong performance and the police procedurals were excellent. I always worry if the next book in this long running series is going to be a disappointment but, not to worry. This isn’t that book.
#I managed to leave this book on the shelf for two weeks before my steely resolve collapsed and I grabbed it and read it as fast as I could. So much for saving it and making it last.
It's a good one! The topic is very relevant to current events although actions are taken way in excess of the norm (we hope anyway). There is a very crazy lady who does some really crazy things but Eve of course is on to her. The police work is good and I thought the ending was pretty tense.
As usual the success of the book hinges on the relationships and the little things which happen to all the characters as their lives proceed. Roarke and Eve are certainly in a happy place right now, both of them adjusting to the way they have to give and take. Speaking of giving and taking I seriously suspect Roarke of being the Candy Thief - if he can keep Eve's office auto chef stocked with healthy soup he could also remove her hidden candy bars.
Not long to wait for book 50. I am looking forward to it already.
#I can’t believe that’s it’s been almost 50 books since I first met Eve, Roarke and the rest of them. Well more if you count the novellas. I think that very few series can survive these many books and still keep true to themselves.
Story-wise Vendetta in Death isn’t the strongest in the series. I would say that it’s lost some of its shine, its essence, compared to the other books. These books have always been as much about the cast of characters surrounding Eve, as it has been about solving the current crime. Granted the current crimes are more brutal and gruesome than they usually are. In this book though, the relationships and the friendships were way in the background and more often than not they felt like an afterthought. As if those few scenes or mentions were just thrown in just to keep the reader/listener from forgetting them. Like we’d have any hope to forget any of them, we’ve followed and loved them for 50 frickin’ books now. So I missed them in this book, even Roarke wasn’t as present and prominent as he usually is and where was Somerset. Does it count as a “real in Death” book if Eve and Somerset aren’t sniping at each other?
There were a couple of priceless scenes in this book though; Mavis’ encore. They had me laughing out loud. I could just picture Eve and Roarke’s faces; they totally made the book for me. I think that Susan Ericksen has a lot to do with that. I mean she knows these characters and can portray them like no other. With every line she delivers she brings them to life, their feelings and actions are always spot on. Not to mention the unbelievable amount of voices she effortlessly switches between. In truth, these audiobooks wouldn’t be what they were if not for Ms. Ericksen.
Vendetta in Death, J.D. Robb