Wednesday, 11 October 2000

J.D. Robb: Naked in Death (1995)

Edition: New English Library, 1996
Review number: 652

The first of J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas novels is very similar to the other one I have read from this excellent series, Rapture in Death. Naturally, they share a background - which can be criticised - of twenty first century police work, and characters, and the crime being investigated is the main difference between them. Here, Dallas is searching for a serial killer of prostitutes. Two complications make the case much more difficult: the first victim turns out to be the granddaughter of a US senator seeking to introduce a bill banning prostitution; and Dallas falls for one of her suspects, the fascinating millionaire Roarke.

As a crime novel, it is better than Rapture in Death, though there are not enough suspects to make it difficult as a puzzle. (Of course, with investigations into serial killings, where there is often no personal connection between killer and victim, or motive based on a relationship between them, it is often difficult to make a list of nameable suspects.)

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