Saturday, 3 February 2001

J.D. Robb: Vengeance in Death (1997)

Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, 1998
Review number: 741

In this Eve Dallas novel, a certain repetitiveness is shown; the plots of books in this series are a little too similar. Once again the NYPD of the future is investigating a serial killing, and once again it seems to be the case that the killings are connected in some way to Eve's rich husband Roarke. In this case, the connection is particularly obvious, as Dallas has been singled out by the killer for taunting as each death occurs, and Roarke's butler Summerset is being framed for the murders. There is really a connection, and it takes the couple to Dublin, where Roarke was born, to follow up clues there.

The novel is still enjoyable, but each volume in a series should really break at least some new ground. The appalling standard of copy editing continues - a tradition which really should be broken - the Irish police are called "Garda" not "Guarda".

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