Thankless in Death
Putnam Adult / September 17, 2013 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital
Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke’s big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.
Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn’t made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him—but they didn’t think he was capable of this.
Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.
With fall approaching and the holidays soon upon us, we have something else to be thankful for—J.D. Robb's Thankless in Death, the latest investigation featuring Robb's police officer, Lt. Eve Dallas. Even if someone's feeling thankless, we ourselves are thankful for the talent of J.D. Robb (a/k/a Nora Roberts) in creating such memorable characters both in our investigating team and some pretty twisted and creative bad guys (although spoiled-brat-turned-killer, Jerry Reinhold, doesn’t appreciate his parents, his girlfriend, his friends or the luck that keeps him one close step ahead of Dallas and her team).
Is there possibly any more powerful, gorgeous or sexy gazillionaire than Roarke, with his raven black hair, blue eyes and face created by God on his best day? And we are thankful to have him there taking care of our darling Eve, making sure that she eats, sleeps and has a life outside of chasing killers (and the sex ain’t half-bad either).
“No. It’s…there’s stuff, but when I was thinking about the stuff, and how I wanted to bounce it all off you, I got this Peabody date night stuck in my brain.”
“We’re having a date with Peabody? I get two alluring women? Lucky me.”
She spared him one quick glance through narrowed eyes. “You got me, and that’s it, pal.”
“Thank God for it.” He cupped her face, leaned in for a soft, sweet kiss.
We are also thankful for one of the best partners ever. Dt. Delia Peabody is definitely the yin to Dallas’s yang. We have watched Peabody grow from a feisty young officer in uniform to a seasoned detective under Dallas's tutelage. She brings a more nurturing and gentle touch to their investigations, and although she hates always taking the role of Good Cop to Eve’s Bad Cop, she excels in that soft element that puts the guilty at ease and helps Dallas get them to confess their sins.
As she battled downtown traffic, Eve considered. “We’re murder cops. That must mean we have to be grateful for dead bodies or we wouldn’t have a job. But contrarily, the dead bodies aren’t likely to be grateful.”
“No. We’re grateful we have the skill and the smarts to find and arrest the person or person who made them dead bodies.”
“The person or persons we catch and arrest aren’t going to be grateful. Somebody’s got to lose.”
We are also thankful that Dallas has such impressive leadership; first in her trainer Capt. Ryan Feeney who saw all the potential in a young officer and molded her into the best damn murder cop the NYPSD has ever had, and in Commander Whitney who is always there to support the hard working Dallas.
“We take an oath to protect and serve,” Whitney began. “Every cop takes that oath, accepts that duty. A good cop does more than accept duty, but lives it. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a good cop.”
…Whitney continued. “But it doesn’t tell the whole story. Throughout her career, from her very beginnings in uniform, Lieutenant Dallas has displayed the skill, the dedication, and the valor that merit this honor. For that, for the dozen years, for all the cases, all the risks, the sacrifices, for justice served, it’s my professional and personal pleasure to award the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Eve Dallas. A good cop.”
It was those three words that got her. A good cop. For her that was the highest accolade, the most important tribute she could earn.
And we are thankful for a wonderful supporting cast including Chief M.E. Dr. Morris, Dr. Charlotte Mira, Dt. Ian McNab, Offr. Trueheart, Dt. Baxter and even Summerset. These people are always there to back up Dallas and provide her with physical and emotional support whenever needed.
“And, Dallas, let me thank you in advance for Thanksgiving. It means a great deal to me to be included with your family and friends.”
It made her feel a little weird, so she shrugged. “Hell, Morris, how many dead have you and I stood over together? If we’re not family and friends, what are we?”
Although in Thankless our killer has nothing to be thankful for, we are thankful for the great stories that J.D. Robb has written and hopefully continues to write long into her futuristic 2060.
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