Sep 5 2017 8:30am

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Secrets in Death (September 5, 2017)

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb
Secrets in Death (In Death #45)
St. Martin's Press / September 5, 2017 / $27.99 print, $14.99 digital

Secrets. We all have them. We all keep them. Little ones. Big ones. But knowing someone else’s deepest, darkest secrets might just get you killed. 

The latest novel in J.D. Robb’s In Death series is all about secrets and what people with do to keep them buried. Someone has killed Channel 75’s top entertainment reporter, Larinda Mars at a trendy NY bar, even though Lt. Eve Dallas was only tables away. Eve isn’t sure what is pissing her off the most: that the murder happened under her nose or that the murderer gets out before she can shut down the scene.  

During her investigation, Eve finds out that Mars was an expert in more than just digging for celebrity gossip. Was it poetic justice that someone let Larinda bleed to death since she has spent the past few years bleeding rich people for money?  Blackmail is an ugly business and Mars was an expert on squeezing the beautiful people.  Was someone tired of paying, or were they so afraid their secret would leak? 

“You’re not so pure, Lieutenant.  Three dead men at your feet, and two of them are yours.  I kept secrets—for a price, but I kept them. Not everybody can, not everybody will.  Think about that.  Secrets have a way of crawling their way out no matter how deep you bury them.”

Mars had files on celebrities, sports figures, politicians. All of the rich and famous seemed to be hiding something and Mars had a knack for digging deep.  It only took a reasonably monthly payment for her to keep those little tidbits to herself.  Once Eve starts doing her own digging, she finds that Larinda had millions in cash and much more than that in jewelry and trinkets.  The more Eve tears apart Larinda’s life, the longer her list of possible suspects grows. 

It seems that when you are swimming in blackmail money, getting more cash isn’t all that exciting anymore.  Getting your prey to give up secrets on others, becomes an even more tantalizing and lucrative trade.

It wasn’t about money, she though.  It was about secrets.

At some point, it wasn’t about the money for Mars, either.  It was the having of it, the taking of it, and the mining for more.

Now Eve has an even bigger question to answer.  Did someone kill over their own secrets or because they felt guilty for spilling someone else’s?

This whole investigation is twisting something deep in Eve because she knows that the murderer is nothing but another victim.   If only one of Mars’s marks had gone to the police instead of their checkbook, Larinda Mars would be in a cage instead of the morgue and Eve would have been happy to slam the door shut on her. 

This whole investigation is already pretty foul as Eve has to dig through file upon file of dirty secrets, but she nearly loses her focus on justice when things get very personal.  Eve finds a file on herself and Roarke stuck in among Mars’s searches for prospective targets.  Larinda’s notes show that she tried really hard over and over again to pump Eve’s acquaintances as well as her closest friends for information to use against her. 

“You also inspire amazing and unquestionably loyalty, not only in those who work under you, but in your personal life.”

Eve will find justice for Larinda Mars but Eve might struggle to balance the scales when there are nothing but victims on both sides.


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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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Carmen Pinzon
1. bungluna
#45 and still going strong! I can't wait to get my hands on this one. By now it's more about the recurring characters than the procedural for me.
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