Book Review - Big Jack by J. D. Robb
When I see a J. D. Robb book that doesn't have an "In Death" title, I have to check and see if I've passed into an alternate reality. For better or worse, my reality is still the same one I've been dealing with for the last 50 years, and Big Jack is indeed a J. D. Robb title. Once I got into the book, I was pretty sure I had read it before, and I finally figured it out. Big Jack is the second half of a novel titled Remember When written by Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb back in 2003. Hot Rocks was the story of a diamond theft and was written by Nora Roberts. Then the second half of the book jumped forward 50 years as a case to be solved by Eve Dallas written under Robert's J. D. Robb pen name. Back in 2003, I read the entire novel as Remember When, which is why I didn't quite remember the second part of it as Big Jack.
So how did I feel about Big Jack as a stand-alone novel? It wasn't too bad. There are times when it seems like you're missing some significant parts of the story, and that's to be understood since... well, you ARE missing half the original story! Big Jack does stay true to the J. D. Robb style, albeit from seven years prior. Normally I won't knowingly read a novel over again unless it was *really* good or I don't have anything else to read. Well, I'm never out of reading material, and Big Jack was good (but not *that*) good. I think it was more the case of having gotten far enough into it before realizing the situation, and then I just figured it was worth finishing out.
If you haven't read Remember When, then Big Jack is a good installment in the Eve Dallas series. My problem is that the publisher isn't clear about the prior history of the story, and it feels a bit slimy to sell half a book that you already published around seven years ago...
Obtained From: Library