Book Review - Memory In Death by J. D. Robb
I'm so glad that J. D. Robb (also known as Nora Roberts) is a prolific writer, as it means that I normally don't have long to wait between episodes of the In Death series. In her latest, Memory In Death, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is confronted with one of her more emotionally trying cases to date... the murder of her foster mother.
Christmas 2059 is rolling around, and Dallas is trying to clean up a scene where a Santa flew out a window hyped up on drugs. Just another day at the office until she gets back to the station, only to find a woman waiting for her there. This lady claims that she's Eve's foster mother, a person that Eve hated with a passion. She gets tossed out, and Eve starts dealing with the emotional turmoil of reliving her past (which is gruesome). The reason for the woman's visit becomes clear, however, when she shows up at Roarke's office and attempts to blackmail him and Dallas to the tune of $2 million to not turn over files pertaining to her abusive childhood. Roarke also throws her out, and promises to kill her with his bare hands if she doesn't leave New York immediately. Problem is, someone beats him to it, and she's found murdered in her hotel. Eve ends up first on the scene, and really should dismiss herself from the case. But she feels it's her duty to stand up for the victim, regardless of how she feels about the person. There's no clear clues as to who might have done her in, but Eve's gut says that her son and daughter-in-law, vacationing with the lady, are somehow tied in...
As I've stated on just about every other In Death review, I really love this series. I started this book on a Saturday morning, and it was done by Saturday night. I won't even think about the things I *should* have gotten done that day that remained unfinished. This storyline fills out more of Eve's childhood, from the point where she killed her abusive father until she left foster care. It's been alluded to in the past, but never fleshed out in this detail. And even though the original meeting threw her for a loop, I got the feeling that confronting this ghost from her past might also help her deal with the nightmares of her father. Just a guess... As always, well written and an extremely enjoyable read.
And when's the next one coming out???