Time out for some guilty pleasure reading... The prolific Nora Roberts (writing as J. D. Robb) cranks out another In Death novel, this time titled Treachery In Death. Few authors have been able to crank out 33 novels period, much less in a single series. But Roberts somehow continues to keep the Eve Dallas series fresh and entertaining, sucking me in and keeping me up later than normal for more than one evening.
In Treachery, Detective Peabody gets her own case with Dallas assisting. After investigating a murder, Peabody decides to start working out in an empty and abandoned gym at Central. After she showers, two cops barge into the locker room and start talking about their role in the murder of an informant to cover up their own roles in an internal racket. Peabody sees and hears just enough to identify the two, and it turns out that one of the cops is a lieutenant who is the daughter of a retired legend on the force. Peabody informs Dallas, who then informs the captain of the precinct, and an undercover investigation starts to ramp up to see just how pervasive the corruption might be. Dallas takes it as a personal crusade to take down the two cops and everyone else who might be part of what's going on, and she starts to goad the lieutenant into taking reckless steps to get back or silence Dallas and Peabody. The action escalates as the pressure increases and desperation sets in to deflect the investigation and to keep everything undercover.
Treachery helps to advance the Peabody character, as you get to see her in a lead role in a crime investigation. On top of that, she's the central person in the corruption investigation, and she has to stand up to some high-powered people and scrutiny along the way. The plot is more tense than normal, as it's not just a matter of catching a street criminal. This time the criminals are cops, and that goes to the core of who Dallas is and what she represents.
Treachery In Death is a great installment in the series, and I'm still amazed at how Roberts can continue to write as much as she does, yet still keep the characters and plots fresh.
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In the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law-including the ones sworn to uphold it.
Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime-an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody's first case as primary detective-good thing she learned from the master.
But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she's all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and-while hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound-she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn't take long to realize they're both crooked-guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve's husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down-knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret.