Dennis Mira had a rough day. He accidentally discovered his cousin, Edward, was meeting with a realtor to discuss selling their grandfather's brownstone. But, Dennis had promised it would remain in the family, and he has joint ownership. Then, when he arrives at the house, he walks into the den just in time to see Edward in a chair with a blackened eye and blood dripping from his face. It's the last thing Dennis saw before someone hit him from behind.
Fortunately, Dennis wasn't an actual target. And, his wife, Charlotte Mira, is the NYPSD's top profiler, and a friend of homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When Dennis and Charlotte call Eve, the brownstone isn't yet a murder scene. Edward had disappeared. But, Edward, a former senator, had friends who were much closer than his cousin. And, he had a history that will lead to terrible discoveries, bringing back memories of Eve's own tragic past.
Brotherhood in Death is not a suspense novel for readers who love women's fiction. It's too gritty, too violent, and too graphic. However, for those of us who love police procedurals, it's just what we're looking to read. It follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her team, and other police as they look for a methodical killer with a plan. The emphasis is on the case. However, Robb gives readers a little extra with the love and strong relationship between Dallas and her husband, Roarke. But, then, the best police procedurals do let readers know the feelings of the police, letting us into their lives.
Looking for an excellent police procedural? Brotherhood in Death, set a little over forty years in the future, offers a fascinating investigation into a number of cruel, violent crimes.
J.D. Robb's website is www.jdrobb.com
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb. Berkley Books. 2016. ISBN 9780399170898 (hardcover), 388p.
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2016 Marks 35 Years Since Nora Roberts’ First Published Novel in 1981
Roberts has more than 500 million copies of her books in print
Over the last 30 years, an average of 27 Nora Roberts books were sold every minute
J. D. Robb’s In Death series is one of the longest-running suspense series currently being published, and February 2016 marks the publication of the forty-second installment, BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH (Berkley Hardcover; February 2, 2016; $27.95). While writing one series for twenty-plus years is impressive enough, Robb’s alter-ego is Nora Roberts, and 2016 marks thirty-five years since Roberts’ first published novel, Irish Thoroughbred (1981).
How did this beloved bestselling series come to be? Roberts writes quickly, and a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new group of readers, but she wanted to write something different than she had been. She’d toyed with the idea of setting something in the near-future, and the In Death series was born.
The tough Lieutenant Eve Dallas was at the heart of the series – a strong heroine with a dark past. The gripping and suspenseful In Death series explores the relationships that Eve shares with her husband Roarke, her colleagues, and her close friends, as well as her quick wit, snappy dialogue, and inside jokes. The In Death books, at the root, are stories about good conquering evil, family, and love, the hallmarks of a Roberts or Robb novel, and part of the reason that her storytelling has garnered her one of the largest and most dedicated fan bases in the world.