Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New York to Dallas (In Death #33), by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)


Putnam Adult, ISBN 9780339157783, September 2011

Eve Dallas' past comes back to bite her in some very painful ways in this book, but this is Dallas, and ant it's always a mistake to bite her.

The first blast from her past is a serial killer she arrested twelve years ago, when she was still a uniformed patrol officer. She stumbled onto the man while looking for possible witnesses in another case, realized there was something hinky, and wound up bagging the killer and rescuing the girls who were his current crop of victims. The killer was locked up, and his victims returned to their families.

Twelve years later, he has escaped from prison, victimized a young couple, and sent Dallas a message.

That message sends her to Dallas, TX, where her personal painful history begins, And as she tracks down the killer, and his new victims, one piece of the puzzle is a figure out of that distant, buried, past. With Roarke by her side, with Peabody back in New York working that end of the case, and working together with the Dallas homicide cops who operate in a very different cop culture, Eve has to face the most painful memories of her childhood and relive the nightmare again.

This is another excellent "In Death" novel, with Dallas and Roarke exploring and deepening their relationship even while Dallas is forced to reach outside her familiar tools and tactics to find the killer and rescue his latest victims, and Peabody operates on her own without Dallas looking over her shoulder for the first time. It's fast-paced, intense, and takes all the characters forward in their development.

Recommended.

I bought this book.