Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Connections in Death (In Death #48), by J. D. Robb (author), Susan Ericksen (narrator)

Macmillan Audio, February 2019

As winter is starting to fade into spring, Dallas and Roarke attend a party celebrating Nadine Furst's winning an Oscar for The Icove Agenda. There they meet Rochelle Pickering, a child psychologist Roarke is hoping to hire for his new school and therapy facility for at-risk kids. Unexpectedly, she's there with Crack, the dive owner Dallas has become friendly with over the years and many past cases. Rochelle's family past--both father and a brother into drugs and gang activity--sets off her protective instincts for both Crack and the new school. Crack of course needs no one's protection, and Roarke has already screened her thoroughly, but Dallas, still fairly new at this "having friends" thing, can't help herself. Yet, with the father dead and the brother clean, out of the gang, and building a new life as a future chef, she has little to gripe about.

Barely twenty-four hours later, Rochelle finds her brother Lyle dead, and at first glance it looks like an accidental overdose.

As Dallas and Peobody piece together what happened to Lyle and why, there are two more deaths before they find the answers. It's a difficult, frustrating case, made more frustrating by the fact that the criminals in this case are stupid and keep making unnecessary errors. Dallas is asking herself , why didn't we shut them down sooner? Is the system she's devoted her life to failing?

Not just Dallas, but her family, friends, and colleagues continue to grow and develop as characters, and 2060s New York City becomes a steadily fuller, more realized city.


I bought this audiobook.

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