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Faithless in Death: An Eve Dallas thriller (Book 52) Paperback – July 27, 2021
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Out now in paperback - the latest instalment in the Sunday Times bestselling series
It's a beautiful Spring day in NYC when Lt. Eve Dallas gets an early morning murder call. A talented young sculptor hasn't had such a perfect day in May. Killed by her own hammer, at first it looks like an argument with a jealous partner but it soon becomes clear that there is much more to this case than a lovers' quarrel turned fatal.
Eve finds herself drawn into the dark and dangerous world of a secret order. A world in which white supremacy, misogyny and religious fanaticism are everyday activities. Eve has dealt with some tough cases before but is it too much even for her to take on a wealthy, influential organisation with friends in very high places.....?
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- Publisher : Piatkus (July 27, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0349426309
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349426303
- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.96 x 1.34 x 7.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #317,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What begins as one dead sculptor leads into a case involving much more.
This story starts with our protagonist, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYC police department, being called to a crime scene. Joined by her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, they find the body of sculptor Ariel Byrd in her studio. While it appears to be a crime of passion, the 911 caller’s story doesn’t track and seems full of lies. As the police investigate, the lies include more than just the tale about finding the dead body. Before long, they get the FBI involved in a case that also involves a fanatical group.
It’s always entertaining to spend time with Eve, Roarke, and Eve’s colleagues. She is definitely a compelling and three-dimensional character. Her need to serve and protect comes through in every book, but the underlying impetus for this is best understood by reading this series in order. Due to the way Eve was raised, she often doesn’t understand commonly used phrases and this comes into play a few times in this book making her seem more real and less perfect. As always, the interactions between Eve and Roarke are enjoyable and bring a different facet of Eve’s personality to light. Many of the reoccurring police characters play significant roles in this book. However, readers also get to see a bit of their private lives as Mavis, Leonardo, and Bella have big news.
The prose is well-written, entertaining, and engaging. This time Eve’s passion for justice and those that need help pushes the story beyond finding a single murderer to taking down a disturbing group of people preying on others. The plot is thought-provoking and tragic. While this book has some action, it is mostly a police procedural until the ending. It is appalling in places and uplifting in others.
Robb is an author that manages to embed humor in her novels, providing some much needed levity to offset some of the more serious and grim aspects of the story. There is a steamy scene in the novel as well. Themes include murder, justice, family dynamics, cults, child abuse, domestic violence, greed, racism, infidelity, intolerance of others, and much more.
If you enjoy engaging near-future police procedurals with some romance and humor, then I recommend this series. Overall, it is entertaining, and over time, it is like spending time with old friends. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
I purchased a digital copy of this novel. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and are not biased in any way. Publication date was February 9, 2021.
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This book had been pre ordered and went straight to the top of my tbr list. Now that I have read it I wish it was still on my list so I could savour the thought of the read to come.
No matter that I know the cast of characters, and I know the basics of how they all work together the books are all different, all fresh and exciting.
A great read. Complicated and intense. Cruel and loving. Marvellous.
These later books are not a patch on the earlier In Death books, in my view, mainly because the earlier ones had more of Eve's personal life. her friends etc. In the past I have pre-ordered these books and actually started reading them on the way home. It is telling that I had this book for almost a week before I started reading it. It is probably just me but I can and do still re-read the earlier books and absolutely love them but these later books are not comparable in my view. So disappointing, sorry.
Jamie, Charles, Louise etc. It would be nice to find out what happened to some children and people she had rescued in earlier cases. Need a good shake up to give them back the edge.