PORTRAIT IN DEATH
Lt. Eve Dallas is ready to dance with joy. Roarke's majordomo, Summerset (aka Eve's nemesis), is leaving on a three-week vacation. But an accidental run-in with the cat causes Summerset to fall down the stairs and break his leg. Realizing his de facto father is getting older is not easy for Roarke, plus Summerset is every bit the pain-in-the-butt patient Eve is.
In the midst of this crisis, Eve catches a disturbing new case. Someone is photographing and killing college students. As the number of victims rises, so does Eve's determination to stop the killer. Roarke, meanwhile, gets a new piece of information about his past and is shattered by the implications, no longer sure who he is.
PORTRAIT IN DEATH is very much Roarke's story; we learn important information about his past and future. The continued emotional growth of all the characters, major and minor, is part of what makes this series such a masterpiece. Darn, but it is hard to be patient until the next spine-tingling installment! (Mar., 368 pp., $7.99)