Book Review

by J.D. Robb

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Futuristic

2002 Best Futuristic Romance Nominee

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A vigilante group is taking the law into their own hands in the newest chapter of J.D. Robb's In Death series. Lt. Eve Dallas is first drawn into the "Absolute Purity Achieved" case when she gets a call from an off-duty officer, Troy Trueheart. Trueheart apparently killed a suspect who had beaten another man to death. The coroner's report soon shows that it was not Trueheart's stunner blast that killed drug dealer Louie Cogburn, but rather some kind of virus that attacked and destroyed his brain.

This virus hits too close to home when young EDD officer Holloway, who is working on Cogburn's confiscated computer, goes nuts and shoots fellow officer McNab, then takes Captain Feeney hostage. Eve knows she is dealing with a deadly contagion that is spread via computer.

While the Purity Seekers claim to be doing society a favor by eliminating the undesirables, Eve sees all too clearly the collateral damage this horrendous virus is inflicting. It is a race against time to find and stop this group before other innocent and not so innocent individuals are killed.

J.D. Robb's (aka Nora Roberts) ability to keep this series fresh and compelling is amazing. In this book in particular, the secondary characters and relationships really get a chance to shine, which makes the growth of Eve and Rourke all the more satisfying. Outstanding! (Sep., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Berkley

Published: September 2002

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4.5 Stars

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Purity in Death

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 9, 2011 - 6:06pm.

Lt. Eve Dallas as been assigned a case where a quiet man, bleeding from his nose and ears, suddenly goes berserk and bludgeons his neighbor. An autopsy shows massive brain swelling. While doing a routine check of the victim's computer, Electronics Detective Kevin Halloway suddenly becomes violent and takes Captain Feeney hostage. He is subdued and later dies. His autopsy also shows brain swelling. Eve and company must figure out who has infected the computers and how it is passing the virus on to humans.

This was an interesting addition to Robb's In Death series. All the regular characters are brought in to help with the case. There are also some minor characters that are brought back from previous books. Looks like we'll see more of them in the future. My rating: 4.5 Stars.