PURITY IN DEATH
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)