“The summer of 2060 had been a scorcher, and that didn’t appear to be changing any time soon.” (p. 7) Eve Dallas, a lieutenant in the 21st-century New York City Police Department, is investigating the brutal and senseless killing of an elderly grocery store owner. For the first time, her partner Peabody is taking the lead on the investigation.
Although the crime is soon solved, Peabody realizes that she has to improve her skills by working out more. After her workout, she overhears two fellow officers arguing about product, profit and murder. It is obvious that they are using their position of trust for their own gain. How will Eve and Peabody be able to solve this case when the criminals are their fellow police officers?
The novel takes readers on an exciting and tension-filled ride through the bureaucracy of the NYC Police Department. The corrupt policemen are led by Renee Oberman, the daughter of a much decorated and respected senior police official. Eve and Peabody discover that not only are Renee’s followers corrupt; they are also now very rich because of their illegal activities, owning luxurious houses in exotic foreign locations.
Renee is a ruthless and brutal leader who stops at nothing to get her way and save her reputation. Dr. Mira, a police psychologist, describes her in the following words: “She seeks success on the job to please her father, and pursues her criminal business to punish him.” (p. 109) With the help of Roarke, Eve’s rich and powerful husband, and a select group of fellow officers, Eve and Peabody manage to expose the corruption and reveal the truth.
J. D. Robb, who also writes as Nora Roberts, is the bestselling author of more than 190 novels. Her suspense novels began with the book Naked in Death in 1995, which introduced readers to tough and sexy heroine Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Set in late 21st-century New York City, this series is now in its 32nd installment with Treachery in Death. Robb continually manages to provide new challenges for her resolute heroine while exploring important themes such as police corruption, violence and drug addiction. Readers familiar with the series will not be disappointed with Eve’s latest case. Her integrity and compulsive determination to solve crimes comes through in her own words:
“And though I’ll do everything in my power to bring them all down, I’m doing it for every cop she turned into a disgrace.” (p. 327)