Berkley, Sept 2003, 7.99, 352 pp.
The summer of 2059 is a scorcher and crime is on the rise but Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the New York Police and security department has a very high profile case that takes up all her time. The body of a prostitute is found in a back alley in Chinatown and the way she was killed is identical to Jack the Ripper's signature. On the toe of the victim is a letter addressed to Eve challenging her to try and catch him.
The only clue he left behind is the stationary addressed to Eve that is illegal in this country since it is not recycled. Only a few outlets in Europe sells them and Eve is able to get the names of the people who bought it who are now living in New York. All the suspects are rich and powerful so Eve has to tread carefully even when the perpetrator strikes two more times mimicking The Boston Strangler and Ted Bundy. Eve is in a race against time before the suspect kills again but she needs one more piece of evidence before she can take him down.
J.D. Robb has written another exciting futuristic romantic mystery that will have fans of many genres clamoring to read it. IMITATION IN DEATH brings back secondary characters including Peabody, Eve's assistant, who is preparing to take her detective's exam and move in with her lover. The heroine solves this dark and gritty case with her usual panache and a little help from her busy billionaire husband Roarke.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner