Isaac McQueen, a notorious child molester and rapist who was brought down by Eve Dallas at the start of her police career, is back to exact revenge on her and this time, wants her to pursue him to Dallas, the city of her nightmares - the city where she killed her father as a child.
Sex crimes are difficult for Eve who is haunted by her abusive childhood and a trip to Dallas, the city which she associates with the most traumatic period of her life, is not possible without Roarke at her side. So Eve and Roarke are off to Dallas to hunt down McQueen with Peabody holding the fort at New York.
McQueen's female associate seems hauntingly familiar to Eve, but she cannot place her or remember whether she had brought her in during one of her earlier cases.
The nature of the crimes and the profile of the victims are too close to Eve's past and she finds her nightmares increasing as the case progresses. A disturbing secret from Eve's past is revealed during the course of the investigation and Roarke fears that the case may end up hurting her psychologically.
Best part of story, including ending:
The darkest of all In Death novels, I could not help but be moved to tears as the nightmares tended to overpower Eve, for once and for all. In addition to capturing McQueen, Eve also has to deal with a horrible secret from her past in this book.
Best scene in story:
This was the most emotional and touching scene in the entire series, according to me. Roarke finds Even in the throes of a nightmare, one from which she cannot come out, and she attacks him mistaking him for someone else. The depth of their love for each other and willingness to do anything to make each other happy comes out in this book.
Opinion about the main character:
For Eve, most things lie in black or white with no grey in between. She never lets personal troubles bog her down or prevent her from pursuing a case to its end.