In the 14th installment of the "In Death" series featuring Eve Dallas, Eve is stymied by some unusual deaths of people known to be blights on society. While searching for those responsible, she deals with some unforseen consequences. The deaths and injuries hit close to home, and she and her husband, Roarke, vigorously debate the merits of vigilantism.
This report prepared by Ntombi A. Peters
Berkley, September 2002, 7.99, 384 pp.
The summer of 2059 in New York is brutal and tempers are flaring over trifling things. The New York Police and Security Department are kept busy leading to Lieutenant Eve Dallas reaching the end of her rope. When Louis Cogburn, a low level drug dealer who sells to children, suddenly goes berserk killing someone and injuring another person before he dies Eve catches the case.
At the scene of the blood bath she notices that on Louis's computer is the message “ABSOLUTE PURITY ACHIEVED”. She orders the computer brought to headquarters where an officer specializing in computers examines it. Eight hours later the officer goes berserk, killing a peer and injuring another before he's killed. Eve immediately realizes that a virus on the computer is being passed on to humans, causing them to die. The Purity Seekers, an organization dedicated to destroying those who hurt the innocents takes credit for Louis's death. When a pediophile is found dead with the same message on it as Louis received, Eve realizes she has to smoke out the terrorists fast before they mete out their own brand of vigilante justice.
This is the fifteenth in the Death series and it is as fresh and innovative as the first book in this ongoing saga. The characters are growing and evolving with readers liking even the secondary cast almost as much as they adore the hero and heroine. In PURITY IN DEATH, the heroine's husband provides technical advice to Eve, but this time she figures out who the terrorists are and brings them to justice. J.D. Robb has written another fantastic futuristic romantic thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner