Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Glory In Death by J.D. Robb

Second in the In Death series by Robb (Nora Roberts, really), Glory in Death hits the ground running with a gruesome murder of a hard charging female attorney, Cicely Towers, in a hard core section of town. Aside from all of the low-lifes she has sent to jail over the years, no one seems to have a motive for murder, unless it's someone in her family hoping to get an early bird special on their inheritance.

Kate's boss, Commander Whitney, is too closely involved with the case; he and his wife are Cicely's children's godparents, and through the course of the novel, his strong support for Eve's investigation alternates with his interference to protect the family from the harshest of her interrogative skills.

The first murder is followed by two more, a beloved small time actress, Yvonne Metcalf, and then by the technical editor of Channel 75 news, Louise Kirski.

I figured out who the murderer was about halfway through the book, and watched in impotent frustration as Lt. Dallas chased down red herrings and wild geese.

The murder mystery is interrupted regularly by the romance element, Eve's stormy relationship with the mysterious and powerful businessman, Roarke. To further complicate things, Roarke is involved in business dealings with the Tower family, and was intimate with Metcalf in the past. Eve's insecurity about relationships and her reluctance to say, "I love you" eats up a good portion of the narrative. By the way, Robb writes crappy sex scenes, in my opinion. I won't even quote them to satisfy the prurient interests.

A bit disillusioned, I may give up on the series, unless I have a really slow day at the library.

1 comment:

ProudHillbilly said...

Seems to me that I picked up one of her books once because she's relatively local. Haven't bothered with any more and have wondered why she's so popular.