Sunday, January 15, 2012

New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb

Author: J. D. Robb
Publisher: Putnam adult
Audiobook:Brilliance Audio
Date of Publication: September 2011

The number-one New York Times-bestselling author J. D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas, one that will take her all the way to the city that gave her her name-and plunge her into the nightmares of her childhood.

When a monster named Isaac McQueen-taken down by Eve back in her uniform days-escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind. One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.

The first thing that struck me about this 33rd volume is that Ms. Robb chose not to use the customary "in Death" in this title.   Once you read the book, you will understand the meaning of "New York to Dallas".  I have read the entire series and while there have been intense moments in a lot of the books, I would have to say that this one is one of the most intense and gut wrenching books in the series.  Reading the In Death books is like visiting old friends.  Eve has grown so much from the first book and I am amazed at how Ms. Robb keeps finding new ways for her to change.

I won't give away too much of the plot in this one.  Suffice it to say that there are a few twists that surprised me. There are some great laugh out loud moments and Roarke is his sweet usual self. I was engrossed from the start.  I listened to the audio book and I found myself sitting in my car in my driveway just to listen to a little bit more.  The one thing that was missing from this one is the usual cast of characters. (Well, except Roarke of course!)  We only get glimpses of them.  While I felt it hurt past books, I was OK with that in this one. Being away from them makes Eve realize how much they are home to her and how much she values them. It was necessary to the story.

Susan Ericksen narrates this volume as usual.  I will be disappointed if they ever change the narrator.  She will always be the voice of Eve Dallas to me.  

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