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New York to Dallas (In Death) by J.D. Robb
Review by Gayle Surrette
Putnam Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399157783
Date: 13 September 2011 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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You'd think after so many Eve Dallas mysteries that J.D. Robb's would get a little same old same old by now. I'm happy to say that New York to Dallas continues to keep us on our toes.

More "In Death" Mysteries:
Three in Death
Strangers in Death
Creation in Death
Innocent in Death
Salvation in Death
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Celebrity In Death
Delusion in Death

Eve Dallas took down a serial killer when she was a rookie cop, new to New York. Isaac McQueen has been in prison for twelve years and he's looking to get some payback. This time it's personal -- he wants revenge.

McQueen liked to collect young girls and torture and rape them -- keeping them all together where he controlled every aspect of their existence. He's escaped prison and he's obviously been planning his revenge for a long time and basing it on getting Eve off her turf and off-balance. This time Eve must work with the FBI and the Dallas police force because McQueen knows that Eve Dallas has a history in Texas.

Roarke makes the time to go to Dallas with Eve and to work as a police consultant there. He knows that Eve is going to need his support. McQueen is also going for people close to Dallas so everyone needs to be warned and alert.

Robb manages to keep the reader eagerly turning pages to find out what's going to happen next. Will Dallas succeed or will McQueen break her? Can Eve manage to work well with others off her turf and with the New York office to break the case in time to save young lives? There is real tension in this story.

When I first started to read these books, I was a bit put off by the sex between Eve and Roark but that has been throttled back more in the last few books so that it's a more reasonable amount. The murder mystery and the police investigations are now far more central -- and to my mind a big improvement. I'm not a prude but for a while the sex was getting in the way of the story rather than furthering it.

If you've never read any of the J.D. Robb mysteries, you can start with any book and then, if you like it, go back and catch up on the entire cast of characters. As the series has progressed there's been a lot of changes for the minor as well as the major characters -- marriages, deaths, births, career changes, and all the usual changes that come with the passage of time. The characters grow and change, thus keeping the series fresh for the readers. It also takes place in the near future with some interesting extrapolations on our technology and society.

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