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by J.D. Robb
St. Martin's Press, September 2019
354 pages
ISBN: 1250207177

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It may be 2061, but powerful men are still abusing their power to prey upon women. And in this 49th entry in the Eve Dallas series, someone is determined to make them stop. The first victim, a wealthy and well-known executive, is found on the street outside his apartment building in New York City, tortured, beaten and castrated. A poem listing his crimes of drugging and raping women is signed by Lady Justice and attached to his body.

NYPD Lt Eve Dallas and Detective Delia Peabody soon find that Nigel McEnroy, despite being married with two children, used his power to intimidate the women he drugged and raped. Two women in his firm who filed complaints were paid off and left the company. They both joined Women for Women, a support group for sexual assault survivors.

The very next night, a second victim, Thaddeus Pettigrew, is returned in the same condition, with another poem from Lady Justice, to the street in front of his residence. Dallas and Peabody discover that Pettigrew, who divorced Darla after stealing her business and cheating on her for years with women from an escort service, was currently living with a woman named Marcella. Turns out Darla also attends the Women for Women support group. With both victims connected to members of the group, Dallas and Peabody start tracking down members to interview, looking for clues as to who might be responsible.

Based on the forensics from the first two murders, Dallas determines the murderer is indeed a woman. When the third victim is the ex-husband of another member of the Women for Women support group, Dallas and Peabody ramp up working through the membership list since they now believe Lady Justice may be a member.

This is the 49th book in the In Death series and J.D. Robb continues to impress, writing a compelling story that balances dark criminal elements with the personal growth primary characters exhibit as the investigation moves through the pages. Robb has built a comfortable community of personalities over the preceding 48 books – one that seems to appeal to readers and develops interesting relationships important to the rhythm of each story.

Another well-done chapter in the life and times of Eve Dallas and Roarke, her billionaire husband.

§ Ruth Castleberry has worked as an investigator for Pinkerton’s, a city desk assistant on the Charlotte News, free-lance writer, marketing/business strategy consultant, competitive intelligence practitioner and digital marketing consultant.

Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry, October 2019

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