by J.D. Robb
Released: March 1, 2001
Series: In Death #12
Published by Berkley
A trained killer is on the loose. He is attacking people who work for Roarke and has been having his merry way with them. He beats then, rapes them and then finishes them off with his trademark weapon, a silver piece of wire. This guy is a slick criminal, both intelligent and cunning as a cat. He manages to always slip out of Eve’s grasp like water.
But Eve Dallas still won’t give up this fight because this case hits a little closer to home. Roarke is now feeling responsible for these deaths because of their involvement with them. He believes that they wouldn’t have been targeted if they didn’t work for him. His grief is palpable and shadowing and it was nice to see how the tables turned in this one. Usually, it’s Eve who feels the weight of the grief and horror of her job, but in this book Roarke shows another side of him that I wasn’t expecting. Robb continues to enhance her characters in a way that makes me love them more. She is able to portray both the light and dark times of their lives in a way that you feel like you can relate to them.
A couple of twists and turns are evident in this book, making this one an easy one to devour. I also really loved reading from Yost’s POV because it offered a look into a killer’s mind. You can see his plans, see how his mind works and in comparison to Eve’s mind, it was a refreshing glance at two sides of a coin.
There’s some trouble in paradise between Peabody and McNab. Their casual relationship is now strained because it seems that McNab has an different idea of their relationship. My fingers are crossed that things work out for them, but for now, the ride is a little rough as they try to work out their differences.
In the end, I found that BETRAYAL IN DEATH was one of my favorites of the series. I find it harder to choose the best one since all of them are equally great. I still don’t know how Robb manages to keep things fresh without repeating the same notions over and over again. Somehow, it all just works.