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Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
Review by Gayle Surrette
Putnam Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399156243
Date: 23 February 2010 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Bart Minnock, one of four founding partners of U-Play, is found dead in his apartment. Not just dead but locked in his game room. Every test shows that no one but Bart entered the room and no one left it, including Bart. Yet, here is the body, and over there is the head, and Bart certainly didn't kill himself. This is a case Eve Dallas knows is going to take a bit of thinking outside the box.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game. . . .

NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim's girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear equally shocked. No one seemed to have a prob­lem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks-as Eve's husband, Roarke, one of U- Play's competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naive, and quite capable of fighting back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction-and the price of defeat is death. . . .

(Source: Putnam)

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