Treachery in Death
by J.D. Robb
Review by Gayle Surrette
Putnam Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399157035
Date: 22 February 2011 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
You'd think after all the books in the Eve Dallas In Death series that things would be getting stale. Well, they're not. Even though Treachery in Death deals with a problem that has cropped up in a previous book, this story is only linked by the main characters – Dallas and Peabody. Other than the fact that the books don't repeat plots, there is the joy of watching or rather reading about the growth and change in the characters.
Peabody handles a case on her own, under Dallas' supervision, but Dallas left her to bring it to a successful conclusion on her own. When Dallas mentioned that during a hand-to-hand battle with one of the suspects, that she'd noticed Peabody was heavy on her feet. No one could have known that such a mention would start a chain of circumstances that would put all their lives in danger, from not just a criminal but the most insidious type – the one that is uncomfortably too close to home.
To solve the problem, Dallas must get the support of those above her in the chain of command and to do that she must have solid evidence to back up her suspicions. Thereafter the story is pretty much a straight police procedural but one requiring meticulous checking of facts and chains of evidence.
We also get to see the changes in the lives of the secondary and minor characters who we've come to know and enjoy throughout the previous books. By the way, the candy thief is still at large – so there is still a mystery to be solved in the future.
Meanwhile, there is a slight change occurring in the books – there's more action and story and fewer sex scenes. While this may not please some of Robb's readers, I find it refreshing. While not a prude, I prefer such scenes to be germane to the furtherance of the plot and now that's more the case than in the first books of the series.
If you've read previous books, you can be assured that Treachery in Death not only measures up with the previous novels in the series, but exceeds it in suspense.