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Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
Cover Artist: George Cornell
Review by Gayle Surrette
Putnam Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399164422
Date: 17 September 2013 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Thanksgiving is only a few days away, Roarke's bring in the entire Irish family for the holidays -- well maybe not the entire, but certainly a fair sized delegation. Eve's a bit uneasy, even though she likes his family. Holidays are all about families. Now that they have a chance to be part of an extended and caring family, Eve and Roarke are determined to relish the experience.

Murder doesn't really take time off for the holidays. Eve and her partner Delia Peabody are called in for a double homicide -- husband and wife. It doesn't take long to know the who -- the son. What they have to do is catch him before he kills again. He's got a list and a taste for killing so he sees this as payback time.

The real problem is that this killer is lucky -- incredibly, stupidly lucky. Eve, Peabody and the rest of her team are running one step behind. At first, they miss catching him by a day, then hours and then just minutes. As they zero in on the next target, can they get there in time?

Thankless in Death turns the action up because they know who and the basic why of the crimes, they just have to catch him before he can kill another person off the list. The main problem is that they have to figure out who in his life made his personal hit list.

More than that, it's about families and where they go wrong. Not that this killer's parents did anything wrong -- they tried to do the best they could. But what should parents do when nothing they do seems to work? What do you do when you can't seem to get your child -- even your adult child -- to understand the rules of society and behavior? What does it mean to be an adult? Is anyone really owed respect? Isn't it earned by the life you lead? Maybe if the killer had been capable of learning that lesson but, then maybe not.

This particular novel, had a lot to think about beyond the story on the page and setting it during the run up to the Thanksgiving holidays just added to the detestable nature of the crimes.

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