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Memory in Death by J.D.  Robb
Review by Gayle Surrette
Putnam Adult Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0399153284
Date: 24 January, 2006 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

New York in 2060 isn't that much different from our New York City: traffic congestion, pollution, crowds, plays, theater, shopping, business, and of course crime. This is the 21st In Death book. Most series get a bit stale before they reach this point. J.D. Robb has managed to keep her series fresh by allowing the characters to grow and change as a result of the events of each book. Lt. Eve Dallas of Memory in Death is not the Eve Dallas of Naked in Death. However, she is, at the core, the Eve Dallas we originally came to know. What has changed is her opening up to people and emotions. There is a softer side but she's still 100% cop with a tough "I can handle anything facade."

Lt. Eve Dallas takes everything in stride. Here it is approaching Christmas and there's a dead Santa on the sidewalk. Santa took out a pedestrian on his short flight from the 36th floor. Dallas and her partner Peabody not only handle it, they solve it. Peabody needs to go to court to testify against the psychic who hid information from them, leading to her being nearly killed. Well, she can support Peabody. A thief steals a purse on the steps of the courthouse and she stops him. But, faced with Trudy Lombard, the foster mother who abused her, Dallas loses it and is barely able to keep herself together enough to kick Trudy out of her office. Peabody isn't the only person worried about Eve. 

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New York in 2060 isn't that much different from our New York City: traffic congestion, pollution, crowds, plays, theater, shopping, business, and of course crime. This is the 21st In Death book. Most series get a bit stale before they reach this point. J.D. Robb has managed to keep her series fresh by allowing the characters to grow and change as a result of the events of each book. Lt. Eve Dallas of Memory in Death is not the Eve Dallas of Naked in Death. However, she is, at the core, the Eve Dallas we originally came to know. What has changed is her opening up to people and emotions. There is a softer side but she's still 100% cop with a tough "I can handle anything facade."

Lt. Eve Dallas takes everything in stride. Here it is approaching Christmas and there's a dead Santa on the sidewalk. Santa took out a pedestrian on his short flight from the 36th floor. Dallas and her partner Peabody not only handle it, they solve it. Peabody needs to go to court to testify against the psychic who hid information from them, leading to her being nearly killed. Well, she can support Peabody. A thief steals a purse on the steps of the courthouse and she stops him. But, faced with Trudy Lombard, the foster mother who abused her, Dallas loses it and is barely able to keep herself together enough to kick Trudy out of her office. Peabody isn't the only person worried about Eve.

(Source: Putnam Adult)

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