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Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb
Review by Paul Haggerty
Putnam Adult Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399154010
Date: 20 February 2007 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Innocent in Death is the 24th novel in the Eve Dallas mystery series. The In Death series takes place in 2050's (2060 in the case of this newest volume) New York City. Technology has changed a bit, but there's little that would be a terrible surprise. Human behavior, on the other hand, hasn't changed a bit. In a land of plenty, there are still the have a lots, and the have nothings. And while one might understand why the poor and destitute are forced to confront the ugly side of life, there's far less acceptability when the well to-do have a go. Especially when the victim, Craig Foster, is a well liked teacher at a private school for the wealthy and privileged. Newly married, clean as a whistle, and everybody's friend, Craig is the last person one would expect to find on the floor of his classroom, dead from an extremely bad case of poison.

From official release/information:

Book Description: The phenomenal series set in a future New York City returns as NYPSD Lt. Eve Dallas hunts for the killer of a seemingly ordinary history teacher-and uncovers some extraordinary surprises. Craig Foster's death devastated his young wife, who'd sent him to work that day with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the private school, too, and as for the ten-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids-they may have been traumatized for life.

Eve soon determines that Foster's homemade lunch was tainted with deadly ricin, and that Mr. Foster's colleagues have some startling secrets of their own. It's Eve's job to sort it out- and discover why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant . . . so innocent.

Now Magdalena Percell . . . there's someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve's own hands. The slinky blonde-an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke-has arrived in New York, and she's anything but innocent. Roarke seems blind to Magdalena's manipulation, and he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about . . . and none of Eve's business. Eve's so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on her case. Still, she'll have to put aside her feelings, for a while at least-because another man has just turned up dead.

Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a facade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.

(Source: Putnam Adult)

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