When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they were looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who had stayed behind.
Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaited them instead. Brutally murdered in her bedroom, Deena's body showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who was specifically requested by the captain to investigate.
When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know yet that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice.
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This book moves too fast and so all knowingly, its hard to keep up. Lieutenant
Eve Dallas always seems to have too many irons in the fire, or she tremendously
and tediously overvalues and overestimates the pull it all together in the blink
of an eye aspect of technology and life in the fast lane.
enjoyed the "euphemistic" swim scene, husband Roarke definitely takes a back
Although capturing your interest, the book is mostly a
fantasy and doesnt relate (in my mind anyway) to any real life detective work
(or, if it does, I pity the poor families of the victims whose cases will never
be adequately solved).
I am about three quarters of the way through the
book. My impression is that Eve Dallas attempts to dangle before the readers
eyes the spectre of her own sordid past as an almost victim (unlike Deenie
MacMasters and Karlene Robins who are real vicitms) in order to play on the
This has the opposite effect, causing her to come off
mainly (in my mind anyway) as deriving a lot of kinky gratification from her
never-ending detective work. (And yes, projecting).
Since Ive been there
myself, I know all, she seems to be saying, but (unlike you) I got away. I
didnt die. I question whether the victims and their families, in a real life
scenario anyway, dont somehow deserve more than to be played down to with this
kind of condescension.
In addition, her team of "dedicated" workers who
help her solve these horrendous crimes are, in between their kinky, spine
tingling assignments, either sending out for pizza, savoring coffee in order to
activate their whodunit glands, stuffing their face with assortments of food, or
endlessly satisfying their lust.
I question whether anyone could put the
pieces of the puzzle together as fast as Lieutenant Eve Dallas purports to do,
and always come out on top. But, of course, its only fiction, a kind of ongoing
Soap Opera, so why expect much more?
Plus no one could have as many
instantaneous changes of identity as Eve Dallas claims the perpetrator has in
this novel. Its just not possible in that short a time span. I also question
the plausibility of what she says is the perpetrators motivation: to take down
the whole system of authority.
Its just too far fetched for me. But, other
than that, kind of fun and interesting to read in a silly kind of way. But just
Another thing I found offensive was the way Eve Dallas
talked down to the families of the victims, ordering them around. She always
knew best (or knew everything).
Although the novel purports to be extremely
realistic and technologically up to the minute, I found it rather over the top
as far as the way real life detective work would (or should) probably unfold.
Also, if you were related to a victim, or even an almost victim yourself, like
Eve Dallas claims she was, you would never be getting so much of a thrill from
You might, on the other hand, find it slightly offensive to
ponder just how much Eves lust (and sex acts with husband, Rourke, etc.) could
be jump-started and driven by her work.
The book was interesting, but,
overall, claimed too much unfounded expertise and was therefore an insult to the