"superb romantic police procedural"
The summer of 2059 in New York City is brutally hot but Eve
Dallas, a lieutenant in the New York Police and Security
Department, is ecstatically happy. Her butler Summerset is
taking a three-week vacation, which is expected to feel
like a bit of R&R to Eve. Her joy quickly dissipates when
Roarke's friend and majordomo trips over the cat and breaks
his leg and shatters his shoulder. Her day gets even worse
when she's called out on a brutal homicide and the victim
is an innocent angelic girl who does not have an enemy in
Eve's husband Roarke learns news about his family and is
distracted enough to withdraw from his wife and friend.
Much to Eve's surprise she misses her husband's help
especially when a second victim is found and it is
obviously the work of the same perpetrator. Just before a
third homicide occurs, Roarke goes to Ireland to get some
answers and Eve follows him. When they return, they work
together to bring the killer to justice. However, before
they can find him, he grabs one of their own.
J.D. Robb has written her usual superb romantic police
procedural but PORTRAIT IN DEATH varies from the other
works in the series in two important ways. Roarke is given
news that devastates his usual high level of confidence
making him vulnerable. Eve finally has the hang of being a
wife and gives him the emotional support he needs though at
the cost of the investigation. The who-done-it is exciting
of course though the culprit is someone to be pitied (as
long as the victims are not from your family).
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 6, 2003