Promises in Death by J.D. Robb is the 28th book in the “In Death” suspense series.  Publisher: Putnam, February 2009

#1 New York Times– bestselling author J. D. Robb takes us to the New York City of 2060, where Lieutenant Eve Dallas faces down a cop killer.

A Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she’s been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she’s taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn’t just “one of us.”

Dallas’s friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone from Coltraine’s squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve’s husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on Coltraine’s life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts.

The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve containing Coltraine’s guns, badge, and a note from her killer: “You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I’ll be sending yours to somebody else.”

But Eve Dallas doesn’t take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that’s a promise.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets the call most cops fear, the murder of a cop.  The cop is Amaryllis Coltraine who happened to be dating the Chief Medical Examiner Li Morris.  Because he’s a friend, Eve will do everything in her power and promises Morris that she will find her killer.  With discovered ties to Max Ricker which includes his son, Alex, Eve will work the case until she can narrow down evidence.  With the help of her department and her billionaire husband, Roarke, the clues take Eve to the killer being one of their own. It was very enjoyable to see Eve work this case and get the much needed evidence to bring Ammy’s killer to justice.  There are some comical reliefs when Eve has to buy a bridal shower gift at the lingerie store and then hold an overnight bridal shower/pajama party with drunken, naked women.  Too darn funny.   One of the best in the series and I could not put this book down until the last page.  5 stars – it was amazing

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym of Nora Roberts

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