Treachery In Death by J.D. Robb is the 32nd book in the “In Death” suspense series. Publisher: Putnam, February 2011

In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law—including the ones sworn to uphold it.

Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime—an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve.

But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation. Determined to start working out as hard as she grills suspects, she chooses to do it at the old, rarely used gym at Central. After a grueling workout, she squeezes into one of the narrow shower stalls, happy to have the place to herself. Just after she shuts the water off, the gym door clatters open—and while she cringes inside the stall, trying not to make a sound, Peabody overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. References are made to delivering product and a house in the islands, and someone named Keener who’s supposed to look like an OD. It doesn’t take long for a naked and vulnerable Peabody to realize that both officers are crooked—guilty not just of corruption but of murder as well. Fortunately, the two clear out of the locker room without realizing there was a witness.

Eve Dallas may have trained Peabody well—but this is too dangerous for one person to take on alone. Now Peabody, Eve, and her husband, Roarke, must try to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down—knowing all the while that the two have already killed to keep their secret, and are no doubt willing to do it again.

What a thrilling read. When Peabody overhears fellow police officers talking about a hit, she knows she’s heard more than she bargained for. Alerting her lieutenant, who despises anyone who betrays their badge, they sent in motion an op to bring the crooked officer and her posse down. Making matters worse is this officer holds the same rank as Eve and is the daughter of a decorated ranked commander. Assisting in this caper is the ever-so handsome Roarke, Eve’s mentor Feeney, Peabody’s main squeeze McNab, and IAB’s Webster with appearances from Mavis, Bella and Louise. This book had my attention from the first sentence to the last. I loved seeing this team pull together an op and run with it seeking justice. Eve challenges the dirty copy to make a wrong move while Peabody and the rest of the gang look for the proof needed to relieve these corrupt cops from the NYPSD. The tone was crisp; the dialogue engaging and this fast-moving and tense story had my adrenaline pumping. This was a suspensefully entertaining read in this great series.

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym of New York Times Best-Selling Nora Roberts

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