Chaos in Death by J.D. Robb is part of the “Unquiet” anthology, the 8th in the series. Publisher: Jove, September 2011

A psychotic killer roams the city with a satchel of scalpels, fresh off a triple kill. A mysterious drug pumps through his veins, making him dance in the streetlight and twirl his cape like Jack the Ripper. Eve Dallas is the tough Lieutenant hot on his trail, but this is unlike any case take she’s ever been assigned – or any killer she’s ever pursued. A police sketch based on eye-witness testimony reveals the killer has green skin, swollen red eyes, goblin ears, and a dislocated jaw-structure that defies the human form. Is it a mask? Is it makeup? Or is the explanation more sinister?

Dallas faces off against multiple suspects – all of them students of medicine capable of the precise slicing of the ears, noses, and eyes removed from which the three victims received. But who had the motive? More importantly, what form of rogue science are these healers practicing?

Looking at the sight of the three brutalized bodies, Eve knows there’s a monster on the loose and when a witness comes forward with a sketch of the murderer, Eve can’t believe her eyes. On the trail of a killer, Eve will bring justice to the deceased. This was another good novella to tie me over for the next full-featured adventure with Eve and Roarke.

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym of Nora Roberts

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