Guest Review: Treachery In Death J.D. Robb

Treachery In Death

In the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law-including the ones sworn to uphold it.

Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime-an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody’s first case as primary detective-good thing she learned from the master.

But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she’s all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and-while hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound-she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn’t take long to realize they’re both crooked-guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve’s husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down-knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret.

Thanks again to Fiction Vixen for giving me yet another awesome In Death book for review!! *curtsies to Sophia* LOL

This is the first of the In Death series with Detective Delia Peabody as primary detective on a homicide. Peabody is quick, smart and sharp–all things she learned with Dallas as her mentor. I truly loved this book because I saw the development and growth of Peabody as a woman and as a kickass detective. This made me very happy and hopeful of more installments with her as the primary detective on the case.

Peabody does an excellent job of keeping her chin up and not letting her fear rule her when she is trapped in that locker room. She determines to live, though, being in a shower stall, she doesn’t have that many options to do so, except stay quiet and then report to her superior. Peabody has grown into a formidable detective and officer and she shows us this with her actions. After Peabody overhears them arguing, while trying to keep from being found out, she quickly goes to Dallas to work this case and clean house.

However, I also loved the bigger storyline with the dirty cops and their eventual takedown. Dallas shows us just how ruthless she can be when she determines to take down dirty cops in her city. I liked how the unit was cohesive, from the detectives under Dallas’ supervision all the way to the top, in gathering evidence and determining their next moves in this deadly game of cat and mouse.

What I loved most about this book was Roarke. YES because he is oh-so-fine mmm, mmm, mmm. But also because he understands his wife and what drives her to keep the honor and dignity of the badge from being corrupted and why she hates those who do. I also loved that I got to see some more emotional and psychological depth to Dallas’ character and her growth as a human, woman, wife and cop.

I couldn’t stop reading and took no breaks, for anything. This storyline was riveting, fast-paced and very entertaining. While it does (almost) follow the formula for the previous In Death books, I found this one to not be exactly the same. I thought Robb did a very good job of mixing it up a little; spicing things up, to bring us a new story with a different twist. However, I would have liked to see more growth and command from Peabody. Also, more Roarke.

Favorite quote:
[…] “If you tried to touch my woman she’d break your dick off like a twig then stick it up your arse.”

Treachery In Death J.D. Robb
February 22nd 2011 by Putnam Adult
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  1. says

    That was my most favorite quote ever.

    I hope Robb/La Nora will do an In Death on child molesters/beaters cuz I want to read Eve and Roarke’s reactions.

    Also, Roarke is so yum. 😀