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Concealed In Death Hardcover – Large Print, March 5, 2014
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The rundown building has good bones. That is exactly why Roarke bought it. The problem is the building has some real bones in it as well. While breaking through an interior wall to kick off the renovation, Roarke discovers bones wrapped in plastic. A quick call to his wife, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department, brings Eve and her team to the site. Eventually, 12 bodies are found in the building. With the help of the department’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve is able to pinpoint the time of the murders to 15 years earlier when the building served as the Sanctuary, a shelter for troubled and/or homeless teens. When Eve begins tracing the lives of each of the young girls who died there, she not only finds herself tracking a killer, but she also discovers a startling connection between the crimes and someone in her own life. The latest nail-biting installment in Robb’s long-running Eve Dallas series features the same skillfully drawn characters and masterful way with suspense that have ensnared readers since Naked in Death (1995). --John Charles --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Praise for the "In Death" series
"Robb is a virtuoso." --"Seattle"" Post-Intelligencer"
"It's "Law & Order: SVU"--in the future." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"Gritty thrillers highlighted by humor and heart . . . The 'In Death' novels offer something for every fan of genre fiction." --"This Week" (Columbus, Ohio)
"The series [is] groundbreaking in its unique combination of futuristic setting, suspense and romance." --"The Romance Reader"
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I realize that Eve would be evolving, but remember that only THREE years have gone by in this series. She's not going to change that much.
There was so much of the creative writing that NR books are known for that is missing. When I read earlier books, I get inside the dialog. I feel the frustration, humor, etc of the characters. My mind sees pictures of them laughing, scowling, etc. There was NONE of that in this one.
NR has been given such a wonderful gift. I just hate to see that legacy become so tarnished.
The thing is, as good as this series is, it's starting to fray at the edges. I'm not a conspiracy theory person - but I am starting to believe the rumblings. Maybe these aren't completely ghost written - but they clearly are being partially ghost written.
The mystery in this is fine - engaging, in fact. Sometimes it is hard to find a justifiable reason for Roarke to be involved - but that isn't the case in this one.
Something is still off, though. I started noticing it right after the Dallas storyline. It wasn't big things at first. Strained dialogue, weird word choices, forgotten story threads. If you've read the entire series, you know what I'm talking about. Some things just aren't the same as they used to be.
The truth is, an author has certain tells in their writing. Certain phrases that pop up edition after edition. That's not a bad thing. It makes the reader feel comfortable.
That's not here in the In Death series anymore. The prose is fine for 75 percent of the book and then a phrase is off. Then the dialogue crumbles.
It's just not the same. I sound like a broken record, I know.
I'm not ready to give up this series yet. I still love Eve. I am ready, though, for a return to greatness. I may be alone in that endeavor - but that is what I want.
I just want to add - after a few minutes of further reflection - that Eve's perfection when solving a case doesn't always ring true. She's an outstanding cop. She's a moral person. She has demons and she has a haunted past. At times, though, she seems infallible - and that's not always believable.
The reason I love the in death series is because it is supposed to be set in futuristic New York. This writer does not have a clear picture of that place and time and only uses the previously laid out terminology without building on it or describing the feel and energy as usually happens.
There are interviews that are never taken to their conclusion and storylines that just drop off that keep you wondering or feeling that there are still a couple of things that need to be finished. Dallas just does not seem as fierce and passionate as she usually is and her relationship with Roarke is all warm and fuzzy, the way they usually spark off each other just seems to have disappeared. The way Dallas usually is like a bulldog, pulling every last detail out of a suspect or interview just did not happen and you learn in the last chapter just by accident that someone had been previously married and divorced, statistics that she just would not have missed or failed to mention.
Overall an ok storyline, not much suspense, but I spent the whole time thinking she never would have said or done that or that is not quite how it usually works and left feeling really flat that this is not the world I thought I was paying to read about. Not sure I am going to pay good money in the future unless the original writer (whoever that may be) comes back. Looking back on it I think the last book had the same feel, but I just thought the author was having an off book, they cant all be as good every time. Not happy.