Series: In Death #42
Published by Berkley on February 2, 2016
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Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy...
Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.
Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.
As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.
This case becomes personal to Eve Dallas when she’s asked by Charlotte Mira to look into husband Dennis’ assault and search for his missing cousin. What begins as an unofficial missing persons case for Eve, explodes into something much more sinister.
I loved how this case evolved, with classic Eve Dallas investigating where she’s relying on those extraordinary instincts and procedurals. It makes a huge difference in my enjoyment to be able to follow the clues as she’s hunting them down and get the big reveals as she discovers them. The teams’ all there and we continue to get more about the unit’s dynamics as a group.
But what really makes this story is the deepening relationship between Dennis Mira and Eve. I got much more here than what I’d hoped for and loved this part of the story. There are several scenes that are precious and I just got lost in them. Eve continues to evolve in ways that are true, authentic and timely.
I’m very happy with this book and feel it moved the characters forward in all the right ways. Believe it or not, there’s still a lot to learn about the enigmatic Eve Dallas and she’s developing quite nicely. The case will challenge you, not so much in deducing the outcome but your morality and ethics. Lots to consider here as to who are the real victims. Well done.
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