Series: In Death #43
Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016
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Nature versus nurture...
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...
In the space of a few seconds, three people at an ice skating rink in Central Park are mowed down by a sniper. Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets the case and it’s a race against time as they quickly discover they are dealing with a deadly and potential serial killer.
I loved that the story begins with the killer’s point of view. It really helped to keep up with a complex but brilliant procedural. Eve really has a gifted brain and fits into a leadership role so effortlessly. She’s very different these days as she leverages her team efficiently and effectively, reflecting the growth of a compelling character.
It’s not all about the case as there are some interesting developments on the personal side. They were masterfully woven into the story, never taking away from the case but enhancing the overall tale. This is In Death at its finest.
This will rank as one of my favorites. Every time I think there’s nothing more to be explored in this series, I’m delivered a story like his one to remind me why this is my most favorite one. Everything worked with precision.
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