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Monday, April 18, 2016
Monday NYPD Blue Style
It’s Monday and I’ll be honest this one’s been a tad more difficult than any of the others. As a long time insomnia sufferer I’m used to running on a few short hours of sleep but this Monday I’m not just tired I’m also getting over a double ear infection a sinus infection and just for funsies acute bronchitis all brought on by the lovely allergies I suffer in the spring. Yay Spring!!! As such I tend to spend most of my time in doors attempting to cut down on the amount of time I suffer and I’ve had the distinct pleasure of revisiting one of my favorite worlds this past week and this weekend. The IN DEATH series by J.D. Robb is one of my favorite series of books. It’s Criminal Minds meets NYPD Blue and it’s set in the not so distant future in New York. The main character Eve Dallas is a tenacious homicide detective with a murky past. The first book in the series “Naked in Death” introduces us to her as she races to find a serial killer going after Licensed Companions or LC’s as they come to be known in the book. This is a sanitized term used to describe prostitutes, think high end call girls and boys. During her investigation she comes face to face with her own inner demons and we learn a bit more about her traumatic childhood. We get introduced to one of the best leading men in fiction Roarke. That’s right Roarke just Roarke no other name. Roarke has his own shady past and perhaps it’s this darkness that calls to Eve’s own inner darkness but whatever the reason she ends up having to investigate him in connection to the deaths.
This series is chock full of interesting, deep, and complex characters. The plots are well thought out and fully realized. Some of these death scenes are not for the faint of heart as the author goes to great lengths to vividly describe what Eve deals with in the course of her investigations. The procedures are correct and we even get the bureaucratic frustration that all cops face when tracking down suspects and gathering data. Simply put this is one of the best crime-thriller series out there and that’s not an exaggeration. I highly recommend these books if you like crime drama, solving puzzles, action, adventure and yes there’s some romance too. Other books like this one would be Rizzoli and Isles by Tess Gerritson and the Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell.