Judgment in Death
In Death, Book #11
By J.D. Robb
ISBN#  9780425176306
Author’s Website:  http://www.jdrobb.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

It’s spring 2059 and Eve Dallas is called to a case where a fellow police officer was murdered.  He was bludgeoned to death with a metal baseball bat inside a club that is owned by Eve’s husband, Roarke, nonetheless.

Then, a second police officer is murdered and Eve finds a link; they’re both dirty cops.  But as Eve digs deeper she discovers that the first cop was only made to look dirty and was part of a secret operation in internal affairs.

The murders are all connected to a powerful former associate of Roarke’s (from before he became ‘legitimate’), Max  Ricker, who is a career criminal that always slips away without getting caught.  Now Roarke and Eve butt heads as she wants to take Ricker down and Roarke knows how dangerous he is and wants her far away from him.

Although I love him, in the first half of this book, Roarke was annoying the crap out of me with his possessive controlling ways when it came to Eve.  He wouldn’t talk to her because she wasn’t completely honest about how she handled Ricker at the beginning of her investigation, but she did fess up the same night.  I felt Roarke was acting like a child and he needed to grow up.  I also hated the whole “I’ll take what’s mine” scene in the book where he practically forces himself on her, but it’s OK because he knew that Eve wanted it or whatever.  I just didn’t like it especially considering her past…but once that is over they go back to themselves thank God! And then I can like Roarke again.

This was another case of a cop gone bad after suffering the tragic loss of his son and having a bit skewed way of righting things in his son’s honor.  But the killer took a backseat to Ricker, even as more bodies started piling up, and the main focus seemed to be to nail him at all costs.

I really missed Peabody, McNab, and Feeney in this one.  Don’t get me wrong, they were present, but the story didn’t go into much detail with any of them.  But on the upside, we did get to know Webster a little better and I enjoyed it.

Bottom line–I thought this book was OK, but nothing earth shattering.