Vengeance in Death
In Death, Book #6
By J.D. Robb
ISBN# 9780749934132
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Vengeance in Death is the sixth installment of Nora Roberts’ In Death series that’s written under the pen name J.D. Robb.

The year of 2058 is wrapping up, but not before Lieutenant Eve Dallas deals with another sociopath.  As the dead bodies start piling up Eve quickly notices a connection—her husband, Roarke!  He knows all the victims from back when he lived in Dublin running scams and picking pockets to survive.  The people dying are the ones that helped Roarke find the men that raped, tortured, and killed Summerset’s daughter, Marlena.  And now Summerset is the prime suspect in these new murders.

As much as Eve dislikes Summerset, she knows that he is not her killer.  Eve must act fast to find out who is though as it’s obvious that the murderer’s grand finale will be Roarke.

This book captured my interest from the very beginning.  I loved the intrigue about the secret that Roarke and Summerset had from their past and found it entertaining watching it all unfold.

I was worried this was going to be another book where all the evidence pointed to Roarke, but that wasn’t the case at all.  Instead, the victims were all old acquaintances of Roarke who helped him find the people that he eventually killed to avenge Marlena’s death.

This novel delved into Roarke’s past which has never really been touched upon that much in the previous installments of the series.  We start to understand the things he had to do to survive.  We also get to see just how Roarke loves and stands up for those he cares about.  And of course I loved seeing his protective side (again) when it came to Eve.  How he was upset when she tried to get the killer to come after her instead of him and how he wouldn’t leave New York without her because he was afraid of what would happen to her in his absence.

“You had no right.  No right to stand in front of me.”  He turned back now, his eyes vividly blue with temper that had gone from frigid to blaze.  “No fucking right to risk yourself on my behalf”

“Oh really.  Is that so?”  She stalked forward until they were toe to toe.  “Okay, you tell me.  You keep looking me dead in the eye and you tell me you wouldn’t have done the same if it was me in jeopardy.”

“That’s entirely different.”

“Why?”  Her chin came up and her finger jabbed hard into his chest.  “Because you have a penis?”

Vengeance in Death does hit on a touchy subject to some though—religion.  The killer thinks he’s on a holy mission from God and even leaves a statue of Mary at all his murder scenes.  I thought it was a bit strange that Eve didn’t know who Mary was though.  I guess that Roberts is speculating where our world is heading if things progress the way they currently are; we won’t have religion at all.

There was a part of this book in the middle that did start to get a little dull, but overall the book was a decent read and now I’m on to the next!