Title: Naked in Death
Author: J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
Published: 1995, Berkley
Category: Romantic Suspense
The first in J.D. Robb's In Death series. I've been meaning to start this series for a really long time. For one thing, everyone seems to love the hero, Roarke. Hmmm, handsome, powerful millionaire who's also sweet and caring. I get it. :)
Eve Dallas is a New York police detective living in the year 2058. When the granddaughter of a senator is murdered, Dallas is the primary investigator for the case. Soon she has a serial killer on her hands as more victims are discovered. Among the suspects is Roarke. (Sidenote: Why doesn't he have a first name? It seems kind of stupid. He's a businessman, not a pop star!) Luckily she quickly clears him of suspicion, so they can enjoy some hot nookie. Really good plot, I kept changing my mind about who I thought was guilty.
I ended up really liking the futuristic setting (even though it threw me for a loop a bit at first). The suppositions that NR makes about what life might be like in 50 years were really interesting and, for the most part, believable. Like Kristie said in the comments on my last post, some of those things (like the video phones and whatnot) are already starting to come true in the ten years since the book was published. I hope that NR has predicted the truth on other stuff too. That complete gun ban would be great for starters.
Eve is a fantastic character. Tough and smart. She's got integrity but is at the same time endearingly flawed. And she's got lots of issues that I'm sure will be worked through in the next, what, 25 or so books!
And I have to give NR snaps for addressing some pretty weighty issues. I don't want to give away the ending, but you all who've read it know what I'm talking about. I was fairly appalled by who done it.
I'm already half way through #2. I needed me some more Roarke. The button!! AHHH!