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By J.D. Robb

Putnam, 2004
ISBN: 0-399-15171-0

A paperback version was released January 25, 2005 by Berkley Publishing Group. $7.99

Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel

New York City in 2059 is not so very different than today.Cars can avoid traffic jams by going vertical, flights to Europe are a bit shorter, people still walk dogs in Central Park, and serial killers continue to ply their trade.Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas, dressed to kill for a social evening with her tycoon hubby Roarke, is called away from a corporate dinner in Chicago to investigate a murder in the City, and gets there in no time at all.She finds the mutilated body of a young woman, naked except for a red ribbon around her neck, carefully posed by the lake in Central Park.This is only the first of a series, and as the killer escalates the violence Eve races the clock to stop his deadly spree.She receives help from an unexpected, and at first unwanted, source, when a psychic more used to telling the futures of bored socialites begins to have visions of the murders as they occur.

This is the 19th book in the " Death" series, written by Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb, and the first I've read.I was so impressed by it that I immediately went out and bought the first book, NAKED IN DEATH.

Eve is a flawed character who rises above a horrendous childhood to become an excellent, committed police detective.She has an interesting support system of friends and co-workers and a healthy relationship with Roarke -- a relationship that began in the first book when he was a suspect in another serial killer case.

Robb has meticulously created a believable world in the not-so-distant future, and I am definitely looking forward to learning more about that world, and the ongoing adventures of Eve Dallas and her wonderfully colorful circle of friends.

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