Review: Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

Naked In DeathNaked In Death by J.D. Robb
Read: March 24 – 26, 2013
Personal read.

Book Blurb: It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.

My Opinion: Though I find this somewhat embarrassing to admit, I really am enjoying this book, and this series. My dad, of all people, was listening to this in the car, and got me interested in the characters and the world. So I picked up the series at book one. And I am kind of hooked. These books are like candy, just something frivolous to munch on.

J.D. Robb doesn’t normally write mystery/crime novels. In case you didn’t know, she generally writes romance under the name Nora Roberts. As a result, the In Death series has a healthy dose of romance to go with its laser-toting cop. It is fairly easy to spot with all the heavily overdone kissing scenes, not to mention anything more intimate.

Having listened to the later books, I was kind of biased coming into the story. I knew things that someone who was reading for the first time wouldn’t, so I will try not to be too hard on it. Though I did find the “who” to be a little obvious for my tastes.

The characters are not fleshed out very well, but I have faith it will improve over the course of the series. Each book is only about 250 pages on my e-reader, and there are something like forty books in the series. (Yes, forty) So I anticipate that the author has left some of the character and world-building to fill out the later books.

I am a little torn on the world Robb/Roberts has built. Sometimes Naked in Death reads too much like a cheesy 70’s cop drama – and I mean that in the best possible way – to really fill out the futuristic setting. I find myself wanting to know more about things like the gun ban, though. What brought it about?

Bottom Line: I found this book to be a nice, light, crime drama. Heavy on the romance, which the author is famous for. A nice light literary snack.


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