The incomparable J. D. Robb presents the latest moving and suspenseful novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling Eve Dallas series.
In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.
The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.
Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.
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Concealed in Death
In her usual style Robb has presented a mystery with twists and turns that aren't always readily seen. I enjoy this about her novels. What I don't enjoy with her novels and quite frankly many futuristic novels is the treatment of African-American people. They have not ever been main characters within Eve's or Roarke's inner circle. The preference is always for white or patois. When the occasional Black person arrives, you can tell. They are given stereotypical language, jobs, skills, or backgrounds. They aren't doctors, consultants, wealthy, or powerful. Why is this? Do white authors think Black people will not fare well in the future? Anyone of the reappearing characters in the series could have been black, married to someone black, and having black children. They could have worked alongside Eve and Roarke and spoke exactly the same as Peabody, Mira, or Trueheart. I find it disturbing that authors think we will not have held onto any of the culture we have exhibited from the 1600s has professionals, as educated, as cultured African-Americans. I pains me to see that social class based on skin color by skin color is honored by authors who paint futuristic worlds. Sex may have advanced, but white people and light- skinned people of mixed heritage will still be in power over black people. Native Americans and Hispanics won't even exist. The world will not be smaller, but larger. For someone in that day and age to think talking to someone in Africa is special....wow. I truly enjoy Robb's books, but always wish this author would grow up and see the future as more rather than less inclusive.
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Wait Till The End
Another interesting Eve mystery. Many suspects, 12 girls in the wrong place at the wrong time, then the investigation goes thru Africa, Zimbabwe, and then the Adirondacks.