Leverage in Death
by Robb, J. D.

When an airline executive is blackmailed into a suicide bombing in his Wall Street office, lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates strange inconsistencies in the case while trying to uncover the blackmailers' true agenda.

J.D. ROBB is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Why on earth would a successful business executive and devoted husband and father blow himself up, along with some of his coworkers? That is the question NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas must unravel when she and her team are called to investigate a bombing at the Wall Street headquarters of Quantum Air. There, Quantum VP of marketing, Paul Rogan, activated the hidden bomb strapped to his chest during a meeting with EconoLift Inc., a company with which Quantum had merger plans. Eve soon discovers why Rogan was compelled to sacrifice himself, but she still needs to know exactly who profits from setting this fiendish plot in motion. With the forty-seventh installment in her always poplar Eve Dallas series, Robb again remixes and remasters all the addictively readable ingredients her readers have come to crave, including a tough-as-nails protagonist who takes guff from no one, a plethora of engaging secondary characters who each play their roles to perfection, a generous dash of hot-as-sin sex, and a fine-tuned, tautly paced plot that relentlessly ticks along to the book's satisfying conclusion. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With an initial 750,000 print run and a marketingcampaign on both print and digital outlets, Robb's latest will be a hot ticket. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

The 44th case for future-dwelling Lt. Eve Dallas is less whodunit than whydunit and howtocatchem. On the day appointed for the merger between Quantum Air and EconoLift, Quantum marketing VP Paul Rogan arises from his seat at the table, apologizes to Derrick Pearson, the CEO who's come to treat him like a son, then detonates a suicide vest containing enough explosives to kill himself, Pearson, and nine others—although not, as it happens, EconoLift president Willimena Karson, who's merely sent to the hospital in critical condition. Eve and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, soon realize that the reason a treasured employee would do such a thing is that he felt he had no choice: A pair of masked killers had taken his wife and daughter hostage and threatened to kill them and worse if he didn't follow their murderous orders. But why would anyone take so much trouble to blow up the meeting room instead of either killing their chosen target individually or detonating enough explosives to blow up the whole floor of the building? That's the question Eve focuses on, and when she comes up with a plausible explanation, she realizes that whoever pulled off this high-fatality caper has every reason to try it again. She's too late to prevent another blast, which claims five more victims at an art gallery, but the second time around provides her with enough clues to narrow her list of suspects dramatically—though fans should be warned that from this point on, Eve's detective work is a bit of a slog, and the main event yet to come, as so often in this series (Dark in Death, 2018, etc.), is Eve's interrogations of the suspects she's hauled in. A nifty, if exceptionally coldblooded, criminal plan buried in close to 400 pages of mostly forgettable suspects and dialogue. There's not even much detail about the good life in 2061 this time around. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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