Golden in Death
by Robb, J. D.

Homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates the springtime murder of a beloved pediatrician by an unknown killer who hid a deadly toxin inside of a small golden egg. By the best-selling author of Connections in Death.

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.

For the victims in Golden in Death, murder comes in small boxes delivered right to their doorsteps. The first victim is a loving husband and father, a beloved member of New York City's medical community, and a kind neighbor and thoughtful friend. So who on earth would want to kill such a paragon of goodness? That is the question NYPSD (New York Police and Security Department) lieutenant Eve Dallas, along with her always frosty professional crew and her helpmate-in-every-way-possible Roarke, must discover if there is any hope of catching the enigmatic killer before another innocent person opens his or her door to death. In the title, Robb, a romantic suspense pseudonym for best-selling romance queen Nora Roberts, cleverly celebrates the golden anniversary, so to speak, of her legendary Eve Dallas series. In the book itself she proves definitively that she has the golden touch when it comes seamlessly fusing danger-spiked plots, propulsive pacing, and a sexy partnership between a tough-as-nails heroine and the man of mystery who complements her in the best possible fashion.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A national one-day laydown of 750,000 copies and an all-out traditional and social media PR campaign will ensure that Eve Dallas' many fans note the fiftieth title in this iconic series. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Lt. Eve Dallas celebrates her 50th futuristic procedural by taking down an unusually malevolent and resourceful poisoner. Who would have wanted to kill saintly physician Kent Abner, who donated his services to a pediatric clinic—except of course for all those abusive parents he reported to the authorities over the years? Eve and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody (Vendetta in Death, 2019, etc.), are still wending their way through the list of possibles when they learn that Elise Duran has been prevented from hosting the weekly meeting of her book club in exactly the same way Abner was killed: She breathed the toxic fumes released from a golden egg delivered to her door. The murder method is so offbeat and so precisely calibrated—the malefactor clearly targeted both victims when they were home alone and chose a chemical agent that would be sure to dispatch them without killing any innocent victims—that both crimes were obviously hatched by a single brain. And this time, the second murder, instead of muddling the mystery, clarifies it so dramatically that Eve, backed up by her usual legion of omnicompetent colleagues and a little help from Roarke, her dishy billionaire husband, quickly identifies the likely motive for both homicides and then zeroes in on her prime suspect when her tale is only halfway told. So there's precious little mystery after the initial false leads. The rewards on tap instead are the familiar pleasures of watching Eve and Peabody and the New York Police painstakingly gather evidence, make their case, relentlessly question any number of variously complicit citizens who don't happen to be the killer and walk away from their pushback, and then break the perp in a climactic interrogation that the mountain of physical evidence they've amassed makes as superfluous as it is satisfying. It's great to think that the dawning surveillance state will help catch some actual criminals in the mid-21st-century. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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