A scorned woman calling herself Lady Justice goes on a killing spree in bestseller Robb’s fast-paced 49th thriller featuring Lt. Eve Dallas (after Connections in Death). On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the mutilated body of a man is found outside his apartment building. Tacked to his corpse is a cryptic poem signed Lady Justice. Eve’s instincts tell her this isn’t an isolated incident, and when the body of another mutilated man is discovered the next day with a similar poem attached, she realizes time is critical. The day after that, Lady Justice claims a third victim. Eve searches for a link among the murdered men, assisted by her police partner Det. Delia Peabody, and her husband, Roarke, a brilliant tech-savvy entrepreneur. When Eve discovers the common link is a women’s support group, she must set a careful trap for this cunning, methodical vigilante before the woman can murder a fourth man. The romantic banter between Eve and Roarke adds some welcome relief from the grim crimes. Robb enthusiasts will be well satisfied. 750,000 announced first printing. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Sept.)
"Tautly constructed, fast-paced . . . the author continues to find new and innovative ways of keeping readers to the edges of their seats." -Booklist
"Fast-paced... Robb enthusiasts will be well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly
"A rousing futuristic hunt for a serial killer of victims no one will mourn." - Kirkus
"The camaraderie and love that permeates every aspect of Eve's world is a joy to read. As much as I want each killer caught, I hate to see the end of any In Death book and immediately can't wait for the next one in the series...yet another stellar tale from the gifted J. D. Robb!" - Fresh Fiction
Lt. Eve Dallas's 49th case pits her against the vigilante who's determined to improve April 2061 over previous springs by declaring open season on men who behave badly.
Executive headhunter Nigel B. McEnroy is so "scrupulous, exacting, ethical, and diligent" in running Perfect Placement that you'd never suspect what a pig he was to the women he drugged, raped, shamed, and degraded—unless you were his lawyer, his top lieutenant, or one of those many, many women. So it's only fitting that an avenger would treat him to a taste of his own medicine, slipping him a drug, bundling him into a car, chaining him up in a secure location, torturing, castrating, and killing him before marking the scene with some self-righteous doggerel signed Lady Justice. The same blow-by-blow treatment awaits Thaddeus Pettigrew, the longtime patron of the high-end escort service Discretion, who cheated his wife out of most of the business she'd built, divorced her, and shacked up with his mistress. Even without the catch-me-if-you-can signature, it would be obvious to Eve (Connections in Death, 2019, etc.) and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, that the two murders are the work of a single hand and equally obvious that there are likely to be more. But where to look for Lady Justice in a world in which every woman who knew about the victims' sins would have cheered their passing? Ex-wife Darla Pettigrew's links to the activist/social work circle Women For Women seems to promise a smaller roster of more likely suspects. Now if only the WFW founder, licensed therapist Natalia Zula, hadn't insisted on confidentiality for all its participants and restricted her own notes to using first names, none of which happen to be Lady.
A rousing futuristic hunt for a serial killer of victims no one will mourn.