Random in Death by J.D. Robb
23, 2024 by St. Martin's Press
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime
Taken from Goodreads: In the new crime thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling J.D. Robb, a small and easily concealed weapon wreaks havoc, and the killer is just a face in the crowd.
Jenna’s parents had finally given in, and there she was, at a New York club with her best friends, watching the legendary band Avenue A, carrying her demo in hopes of slipping it to the guitarist, Jake Kincade. Then, from the stage, Jake catches her eye, and smiles. It’s the best night of her life.
It’s the last night of her life.
Minutes later, Jake’s in the alley getting some fresh air, and the girl from the dance floor comes stumbling out, sick and confused and deathly pale. He tries to help, but it’s no use. He doesn’t know that someone in the crowd has jabbed her with a needle—and when his girlfriend Nadine arrives, she knows the only thing left to do for the girl is call her friend, Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
After everyone on the scene is interviewed, lab results show a toxic mix of substances in the victim’s body—and for an extra touch of viciousness, the needle was teeming with infectious agents. Dallas searches for a pattern: Had any boys been harassing Jenna? Was she engaging in risky behavior or caught up in something shady? But there are no obvious clues why this levelheaded sixteen-year-old, passionate about her music, would be targeted.
And that worries Dallas. Because if Jenna wasn’t targeted, if she was just the random, unlucky victim of a madman consumed by hatred, there are likely more deaths to come.
My Thoughts: This series of 58 books is great. The characters are familiar, the storyline
is consistent, and there is never any doubt that Eve and Roarke will catch the
bad guy. The how they catch them is
different in each book and the reason that I continue to read them.
I love that each book in this series is it’s own story but the
characters grow with the each book.
Their relationships with each other and their significant other’s grow
and that continues with each book. I like catching up with the secondary
characters and seeing where their lives have gone and what they are doing. JD Robb does a great job keeping track of
where her characters are and where they are heading so their stories flow
perfectly from book to book.
Whether this is your 58th book or your first book (you
can read this series in any order) I recommend it.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book via NetGalley
in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet JD Robb (taken from her website): With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.
The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted
readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In
Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller
list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller.
While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the
series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully
revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora
Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the
Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.
Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades
for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan
Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David
Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and
The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share
the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two
hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In
Death story featured in an anthology.
Forty books later, there is no end in sight for the
ever-popular In Death series.