Synopses & Reviews
The #1 New York Times
bestselling author of Survivor in Death
has Lieutenant Eve Dallas walking a tightrope between her professional duties and her private demons.
Eve Dallas is one tough cop. She's got no problem dealing with a holiday reveler in a red suit who plunges thirty-seven stories and gives new meaning to the term "sidewalk Santa." But when she gets back to the station and Trudy Lombard shows up, it's all Eve can do to hold it together. Instantly, she's thrown back into the past, to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized girl-trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits in front of her, smiling.
Trudy claims she just wanted to see how Eve was doing. But Eve's husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise and his suspicions prove correct when Trudy arrives at his office, demanding money in exchange for keeping the ugly details of his wife's childhood a secret. Barely restraining himself, Roarke shows her the door and makes it clear that she'd be wise to get out of New York and never bother him or his wife again.
But just a few days later, Trudy's found on the floor of her hotel room, a mess of bruises and blood. A cop to the core, Eve is determined to solve the case, if only for the sake of Trudy's bereaved son. Unfortunately, Eve is not the only one to have suffered at this woman's hands, and she and Roarke will follow a circuitous, dangerous path to find out who turned this victimizer into a victim.
"After clashing with clones and killers in last year's Origin in Death, New York City police lieutenant Eve Dallas ('Her eyes were the color of good, aged whiskey and were long like the rest of her. And like the rest of her, they were all cop') settles back into a more conventional mystery. In December 2059, a mysterious woman shows up in Eve's office claiming to be her 'mama.' It's Trudy Lombard, the cruel foster mom who took nine-year-old Eve in after Eve killed her abusive father. Trudy made Eve take cold baths and locked her in closets, among other torments, and now Trudy wants Eve to pay $2 million to keep her past a secret. Readers of the series will know how Roarke, Eve's rich, deadly husband, handles the situation; he tosses Trudy out on her ear. When Trudy is found murdered the next day, it's up to Eve to catch the killer and prove that neither she nor Roarke was behind the bludgeoning. All the action takes place over Christmas, and Eve, being Eve, complains about the foolishness of the holiday, but Roarke et al. continue to slowly teach Eve the virtues of love, family and friendship. This is number 22 in a series that still manages to feel fresh." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“There are simply no accolades lavish enough to praise this series justly.”—The Columbia (SC) State
Police Lt. Eve Dallas walks a tightrope between her professional duties and her private demons. When the twisted woman who tormented Eve's childhood tries to blackmail Eve's husband Roarke and ends up dead, Eve and Roarke follow a dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into victim.
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Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl—and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.
Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve’s fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.
About the Author
Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 150 novels. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the futuristic suspense series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke. With more than 280 million copies of her books in print, Roberts has had more than one hundred bestsellers on the New York Times list.