Immortal in Death by J. D. Robb
(Berkley, $5.99, R) ISBN 0-425-15378-9
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I love Nora Roberts books, but I had plenty of doubts about a futuristic suspense novel. Was I ever wrong!

Eve Dallas is a detective in the year 2058. She's planning her wedding to her lover, Roarke, when her best friend, Mavis, is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder of a model. Eve vows to prove her friend innocent.

Roberts' contemporary novels are usually a blend of suspense and romance, but these have a harder edge to them. They also have the advantage of being a series, so Roberts is able to develop the characters more. Immortal in Death could stand alone, but I recommend reading the first two books in the series to appreciate the development of the Eve and Roarke.

Eve is tough and smart, as is Roarke, and they are a good match because they have many things in common. Their childhoods were similar, both left alone by their parents, although their adult lives took a different path.

Robb deals with the issue of incest in Eve's past. It appears in the first two books, but she actually acknowledges and deals with it in this one. It also explains Eve's character and helps you understand why she is the woman she is.

The mystery is a good one. I guessed the villian at the beginning, but couldn't figure out why. My guess did waver because Robb throws is some interesting twists and turns.

I highly recommend all the In Death books, especially if you like a good mystery. I recommend taking a couple of days to read all three because they're so absorbing you won't want to put them down.

--Andrea Pool


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