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Judgment in Death by J.D. Robb

Judgment in Death (In Death, #11) - J.D. Robb

A cop moonlighting as a bartender, is bludgeoned to death with a metal bat in an upscale club. Lieutenant Eve Dallas isn't pleased; not with the fact she has no motive, no suspect, and not with the idea that the owner of the club is her own husband.

Then another cop, who also proves to also have a secret bank account, is found sliced open in his own car and the motive starts to crystalize—someone is killing off dirty cops. But who...And who is the guy gunning for Roarke and how can she thwart his plans?

Another intense read with two seemingly unconnected investigations that end up merging into one single, reverberating case. I loved the suspense and the mystery, it was chilling and gory, and it kept me guessing for a little more than half the book before I pinpointed the killer. Good job in making it twisty and just convoluted enough to keep it interesting without skirting the "overdone" line.

Beside the good, solid mystery/suspense plot, we get the usual plethora of characters, relationship, and interactions between them...And the first major marital spat between our two intrepid leads.
I'm all for quick conflict solving, but I didn't mind the length this one took. It wasn't overdone, it was realistic in how both parties were right (both times, might I add), but let pride and hurt intrude before reason and true feelings could kick in to try and reach a compromise. Not all fights are solved quickly and easily and this one proved it, but it also proved that communication is always the key once tempers are cooled and people actually start to think and try to see the other's point of view.
I loved this little hiccup in Eve and Roarke's marriage, because it actually made the relationship stronger...And provided some great (and humorous) moments of female bonding (loved Mira's reaction and questions regarding Roarke's possible diet).

Intense, fast-paced, with an intriguing mystery, a crazy baddie with a grudge, and wonderful character development.