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Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb

Strangers in Death - J.D. Robb

A prominent member of society is found dead in his home, while his wife is away with friends. The man was tied and strangled on the bed with various sex toys proudly displayed beside his bed. It looks like a kinky game gone wrong, but it sure smells like foul play to Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

She also has a perfect suspect, although there's one big problem. The main suspect has an airtight alibi. Yet Eve's gut keeps on tingling, and soon the seemingly perfect web starts to unravel.

This might've been set in the future, but it carried a very mid-past-century vibe. Taking its cues from Patricia Highsmith's book and Hitchcock's subsequent movie Strangers on a Train, those who know the plot, know how it all went down. Thanks to that angle of predictability, I saw the signs early on and struggled with the fact Eve didn't make the connection sooner.
Still, the killer was the only predictable thing and it didn't deter from my overall enjoyment of the story; I loved the twists and turns of the investigation and looking for possible clues that might tie it all down with a pretty red bow on top.

Masterfully executed. Well-written and well-paced with that little added nugget of frustration at the characters for not making the right connection and the evidence that simply wouldn't cooperate (at least at the beginning).

Intriguing, engrossing, gripping, a little frustrating...Loved it.