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Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

First, there were three at the skating rink in Central Park, then four with an additional one wounded in Times Square...New York City is obviously plagued by a LDSK, a long distance serial killer, a highly-skilled sniper, picking his targets at random.

Yet Lieutenant Eve Dallas doubts the killings are random, she feels there's a connection between one at each site, with others chosen as cover. She knows she doesn't have much time to figure out the sniper's agenda or their identity, because with the escalating numbers of dead, it looks like the LDSK has developed a taste for murder.

After all this time, Ms Robb still has what it takes to sweep me off my feet, so to speak, and leave me speechless and thrilled with this series.
This book is definitely one of my favorites with every single plot element, every single character and character trait, perfectly mixing and working together to create an amazing, intense, gripping story.

The pacing and tempo were spot-on, the narrative flowed seamlessly from one scene to the next...The murder plotline and the villain were sickening (there is no other word for it); some people truly are born psycho- and sociopaths. The reasoning, the final bragging brought a shiver down my spine, and made me wish Eve and Co would actually (once, just once) decide to teach someone a lesson with that imaginary rubber hose.
That final scene in Interrogation was truly chilling and creepy with the narration bringing vivid pictures of the scene. Kudos.

Then there were the characters, beloved, flawed, sometimes incomprehensible, yet so absolutely perfect together and suited to the series. Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, McNab, Dr. Mira, Summerset and others, have become a little like family members to me, and I always love to see what's going on with them, but I felt like they were really written to bring their A-game for this story. Not one single misstep (even the little fight between Eve and Roarke in the middle of chaos was good, because that's how they roll), just great characters living great relationships...With the icing on the cake of a little girl's birthday party to wash away the gruesome.

Yes, the story was ugly, but so's life. That's why there have to be moments of beauty in it. To balance the scales.

Loved it.