Title: Naked in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Release Date: August 3, 2004
Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Eve Dallas is a detective in the New York City Police Department in the mid-21st century. When a prostitute is found murdered in her apartment, Eve is called onto the case. What makes it even more complicated is that the murdered woman is the granddaughter of a very prominent senator. Eve must try to figure out the motive for the murder, as well as try to prevent the crime from happening again.
The In Death series is one of those I see every time I’m at the bookstore or the library. I’m aware there are countless (in reality, 40 and counting) sequels, and that it’s an immensely successful series. I finally decided to give the first book in the series, Naked in Death, a try. I was surprised to find that the novel was very enjoyable, and I have to admit that I’m already hooked.
Eve Dallas is a great main character. She’s damaged by events from her murky past, as well as what she has had to face in the line of duty. However, while that trauma serves to make her an interesting character for readers to dissect and provides fodder for further character development, her past never impedes her judgment. Eve is capable and determined, and she has great instincts. She makes mistakes, but she is honest and does her job to the best of her ability. I found Eve very endearing and look forward to getting to know her better.
Naked in Death also introduces many elements that I’m assuming will provide the basis for the series, including the setting and Eve’s main love interest. The New York City of the future is certainly an interesting touch. It’s different enough to make the reader curious to explore the new world, yet familiar such that the time and place isn’t completely beyond the realm of belief. I appreciated the worldbuilding, and hope the setting will be elaborated upon in future novels.
The mystery in Naked in Death is solid and kept me guessing from beginning to end. It certainly had its more disturbing elements, so this book isn’t for those who shy away from the darker parts of life. The plot takes the reader on twists and turns, and brings everything to a satisfying conclusion. I’ll admit, I was really impressed with this book – the plot and mystery were well-crafted, the characters are intriguing, and the setting is creative and worth exploring. I’ll definitely be reading the next books in this series.