Monday, November 4, 2019

Review - Judgment in Death

Title:  Judgment in Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #11
Genre:  Detective Fiction
Publisher:  Berkley Publishing Group
Format:  Audible
Date of Publication:  September 1, 200
No. of pages:  356
My Rating:  4 Stars


'She stood in Purgatory and studied death. The blood and the gore of it, the ferocity of its glee. It had come to this place with the wilful temper of a child, full of heat and passion and careless brutality.'

In an uptown strip joint a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive is a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot. Purgatory's a last chance for atonement where everyone is judged. Where your ultimate fate depends on your most intimate sins. And where one cop's hidden secrets are about to plunge innocent souls into vice-ridden damnation... 


When another cop is murdered, it really gets to detective Eve Dallas. Add to the fact that the murder was utterly brutal makes Eve work even harder. Eve's intense investigation leads her to a private club called Purgatory. Truly, no one wants membership in this club! Everyone is judged based on their actions and after such, receive a horrendous punishment.

As always in this story, Eve's husband Roarke plays a big role in this current case. Not only is Roarke involved, but Eve's friend Mavis even steps in to help Eve. The drama and intrigue was intense in this story, as in all of the previous ones I have enjoyed reading. There is no shortage of murders, so Eve really steps up to the game, as always.

My TBR has been threatening to riot, so unfortunately I missed my monthly read on the In Death series in October. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in the series, Betrayal in Death, as soon as I can.


Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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