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Salvation in Death
by J. D. Robb
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Putnam, 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Mourners at a well-attended funeral are shocked when father Miguel Flores drops dead during the mass. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is assigned the case and it doesn’t take long to pinpoint that the priest was murdered - someone slipped cyanide into the consecrated wine. His dedicated flock is horrified. Who would do such a vile thing to their beloved priest? And in such a public and shocking way? It was an insult to the church and to God.

Eve isn't long in formulating her own theories once she learns that the good father once had ties to a now defunct East Harlem gang known as the Soldados. Her suspicions click into high gear once the chief medical examiner confirms that Flores had altered his appearance. This fact fuels Eve's suspicions about the dead man's true motivation and the fate of the real Father Miguel Flores, whose identity the victim had successfully assumed for many years. But before Eve has a chance to dig deeper, celebrity televangelist Jimmy Jay Jenkins is murdered in the same manner. Eve's investigation now swings into high gear - is she dealing with a copycat or a cunning serial killer who harbours an intense hatred for the church?

J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) presents her 27th foray into the gritty and fascinating futuristic world of top New York cop Eve Dallas and her smooth, sexy, rich-as-sin husband Roarke. As always, this latest instalment is slick, entertaining and filled with plenty of twists and turns as Dallas, her crack team of investigators, and of course hacker extraordinaire Roarke, poke open a plethora of old and dirty secrets surrounding the real identity of the man hiding behind the cleric's collar. Salvation in Death is another involving and unpredictable instalment in the unique series that features an equally unique lead in Eve Dallas.

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