by J.D. Robb
published by Putnam
genre: Adult, futuristic crime drama, Mystery
Summary (Goodreads): Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime—an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody's first case as primary detective—good thing she learned from the master.
But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she's all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and-while hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound—she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn't take long to realize they're both crooked—guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve's husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down—knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret.
My Thoughts: I'm always amazed by how much I still enjoy this series. Once I start reading I cannot put it down until I find out all the answers. This book fell right into that same line, started reading and couldn't go to bed until it was finished.
I've always liked Peabody and this story just bumped it up a notch. I liked seeing her come into her own. Taking lead on her first murder case. Seeing her bounce ideas off Eve and figure out how best to move forward and eventually solve the case. Then the real story starts.
Watching Eve go toe to toe with another seemingly strong female character was great to read. The contrasts between not only the two characters (Eve and Renee Oberman) but also they're squads was glaringly obvious. I had never thought how Eve's small office was a point of pride to her and her squad until this book. Also, the way that Oberman was trying to get to the top seat but Eve was the one that knew how to play the politics of that seat.
Overall, this was one of my favorite story lines. I liked Peabody getting more face time and more responsibility to go along with her title. I also liked how Eve had her working to get a fallen cops name cleared in order to help her move on from the shower room experience. I know eventually this series will end but I'll keep reading until that time.