Lt. Eve Dallas is back and this time she’s investigating the death of one of her own.
When a retired police officer is found shot dead in his home, Eve and the team are called to the scene to investigate. The victim is Martin Greenleaf, former Captain of Internal Affairs. At first glance it looks like suicide but Eve thinks there could be more to this carefully laid scene than meets the eye.
Captain Greenleaf put a lot of cops away during his forty-seven years in Internal Affairs. Did the weight of the job finally prove too much for him? Or could this be a case of payback in death…
* from Goodreads
When you stand for something, put your life on the line for that something, watch your colleagues and friends die for that something it really rankles when it’s abused. In a lot of ways, Payback in Death was a painful book. Even as you watched the camaraderie and ethical actions of Eve’s division you could practically feel the hurt, pain, and anger emanating from each of them because of what others on the force had done. Good and bad. Because sometimes, even when you do a good thing (i.e. Internal Affairs), you can do it in such a way that others are impacted negatively. Hurt. Betrayed. Left behind.
The mystery and police procedural aspects of Payback in Death were fantastic. I simply could not put this book down. It was so very interesting. I was constantly thinking about strategy and implications for the killer, the killed, and those around them. I also appreciate that not every book in the In Death series is high-stakes, high-action, serial killer with a vengeance. I appreciate these lower-key cases that solidifies the team, reminds us of their personalities, and allow them to have a life.
Payback in Death is not only a great book that fans of the characters will love but it’s also a solid mystery and police procedural that can be read as a stand-alone. (As if ;D )
Author: J.D. Robb
Source: Purchase (kindle & hardcover)
Publisher & Date: September 5, 2023 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250284099 (ISBN10: 1250284090)
Steam: Adult – there are a couple of scenes plus the language…
Setting: Summer 2061, New York City, New York (United States)
Series: In Death (#57)
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