Forgotten in Death novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series
Forgotten in Death by J. D. Robb (pseudonym for Nora Roberts) brings murder, romance and suspense to a well-written futuristic police procedural set in New York City during the spring of 2061. What happens when the past and the present come together?
This story begins with the call to a criminal building scene of our protagonist Lieutenant Eve Dallas from the NYC Police Department. In conjunction with Detective Delia Peabody, her partner is a woman without a fixed address who has kept local cops aware of any violations of the rules she has witnessed on the street. Eve is called away during the crime scene to a nearby building where decades old bones have been found. The site turns out to be one of Eve’s husbands, Roarke, who bought and began to grow.
It is always entertaining time spent with Eve, Roarke, and Eve’s colleagues. Eve is, of course, an attractive three-dimensional character. Her need to serve and protect happens in every book, but it’s best understood the underlying momentum by reading this series. Due to the way Eve was born, she often does not understand the phrases used and this happens several times in this book, which makes her appear more real and less perfect. The interactions between Eve and Roarke are, as always, pleasant and shed light on another side of Eve’s personality. Many of the repeated police characters in this book play an important role. Readers can also see a bit of their private lives, however.
The prose is well written, enjoyable and attractive. This time Eve’s passion for justice and help drives the story to take down those who have killed others and find a single murderer. The plot is tricky and tragic. While this book has something to do, it is mainly a police procedure until the end. In places it is appalling and in others it is uplifting.
Robb manages to embed humor in her novels and provide much-needed leverage to compensate for some of the more serious and grim aspects. She gives this series strong characters, superb plots, wonderful relationships, and excellent pace. The subjects include murder, justice, the dynamics of the family, domestic abuse, racism, infidelity, lies, disguises and intolerance of others, and support for the innocent and the dead.
If you like to engage with a little romance and humor in near-future police procedures, I recommend this series. This is the fifty-third book in the series In Death Eve Dallas, and I read it all until now. Overall, it’s fun and it’s like spending time with old friends over time. I can’t wait in the series to read the next book.