‘Naked in Death’ by Nora Roberts writing as J D Robb is the first book of the in Death series. Originally published in August of 2004, this book introduces us to some great characters that still sell books today. This book introduces us to Lt. Eve Dallas, a detective working homicide at cop central in New York City, and Roarke, a multi-millionairre who owns most of New York and is a suspect in a serious homicide case Eve is working.
Eve Dallas was found in Dallas, TX alley when she was eight years old covered in blood. She still has nightmares about what happened back then, even though she doesn’t remember a lot of it. She moved to New York City to join the New York Police Department and to try to get away from her past.
Roarke is a business man. He came to New York from Ireland when he was younger to make something of himself. He also has a dark past, admitting to Eve that he was beat by his father and ran some underground dice games. His first million was earned gambling.
In the year 2058 guns have been banned except for collectors, and there is someone using these weapons to kill licensed companions, the first of which is a senators grand-daughter. Roarke becomes the main suspect because he took a trip with the victim a few days before she was killed and owns the building where she was killed which means he would have easy access. The only thing Eve can’t figure out would be his motive for the killings. Eventually the killer makes a mistake and it becomes clear that Roarke is being framed for the murders.
The plot is full of twists and seemlessly includes the developing romance between Roarke and Lt Eve Dallas. You can’t really describe the mystery without including the relationship. I would say there are a few elements that are hard to swallow though. For example, Eve suddenly after being a cop and following procedure and the letter of the law almost out of the blue asks Roarke for help in breaking the law in order to dig up some dirt on one of her suspects.
Even with these hard turns, the story is still very much enjoyable. Roberts will have you cheering for these two not only to figure out who the killer is but also for their somewhat fast blooming romance. I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, and highly recommend this to everyone, whether you are a fan of murder mysteries, romance, or neither.