Review of Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43)

Blurb:  Nature versus nurture…
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil…

My Rating: 4.5/5

Review: This is the latest in the long running In Death series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her  husband Roarke.  I started reading this series years ago but only got as far as book 4 and then stopped although I can’t remember why. I recently jumped back into them around book 39 and am absolutely loving them.

This story focuses on a sniper in New York who is killing people in an apparently random fashion but one which Eve believes is not as it seems.  It starts with 3 people murdered at an ice rink but why, was there an intended target and if so, which one or more of the victims was it? These questions puzzle Eve and the brilliant Detective Peabody until there is another shooting and things start to become a lot clearer. While the story starts off at a fair pace it quickly gathers speed until you are racing along with Dallas and Peabody and having to put the book down occasionally so that you can have time to breathe!

I zipped through this book in just over a day and what a day it was. All of the usual characters were there and all were as well written as always. The only disappointment in the story was that we see less of the supporting characters than usual. However the speed at which the murders were carried out means that they don’t have the same involvement as they normally would so while disappointing, it is understandable.

I love this series and this book is an excellent addition to it. Despite my comments above the character interaction in the detective’s office and at Dallas’ home remains; as does the wonderful relationship between Dallas and Peabody who are easily my favourite detective partnership.  These interactions and relationships are part of what makes these books brilliant and I’m enjoying watching them develop as the series progresses.

If you’re already a fan of the series you won’t be disappointed in this book. If you haven’t read them before this is not a bad place to start with, you won’t know the history of the characters but it will still be an enjoyable read and a good introduction to the series.

I received an advanced copy of this from Netgalley and this is my honest review.


4 thoughts on “Review of Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

    1. Thanks! This would actually be a good one for you to try, there’s not a lot of character history in it compared to the others. Having said that I find there is enough explanation in the other books that you can leap straight in without any prior knowledge of the series.

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