Review of “Glory in Death” (In Death #2) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. Glory in Death. New York: Berkley, 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0-425-15098-6. Print List Price: $7.99

5 stars

Glory in Death is a great second installment in the “In Death” series. While following a similar basic “formula” to the first, this one still has a number of twists and turns, as well as a great use of misdirection, which makes this another wonderfully suspenseful read.

And while the first book focused on the common trope of political families with skeletons in their closet, this one is more multifaceted, focusing first on the relations between a rich family with spoiled children whose actions make them potential suspects, and then on misogyny, as the victims (or intended victims) are all women in positions of power. I love how Robb is able to weave all these together into a cohesive story that actually gives you a feeling of what it is like during a complicated police investigation.

Both Eve and Roarke are developed a bit more this time around, and, it’s compelling to see how out of her depth she is when trying to understand the actions of the Angelini family at times, due to her own difficult childhood. I also like how we see Eve struggle with committing to a future with Roarke, and even struggling to say she loves him, which presents parallels with the lifestyle of one of the victims in the case. And I love that Roarke, despite his own difficult past, is the one who is more open about his affection. And the ending? It may not be conventional, but it is definitely a memorable romantic moment.

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