Review of “New York to Dallas” (In Death #33) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. New York to Dallas. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011.

Hardcover | $27.95 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399157783 | 402 pages | Romantic Suspense

5 stars

While I’ve often repeated that each of the In Death books that catches my fancy is my favorite, or at least one of my favorites, New York to Dallas is a serious contender for the crown of best of the series overall. And Eve is largely the reason for it. The complexities of her past have always been a facet to her character that surfaced now and then, but I liked that this one, transplanting much of the action to Dallas, really showed her grappling with the trauma of her childhood in a raw and real way.

The particular case also brings her into contact with her long estranged mother, and while her mother is a figure who hasn’t loomed quite as large in Eve’s past up to this point, at least not as much as her father, it’s incredibly emotional when this woman has no real connection to the daughter abandoned, to the point of not even recognizing her.

And while there have been a couple other In Death stories following a killer from one or another of the characters’ pasts, that added emotional resonance, along with the killer’s connection to Eve’s mother made it one of the most compelling cases yet.

And while the action moving to Dallas means there aren’t as many fun cast interactions, the way Roarke supports Eve in her vulnerable moments in this one continues to firmly cement my belief that, despite my minor gripes with him, which were more prominent in earlier books, that they truly are a solid match for each other.

I loved this book, due to the best character exploration of the series. And I once again enthusiastically recommend these books to pretty much everyone.

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