Genre: Futuristic romantic suspense
Series: In Death #4
Publication Date: October 1996
Page Count: 294
My Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: In a time when technology can manipulate moods and emotions, death holds the promise of ultimate ecstasy...
They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common-and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games--where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...
I love this series. Not one has been a dud so far. Each crime story is fresh and very different from the last, and this is no different. I'm going to try not to give away any details on the crime itself, as that's best left for you to ponder over as you go along. But I will say that the use of futuristic technology in these books, make the crimes like nothing you have read before.
The secondary characters of this series are slowly wheedling their way into my heart. I LOVE Peabody. She is so dry in her humour, and she's really starting to loosen up with Eve. Not being quite so formal all the time. Roarke was as yummy as usual, and I really felt bad for him when he got messed with in this book. What it made him do... I know he will have a hard time forgiving himself for that. It was beyond cruel.
I'm yet waiting to find one of these books that I don't find deserving of 5 stars.