Originally Published: July 1995
Category: Mystery, Murder, Romance, Police Procedural, Book Review
It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.
I listened to Naked In Death back in 2009 and was hooked. I have since listened to every book up to date, some I’ve enjoyed more than others but most of them have pushed each character’s story forward. It was fun to revisit the start of the series—where it all began. The character development over the numerous books has been huge, and the number of key characters has increased significantly.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas first crossed paths with Roarke in the role of a suspect during the course of a murder investigation. She is tough, sensible and focussed. Being a cop, finding justice for victims is her mission and she has little to no life outside work. The only people she is close to are her mentor and father figure, Captain Ryan Feeney and Mavis Freestone, a singer and one time petty criminal. Eve was found abandoned in a dreadful state in Dallas one evening when she was around eight years old, with no memory of her name or what came before, except for flashbacks which she isn’t ready to confront, preferring to push them to the back of her mind. Dreams plague her too, especially the last case where she was forced to shoot a man. She’d learned to accept the consequences of her actions when there was no alternative, but the child involved haunted her.
She woke in the dark. Through the slats on the window shades, the first murky hint of dawn slipped, slanting shadowy bars over the bed. It was like waking in a cell.
For a moment she simply lay there, shuddering, imprisoned, while the dream faded. After ten years on the force, Eve still had dreams.