Review: Leverage in Death (In Death #47) by J.D. Robb

Print Length: 385 pages
Publisher: St.Martin's Press (September 4, 2018)

From Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series…

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter―but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

After 47  books in a single series, it isn't uncommon for one or two of those books to miss the mark in one way or another. And unfortunately that seems to be the case with this one. 

The characters, while still the same ones we have come to know and love seem somehow stilted in their stories this go-round. There seems to be less of the witty, engaging and sometimes downright romantic dialogue and behaviors we are used to and more of a general impression. This is like buying the cheap knock off instead of the name brand just to save a few bucks. 

Also, I truly believe she missed a golden (no pun intended) opportunity by not having a certain event come into play sooner. Even if thwarted, it would have been an edge of your seat, heart pounding thrill ride had she chosen to take it in that direction. Unfortunately due to spoilers, I can't say anymore about it than that. 

I still do enjoy the way Eve's mind works and how she can look at the details and see the bigger picture without losing anything. It's always fun to see Eve in action and in that aspect this was no different. 

Overall, I would recommend this story to those who have enjoyed the other books, and I will read more in this series. However, due to the fact that we are now 47 books in, I would not recommended reading this one if you have NOT read any of the prior novels as you are missing out on a ton of information. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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