Sunday, March 20, 2016

Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) by J.D. Robb

Eve is a good cop.  She's tough, resilient, and determined to do her job.  Not everyone she deals with likes her style but they have to admit she's fair.  This new case is going to take her in directions she doesn't want to go, but she has to follow the evidence...

Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

This is a long-lived series that readers don't want to give up.  I've read a few but not the whole series.  You might want to start at the beginning so you can savor the whole story.

Eve has a lot of resources available, especially her husband and his skills.  He's great at research, has his own staff, and he likes to help.  She also has her staff and her friends she utilizes as the case progresses.

It all starts when a fellow worker asks her to come with her to find her husband and see what happened to him.  He went to meet his brother without warning because his brother was trying to sell their grandfather's house without his permission.  It couldn't and wouldn't happen and he went to tell him so.  He ended up getting knocked out.

It seems his brother had been beaten a bit and was tied to a chair.  When he recovers from injury, his brother is nowhere to be found.  Eve gets on the case right away, but not everyone wants to give her answers.  Even his wife is a pain.  The man is missing but no one seems to miss him.

When she takes her fellow officer to the house to look once again, she finds the man in the hallway, hanging nude from the chandelier with a note on him that says "Justice is served". It gets worse when another man is found in the same condition: Tortured, sexually abused and hung while alive.

These are old men.  It turns out they attended the same college.  They even have the same tattoo.  What did they do then that has caused their deaths now?

This is a sordid twisted tale where I found it hard to dislike the murderers.  What they did was wrong but it's hard to find fault.  This one will stick in my head for a while.

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