Like any well done, long standing procedural, the In Death series always gives us an interesting crime to solve with intriguing twists and turns. For me, the more interesting part of the series has always been reading about the different characters and watching as they grow, change and develop throughout each book. With Treachery in Death (In Death Series #32) all that changed because I was equally caught up in both the story line and the character development.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a righteous cop whose very foundation is her belief in justice, and her entire career has been spent making sure that justice is served. So when her partner and close friend Delilah Peabody discovers that there is police corruption going on in the department, well, all bets are off. Unlike previous books in the series, from the start we know who the bad guys are, and so the focus immediately becomes how to take them down. When you already know who the bad guys are then all you need to do is set up a sting to catch them. That’s what Treachery in Death is all about, the sting.
From the first chapter, Treachery In Death takes us on a fun and thrilling ride as Eve sets up a task force to take down the bad cops. In many ways this becomes personal for both Eve and her partner Peabody, who are two strong women committed to their jobs and the law. Their moral code is offended by the abuse of power exhibited by the corrupt police who demean everything they stand for. Eve has had a long haul to get to where she is, and she got there with hard work and determination and has become a woman who defines intelligence, discipline, loyalty, and honesty. That is the crux of the story.
Watching Eve and her task force run the sting operation and baiting and trapping these corrupt cops like rats on a sinking ship is exciting. This plot is tight, tense and taught and is in high gear from the very start of the operation with the take down an exhilarating moment.There is less emphasis on the relationships between Eve and the beloved characters we’ve grown to know over 31 previous full length In Death books. However, there is more emphasis on Eve’s internal struggles, beliefs and code of honor, as well as a first rate procedural, making Treachery in Death a winner.
I'm curious. What do you need? A strong plot, or strong characters?