by J. D. Robb

July 2005
ISBN: 0-399-15289-x
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Science and technology have their place in 2059 New York City and Lieutenant Eve Dallas is fully aware of it. However, when the much celebrated innovator of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office with a scalpel in his heart, it its obvious someone wasn’t a fan of the good doctor’s work. The cold efficiency of the kill leads Eve to suspect this was not a crime of passion. Throw in the security disks record of a stunningly beautiful woman who calmly entered and left the building, and suspicion becomes stomach turning certainty. The only question is what was the victim involved in that made him a target of a cold-blooded killer?

Known as “Dr. Perfect”, Dr. Icove was a devoted family man whose work even though he was semi-retired was very important to him. When Eve suspects Dr. Icove was hiding something, his son and partner is the one person who will know what his father was hiding. When the young Dr. Icove is killed with the same fatal precision, Eve has more questions than answers. While Eve’s sexy husband works behind the scenes, Eve follows her instincts and digs around in the pasts of the Icoves’ personal and professional lives.

What she finds is chilling for its possibilities and all the more horrifying for its existence. Men driven to push the boundaries of medical science and morality to create perfection and manipulate nature—they weren’t alone. Now Eve races against the clock and stop a killer from ending a monstrous experiment.

Origin in Death is vintage Eve Dallas. J. D. Robb a.k.a. Nora Roberts puts aside the more personal focus of late to bring readers story so chilling for its possibilities as to make conspiracy theorists cheer. With its usual attention grabbing descriptiveness and witty repartee Origin in Death is a hit!

Reviewed in October 2005 by Cynthia.

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