Salvation in Death

Salvation in Death

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
The priest at a Catholic funeral mass brings the chalice to his lipsand falls over dead. When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contains potassium cyanide, she's determined to find out who committed this unholy act.

Blackwell North Amer
In the year 2060, cutting-edge investigative tools can help catch a killer. But there are some questions even the most advanced technologies cannot answer ...
At the most solemn moment of a Catholic funeral Mass, the priest brings the chalice to his lips. Seconds later, he is dead on the altar. For the mourners packed into the pews, Father Miguel Flores's sudden demise is an unimaginable shock. When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained enough potassium cyanide to kill a rhino, she's prepared to plunge in and find out why, despite her discomfort with her surroundings. It's not the bodegas and pawnshops of East Harlem that bother her, though the neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband, Roarke. It's all that holiness flying around at St. Cristobal's that makes her uneasy.
A search of the victim's simple, sparsely furnished room reveals few personal touches, except for a carefully hidden religious medal with a mysterious inscription, and a couple of underlined Bible passages. The autopsy reveals much more: faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo - and evidence of plastic surgery suggesting "Father Flores" may not have been the man his parishioners thought. Now, as Eve pieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed this unholy act. Until a second murder - in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers - knocks the whole investigation sideways.
The way Eve sees it, vengeance may be the Lord's business, but if there's going to be any earthly justice in this case, it's up to her.

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When a Catholic priest is fatally poisoned during a funeral mass, NYPD Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas pursues an uneasy investigation involving a hidden religious medal, underlined Bible passages, and clues suggesting that the victim was not who he appeared to be.
When a Catholic priest is fatally poisoned during a funeral mass, NYPD Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas pursues an uneasy investigation involving a hidden religious medal, underlined Bible passages, and clues suggesting that the victim was not who he appeared to be. 600,000 first printing. Lit Guild, Mystery Guild, & Doubleday Main.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008
ISBN: 9780399155222
0399155228
Branch Call Number: M ROBB
Characteristics: 353 p

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Genericus
Feb 18, 2016

As you read this series you see the development of the characters, and this is another that showcases Eve's growth. I find I am really enjoying the interaction between Roarke and Eve, as they learn the "rules" for being married.

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trevordunfordswife
Sep 05, 2015

Better mystery than most of the In Death series. Eve has little use for Religion at the beginning it is true, but comes to truly respect the one priest by the end. I really enjoyed this one.

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LT
Mar 22, 2014

Not sure what Robb's goal was in setting the series in the near future; perhaps she just wanted to avoid getting hung up on the nitty-gritty details of current police procedures. Robb is not a writer of the first rank, but her novel is fast-paced with reasonable character development. Sex scenes are steamy, but not over-the-top. With respect to Eclectic's comments below, I too noticed that protagonist Eve Dallas was unreasonably abrasive when it came to religion, especially at the beginning of the book. Possibly the author was trying to illustrate character development with this ploy, or possibly it was just a demonstration of Dallas playing the bad cop role to the hilt. By the conclusion of the novel, Dallas was demonstrably respectful of and moved by some of the religious figures and beliefs that had earned her scornful dismissal earlier in the book. She and other characters also spent some time in considering various philosophical issues that are most often considered in the context of religion and ethics.

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Eclectic1
Mar 16, 2010

This was the very first J.D. Robb In Death book that I didn't enjoy, nor could I finish!!! I took offense to lead character Eve Dallas' sarcastic comments to priests in a homicide investigation and about the Catholic religion. When she finally said ..."sweet sweaty Jesus..", I closed the book and gave up.
There was no need for the author to offend many of her readers by using sarcastic comments. She's never done this before and i don't know why she did it this time.
I love this series but I'm skipping this latest installment.

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