Payback in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel

St. Martin’s. (In Death, Bk. 57). Sept. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9781250284099. $30. M
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called to a case before her vacation is over, she knows it must be important. Lieutenant Webster has found the dead body of his mentor, Captain Martin Greenleaf, and has requested that Dallas head up the investigation. Greenleaf was the retired head of the Internal Affairs Bureau, and at first glance, his death appears to be a suicide. Webster insists it wasn’t, and it doesn’t take long for Dallas to agree. Greenleaf was tough on dirty cops over the years, so Dallas and her partner Peabody, along with the team, look for ex-cops who threatened Greenleaf or his family. Dallas can’t let go of her suspicion that someone knew a cop who died by suicide and that the killer wanted it to appear that Greenleaf did the same. The team slogs through Greenleaf’s past, despite threats from an out-of-control detective, as they look for clues. Who wanted Greenleaf dead, and why make it look like suicide?
VERDICT Anyone who enjoys a solid police procedural will appreciate the 57th “In Death” title (after Encore in Death), but Robb’s fans will especially relish the return of Dallas’s found family of cops, her team, and of course, her husband Roarke.
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