New York to Dallas (In Death)
By J.D. Robb
Pedophile, sadist, and murderer Isaac McQueen has escaped from Rikers where he was serving a life sentence. He has two items on his immediate agenda – find a sweet young thing to torture and rape, and execute NY Detective Lt. Eve Dallas. Isaac returns to his old apartment to find a young couple living there. He brutalizes both of them, but sends the man to take a message to Lt. Dallas, promising he won’t kill the girlfriend if the message is delivered within an hour. The message is “There’s the bell for round two.” Eve knows without a doubt that Isaac is loose and no young girl will be safe.
Isaac is good looking, charming, and has no trouble luring his prey. He usually works with an older woman who has scouted out the type of female he likes, and they work as a team in the abduction. When Dallas arrested him twelve years ago she also rescued 26 young girls, including twins that were his most recent acquisitions. He had gotten his pleasure of raping and slicing open one of their faces and branding her breast with a number set inside a valentine heart. The other twin, Melinda Jones, was saved. Isaac wants her back to finish what he started and his grifter has located a young one for him. Ah, he’s so clever and this time he won’t get caught.
With all the resources and good people working for her, Isaac’s hidey-hole is found easily, but he realizes that the police are awaiting his return, and though it is a setback for him, he starts over by stealing a car, credit cards, etc. He can’t stay in New York, and devises a plan to get Dallas on neutral territory. Back to her roots in Dallas, Texas.
NEW YORK TO DALLAS is a big emotional wallop to the reader as well as Eve. Roarke is the only back up she takes with her to Texas, leaving her squad to do all the leg and grunt work in New York and to find out as much as they can about how Isaac was allowed to escape, who helps him, and who are the women he uses as locaters. Eve revisits, physically and mentally, the apartment where she killed her father and then wandered the streets for days. The anguish she suffers is as debilitating as acute pain. The relationships she and Roarke share, as well as the nightmares of their childhoods, are dark, phenomenal and gripping. They truly are soul mates in every sense of the word. This is a very good book and hopefully the events that occur will be the catalyst that chases Eve’s demons away.
Betty Cox, ReaderToReader.com