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This installment of J. D. Robb's (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) futuristic suspense saga featuring hard-nosed New York City Police and Security Department lieutenant Eve Dallas begins with a bang -- or more appropriately, a splat -- when a corpulent man dressed as Santa falls 36 floors to his death in Times Square. The already bizarre holiday season gets even stranger when Dallas is visited by a ghost from the past -- her former foster mother, whose sadistic psychological abuse, over a period of five and a half months, deeply scarred the nine-year-old Eve.
The Yuletide spirit of giving doesn't seem to extend to the crusty old "Mama Tru," who threatens to reveal explicit details about traumatic events in Eve's childhood, unlesss she is paid $2 million by Eve and her husband, Roarke. He tells her, in no uncertain terms, to take her evil behind back to whatever hole she crawled out of. But when Mama Tru is found beaten to death in her apartment the next morning, Eve vows to solve the murder -- and overcome some personal demons at the same time.
Set in 2059 New York City, Robb's compendious Eve Dallas saga (Memory in Death is the 22nd installment) is a genre-transcendent suspense series that blends science fiction, mystery, and romance into something totally unique. While the focus is more on down-and-dirty detective fiction, the technical science fiction and steamy romantic elements make this series an absolute delight to read -- for science fiction, mystery, and romance fans alike. Paul Goat Allen