Concealed in Death (In Death #38) By: J.D. Robb
In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.
The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.
Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.
This was a nice, normal cop drama plot with no clones or anything too dramatic. So it was pretty great. You still had the future element, but it was a lot of, what I think of, normal police stuff. Interviews, waiting on tests, talking things out. I liked it.
I know that doesn’t really sell someone on the series, but after thirty-eight books sometimes you want something basic. Not that this was super basic, it was twelve skeletons found in drywall after all.
It was a pre-Christmas setting so that was nice because Eve began to realize that even though she just finished a holiday she was going to have to deal with another one all over again. Mavis was also tied in, a little, but it was believable and it’s always fun to see her.