by J. D. Robb
In Death series, book thirty two
Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime—an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody's first case as primary detective—good thing she learned from the master.
But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she's all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and-while hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound—she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn't take long to realize they're both crooked—guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve's husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down—knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret. (Description from Goodreads.com)
I hadn't read a book from this series in SO long... and I LOVE them. I really need to catch up. This is a phenomenal series if you've never read them. Start with book one, Naked in Death, and go from there. Though each book is its own murder case, there is an overarching story about Eve Dallas and the characters in her life that continues from book to book. They are wonderful characters and seeing them grow and change over time is AMAZING. Trust me. Seriously one of the best series of books...EVER.
Specifically in this book I loved how Robb makes Peabody and Dallas grow once again in terms of their careers. In the face of hunting down corrupt cops, Dallas has to confirm that she has made the correct choices about who she is going to be as a homicide detective, and this allows Peabody to reaffirm the choices she's made both for herself and in who she views as mentors/heroes. There are some fabulous moments where the characters connect in really great emotional ways and when the bad guys get their comeuppance, boy you can't help but cheer!
Another fabulous book in the series. I can't wait to read the next one.
Full disclosure: Borrowed from my Library