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They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenenat Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsises revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games - where the same technique used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction.
Leave it to Eve to find work on her honeymoon. The delectable Roarke and Eve are winding down their three week off planet honeymoon when a resort employee is found dead and presumed a suicide. Back on Earth, more bodies with the same puzzling pattern turn up. Eve has a very short time to make her case as she falls into a shocking revelation affecting her relationship with Roarke.
With a mounting number of victims, no suspects and no clues, Eve really has to dance quickly to keep the case alive and chase her instincts to solve this new brand of elusive ‘serial’ killer. New characters are introduced, some more likable and some more smarmy than others and entertaining nonetheless. For this reader, the cleverness of the crime was a character as well.
This installment’s a very good entry to the series. There was a lot of sex, it was a fast paced case with snappy dialog and off the pages changes for Eve’s buddies. Mavis career is going strong as is her romance; Peabody’s been bumped to recurring status and gets to show off how closely she’s been watching Eve’s moves. This exciting rapid read wants desperately to be devoured in an hour!