Release Date: August 31, 2004
Series: In Death
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The year is 2059. It is a future in which technology and humanity collide, and a new computer virus has become the latest form of terrorism.
Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent. Eve's instincts tell her that the murder scene looks too perfectly staged, the apparent answers too obvious. And when she digs for more, she discovers that at nearly the exact time a kitchen knife was jammed into the victim's ribs, the passcode to his art studio was changed - and all of the data on his computer deliberately corrupted.
To Roarke, it's the computer attack that poses the real threat. Signs show that this is the nightmare his company has secretly been preparing for. He and Reva have been under a code-red government contract to develop a program that would shield against a new breed of hackers, the Doomsday Group. These techno-terrorists with brilliant minds and plenty of financial backing hack into systems, steal data, and corrupt computer units on a large scale and kill anyone who gets too close.
Eve and Roarke must infiltrate an extraordinarily secretive government agency to expose the corruption at its core, before the virus spreads from one office to a corporation to the entire country.
Intense! There is a lot of emotions in the air. Anger, fear, love, contempt, sorrow, rage and not only from who you'd expect.
A colleague and friend of Roarke is suspected of killing her husband, but for Eve the pieces are falling into place too easily. After finding data corruption on multiple computers, she suspects techno-terrorists.
During the investigation, information about Eve past comes to light. All she want to do is leave the past where it belongs and try and deal with what she learns, but Roarke wants revenge. They can't come to an agreement on what to do and it's pushing them so far apart, Eve wonders if this might break them.
All the books in the series I've read so far are good, but this one goes into the amazing category. I love that I had no idea who the perpetrator was until moments before it was revealed. You get to see Eve and Roarke through their most difficult moments as a couple. It made their relationship seem stronger for it in the end when I wondered how it could possibly do anything but end it.
Well-written and thrilling with a complex plot. I'm really enjoying seeing all of the characters develop and the new layers to their relationships in each story.