Published: April 1, 1999 (Berkley)
Category: Romantic Suspense
Series: In Death #8
In this installment in Nora Roberts' Eve Dallas series, Eve is investigating the murders of society's undesirables (i.e. homeless people and whores), where the murderer used expert surgical skills to remove a particular diseased/failing organ from the victim. This makes for an awkward investigation, as Eve discovers a conspiracy of multiple accomplices in the highest ranks of the medical field and American government.
There were murders in other cities and countries, and other investigators who were either paid off, or threatened off the cases. As Eve is neither threatable or pay-offable, the murderers hit her where it hurt most: her job. Eve's career defines her so much as a person, and she has worked so hard to carve out her reputation. With pressure from powerful jerks, Eve is forced to hand in her badge when another officer is murdered. Actually, I was happy that officer was murdered anyways, as this particular character hated Eve and was obsessed with taking her down.
When Eve closed up to everyone after handing in her badge and turning into a suspect, Roarke kicked her in the butt and made her wake up and and take action. That means some secret investigating with the help of Feeney, Peabody, McNabb, and her secret deputy Roarke. I loooooove Roarke. He's probably the finest hero Nora Roberts has created. Come on, he's handsome, smart, ridiculously rich, sensitive, caring, quietly alpha male, and fantastic in bed!
Anyways, this is the deepest Eve Dallas book I've read so far, and I believe it was longer than the others I've read. I have not verified that though. Doesn't matter, just read it.