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Concealed in Death

by J.D. Robb

Kirkus A grisly discovery in a decrepit Hell's Kitchen building opens a case for Lt. Eve Dallas that has its roots all the way back in 2045. Eve's billionaire developer husband, Roarke, who's purchased the hard-luck site in order to rehab it, strikes the first blow into a wall that's crumbling even more badly than the rest of the place. And with good reason, since behind the wall are two corpses wrapped in plastic bags. A systematic search of the building reveals 10 more dead bodies, all teenage girls who went missing 15 years ago. It's a challenging case for Eve and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, since the skeletal remains seem well-nigh anonymous, and there's no point in asking suspects where they were half a generation ago. But forensics have advanced as the bodies have decayed, and between them, medical examiner Li Morris and forensic anthropologist Garnet DeWinter work miracles at identifying the victims and pinpointing the times and manners of their deaths, which all came just as righteous, creepy sister-and-brother team Philadelphia and Nashville Jones were abandoning The Sanctuary, a care facility in the building they'd run for troubled teens, and establishing the Higher Power Cleansing Center for Youths in the much splashier digs donated by their angel, Tiffany Brigham Bittmore. The gradual identification of the dozen victims allows Robb plenty of time to detail each of their sad stories, bringing several of the girls to life long after their deaths but sapping momentum from the investigation. More heartfelt than most of Eve's futuristic adventures (Thankless in Death, 2013, etc.) but less suspenseful, since Eve decides pretty early on, based on little more than a hunch, who the killer is, and she turns outlo and beholdto be right.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Library Journal Urban renewal usually brings new life to old buildings, but in this case the demolition uncovers the skeletons of 12 young girls. As each body is dated and identified, Lt. Eve Dallas puts together a picture of the girls' movements. Slowly she establishes the girls' characters and relationships within the groups while investigating the Jones siblings, who once ran a safe house for homeless children in the now-derelict building. Susan Ericksen reads the latest Eve Dallas mystery with her usual verve. From the crisp pace of Dallas on the job to the warm Irish lilt of Dallas's husband, Roark, Ericksen's reading is full of color and style. Her voices of suspects, witnesses, and victims are individual; her pacing is appropriate to the plot. Verdict Recommended for all mystery collections.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Book list The rundown building has good bones. That is exactly why Roarke bought it. The problem is the building has some real bones in it as well. While breaking through an interior wall to kick off the renovation, Roarke discovers bones wrapped in plastic. A quick call to his wife, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department, brings Eve and her team to the site. Eventually, 12 bodies are found in the building. With the help of the department's new forensic anthropologist, Eve is able to pinpoint the time of the murders to 15 years earlier when the building served as the Sanctuary, a shelter for troubled and/or homeless teens. When Eve begins tracing the lives of each of the young girls who died there, she not only finds herself tracking a killer, but she also discovers a startling connection between the crimes and someone in her own life. The latest nail-biting installment in Robb's long-running Eve Dallas series features the same skillfully drawn ­characters and masterful way with suspense that have ensnared readers since Naked in Death (1995).--Charles, John Copyright 2014 Booklist

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