2 Oct

(In Death #35)
G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group 2012

Futuristic police crime – 388 pages

Unlike her other books where the murder, while still the premise, is not the central plot focus, Delusion takes us into fear, terrorism, and the behind-the-scenes’ make-up of a mass murder case where innocent people kill one another unprovoked, and shifts our attention wholly on the crime.

Characters who are in every book, yet linger just in the shadows, take center stage in this one, and I particularly like that about this episode. There is biblical undertone. Specifically, Red Horse. Robb uses The Book of Revelation’s reference to the Seven Horses of the Apocalypse as a tie-in to the mass murders, and because of that, gives this storyline just the right amount of salt to taste –

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” 

This passage speaks right to the heart of the plot, and was woven throughout with a cunning plan.

Also of note is Robb’s writing. She seems to have honed her skills since the last two (unmemorable) entries into this series. What would have been graded on a learning curve before – sets the bar for the Deans List in this one. All in all I enjoyed my visit with old friends.


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