(60) Survivor in Death

Title: Survivor In Death by JD Robb
Publisher: Berkley
384 pages
Genre: Romance

Synopsis: No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. The state-of-the-art security was breached, and the killers used night vision to find their way through the cozy middle-class house. Clearly, Dallas is dealing with pros. The only mistake they made was to overlook the nine-year-old girl cowering in the dark in the kitchen. . . Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan - and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas's strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories - and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back - and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them.

Review: Okay where to start with this review? The police work in this book is good the case is disturbing and heartbreaking.  That it takes Eve back to her past is an added plus.  I love the relationship Eve has with her young witness Nixie.   The child scares the hell out of her.  When she isn't seeing visions of her past when she looks at Nixie she is wondering what to do with her.  Having someone rely on her makes her vulnerable and Eve isn't used to feeling vulnerable.  The romance between Eve and Roarke is still going strong and the friendly animosity between Eve and her Butler still bring a smile to my face.  I hope that Nora Roberts will bring Nixie back in a much later book so that we can see how she develops because it seems to me that she is a mini Eve in the making.