It is almost Thanksgiving in the year of 2059 and crime keeps happening. A celebrity by the name of Lee-Lee Ten was assaulted by a Bryhern Speegal. The man is now very much dead after he apparently beat the heck out of her. She defended herself and was lucky to survive. She has wound up at the Wilfred B. Icove Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery which is known for top flight medical care and innovation. Her doctor is the founder’s son, Wilfred B. Icove, Jr., and quite possibly the best ever plastic surgeon.
NYSPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner, Detective Peabody, interview Ms. Ten and Dallas is not quite convinced that everything is as it appears. They are discussing the case and other things while working their way through the formidable multi-layer security gauntlet that screens everyone going in and out of the building when the situation changes. Before they can finally make their exit, they are stopped, and told that Dr. Icove is dead.
As it turns out, it is not the Dr. Icove they were just with moments earlier. Instead, the deceased is his father, Wilfred B. Icove. He has been stabbed through the heart. The investigation into who did it and why untangles a massive mess that can’t be explained without running the major plot of the book. Suffice it to say that it is an issue society is going to have to deal with in our future and sooner than later.
Disturbing on several levels, Origin in Death, is one of the more complicated reads in this long running series and a good one. As always, all the usual caveats apply and fade to the background as the story unrolls.
One is also once again reminded that it would be very cool to have access to Roarke’s library. Sure, the cars are cool and all that, but the library rocks.
My reading copy came via the Libby/OverDrive app and the Dallas Public Library System.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2022