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Lifelong Texan, love reading from many genres thanks to early childhood readalongs with my Dad, love cooking for my family, working in my yard, playing with my cats and since being diagnosed in late 2012 with RRMS finding ways to keep body and mind active is even more important.

Thankless in Death (In Death, #37)

Thankless in Death (In Death, #37) - J.D. Robb Book Info
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Putnam Adult (first published September 4th 2013)
original title Thankless in Death
edition language English
series In Death #37
other editions (23)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the year 2060 is drawing to a close in New York City and loved ones are coming together for Thanksgiving. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water…

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke’s big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.

Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn’t made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him—but they didn’t think he was capable of this.

Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.

My Thoughts

After reading as many books in the In Death #37 series as have done since discovering it so many years ago you would think that there would be a level of detachment reached, not in this case though my revulsion as well as my outrage was very high when reading about the murders committed by Jerry Reinhold.

26 years old but never grown up as he refuses to take responsibility for the decisions he makes over and over again that lead to him being fired from every job that anyone ever helped him to be hired for. Lack of respect for others, lack of appreciation for the opportunities he has squandered, lack of acknowledging that his parents lifelong habit of overlooking his excuses time and again while supporting him when he made demands for help should have been rewarded with greater effort on his part rather than his slacker attitude and most of all Jerry believes that he is someone that the world has shortchanged and he wants what is owed him without it inconveniencing him!

Interwoven with the usual give and take with her fellow Homicide group, the steps of the investigation, the lovely banter and byplay with husband Roarke and of course the onslaught for the Thanksgiving holiday of family and friends this has lightness amidst it’s darker scenes.

With no doubt this sleaze Jerry Reinhold was one of the worst antagonists Eve and Roarke has been up against and his murders some of the most heinous to date.

[Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]