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Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts
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Jan 08, 2008

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bookshelves: firstread, romance
Read in January, 2008

Now this one, in contrast to Skin Deep, ages far better. It was written in the same year, and it contains material that definitely dates it -- everyone's smoking, for instance! in public! INSIDE! -- but those are elements of milieu and not of mechanics. He's a DC homicide cop, she's a mystery writer whose sister is the first victim of a serial killer preying on phone sex workers. If you ignore the white-washing of the phone sex industry -- excuse me, the "fantasy conversation" industry -- and grit your teeth at the way computer technology is portrayed (the temptation to shout it didn't work like that is really high), this one's pretty good.

It's also very interesting -- I can see the genesis of her writing style as JD Robb in this one; it reads like the grandmother of the Eve Dallas books.

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