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Origin in Death by J.D. Robb
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Nov 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery
Read in November, 2011

The whole series, as regular readers know, is set in the near-future 2150s in New York City. Usually, this is a mechanism to speed up the action without blatantly sacrificing the story's credibility. It avoids much of the real-life tedium of gathering evidence and makes it possible to learn things via computer research that would be difficult to impossible to discover.

Unlike most of the preceding volumes, though, this one features some overtly science-fictional plot twists. But like the best of true science fiction, these aspects are not just plot gimmicks, but give Robb/Roberts an opportunity to explore the ethical and moral questions they would raise. She presents us with characters who could not exist here-and-now, characters with a truly different yet ultimately consistent and convincing point of view.

Can't say more without spoilers -- but I can tell you how pleased I was that these potentially world-shaking events continue to be referred to in later books, to the point of being chronicled in-story in a best-selling *non-fiction* police procedural. This rings true: It's exactly what would happen in *this* world if such activities came to light. Highly recommended.

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