Trash Humans: We Review "Purity in Death" by J.D. Robb
Hey, Everyone! Here we are again with another LOOOONG episode!
But, “Purity in Death” is so dense and there’s so much happens in this book, we really needed 2hrs to go through it all.
In this one, there is a vigilante group that is targeting criminals who have committed crimes against young kids, and use a computer virus to give these people an actual virus that causes their brains to explode. The unfortunate thing is that these people take some innocent people out with them, and that’s not okay.
The story opens with Eve getting a call from Trueheart who had answered a distress call and found Louie K Cogburn beating a couple of his neighbors with a baseball bat. Trueheart stunned Cogburn, and even though the stunner was on a low setting, Cogburn dies. When Eve enters the scene, she sees that on Cogburn’s computer, there is a message that says: “Absolute Purity Achieved.” Later, Morris tells Eve that Cogburn had some sort of virus in his brain that caused his brain to explode. It was the virus that killed Cogburn, not Trueheart stunning him.
During the course of her investigation, Eve finds out that a vigilante group calling themselves “The Purity Seekers” is responsible for a computer virus that is somehow transferring to humans, and they are sending it to people they consider trash humans.
The “Purity” theme is played out in many ways here in this book. “The Purity Seekers” is taking out their vengeance on people who they feel took away the “Purity” of their children. But also, someone like Trueheart has some of his own purity taken away by having Cogburn’s death on his conscience.
But the other underlying theme in this book is the theme of “family.” Again, “The Purity Seekers” are avenging their family members by killing the people who hurt them. But also, in this book, Eve realizes that she has created her own family with Roarke and her squad. Also, Mavis seems to be starting a family as she announces to Eve that she is pregnant.
Eve and Roarke are a bit at odds in this book because Roarke personally knew one of the murder victims, Chadwick Fitzhugh, and Roarke is not sorry at all that Fitzhugh is dead. Roarke, as we know from Vengeance, Roarke has also dispensed his own form of justice out to the men who killed Summerset’s daughter. He does recognize on some level that what “The Purity Seekers” have done is not right, but it’s not as black and white to him as it is to Eve.
Eve’s position on this whole thing is that while she understands wanting to get revenge on trash humans who prey on kids, she is more worried about the innocent people who have lost their lives in the process. She also wonders where the line will be drawn. If left unchecked, would these people decide to go after people for more minor crimes or just because they dislike them? That possibility is unacceptable to Eve, and she can’t let that stand.
A couple of the innocent people who suffer because of this computer virus are Kevin Halloway, who contracts the virus after trying to troubleshoot Cogburn’s computer system, and McNab, who Halloway stuns as he suffers the effects of the virus. Halloway also takes Feeney hostage in a very intense scene. Halloway ends up dead, and McNab ends up paralyzed on his right side. Eve feels so bad about McNab, she convinces Roarke to pull some strings and get McNab released early so that he can recover at Eve and Roarke’s mansion. Proving to all observant readers that she really is, as Roarke puts it, “Lieutenant Softie.”
We get to see Jamie Lingstrom again in this episode when Roarke brings Jamie in to help them try to neutralize the computer virus on the infected computer. We get a really amazing button moment with Roarke when he decides to test the infected machine, risking getting the infection himself. Dumbass. He understands the risks and takes the button out of his pocket to rub it for luck before he goes ahead with the test. Later, Eve finds out he risked his life in that way, and is pissed.
Eve is very annoyed in this book also because she’s having to deal with New York Deputy Mayor Jenna Franco and also with the Mayor’s media liason, Lee Chang. Eve is annoyed by having to do media appearances anyway, but both of these people are really annoying, wanting Eve to do more media appearances than she has time for.
There’s also a couple of good scenes with Webster, who, even though he is in Internal Affairs, he is really very much on Eve’s side.
Later, Eve puts together an op in order to try and save someone from the virus, and in the midst of that, Peabody gets hurt, and now Eve is really pissed, and decides she needs to take down this group hard.
BUT…there’s a bit of a twist at the end, and it’s amazing.
Jen gives her commendation to Baxter, being his first time on Eve’s “Team,” and he takes on Trueheart.
Tara gives her commendation to Whitney, because he trusts Eve and has her six.
AJ gives her commendation to Jamie, because as Jamie says: “Genius has no age.”
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