Normally, when reading books set in the future, I am quickly put off by references to flying cars, teleportation, alien interaction and robots galore. In Innocent in Death, however, J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) carves a realistic existence set in the 60s. No, not those ones. The ones we haven’t lived through yet. Sure, there are droids and better telecommunications systems, but it doesn’t feel unreal, and that was one of the main things that kept me reading.

I must admit, I guessed the ending from about halfway through the book, but I think that’s more due to the fact that I constantly devour crime novels and am therefore a bit calloused. To most, the twist would probably be a twist. It was an excellent book, and I liked the typeface too, which isn’t something I normally notice.

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