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YMMV: In Death

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Are Eve's Jerk Ass tendencies part of her way of coping her Dark and Troubled Past? Or is it In the Blood now that it's revealed that her parents were Complete Monsters?
  • Complete Monster:
    • Richard Troy, father of the heroine Eve, stands out as depraved even in the massive sea of murderers and psychotics. A depraved pedophile, Troy began to rape Eve when she was a child. This permanently traumatized her and prevented her from forming relationships until well into adulthood. Not content with this, Troy planned to make her into a prostitute he could sell to other child molesters.
    • Patrick Roarke, father of Eve's beloved Roarke, manipulated the naive Siobhan Brody to father a child and then murdered her when she realized his true nature and tried to flee with their son. Patrick later beat that child, Roarke Jr, half to death for fun. He also betrays a squad of cops on his trail to a group of criminals, resulting in their slaughter.
  • Fridge Logic: "Tubes" of soda, presumably plastic. Apparently the point is to say, "Look at us, the future isn't so enviro-meanie as to use cans." But, aluminum is far easier to recycle than plastic (Penn & Teller: Bullshit! has a good rundown on this). The supposed "eco-friendly" solution, in a world that is practically eco-fascist, is actually the less friendly solution.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In Rapture in Death, the Twin Towers is targeted in a terrorist attack. It turned out to be the Statue of Liberty. Then 9/11 struck. The book takes place in 2023.
  • Les Yay - Dallas and Peabody, but only for humor, as they are both straight and in committed relationships.
    Peabody (explaining her lateness): ..."Then I couldn't sleep because of the jitters, so I jumped McNab to sort of remind myself why I'm doing this..."
    ...
    "Was okay until the subway breakdown. That threw me off, and now I've got the jitters again."
    Dallas: "You can just forget about jumping me to take your mind off them."
    — (Imitation In Death)
  • Jerk Sue - Eve is rude, confrontational, antisocial, and has rage issues. She admits to delighting in upsetting people and making them hurt or angry, and using her position to do so... of course, anyone who did the same thing to someone she cared about would be first on her Shit List. Threatening her friends and loved ones with bodily harm and humiliation is standard, and in-universe considered part of her charm. Any time she interacts with someone she knows well there's at least a fifty-fifty chance she's going to insult them deeply. And... well, honestly, this is longer than necessary already, you get the idea. With that said, New York To Dallas and stories after that have Eve beginning to realize that her Jerkass tendencies come from her biological mother, and that she may decide to tone them down a little, if only to act a little less like her mother.
  • Mary Sue - Eve. Even if you don't agree that she is in execution, tell someone you know that you're reading a series about a female cop in the future who's pretty much the best police officer in the city, who constantly has bad guys work their entire plans around challenging themselves against her, and who is married to a drop-dead gorgeous guy who's the richest man in the universe.
  • Mary Suetopia: Parts of New York come off as this. But that's got nothing on the parts of Dallas, Texas that Eve goes to in New York To Dallas. Those parts are so...perfect, sweet and squeaky-clean that Eve finds them a little creepy. It seems to serve the purpose of contrasting and highlighting just how vile, unnatural, monstrous, heinous, and disgusting Sylvia Prentiss and Isaac McQueen really are!
  • Purity Sue: Troy Trueheart is this, so very much! His purity had a Lampshade Hanging put onto it more than once. In fact, Portrait In Death had a guy murdering Purity Sues because he truly believed that by doing this, he would absorb the light of their pure souls into himself and never die, as well as show everyone else that they can avoid dying if they did this. Troy Trueheart almost ended up as one of his victims, in case you were wondering.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • One novel has another female character claim that Eve attempts to fit in with a male-dominated field by acting like a man and eschewing her femininity. This is presented in such a way that it's supposed to show the character as being shallow and arrogant, and simply using her sex appeal to get by. The thing is, she's right... Eve's desire to avoid anything "girly" often borders on obsession, and until several years into their marriage she freaks out at Roarke displaying affection for her in public for fear that someone she knows will see and think she's some weak emotional woman for kissing her husband.
  • Squick - Eve and Roarke are examining the apartment of a sleazy murder victim (who they also discover to be a date rapist). In the process, Roarke remarks on (and handles) some vaguely defined but kinky sex toy. And then steals it, presumably to use on Eve later. Second hand sex toy, already very ew... second hand sex toy belonging to a rapist? Ugh.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Eve values the law as preventing total chaos. Roarke goes around it if the law is sufficiently inconvenient. It's a pretty low bar. Eve has come to see his point, reluctantly.
    • Roarke has come to see that Eve has a point, too.

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