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 how horrible her parents were.
  • 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, published in 1996 and set in 2058, the Twin Towers are suspected to be the target of a terrorist attack. The target turns out to be the Statue of Liberty.
  • 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)
  • 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. Notably, Portrait in Death contains a flashback to Eve childhood in which her mother beat her for getting into her cosmetics, so Eve's aversion to girliness may in fact be rooted at least in part in her horrific childhood (and even the very first book notes outright that Eve secretly admires women who are good at putting themselves together in a classically feminine style like Dr. Mira and Roarke's admin Caro). The specific example cited above may be less a case of a misaimed strawman and more a case of an obnoxious person whose point is dismissed out of hand because she's being obnoxious about it.
  • 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.
    • I always assumed he took it home and reverse-engineered it to make one out of some super-rare and expensive substance. YMMV indeed.
  • 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.