Exclusive Interview with JD Robb's Heroine of the Future
From the Waldenbook Report
A cop for 11 years, married for less than a year, homicide Lieutenent Eve Dallas is a career woman on a learning curve - and still adjusting to life as the wife of Roarke, the richest man on the planet. In Conspiracy in Death, Eve is completely absorbed in a new case, which involves the hapless souls who are forced to sleep on the streets of New York City. Someone is killing them, then mutilating the bodies. As she delves deeper into this gruesome mystery she finds that her husband, and his love for her, become much more important than she could ever have guesssed. In this rare interview, Lt. Dallas took a few moments to speak with the Walden Book Report and share her view of the grittier side of life in 2059.
Walden Book Report:What has been the most challenging case of your career so far?
Eve Dallas: I'm a murder cop. Every dead body is an insult and a challenge. If I'm to stand for the dead, every case has to be the most important I've handled. Some, like it or not, hit closer to home. I guess the organ thefts starting with the street sleeper in January was a tough one for me because it pushed me into a professional crisis.
WBR:How did that "professional crisis" change your view of the New York Police and Security Department?
ED: It's not easy to talk about, and it's not easy for me to explain. Words aren't my usual tools. Coming out the other side of that case and what it cost me took some re-evaluating, I guess. But that was more on a personal level. As far as I'm concerned the NYPSD is a strong and solid unit, and its purpose is to serve and protect the city. Maybe there are some flaws in the system, but it's the best we've got.
WBR:There aren't many women who attain the rank of lieutenant in homicide. How has gender been an issue in your workplace?
ED: I don't see gender as an issue. A cop's a cop however the body's shaped. Working up the ranks takes doing the job, day after day, closing cases. Male or female doesn't enter into it when you pick up your shield. Commander Whitney doesn't look at me and see a women. He sees Dallas, Lieutenant Eve. That's who and what I am.
WBR:It's been said that you're a rising star within your department. Do you see yourself moving further up the chain of command?
ED: Calling me a rising star is only going to get me razzed at Central. What I see myself doing is the job, like I've always done. If I earn a captaincy one day, I'll be proud. But it won't change the bottom line.
WBR:You and your husband, Roarke, were recently seen at an East Washington charity gala. How do you make the switch from cop by day to socialite by night?
ED: I'm not a socialite. I'm a cop, day AND night. Look, maybe I get dressed up in some stupid rig once in a while so he can drag me off - I mean so I can go with my husband to one of his fancy deals. That's a marriage thing. It doesn't touch the work. Roarke has a lot of social obligations and stuff. I get that you have to compromise in a marriage, and that's what I took on. He'd probably say he took on plenty, too. Maybe all of that is mostly a pain in the butt, but I made the deal. I'm sticking.
WBR:With such a stressful and demanding career, what do you do to unwind?
ED: I used to just hang with Mavis or mostly sleep off the day. Now I've got all these people in my life. They just keep sliding in. Roarke's idea of unwinding is going off to Mexico or someplace for the weekend or having a million people over for a party. What are you going to do?