Set in New York City in the near future, the In Death series follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the homicide squad as she investigates the deaths of murder victims. As a survivor of domestic abuse herself, Eve moved between several foster families before enrolling in the police academy at the age of 18. Her dark past – which returns to her in a succession of long-forgotten memories throughout the novels – encourages her to seek retribution on the behalf of those who can not do it themselves. In this way, the series often focuses on themes of justice and abuse of power within hierarchical institutions. Eve must therefore use her calculating mind and cool wit to unearth the truth for the sake of those who are invisible and misunderstood within these systems.