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I read this for the "An Author Who Uses A Pseudonym" part of my 2019 reading challenge. It was decent, the crime was well written enough that the bad guy wasn't immediately obvious, but I wouldn't say it was a surprise either. I'd be willing to read more of the series.
This is the first book in a series by Nora Roberts, writing under the pen name J.D. Robb. This murder mystery series is based on Lieutenant Eve Dallas solving homicides in 2059 New York City. These futuristic crime novels will keep you guessing until the last page! You can read any book out of order for a suspenseful murder mystery, or read in order to follow that character development and relationships.
Lots of graphic violence. And there's a ridiculous obvious romance between the detective and one of her suspects, complete with the woman's "I don't want this but I'm so attracted" and the man's "I'm so wealthy and handsome that I'll have you no matter what you think now." No surprise: JD Robb is a pseudonym for Nora Robert, who has written over 200 romance novels.
Mildly amusing to see what a 1995 book predicted for 2058. But the violence and silly romance were so unappealing that I quit after about 30 pages.
Spoiler alert: the first time you see the character Richard DeBlass, if you have any mass media experience at all you should know you have your villain. He’s a conservative republican senator running for president on a ticket of morality and restoring the right to bear arms. Take him away, officer, and skip the next 225 pages; but if you do you’ll miss the explicit sex scenery suitable for mental voyeurism. Lt. Eve Dallas. She’s a dedicated cop, the best her commander has. She doesn’t comb her hair; she doesn’t want a man. Oh sure, she’s had sex, but it’s nothing special, until she meets Roarke, the man of every woman’s unfulfilled dreams. He’s rich, really rich, accomplished, provides spectacular sex and he understands her perfectly. Anyway, there you have it.
The writing is fine, and the fact that it takes place in a future with some interesting technology is fun. The crimes were appropriately gripping. But I found the relationship between Eve and Roarke (the use of his one name became increasingly annoying) tiresome, especially her attitude. Didn't finish it.
This was recommended to me by my best friend, whose co-worker recommended the series to her. We are both book lovers and Nora Robert lovers. So I was curious to see what this book series was about. And I am addicted and cannot wait to catch up on more. I basically finished this book in one day and already picked up the next 2 books in the series. I have used the new features on this website to start placing the other books in the series on my "shelf" to check out later. I am very pleased with the writing, the character developments etc.
This was recommended by a friend, I really enjoyed it. I have started reading the entire series, and the character development and relationships keep me reading. Sometimes they can be too dark, since Robb/Roberts does a good job developing the bad guys as well.
I liked the book for its serious tone, the futuristic world setting, and the amount of detail given to the crime scenes and the whole investigative process. The romance though didn't make a fan out of me with the hero too perfect and our heroine with no personality besides her job.
Indeed a fast paced thriller with all your average detective novel stuff. The time period is fun and Robb does a good job at making it believable. She can write a decent sex sceen as well, decent read i might give the 2nd book in the series a try soon :-)
J. D. Robb is fantastic at writing a fast paced thriller with a lovely romance. I love all the books in this series!
In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder...
Great characterizations and the writing is fast-paced and enjoyable. J.D. Robb is pretty reliable at keeping the unneccessary elements to a minimum in her writing. If such a perfect man as Roarke ever existed in real life, millions of women would die of excitement at the thought.
This is the first in a long line of excellent In Death books and stories. In it, we meet Eve and Roarke and get to see the start of their relationship. We learn about how Eve does her job. It's all very thrilling! I love this series!
22/02/11 - Just reread Robb's debut "in Death" novel - she had IT with the first words she wrote - the characters are real and alive - she never makes a wrong step - it's there in the characterizations, in the plot - yes, there is some sex in her novels but it's not a case of story for the sake of sex; it's sex for sake of story and it's not dwelt upon - it was like looking in on old friends and remembering good old times
The "In Death" series is a monument to series character development. You learn, love, and grow with Eve and her (reluctantly) growing family. The murder plots are intriguing without being too complicated, and Eve's way of chasing down the killers tugs at your heart strings.
JD Robb (Nora Roberts) has created a hero, in the near future, who will have you craving the next story in the series!
Suave, mysterious, bad boy tycoon meets tough cookie cop with a vulnerable heart. Romantic fireworks.
Throw in a serial killer, police politics and corruption, some feisty action scenes, a mix of characters from quirky to evil, all in a futuristic setting and voila: a very entertaining page turner.
This is an excellent book to an excellent series so far. I flew through it in only a matter of days (which says a lot coming from me!). I definatley recommend this book and if Nora holds up JD's style for the rest of the series, then i would recommend them all!!!
The book is all about a futuristic female cop who is investigating the muders of prostitutes that continue to show up. Politics, love affairs, greed, murder, suspense - this book has it all!