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Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37 | [J. D. Robb]

Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.
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Publisher's Summary

The year 2060 is drawing to a close, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It's a time for loved ones to come together. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water....

For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it's a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.

Other couples aren't as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn't exactly made a good impression on all the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him - but they didn't think he was capable of this.

Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he's stolen from his parents, and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry's going to strike next.

©2013 J. D. Robb (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    MaxineSap 09-18-13
    MaxineSap 09-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Love books, preferably romance and suspense. Typically read/listen to 3-5 a week.

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    "A Little Disappointed"

    I am an avid fan of the In Death Series. I can't want for each installment. I was a bit disappointed with this one. I was so hoping for something outstanding. when I heard Eve was finally getting some of what she deserves I had anxiety. I was so outdone she turns the Capt job down. Why bring it up if it was not going to amount to anything. It was a bit let down for me.

    I usually really enjoy all the books. I enjoyed this one too, but I think I was expecting to see some things we have been waiting for like, the candy thief, Eve finally getting her promotion. You are the author, you can have her be Captain and do her job as she likes. Why toy with us. After waiting 6 months for this book to come out and it comes up short for me.

    I still enjoyed the story and I love the formula but Nora, you have to engage the other characters more like the older books. I love that Nixie showed up and Elizabeth and Richard, but it was not enough. I think you focused too much on the killer. All the stuff about him you could have been giving us more story on the regulars and even Eve and Roarke.

    All in all this was a good book but certainly not one of her best. It is one I will listen to more than once, but still I felt it was lacking some of the zest the books normally have.
    I hope some of the issues are revealed/ resolved soon. I don't think I will get tired of the books, but I am getting tired of waiting for some answers.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Lover Booklandia 02-12-14
    Libros Lover Booklandia 02-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Thankless Indeed..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Listening to the story was not the problem. Susan Ericksen is excellent as usual. I find no fault with her narrative skills. The content is what I can't deal with. If I had to put a label on this, it would be 'torture porn'. I can't recall when I've been repulsed more.


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

    There is way too much explicit violence IMO. I fell asleep at one point and when I woke, it was when the antagonist was abusing an animal. That ended it for me. I know this stuff happens, but I don't want to read about it.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Again, I have no problems with the narration. Susan is among my favorites. She never disappoints.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thankless in Death?

    Do you have all day...?


    Any additional comments?

    I sincerely enjoy the 'In Death' series and until this installment, had been very happy and excited to get each book. Before I purchased this one I checked reviews and thought that some of the lower starred reviewers were being a bit sensitive. They weren't. I can only hope that the next one will redeem the series. Can't say that I'll be holding my breath though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Ocala, FL, United States 09-18-13
    Diane Ocala, FL, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Third book thats missing all Eves friends. Boring."

    This is now the third book missing all the other characters. Where is Summerset, Mavis, Mira,Galahad, Candy thief etc? It is now just a murder story, and even though there is Thanksgiving bash at Eves, the last 5 minutes mentions a few people there, and thats it. Again, all the interaction with the friends that have been developed over the 34 books is missing. It is also becoming very boring that every murderer calls all women whores, and cunts, its getting old, there has to be more than that. All the fun is gone, I used to laugh when I listened to her books, even the great sex with Rourke is missing. There is no human interaction any more. Maybe its time to end the series, or bring back some fun. It is now just another murder story, and not that great either.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 09-30-13
    Carol Massachusetts 09-30-13

    Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken

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    "A Thanksgiving Review"

    I am thankful for this series, which I've been reading since 1995, when Eve's pocket link communicator actually seemed futuristic.

    I am thankful to be done with this particular installment, which--despite a few enjoyable scenes with Eve and friends-- spends far too much time in the head of a whining, despicable, disgusting psychopath who has suddenly discovered the joys of torture, mutilation, and murder.

    I am thankful that Robb/Roberts continues to write this series, and I look forward to Installment #38, because even when there's been the occasional misfire (hey, 37 books? it happens), I always come back for more and am seldom disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 09-19-13
    Lisa United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2014

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Good but not Great"

    I love this series. I know it's hard to make each book spectacular in a series with 37 books. This one seemed to be formatted a bit different though. There was less Eve & Roarke & a lot about the killer. I missed the side stories of the other characters. It seemed to me that Eve has lost some of her edge in this book and is getting softer. I like to see Eve as her usual kick ass self. I just wish there was a bit more about the other characters and Roarke's family comes to visit and we don't see much about them either. It was mainly Eve and the bad guy. Other than that it was a good listen, wanted more edge and action.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Healy 09-18-13

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    "Can't believe how boring this is."

    I kept waiting for it to pick up. I kept waiting for the twist. I kept waiting for MORE. I thought the idea of "captaincy" was going somewhere. But all you get is more violence. I want the old style, the mixture of crime story, personal lives, etc. Hope springs eternal so though I'd like not to buy another one in this series I probably will get at least one more before I give up entirely. Please, please, please go back to the ensemble type books.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 03-22-14
    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2006
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    "not her best"

    Sometimes and more often in these late books, the villians are just too ugly to enjoy the story. I wanted a J D Robb to listen to on my mini but I probably will not listen to this one. The villian is too stupid and ugly to wait for the Thanksgiving event with the Irish family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Silver Springs, NV, United States 12-08-13
    Tracy Silver Springs, NV, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "excessive violence"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I always enjoy these books, but I found the scenes with the murderer very difficult to listen to. It seems like this book was trying to shock me with the details of the murders.


    Has Thankless in Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I hope this goes back to more characters and less detailed violence.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have one in this which is unusual. I found it difficult to listen to this more than once because of the descriptions of the violence.


    Do you think Thankless in Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joann 11-12-13
    Joann 11-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Entertaining Eve Dallas Book"

    This narrator is my FAVORITE reader. I have friends and family who read this series and I tell them they are missing so much. When Susan portrays Roarke or Peabody it is truly classic. I love the irish brogue of Roarke and his family. This story brought many of the former characters together that we remember and love. I'm not sure that a newcomer would enjoy the story as much. But for the loyal fans this was a Thanksgiving treasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 10-26-13
    Sandra 10-26-13

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Horrifying!"

    J.D. Robb's books are usually suspenseful but not horrifying. This one tips over the edge with the perpetrator, truly thankless son, student, boyfriend, a total psychopath! In the wake of all the school shootings, random deaths, and other tragedies appearing on the news, this book really hits home.

    Even the continuing story of Eve Dallas is not enough to soften the impact of this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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