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.
What more can be said after 37 books with each one a superb story with the very best narrater for these stories. I feel like I KNOW every "person" in these books. I can actually see them as I listen. I can not say enough about Nora Roberts and these books but also Susan Ericksen who has brought not only Eve and Roarke to life, but Mavis, Somerset, Charles, Feeney, Tibble, Dr.Meara, not to mention Peabody and McNabb, oh and Crack and Nadine. These people are so real I just can't wait to hear what happens next, They all have such individual personalities and the voices OMG great. great. great, I laugh, I cry, I smirk, I feel joy and sadness with them all. I have listened to this series multiple times and will continue to do so. These characters touch my soul,
Probably - only because I am hoping that JD Robb will try an entirely new storyline. I imagine that is hard to do with the 37th book in a series. This book was a rehash of the other 36. The characters have become stagnant. Very little has changed. These characters rarely have conflicts with one another in the work place and Eve's martyrdom is rubbing thin.
I like the narrator, but somehow she comes out a bit abrasive as Dallas. I sometimes have to turn the volume down for a bit until the rant is over.
Please dear author, find some new angles and new character flaws. Have Eve get pregnant or Peabody get sucked into a cult - anything but the tried and true. How many times can we have Eve while battling her own childhood demons take on the heinous criminal element almost single handed as her understanding billionaire husband makes sure she eats and sleeps?
Mom who reads
Maybe I was just being a wuss, but man o man, was I overwhelmed by the gore. I've listened and read lots of JD Robb, but this book was just over the top for me.
Wouldn't know. I go straight to the audio versions these days. Susan Ericksen reads for these characters much better than I do.
I've listened to the entire series and Susan is fantastically consistent. Except for an early title ,when she went for a different sound for Peabody, she's kept great continuity in the sound of all the characters. I love recognizing their voices.I'm sure if I listened to another author's work read by Susan that I would enjoy it as well, but I kind of like saving her voice for this cast of characters.
Yes. Nearly did.
Such a great addition to the series. All the elements that make an Eve/Roarke story great like tough and unconditional love, a good fight, family, life/career decisions, long time friends, threads of past stories returning, and more. So good. Thank you, Nora!
I've been disappointed in the last 2 books from J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). It seems like the whole rhythm/tempo of her writing has changed. Her terminology in the last two books is different and it seems like the entire character of Eve Dallas has changed. Usually you can count on a subplot which brings in the other characters that we have grown to love. Again, not in the last two. Half way through the book and no mention of Captain Feeney. Very little on McNabb, Maevis, Charles, Louis even Nadine. The dialog back and forth between Dallas and Peabody - just not the same. It's almost like its being written by someone else. I can't explain it. Very disappointing.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a bit different than prior books in that we are following the killer in the beginning of the book. Dallas is a more mature in this story. She did not rant at anyone "this is MY case I am the primary on this case." She also wins the Medal of Honor for the police department. Roarke's family is coming to visit from Ireland for Thanksgiving and this adds some humor and family moments to the story. Love the Irish accents! Nixie the little girl Dallas rescued in a prior book gives Dallas a picture and essay she did about Eve. This scene was great. Over all this is a book is more balanced between work and family than in prior books but the violence is a bit more graphic but still it fit the story. Susan Ericksen really makes this series work she is super in her narration. The book (and series) makes a good easy read and a break from more serious books. If you are a fan of the series you will enjoy this newest addition to the story line.
I could hardly wait for Eve to catch the perp- this is one villain that I truly wanted to see finished. I think I hated him more than any of her previous villains and that's saying something!
I think Susan Ericksen is the voice for all the characters. I no longer read the books and just enjoy her performance.
Eve's interaction with Nixie at end of the book.
I thought the book focused a little too much on the villain. I would have enjoyed more interaction with Eve's friends and family. I do appreciate the way Robb has a horrific scene and follows it with something lighter. It gives you a chance to breathe.
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.
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I have listened to every J D Robb book and I have always enjoyed them and the way each character is presented by the wonderful narrater, Susan Erickson. On ocassion I have been unhappy with SOME gratuitous violence, but in Thankless in Death the amount of very intense graphic violence is overwhelming. This made the book almost unbearable to listen to. If I had not had complete confidence in Ms Robb's ability to tell an entertaining mystery with characters I have come to enjoy, I would not have purchased this book. I was very unhappy with Ms Robb's choice to write this book without any concern for her many readers who do not expect such violence in her books.
I especially enjoy historical mysteries. I don't like to know how things end before I begin.
I tried four times to listen to this book and I couldn't get past 10 minutes.
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