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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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    Julie Lumpkin, GA, United States 10-24-13
    Julie Lumpkin, GA, United States 10-24-13
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    "Eve and Roarke got to love them again"

    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,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Burlington, WI, United States 10-22-13
    Lynette Burlington, WI, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Get Over It"
    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

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    Sarah Mullin Idaho 10-09-13
    Sarah Mullin Idaho 10-09-13 Member Since 2009

    Mom who reads

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    "Thankless in Death"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 09-30-13
    Carol Massachusetts 09-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Classical history buff, but find most of history fascinating. Love books, ballet, and basketball.

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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.

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    Nancy Shamong, NJ, United States 09-22-13
    Nancy Shamong, NJ, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not nearly her best"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Vacaville, CA, United States 09-19-13
    Karen Vacaville, CA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2010

    ipod for audiobooks

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    "Too Much Violence"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 09-07-14
    Leslie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2006

    An avid audible book listener!

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

    One of Susan's best performances.


    Any additional comments?

    To say that the series just keeps getting better is really an understatement. This particular installment of the futuristic murder drama pulls out all the stops. The author, through the narrator, brings so much emotion to the story that I could not stop the tears in some sections of the narration, tears of happiness as well as regret.

    When you couple a truly despicable villain with a main character that is strongly moral, the interplay makes for a dramatic story. In this case, the villain appears to be a normal guy who simply lost control... until the story develops and shows his true character. He's easy to detest. On the other hand, you have Eve Dallas and Rourke who take on evil on a regular basis and become their own superhero team. The interesting thing is that they come across as real people, despite the circumstances, and the reader can easily identify with their story (despite the interesting backgrounds of both characters and the financial status of the handsome Rourke).

    While the reader can certainly enjoy the stories on their own, it is truly an experience to watch the characters develop over the series. The readings by Susan Ericksen are frankly amazing. She develops each character, including accents and inflections, throughout the series. It's also amazing the level of detail built into the plot. Each time that I think Robb can't possibly beat a particular storyline, she surprises me with yet another installment. Hopefully this series will continue well into the future.

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    Sharon 05-31-14
    Sharon 05-31-14 Member Since 2011

    I live for books. Audible makes my drives through LA traffic a pleasure.

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    "Like visiting friends"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The Eve Dallas books are entertaining, easy fun reads.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't These stories are well done. The characters developed and interesting. They are like watching a great ensemble television show.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    I love McNab.


    Could you see Thankless in Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I can see the series as a TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the friendship. I have enjoyed the growth of Eve's character. You can read just this novel and enjoy it. But the series is like visiting good friends.
    These books are not Hemingway, which I do read, but if you want a good story with good characters, give the folks at the NYPSD a try.

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    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 05-19-14
    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 05-19-14

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    "What the heck is a "pocket link"?"
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    Boring book. Terrible narrator. But what the heck is a pocket link. This term was used many times throughout the book. Since I had never heard of this, I googled the term and still don't know what this is. It seems to be some sort of electronic device, possibly a cell phone of sorts, but what the heck is it??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 05-04-14
    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Pretty lame this time"

    If it wasn't for such a great narrator, this would be awful. First, it is unbelievable that such a genius detective and group would fail to miss who the next victim would be after the parents. Not the perps luck as the book claims, but just a dump plot. Second, too many details about each of the violent acts the perp commits and not enough "leave it to our imagination" and good dialog with the other characters. I have enjoyed some of the other books although they have a similar theme which is: you can have been beaten up and raped by your father but if you didn't pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get rich on your own, you are a loser... frankly, I'm sick of it.

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