Eve is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier, when a man the media tagged "The Groom" put the city on edge with a killing spree that took the lives of four women in 15 days. Eve and her partner, Feeney, her friend and mentor, couldn't stop him before he disappeared, only to resurface in other parts of the world to kill and kill again. But now The Groom seems to have come back to where he started.
When it turns out that The Groom's most recent victim was employed by Eve's billionaire husband, Roarke, she brings him onto the case - a move that proves fitting when it becomes chillingly clear that the killer has made it personal. The corpse was washed in products from a store Roarke owns and laid out on a sheet his company manufactures.
With the Groom's monstrous return, Eve is determined to finish him once and for all. Familiar with his methods, she knows that he has already grabbed his next victim. But his sights are set on the biggest challenge of his illustrious career - an abduction that will test his skills and that promises to give him satisfaction as he's never known. Time is running out on another woman's life...and for Eve.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2007 J. D. Robb; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"[O]ffers a satisfyingly novel mélange of suspense, sex, forensics and heroics." (Publishers Weekly)
"This offering in Robb's series showcases Susan Ericksen's versatility and strong characterizations. Her delivery is well suited to the suspense and humor that are so much a part of this series." (AudioFile)
Love the characters, love the voices, love all the books. The excitement, the exhaustion and caring really come thru in this one. Love that Eve doesn't stop and will do whatever is necessary to save someone else from being killed, even endangering herself. This was one of my very favorites I think because Roark really got to be totally involved and see how the cops worked from the inside. KEEP WRITING, KEEP RECORDING! They are wonderful. For those who said some of the books, the voices were off. Be quiet. Just keep listening and all gets back on track. I NEVER had trouble distinguishing who was talking. These books were written to be listened too.
Only the premise. Well, okay, maybe not that drastic, but that's my shoot-from-the-hip response. Generally, it's easy to accept a certain amount of graphic violence in a procedural cop story. It goes with the territory and when done properly is also an indicator of an authors ability to present that material in an exciting, logical and artfully descriptive way without being gratuitous. It's a thin line and generally Robb / Roberts dances skillfully down that line - the graphic material is so organic you don't really notice. Unfortunately, for me at least, this one strays on the wrong side of that razor edge - razor being the operative word, along with blow torch, hole punch and other assorted toys. It was just too much.
As always, the relationships, the witty banter, the arguments / resolutions and of course the pure unadulterated steam were the best parts of this one. In this case though, the bad guy, his methods and madness were not as entertaining or dynamic as the usual villain. He was simply, disgustingly twisted. Worse than being a disturbing character, he was boring.
The Thrilling Conclusion of course but any time Eve has to touch the baby is a hoot and this obligatory Mavis / baby scene is no exception.
It almost inspired me to move on to the next one without finishing it, but I stuck it out and I'm mostly glad I did. While I personally feel this one could be skipped, if you don't mind the unsettling graphic parts, this is another fun-filled romp through the life of Eve, Rourke and the Whole Wacky Crew at the NYPSD.
One thing I noticed in this one was what seemed to be a new depth to some of the subordinate characters. We get a new glimpse into the thoughts of Rourke and Feeney especially and to a lesser extent, Peabody. Subtle, but still noticeable.
This time Nora Roberts as her pseudonym J. B. Robb hit it out of the park!! This book had all the intrigue you could ask for in a mystery novel! I liked how she stuck to the story line without adding in all of the sexual play by play she is so well known for. I didn't have to fast forward through much of that in this book. Congratulations to her on an excellent crime novel!
As all ways J.D. Robb has been a good read, and the narrator does a great job in getting you to be able to see all the characters in full view.
It brings the characters to life. I love to read but ... Audio just gives them their substance. I don't know quite a better way to put it
I don't know if turned off is the word. It's just that the in death series is the best I've ever listen to or read. The depth of the characters. You feel like you know them. And you want to know what they're going to do or how they're going to grow further. I hope this series never ends. I'm 65 and I hope I get two or more year for the rest of my life.
That's so difficult… I think all of us women are just over the top on Roarke.. That being said she makes all the characters your favorite. It's hard to believe it's just one person with all those voices and personalities brought to life.
I'm not an expert. I just know that I would watch and by the films. But more then a film I think that something needs to be done like Amazon did with Bosch... They made one book several different shows. That way you have 20 hours to do a book. Netfx and Amazon you don't know what you're missing.
I read on Facebook dated in 2014 that Nora Roberts was going to do a movie. I just want to say again there are so many different new ways to get your stories out. One movie could not do this series credit. And as I said in my paragraph above those with the power to make of this type of thing happen in my opinion are losing millions of dollars. The following to this series is unbelievable. I just started listenimg myself in August. And I've gone through them all. As a matter fact I did by the end of September and now I'm listenting to them again. I can't stay away from it. Make us happy make while you guys make megabuck and make us have hours of pleasure. ,
Ok story but mostly talk - no action until the very end. The readers primary voice is ok but the men all sound like women and some of the voices are goofy to the point of being annoying.
By far the best of the In Death series so far. I didn't pick the killer until nearly the end, which to me indicates a well-written book.
I'm actually having trouble bringing myself to listen to anything else because I enjoy Susan's readings so much. She's sooo good with voices and pretty good with most accents too.
the way it builds to the end
can't really say i enjoyed the entire book yes
Somewhere in the middle. I've listened to quite a few audiobooks in the past year, too.
Eve, Roarke, Capt. Finney. I always enjoy hearing Eve's voice, so sure of her self and always trying to sound tough. Roarke's Irish brogue is done very well. Capt. Finney gets a chance to show some emotion in this one.
She gave a very good preformance with this one. All the voices were right on.
No. i took breaks to think about what I was reading.
"Very tense and exciting"
This is an intense book. I love ones where Roark works with Dallas and in this one he is right in there up to his neck. I can't get enough of these books and this was up there among my favourites.
I know I rave about JD's books but this one was superb. The Groom is back 9 years ago Eve and Feeney had been on a task force but failed to stop him now he's back and killing again. The Groom engraves on the body how long each of his "partners" lasts this made the tension in the book more real as you go along with Eve and team to try and stop him, as you go along with him as he chooses the next victim.
"Dreadful narration, ridiculous accents/characters"
The narration was so ridiculous with dreadful accents and voices for characters that were so awful they made me laugh out loud! Totally detracted from the story such that I couldn't bear to listen and will request a refund.
Different and better narrator.
Ridicule and disappointment in abundance.
Will be asking for a refund, can't get past the first 20 mins.
The narration of this story is irritating beyond belief, so much so I couldn't listen to the awful accents a second longer and went and bought the book to read myself. Without the awful accents and narration the story is fast paced, gripping and brilliant. I lost track of time reading it.
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