The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provided Eve with a long list of suspects - including her own lover, Roarke.
As a woman, Eve was compelled to trust the man who shared her bed. But as a cop, it was her job to follow every lead...to investigate every scandalous rumor...to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark. Or how dangerous.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2004 J. D. Robb; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
The interaction between Dallas and Rourke
The relationship with Roarke is one to be envied, of course fiction.
This was intense... I liked it better than the first book in the series- while the murders were more violent, they were without the graphic sexual component of Naked in Death's crimes.
I love the repartee between Dallas and Roarke (their, ahem, intimate scenes are a little more, um, vivid and vigorous than is to my usual reading taste, but are never crude and the writing is good). I only wish Dallas didn't immediately get her dander up when his name pops up in relation to anyone/thing in a case - she is immediately on the defensive about it and weary of his every tie and involvement, ready to both think the worst and shield him and/or her from it becoming public knowledge... Frankly, I think she overreacts. And while I can understand her emotional baggage causing some of the issues, I was a little bit in disbelief about their sudden split and re-connecting circumstances, if she was having that much trouble, believing something like that if she (admitted that she) loved him and needed him, that that made her less independent and strong and therefore lowered her self esteem and degraded her ability to do her job. Thus far she has never defined herself by anything but how well she does her job, so it's a big hurdle, and i think somehow they flew over it really fast while she's still working it out in her head... I'm glad she's talking to the department psychologist more though (both case and no-case related).
I also love Dallas' working relationships, with Feeney and the Commander. I share her distaste for the media. This was a good mystery, and solid procedural, going through the evidence and suspects and revisiting the scenes. Oddly enough, I had picked out the murderer by the second death - almost fingering them on a hunch, but my suspicions were confirmed by the circumstances and aftermath of victim number three. I was glad Dallas caught onto the same clue I did there, even if it took a while for it to come to light. I liked Officer Peabody too, I got a kick out of her no-nonsense demeanor and how she got on with Dallas as they continued to investigate together.
Narration was good. Only had one or two spots with voice-swap confusion, and those were in heated dialogue. Ericksen gives just the right tone and cadence to match Lt Dallas' demeanor and the narrative style.
Can't wait to see where the next book takes Eve and Roarke. ^_^
this is only the 2nd book we have listened too and we have enjoyed it as much as the first.
Naked in Death as it is the first book in this series.
Her voices for each character make it seem more real. Very impressive she can do so many.
I am not sure I would listen to these types of books again as they are more for enjoyment. There are too many other books in the world that I want to read/listen to.
There is a tendency to for JD Robb to repeat background information about Eve Dallas in each novel. That gets a bit annoying at times. I also am not overly find of Dr. Mira and her psychoanalysis but I see how it fits into the plot.
I thought the plot was well done and it was not overly obvious who the killer was.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
This book is the second in the series - and I am reading them in order. It was just as enjoyable as the first, and I enjoyed getting to know the characters I met in the first book. The sexiness from the first book for sure carries over to this one... the chemistry between the main characters is definitely still there.
The 'who-done-it' part of the book was more transparent than in book one, however. I had the mystery figured out by the early middle of the book... then it was just a waiting game until Eve figured it out.
Enjoyable, though. I'll be moving on through the series - because I'd like to see what happens after this book's surprise ending.
Always after books that read well in the tractor!
I didn't get this for the mystery, really, but because I love Eve and Roarke's relationship, and this did not disappoint! I love them two together! The mystery was like a added bonus, and it was good as well. I didn't figure it out until midway through. Love the ending! Can not wait until book 3!
I have a lot of these books to download now and I am looking forward to downloading them all. The first one I didn't like so much and I suppose it was because I had to get acclamated to the character,Eve, the policewoman. In the first book she was so "hard" and emotionally inaccessible, cold and hard. I couldn't understand how any man especially a rich, fine, one could love someone like this character. Now as I listened to book 2, her character begins to become tender, open even loving to her mate. This is because her character with experience and understanding from her georgeous boyfriend has grown.
And again Susan Ericksen is one of the best narrators I've listened to. She is superb!
Dramatic, intriguing, exciting
This book reminds me of all of the other books in the series. All of them make me want to continue reading about the main character, Eve Dallas.
She really brings all the characters to life.
The different ways the characters showed their love, whether good or bad.
Eve and Crack were a good moment.
Susan is perfect for all the In Death books. Her different voices make me see the faces of the characters more clearly.
Careful what you say
I would recommend this. It flowed and it was just enough characters that it made it easy to follow.
I enjoyed the ending.
Tenacity at it's best
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