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Imitation in Death: In Death, Book 17 | [J. D. Robb]

Imitation in Death: In Death, Book 17

Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."
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Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."

Now Dallas is in pursuit of a murderer who knows as much about the history of serial killers as she does. He has studied the most notorious and the most vicious slayings in modern times. But he also wants to make his own mark. And he has chosen his victim: Eve Dallas. And all Eve knows is that he plans to mimic the most infamous murderers of all - starting with Jack the Ripper.

Crack another case with Eve Dallas.

©2004 J. D. Robb; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Edgy and raw." (Booklist)
"Robb's energetic prose and hard-edged dialogue will keep readers engrossed." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 11-20-08
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 11-20-08 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "The Saga Continues"

    Eve Dallas continues her career as a top notch cop who, this time, is after a serial killer imitating the most famous serial killers of all time. As always, JD Robb weaves an interesting mystery while continuing to develop the returning characters. We learn a bit more about Eve's past. Peabody takes the next step in her career - and personal life. And last, but not least, Susan Erickson seems back on her game by reverting back to the original voices that made the characters so beloved in the audio series.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 06-12-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Great even the 2nd time around"

    I am slowly buying the series with audible.

    There is soo many volumes in the series and I tend to forget the details, so it is a lot of fun to reread and enjoy them all over again.

    I forgot how much Peabody was nervous about taking her detective test, the many and interesting red herrings(all of them looking suspicious)and the side story of Roake and Eve's mother. Also, i love the home cookout scene where Eve meets Mira's daughter for the first time and has a heart to heart. It was really touching.
    On to the nextone

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Rockville, CT, United States 09-11-10
    Charles Rockville, CT, United States 09-11-10 Member Since 2008

    I am a semi-retired psychologist who likes to listen to books, especially mysteries, as I drive in the car.

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    "Poor Imitation not Flattery?"

    OK, I loved the book. The title of my review has more to do with a comment an the murderer's performance at some stages than on the book itself. The last book advanced Roarke's history and this book advances Eve's. Possibly because murder and death are just part of life, but I somehow sense that the ongoing revelations and development of the character's lives are a parallel of aspects of the main plot. I find that this is subtly and interestingly done. I listen to the stories several times and notice little gems and aspects that I was not aware of before. I find that feminism is not overdone in the books and Robb (Roberts) provides a fairly balanced view of the sexes. Although I am a man, I am happy that Dallas offers a fairly good, albeit imperfect, role model for woman as competent and tough, but not beyond using her feminine wiles. I have noticed that the psychological hypotheses of the characters show a more pop psychology touch, whereas Myra's analyses are more professional, a disparate perspective of expertise that offers an interesting touch that gives the characters greater depth. I have tried to read the series from beginning to end, with some tangential journeys. I enjoy the series very much.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 03-14-15
    Lori 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    The narrator was fabulous as always. Another great adventure with Eve Dallas and Peabody. Love it love it love it!!!!!
    A must read.

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    Alcadia a Bailey 03-05-15
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    "The next step"

    I love the interaction of Dallas and Peabody. The story line on this was exciting and keep your interest. Very entertaining.

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    beth 02-28-15
    beth 02-28-15
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    "Best Yet"

    Probably the best of this series so far. Great character development and good plot.

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    AvidReader91 WA, United States 06-04-14
    AvidReader91 WA, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Lots of character development"

    Some of my favorite books in this series involve high points in the character development for Peabody and/or McNab. As the crew focuses on narrowing their list of suspects, Peabody is studying for the detective exam. Without listing specifics, I will say the ending of this book ranks very high on my list of favorites.

    As for the main storyline, you have a set of equally viable suspects, though there are hints throughout the story as to who Eve suspects the most. Lots of humor and byplay between our beloved main cast. A solid addition to the "In Death" series.

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    penny 04-08-14
    penny 04-08-14
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    "LOVE THEM ALL!!!"
    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Love HER too


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading this series to fast that I can't stop to review.

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    Amazon Customer PANTEGO, NC, United States 12-30-13
    Amazon Customer PANTEGO, NC, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great, As Usual!"

    I was kept guessing on this one, never sure exactly who it was, which was a nice change from several previous ones.

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    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 11-08-12
    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 11-08-12
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    "Copy Cat Killer"

    J.D. Robb did a great job with this one. Someone is murdering women and he has no new ideas on how to kill. This murderer is coping the great murderers of the past. The first murder was like Jack the Ripper. Now Dallas and her team are trying to find out what murderer is going to be copied next, but all the people that are on her list of suspects are high profile. The deeper she digs the more politics she has to play, and Dallas hates politics. J.D. Robb does a wonderful job blinding old serial killers with the futuristic time. Susan Ericksen did a great job in the narration of this book, like the rest in this series.

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  • Misty
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    "Couldn't get into it"

    This is the first in death book that I say this about. I just couldn't get into the story, my sister thinks that I have listened to to many one after another. May be this is so but I found this story a little disappointing even though when we got to the end I still didn't know before it was revealed who did it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anke Smith
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    "Keeps you on your toes"

    this is the 17th book in this series( according to the narrators, who introduce the continuation of the story as book 18 at the end..., there seems to be some confusion on the audible page, but I just go by which book is stated as the next on the book I am listening to) and where some parts of the content are predictable and come up in every book in the series, the main storyline is fast paced, twisted and keeps going strongly to the end.
    There is some further exploration of Ltd. Eve Dallas's lost childhood memories, which affect her focus temporarily, and a different ending to this book compared to all other books with a first.... you will have to listen to the end to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon
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    "Futuristic - not what I expected"

    This book is a bit sci fi and set in the future which wasn't clear from the summary. Poor writing style, not what I expected from Nora Roberts writing under JD Robb.

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