Erickson's narration has the strikingly confident acting chops of a charismatic lead actor in a great long-running television series. She knows and inhabits her cast of characters decisively, while carefully mining the little diamonds of growth and change that Robb seeds into these stories.
From Dallas' driven, prickly authority, to Roarke's potent charm, to Peabody's nerdy earnestness, and the handful of unique, well-drawn secondary characters, the cast here is entertainingly diverse but hasn't grown too large for listeners to catch on quickly to who's who. And kudos to Ericksen for making it easy by capturing each voice clearly, and using finely tuned pace and timing to bring out all the wit, blood-chilling suspense, and sizzling romance in Robb's storytelling.
Great villains are also a trademark of this series. The bad guy here is a master manipulator, a chameleon who slips and slides through the city, killing with a cruelty that shakes Dallas to her core. Ericksen gives him a guileless menace that rings terrifyingly true. Watch for a terrific 90 degree twist near the end that provides that perfect combination of thrill and 'a-ha!' to round out this plot.
Robb's In Death series is, like all the great police procedurals, built on rich character development. Dallas is sexy, acerbic, absolutely tenacious, and destined to rub people the wrong way. Roarke is drop-dead gorgeous, filthy rich, and utterly in love with his wife. This is partnership as the ultimate romantic relationship, and a crime-fighting team that's unstoppable.
In July 2009 The New Yorker magazine featured a long overdue profile of the immensely successful Nora Roberts (a.k.a. J. D. Robb). So if you're a first-time listener coming to see what all the fuss is about, the In Death series is about to become your favorite new way to kick back and enjoy a great story well told. Nancy Carter
Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside. Deena has been brutally murdered in her bedroom, and her body shows signs of trauma that horrify even the toughest of cops, including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who is specifically requested by the captain to investigate.
The evidence piles up, and Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest the perpetrator. But little do they know that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them, using a variety of identities.
Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes, but for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring the killer to justice.
©2009 J.D. Robb; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have all of these books and love them every one. The main family of characters are great and I feel that I am a part of their lives. I would love to have the ability to be able to create a world all on its own. JD Robb/Nora Roberts always make me feel the emotions of the characters. The twist of the plot is always there and surprising. Ready for more.
Love books, preferably romance and suspense. Typically read/listen to 3-5 a week.
I love the Eve Dallas Series. The person that wrote the other review must not be a fan of the series. I could listen to a book on the Death Series once a week. I couldn't wait for this book to come out. I was upset it took so long. Once I caught up and listened or read them all I was lost waiting for another book. I must admit either you like the Death series or you don't. I think some people think it should be more futuristic or sci-fi; it is very balance and very entertaining. I have thoroughly enjoyed each book. This book did not disappoint me. I enjoyed every minute. I am impatiently waiting for Missing in Death later this month and hope she has two more to come out in December.
Can't get enough of this series! Love the characters, the stories and listening to Susan Ericksen. Can't wait for the next one to be released.
I like this series. I am not a Nora Roberts fan, or a fan of romance novels in general, but the repartee between the characters in this J.D. Robb series has hooked me somehow. That kind of interplay is, well, not absent, but too rare in this novel; there is some redundancy in the discovery of clues (where was the editor?); and the whole is just lackluster. OK for $10, but I'm glad I didn't pay fulll price.
I like JD Robb I read most of her books. This book contains an awful lot of sex and swearing. I know it was about a rapist. It was still pretty gory. Nonetheless it was a good story thank you goodbye
JD Robb is an excellant writer and the "in death" series characters are a big reason why it's an addicting read. However, I find this story a bit unsatisfying as the crimes done are designed to make the good people not only suffer loss of loved ones but to forever feel guilty about it. I came away depressed. Not even the back story was enough to distract me from it. This is probably my least favorite of the series. I love this series and re-read these books constantly but I tend to skip this book more than I read it over as it is so intense and leaves an unsatisfied feeling when done.
I'm not sure why this book got any negative reviews, I thought the story was great as usual. I'm glad I didn't let the bad comments keep me from reading on! I recommend it!
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