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Editorial Reviews

Like the In Death series' lead characters, Dallas and Roarke, narrator Susan Ericksen and author J. D. Robb are a match made in heaven. More than 30 books into this series, these two halves of the perfect audiobook whole have become the gold standard for how to keep listeners coming back book after book.

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

Publisher's Summary

In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind.

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.

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  • Kirsten
  • Phoenixville, PA, United States
  • 02-08-10

Good Story

Good listen - consistent JD Robb - no surprises there. Well Narrated and enjoyable.

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  • Lynda
  • elk grove, CA, USA
  • 02-03-10

Great book

Another winner by J D Robb aka Nora Roberts.
Narrator did an awesome job

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Not the best I've read...

Worth the read but I'm careful how I spend my credits. I wish I'd rented this one at the library instead.

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  • Anne
  • United States
  • 12-20-09

Abridged would be better

This was my first J.D. Robb audiobook. The storyline was good, but the unabridged version was too drawn out and repetitive. It took half the story to capture my attention, but the last half was OK. I think I'll go to the library before spending more money on this author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Kindred in Death

First book I've read by this author.It was really slow in getting interesting.It was okay. I don't know if I would read another by the author.

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  • Patty
  • Manassas Park, VA, United States
  • 11-21-09

Not her best

I am always intrigued with the character development in this series, but this book certainly did not have the edge that she normally has. Eve is getting "soft"...and that's ok, i guess...The ending was also not her usualy twist until the end....still a good listen and entertaining...i found myself laughing out loud at times.

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  • Amy
  • New Hope, MN, United States
  • 11-10-09

Love this series!

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.

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Painful to listen to

I quit listening after a few hours. The narration of the main characters partner was irritating. I found the characters melodramatic concerning their work and personal lives. The repeated, detailed desciptions of the brutal crime were overdone and her suppositions as to the criminals actions and intent was overly dramatic. I would not recommend this book.

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  • John
  • Missoula, MT, USA
  • 11-08-09

Yea, Painful it is

From the formulaic writing to the irritating narration, I agree with the review above. Nevertheless, I'm too Scotch not to go back to my library for the second half. Now I've got to know who did it!
It's best not to waste your money on this one, though.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The worst. Predictable plot line, lousy writing and worse narration. Plowed through it because I'd paid for it, on principle, and by gritting my teeth.

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