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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rapture in Death - J. D. Robb

Rapture in Death by J. D. Robb


First Paragraph:

The alley was dark and stank of piss and vomit.  It was home for quick-footed rats and the bony, hungry-eyed felines who hunted them.  Red eyes glinted in the dark, some of them human, all of them feral.
     Eve's heart tripped lightly as she slipped into the fetid, damp-edged shadows.  He'd gone in, she was sure of it.  It was her job to follow, to find him, to bring him in.  Her weapon was in her hand, and her hand was steady.


My Thoughts:

Rapture in Death is the 4th book by J. D. Robb.  Eve and Roarke are now married and the first death that occurs is at an off-planet resort that Roarke owns.  They are sharing the 'honeymoon suite' and Eve is on vacation, but she has to pull on her 'cop' persona (which never really leaves her) and dig in.  This book was published in 1996 and it is 21 years old now.  The series is set in the mid-21st century - 2058 or so.  There are futuristic elements for sure, but I find it interesting how many things mentioned are now, in 2017, at least possible or maybe even available.  Sort of like the old 'Star Trek' show and the Engineer Scottie saying 'Computer...' or noticing those 'tricorders' in their hands.  Doesn't it remind you of all of us gazing at our phones in our hands or saying 'Siri' or 'Alexa'.  Curious, right?  And the re-reading binge continues...


Blurb:

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common—and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas finds the deaths suspicious. And her instincts pay off when autopsies reveal small burns on the brains of the victims.

Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve’s investigation turns to the provocative world of virtual reality games—where the same techniques used to create joy and desire can also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Immortal in Death - J. D. Robb

Immortal in Death by J. D. Robb


First Paragraph:

Getting married was murder.  Eve wasn't sure how it had happened in the first place.  She was a cop, for God's sake.  Throughout her ten years on the force, she'd firmly believed cops should stay single, unencumbered, and focused utterly on the job.  It was insane to believe one person could split time, energy, and emotion between the law, with all its rights and wrongs, and family, with all its demands and personalities.


My Thoughts:

Immortal in Death is the 3rd book in J. D. Robb's series featuring Eve Dallas and Roarke.  As always, aptly narrated by Susan Ericksen.  And, in case you were wondering, Nora Roberts (the author behind the name of J. D. Robb) wanted to reach a different set of readers with these books.  Apparently, it wasn't until about #9 that the 'secret' came out.  In this tale, Eve and Roarke are planning their wedding.  Well, Roarke is planning it - Eve is busy with murder, as usual.  Mavis, one of Eve's closest friends, has been arrested for second degree murder.  The dead woman - Pandora - mega-famous model.  Eve is determined to find the real killer because she knows that it's not Mavis.  We get to know more about several of the secondary characters, and this is the book that Officer Delia Peabody makes her debut as Eve's assistant.  I'm happily doing listen/read combos on these books.


Blurb:

She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted—even another woman’s man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas put her life on the line to take the case when suspicion fell on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. Beneath the facade of glamour, Eve found that the world of high fashion thrived on an all-consuming obsession for youth and fame. One that led from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs could be found to fulfill any desire—for a price…