Calculated in Death (In Death Series #36) [NOOK Book]

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In her years at the NYPSD, Eve Dallas has solved some truly appalling homicides. But some cases are worse than others.



On Manhattan’s East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops ...
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Calculated in Death (In Death Series #36)

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Overview

In her years at the NYPSD, Eve Dallas has solved some truly appalling homicides. But some cases are worse than others.



On Manhattan’s East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.



A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta’s murder was the work of a killer who’s trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.



But when someone steals the files out of Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait…
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Robb’s engaging 37th Eve Dallas thriller (after 2012’s Delusion in Death), Dallas and her partner, Delia Peabody, look into the death of Marta Dickenson. Found with a broken neck at the bottom of a stairway in an Upper East Side Manhattan building, which is under renovation by a financial consultant group, Dickenson was employed as an accountant by a firm nearby. And her briefcase, containing files she had been auditing, was stolen. Confident it’s a case of murder, Dallas and her smoothly running team conduct an ever-widening probe of accountants, financial advisers, their spouses, and their lovers. Her husband, Roarke, a former hacker and now owner of his own electronics company, lends his special skills. Robb (the pen name of Nora Roberts) supplies her usual winning blend of keen investigative work, striking characterizations, and enthusiastic sex, all leavened with a fine sense of humor. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Beautiful people meet unlovely numbers in Lt. Eve Dallas' 36th case. Even in 2060, upscale citizens still need accountants, but Marta Dickenson was evidently one accountant too many. Someone hoping to make her death look like a mugging gone bad broke her neck, stripped off her coat and earrings, and left her at the bottom of a stairwell in an apartment building Bradley Whitestone and his two partners are rehabbing. But since the killer didn't think to take Marta's expensive footwear, Eve Dallas and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, know from the first that this was no random robbery. The evidence points to one of the well-heeled clients Marta handled for the firm of Brewer, Kyle, and Martini. Maybe it was trust-fund dependent Candida Mobsley, who treated Marta's audit the way most people would treat a pesky mosquito. Maybe it was Latisha Vance or Angie Carabelli of the decorating firm Your Space. Or Carter Young-Sachs or Ty Biden, salt-and-pepper business partners. Or Sterling Alexander and the similarly mismatched Thomas Pope. And since whoever it was wouldn't have wanted to take on the job personally, Dallas and Peabody must also search for the killer who was hired to do the dastardly deed and who doesn't seem to be finished. The setup screams danger and suspense, but in between Dallas' lightning inferences at the initial crime scene and the confrontation with an overconfident accomplice, the case is strictly routine, with no surprises likely for anyone familiar with Dallas' best-selling series. On the plus side, Dallas and her zillionaire husband, Roarke, continue to enjoy a great sex life, including one interlude only moments before the denouement. It's enough to make you nostalgic for the 2060s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609248
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: In Death Series , #36
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 4,381
  • File size: 860 KB

Meet the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for the number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of the author’s books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    What's happened to JD??

    I have been a loyal reader of the In Death series since they first came out, but with the exception of New York to Dallas I have found all recent additions to be lackluster and completely yawn-worthy. This one was the worst offender. The subject matter was boring, once again she introduced WAY too many characters and by the end I really couldn't care less who the villian was. I used to find that with a less than stellar plot Robb would make up for it with great dialogue/romance with Eve and Roarke. Yeah...not so much. As much as I used to look forward to two installments a year, I would suggest Robb (if she is even really doing the writing any more) cut back to just one and concentrate on recapturing the writing quality found in earlier books like Portrait and Kindred In Death. I can't imagine that I am the only one who's loyalty is being tested.

    35 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Hmm hmm

    I have read all of the in death books and loved them for the most part. I did not find this book up to par. I can't point out any one thing, but it did not keep my interest. The other books I read in a day or 2 but this one I am muddling through very slowly. It does not keep my interest and I keep going to other books. Do not expect this book to be the same calibar as the others.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Phoning it in

    These books were always about the characters, their growth and interactions. Take that away and you're left with a rather boring, implausibly solved mystery. I think this author and series have run out of gas.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Once more dissapointed

    The last several books have been a great dissapointment and this was definitely the last one for me. Lately the plot seems forced, and the way Eve seems to figure out all the details of the crimes seems unreal. Its my opinion that this series needs a major overhaul, there is nothing exciting about Eve or Rourke anymore and then not enough about the characters I love, Somerset Mavis etc This is one book/series that I wish WOULD end.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    opps

    already available on iBook and reading... Nook is not meeting promised availability dates!!!

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Anonymous

    Was big fan disapointed after long wait for this book. Found some repetitive dialogue from previous books. Also eve should get over the fear of salon treatments, not believable anymore. Boring story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Huh?

    I love JD Robb and have read all her books, loved some more than others but this one was boring. I won't not read her books because I do like the characters however she does need to rethink them. The ending (which I won't give away) should've been extended with the other things that were going on and not the way it did. That being said I did enjoy some of it, it's just not a book I will be rereading.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    I believe this author changed ghost writers about five books ago

    I believe this author changed ghost writers about five books ago. The characters don't feel the same and the story/plot is lackluster. It's a shame I won't be buying any more in this series.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    After waiting, such a disappointment when compared to previous &

    After waiting, such a disappointment when compared to previous "Death"s...plot so simple it was easy-peasy to solve before reaching middle of book...what has happened to Robb's writing, plots, suspense...maybe she's spreading herself too thin or something but last several "Death"s do NOT measure up to first dozen or so...I am quickly losing interest in Dallas, Roarke, and friends when before, I couldn't wait for next installment and reread previous books just to rediscover the characters, plots, etc...this last was such a disappointment, I will seriously hesitate before buying the next...come on, JD, you can do better than this...

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Angela Shikany

    I like the married love aspect in this one. Eve has finally learned to letRoarke give her the nurturing he needs to give. Yes it's a bit formulaic but I still enjoy the series.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    K

    Ti the kids here...this is not a chat room. This is a book review site. Go somewhere else to play.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Dallas rocks

    A fun to read book,

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    I agree with what everyone is saying. I am a big fan of Nora Ro

    I agree with what everyone is saying. I am a big fan of Nora Roberts, but the last few JD Robb books have really left me disappointed. After New York to Dallas it seems she just gave up. There is just no interest anymore between characters. What's going on? Is she even writing these books? After this one I wonder if i really want to call it quits and move on. They are just missing so much from what they used to be like. Maybe its time to end the series.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Not doing It For Me

    I agree with most of the reviews for this book. Have read all the In Death Series. The last book I didn't finish. This one seems to be dragging as well. Either retire the series or return to writing novels we couldn't wait to read and what we ejoyed from the beginning. Still giving three stars as I am a big fan of Nora Roberts.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Not as good or worth the wait

    Needs something???? Dragged through it. More of Roarks past and his family needs to be included.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    good one

    Good fast reaf

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Shr Robb does it again

    Another excellent read from Robb. Enough romance,action,violence and intrigue to make anyone happy

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Good book, alittle slow at first. Hang in there

    Yes this one was slow to started, but the ending was worth it.
    For those that wish the series would stop, will speak for your self. If you want the series to stop, don't buy the next one......
    You can't do that because you love the series and Nora Roberts/Robb.

    Me too and i'm wailing for the next one

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    One of the best series

    Been reading this series for years and will continue to read for as long as she writes. Keep'em coming, Nora!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Loved it. Another winner for J.D. Robb.

    Loved it. Another winner for J.D. Robb.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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