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Concealed in Death (In Death Series #38)

Concealed in Death (In Death Series #38)

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by J. D. Robb

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas uncovers a conspiracy when she investigates the murders of some of New York City's troubled youth in this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.

Leading the demolition of a long-empty New York building that once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband


Lieutenant Eve Dallas uncovers a conspiracy when she investigates the murders of some of New York City's troubled youth in this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.

Leading the demolition of a long-empty New York building that once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband uncovers two skeletons wrapped in plastic. And by the time Eve’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

The victims are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.

Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The latest nail-biting installment in Robb’s long-running Eve Dallas series features the same skillfully drawn ­characters and masterful way with suspense that have ensnared readers since Naked in Death.”—Booklist

“The newest cases for dogged police Lt. Eve Dallas to solve are getting colder...There is a layer of poignancy to this tale that adds depth to this intriguing procedural. You can never go wrong with a Robb book!”—RT Book Reviews 

More Praise for the In Death series

“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly

“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben 

“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane

Kirkus Reviews
A grisly discovery in a decrepit Hell's Kitchen building opens a case for Lt. Eve Dallas that has its roots all the way back in 2045. Eve's billionaire developer husband, Roarke, who's purchased the hard-luck site in order to rehab it, strikes the first blow into a wall that's crumbling even more badly than the rest of the place. And with good reason, since behind the wall are two corpses wrapped in plastic bags. A systematic search of the building reveals 10 more dead bodies, all teenage girls who went missing 15 years ago. It's a challenging case for Eve and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, since the skeletal remains seem well-nigh anonymous, and there's no point in asking suspects where they were half a generation ago. But forensics have advanced as the bodies have decayed, and between them, medical examiner Li Morris and forensic anthropologist Garnet DeWinter work miracles at identifying the victims and pinpointing the times and manners of their deaths, which all came just as righteous, creepy sister-and-brother team Philadelphia and Nashville Jones were abandoning The Sanctuary, a care facility in the building they'd run for troubled teens, and establishing the Higher Power Cleansing Center for Youths in the much splashier digs donated by their angel, Tiffany Brigham Bittmore. The gradual identification of the dozen victims allows Robb plenty of time to detail each of their sad stories, bringing several of the girls to life long after their deaths but sapping momentum from the investigation. More heartfelt than most of Eve's futuristic adventures (Thankless in Death, 2013, etc.) but less suspenseful, since Eve decides pretty early on, based on little more than a hunch, who the killer is, and she turns out—lo and behold—to be right.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
In Death Series , #38
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

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Praise for the In Death series

“Robb is a virtuoso.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Gritty thrillers highlighted by humor and heart . . . The ‘In Death’ novels offer something for every fan of genre fiction.” —This Week (Columbus, Ohio)

“The series [is] groundbreaking in its unique combination of futuristic setting, suspense and romance.” —The Romance Reader

Meet the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the bestselling In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Brief Biography

Keedysville, Maryland
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Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland

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Concealed in Death 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 217 reviews.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of In Death for years, and though I've enjoyed some books more than others, they have all been enjoyable. So, it’s always nice when Robb manages to surprise me. Concealed in Death concerns what is essentially a cold case. The victims are discovered, by Roarke, 15 years after the murder. As usual, Eve gets her murderer but the case unfolded in unexpected ways and the ending was different from the usual. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers. Sure, a lot of things are so obviously contrived (Roarke getting involved in nearly every case, for one!) but that doesn't undermine the mystery. Another plus to this installment is the obvious maturing of the characters. Eve has truly grown as a person, a cop and a wife. It was nice to see her more accepting of the “perks” of being married to Roarke (even if she is annoyed that she doesn't have to harass the doormen when they recognize her!) She’s also more willing to accept and ask for help, from him and others. In turn, Roarke is developing in complementary ways. This is perhaps the best thing about an on-going series with so many books. We get to see the characters develop and change. Overall, a fantastic read. I can’t wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a huge fan of this series, but last few books just havent been as good as others. Its like she is just trying to get the book written and out to the masses. She use to have alittle more humor involved with her characters. Feeney wasnt even mentioned in this book. I was glad to see a new character in the mix but still like hearing more about sommerset, feeney, mcnab, mavis and leonardo, mira and dennis. Dallas and peabody are key of course, and you can never get enough of roarke, but she is losing about 6 of us due to this lack luster writing in the last several books in this series.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I love this series.   It is one of my top auto-buys and 38 books later it is still going strong.  Eve seems to be getting better, more comfortable in her own skin.  A lot of that has to do with her support system and her competence on the job.  Eve will always stand for the dead but when the dead are children it makes it that much tougher.  I devoured this book and await the next action packed entry into this incredible series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of the death series, but the writing style in this book was disappointing. It was so unlike the JD Robb I have come to admire I feel cheated and even wonder if she didn't put her name on another writers work. The change of writing style was so distracting from page one I couldn't enjoy the story. If I had purchased a hard back I would have returned it before the end of the first chapter. JD shame on you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series. However this book was very lacking in spunk compared to the others. I actually got bored with it so much that I skipped pages just to get to the end. Something really was amiss here and I do hope that it's gone and it's back to writing great books that we love to read. 
KarenJG More than 1 year ago
Meh. I like mysteries, I like science fiction, and I like strong female leads. This book was adequate in all of the above, but just did not have that "sparkle" that I expect from the series. Maybe Nora/J.D. is getting tired of the characters. Maybe, as some have suggested, somebody ghost-wrote it. The writing was competent, but somebody let the air out of the characters - they were all kind of flat. Plus, most of the secondary characters merely made an appearance, they weren't really involved in the story in any substantive way. All in all, it was still better than many of the self-published books I've read (I read a lot of those, because they're cheap and my reading appetite doesn't allow me to feast exclusively on professionally edited & published books). But it was in no way as outstanding as some of the other books in the series.
fenris More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite series, I have read them over many time but this one was a disappointment. You could tell that someone else wrote it. I can only guess that Nora(J.D.Robb) my have outline the story and then handed it off to a ghost writer. The characters that we know and love were not themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this story remains true to Eve and Roarke and all the In Death crew, it isn't as engaging or fun as many of them are. A very cold case, a connection that feels half hearted and almost no action make this a weak addition to a wonderful series.
Sargon1 More than 1 year ago
They just keep getting better. Love Eve and Roake they are my favorite couple. Mira and Dennis added there special brand of humor love and calm and Mavis and Leonardo and baby Bella add some serious and fun spots to the story which kept me guessing almost to the end.
catshade13 More than 1 year ago
Kept me spellbound. I thought I had it figured out but got a nice surprise in the end. Also we get a bit of Mavis's background. I like how the In Death series just continues on. Can't wait until the next one.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great book , excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is that spectacular writing I have come to expect and grown to love.
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Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
After 38 installments, I keep waiting for Eve to lose her edge; expecting it, somehow. I mean, seriously, how long can J.D. Robb continue to churn out story after story with Eve kicking ass and taking names and never missing a beat? I have never read a series that has continued as long as this one has and still manages to deliver a hard-hitting action packed story every single time. Not every story is perfect and not every story was keeper shelf material, but hands down, this series continues to deliver action and suspense in a rich character-driven setting. Throw in some romance and passion and humor and you have a series that brings the reader back book after book seeking the comfort of hanging out with Eve and her posse. A very interesting aspect of Concealed In Death is the villain is not evil as I have come to expect from these stories. Eve expects it too and actually prefers it. She stands for the dead and what better way to bring them justice if she can deliver up some serious cage time off planet for the evil villain who destroys lives. She lives for it. I felt bad for Eve that she doesn’t get that. She catches the murderer, absolutely, but I found myself a little deflated, on Eve’s behalf, and feeling a lot of compassion for the murderer and empathy for the families, including the murderer’s. Sometimes justice isn’t black and white. Sometimes there are no winners, just survivors and the walking wounded from the fallout of the heinous crimes. I especially enjoyed getting more of Mavis’s background story. I love the relationship she has with Eve and in this story, the reader can fully understand why they get along so well. They are truly kindred spirits. I also liked Quilla, one of the troubled teens at the group home who has a smart mouth and interesting outlook on what’s going on around her. She makes her presence known early on and often throughout the book and though Eve tries hard to keep her at arm’s length, I think Eve likes her. I hope we see more of her in future books. There is also a very heartwarming scene between Eve and Dennis Mira involving some fuzzy mittens and hat. I really enjoy it when Eve shows her softer, more sentimental side. It never lasts long, but it is always a treat to see. The jury is still out on Dr. Garnet DeWinter, the forensic anthropologist who is working with Eve to reconstruct the skeletal remains to identify the victims. My first impression of her reminds me of Nadine Furst. She’s very assertive and has a strong personality, but I don’t know if she will turn out to be a friend or foe to Eve at this point. My Final Verdict: Concealed In Death is very mild on the intensity as compared to earlier books, but the story is solid and is a very good installment to the series. This book will appeal to fans of mysteries, thrillers and romance. The addition of the forensic anthropology angle to identify the victims is interesting. I highly recommend this book to the fans of this series and if you haven’t read any of the books in this series, you are in for a treat, but do not start with this book. Start at the beginning with Naked In Death.
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Couldnt even finish