Concealed in Death (In Death Series #38) [NOOK Book]

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The incomparable J. D. Robb presents the latest moving and suspenseful novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling Eve Dallas series.



In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition ...
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Concealed in Death (In Death Series #38)

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Overview

The incomparable J. D. Robb presents the latest moving and suspenseful novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling Eve Dallas series.



In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.



The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They 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.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-03
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101617267
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Series: In Death Series , #38
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 690
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

J. D. ROBB is the pseudonym for a 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 her 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 21, 2014

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    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

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    I love this series.   It is one of my top auto-buys and 38 books

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Did Nora Roberts aka j.d. robb really write this book. The writ

    Did Nora Roberts aka j.d. robb really write this book. The writing style, the dialogue was so not what one would expect in the characters. Eve's snappy repartee was not so snappy. It was as though stand-ins were playing their parts. I have read every book in the death series and I felt cheated with book. One more like this one and the next title could be "written in death."

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Who does your proof reading?

    The coat she wore during the first meet with Roarke was black, not grey. The ugly suit she wore was grey. The black coat was on loan from Mavis.
    There were a number of other errors, but the one mentioned above was major. I really enjoy the characters, but I would like some background family for Dallas. Also Eve needs to get over her phobia regarding children.
    Overall, the book held my interest, so I gave it 3 stars.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    I have read all the "In death books" at least 3 times.

    I have read all the "In death books" at least 3 times. I was really disappointed in the newest one "Concealed in Death" Not up to her normal writing style. I didn't care for the plot and especially the ending.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Thistlefang

    Here?

    4 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    I love the series. However this book was very lacking in spunk c

    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. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    This episode of the "In Death" series was far quieter

    This episode of the "In Death" series was far quieter than any of the others. It doesn't have Eve kicking butt like she usually does. She is still working to solve the deaths of the victims, but because they have been dead for 15 years, it seems more detached. Concealed in Death is much sadder than the earlier books. Probably because the victims were children, who for the most part didn't have good lives to begin with. I did enjoy Eve's relationship with the Mira's. Dennis Mira, is such a sweet character, and his fatherly personality is so charming. I am a big fan of J. D. Robb's work and look forward to the more from Eve and Roarke. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    Meh. I like mysteries, I like science fiction, and I like strong

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    I love this series but this book is not as good as the previous

    I love this series but this book is not as good as the previous ones. I can't believe I am saying this about an Eve Dallas book but it was boring. Another reviewer suggested that someone other than JD Robb might haven't it and I think they are on to something there. I hope the next book is not boring as this one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    Nora Roberts (JD Robb) does it again. Excellent book with a lot

    Nora Roberts (JD Robb) does it again. Excellent book with a lot of police work and 12 dead teenagers.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    A little sad, a little mad

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    They just keep getting better. Love Eve and Roake they are my fa

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    I love this series!  This is not my favorite book in the series,

    I love this series!  This is not my favorite book in the series, but it still very vood.  A change of pace as Eve and the gang are working a cold case.  
    The error regarding where the button Roarke keeps bothered me, it's been part of rhe story line throughout the series.  Someone should have caught it before 
    The book was published.  In contrast the scene with Roarke and Leonardo where Leonardo talks about not being able to imagine his life without Mavis was the perfect  echo of a conversation Roarke had with
    Summerset about Eve.  All in all another fine installment of a fabulous series.          

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

    This was my favorite series, I have read them over many time but

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Predictable

    I have read every one of the In Death series and usually enjoy the story line and the sarcasm. This book was not bad but it wasn't that good either. You pretty much figured most of it out by chapter 5. This won't keep me from reading upcoming books in the series, it was just disappointing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    A Little Off

    Her characters are still Eve and Roarke but plot felt a little rushed, espcially the ending. Story had a good surprise but just needed something more. Roarke didn't have enough envolvement and when he did, he just kind of jumped like a trained dog. I love this series and can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Disappointing

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    Kept me spellbound. I thought I had it figured out but got a nic

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    One of her best

    I wait for J.D. Robb - can't get enough of her stories.

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