Delusion in Death (In Death Series #35)

Delusion in Death (In Death Series #35)

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by J. D. Robb
     
 

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It was just another after-work happy hour at a bar downtown—until the madness descended. And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, more than eighty people lay dead.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things—monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming…  See more details below

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It was just another after-work happy hour at a bar downtown—until the madness descended. And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, more than eighty people lay dead.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things—monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions make more sense: it appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive anyone into temporary insanity—if not kill them outright.

But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror—or why. Eve’s husband, Roarke, happens to own the bar, but he’s convinced the attack wasn’t directed at him. It’s bigger than that. And if Eve can’t figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it’s airborne…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in 2060, the gripping 36th Eve Dallas novel (after Celebrity in Death) from bestseller Robb (the pseudonym of Nora Roberts) opens at On the Rocks, a bar on Manhattan’s Lower West Side, where the patrons, mostly “white-collared working stiffs,” are enjoying happy hour. Suddenly, everyone in the bar inexplicably turns on each other, and a bloodbath ensues. Lt. Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department investigates, even though her husband, Roarke, is the owner of On the Rocks. Eve discovers a possible link to the apocalyptic Red Horse cult, which orchestrated attacks with airborne hallucinogens during the Urban Wars of the early 21st century. While Robb serves up twists and turns in ample portions, the main attraction is still the character of Eve, who will win over readers with her ability to persevere in seeking a killer while coping with her personal demons. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
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, OH)
“The series [is] groundbreaking in its unique combination of futuristic setting, suspense and romance.”—The Romance Reader

Kirkus Reviews
The latest quarry of Lt. Eve Dallas is the homegrown terrorist who masterminded a pair of unfathomable attacks that left 127 citizens dead. One minute On the Rocks is a bar full of whatever they call yuppies in 2060 whining about their jobs and plotting seductions; the next minute the yuppies morph into murderous savages who kill each other with cocktail forks, stemware and their bare hands. What could have made 93 model citizens run berserk? Since Eve's billionaire husband, Roarke, owns On the Rocks, he's involved in the case from the beginning, but it's the personnel of the police lab, not Roarke's minions, who figure out that the disaster was caused by a nefarious gas based on LSD and tweaked with even more dangerous hallucinogens. The attack was so successful that there's bound to be another one, and so there is, at nearby Café West. But this second outrage leads to a breakthrough when Eve realizes that the two episodes both involve a group of employees from the marketing department of Stevenson and Reede. And the case cracks wide open when she links both attacks to the wild schemes of the late crackpot scientist Guiseppi Menzini and the Red Horse terrorist network. Fighting off nightmares that connect her latest investigation to the unfortunate birth parents she identified in New York to Dallas (2011), she zeroes in on the killer. The detection is uninspired and a bit of a slog. As so often in this bestselling series, the high point is the police interrogation of the perp--this time by a corps of five strong women who unite to bamboozle him in a most satisfying way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101600207
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Series:
In Death Series , #35
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
6,643
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

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, OH)
“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 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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Delusion in Death 4.2 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 299 reviews.
magoo1516 More than 1 year ago
I am a long time lover of all things JD Robb. And the plot of this story had me glued to my seat and surprised by the twists and turns. But I do have one gripe.. all of the mixed metaphors by Eve. Maybe this is a quirk that has been used before, but in previous books it was rare so I didn't note it. But in this book, she had 5 or six, and within a couple chapters of each other and it made a big impression. Suddenly my Eve Dallas is a bumbling nit wit and Roarke is indulgently smiling at her mistakes. Eve isn't cute and quirky and if Roarke gave her an indulgent smile she'd smack it off his face. I don't know if Nora Roberts writes all of these books herself or if she has help, but whoever helped or edited this book needs to be fired. Do not water down our Eve. She should never be thought of as cute or quirky and that is how I felt she was being portrayed. She's no Stephanie Plum. She's way more bada** and should remain that way.
laura24 More than 1 year ago
The was one of the better books I have read.I was instantly immersed into this fantastic, well written story.
thyme11sm More than 1 year ago
I am amazed at what a prolific writer Nora Roberts is. Of course, she also writes as J.D. Robb and her latest is as well written as her earlier ones. A great series with some some futuristic inventions. I recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries punctuated with a little romance and science fiction.
wv72 More than 1 year ago
J.D. Robb never disappoints. Some storylines are predictable, but the characters are always interesting. I always look forward to the next Dallas/Rourke escapade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed every book written by J.D. Robb and otherwise known as Nora Roberts. Most of her books I couldn't put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best, not only was it very short, she left out the crazy sidelines of her friends. Peabody romance, Mavis's family, Dr. Mira's husband and etc. All these sidelines make for more interest. The story was good, but was sorely lacking in personality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book . It didn't have enough of Roark in it . He played a very small part in this book as far the two of them together . I love all of her books, but this one , I'd only give a rating of maybe a 6 . ( scale of 1 -10 with 10 being the best) I got bored with the story line and was glad when it was all over . I'll still read every one that she cranks out, but hope the next is better !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a huge fan of the series, so I could never completely pan an installment. However, because so many others were far superior, I gotta say this one really fell short for me. The plot was ridiculously far-fetched and I felt bogged down when trying to keep all the character names straight. Of course, Roarke was still very sigh-worthy and Peabody had great, plucky, comedic timing. I kinda measure the In Death books by how often I reread them (I think I have read Portrait and Born at least 6X each!!) and this one is only gonna get a once-thru. Here's to hoping for more with the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) has another solid entry in the wonderful In Death series. I have loved this series since I first read Naked in Death, and have it on my auto-buy list. I was not disappointed with this newest offering. The focus on this book is the mystery, and Robb offers up a sterling example of a police procedural. There was not as much focus on the lives of Roarke, Eve and their friends, and I missed that element. But overall a worthy addition and one well-worth buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Released on 9/11, with a terrorism plot hits home. As usual, can't wait for the next one! Madicnm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its right up there with the other books in the death series by J.D. Robb
LindaJHD More than 1 year ago
I'm a long time fan of JD Robb's In Death series. These are books I can't put down - reading them while in checkout lines, waiting rooms and staying up till all hours to finish "just one more chapter." This book is entirely different. I slogged through the first 200 pages over a period of a couple of weeks, reading a bit and putting it down, picking it up, reading a bit and putting it down. I finally gave it up on page 202 and haven't finished the book. I'm not sure who wrote this book, but I find it difficult to believe that Nora Roberts wrote it. The biggest problem I have with this book is, in a nutshell, Eve isn't Eve. The tone and voice are all wrong. This Eve doesn't talk or act like the Eve in the first 34 books. That edge is missing. The other characters aren't much better. I also stumbled across several errors in regard to past events. Adding everything together this just isn't an "In Death" book. Such a disappoint. I sincerely hope the next book gives us back our Eve. I gave a two star rating because I still love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every "In Death" book and I had to keep checking the title page to make sure it was indeed written by Robb. Compared to the rest of the series, this one is a DUD. The way Eve zeroes in on a suspect is so improbable it insults the intelligence. There wasn't enough character development or police tactics to even call this a good story, much less a novel. The disappointment of the Boonsboro books was bad, but this.......this is a hatchet job of writing. Bad day, Nora?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone is spreading an airborne poison and it'll be up to Eve and her team to nip this in the bud and what a job they do in narrowing down the suspect. Eve and her team are on the hunt and the best part is watching Eve commit the killer to confessing in a fast paced mode to thwart another incidence. As always the suspense kept me turning the pages and it was fun seeing the gang, especially Peabody, do what they do best with assistance from our favorite civilian consultant, Roarke. Nadine, Mavis and even Belle make a wonderful appearance. I love this series and I can’t wait for the next thrilling adventures with Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I read this book in one sitting! I could not, would not put it down. Not only was it a great mystery but I enjoyed the fact that after all the new love stories I’ve read recently I could read a story with the deep true married love that Roarke & Eve share. You know it is bad when the opening murder scene, an upscale bar, has over 80 bodies. Lt. Eve Dallas speaks for the dead. She is going to need help on this one. The thing is it wasn’t like some guy came in with a gun or bomb this was way scarier. Someone let loose a chemical cocktail in a happy hour crowd that turned the patrons on one another fatally and fast. Eve and her team need to find out who and what before it happens again.
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Robb Does it again.
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