Delusion in Death (In Death Series #35)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 - Audio
Robb’s latest installment in her popular In Death series starts with a bang and never lets up. In the not so distant future, NYPD homicide detective Eve Dallas is confronted with a horrific crime scene. On a quiet Friday night the patrons and staff at a popular watering hole suddenly and without warning began lashing out at one another in a bizarre frenzy of berserker violence. Lasting only 12 minutes, the violent outbreak leaves 80 people dead. Now it’s up to Dallas and her team to find out who is behind the carnage and how to prevent another attack. With dozens of In Death audiobooks to her credit, narrator Susan Ericksen is the voice of Eve Dallas. Ericksen knows Robb’s future world and its denizens inside and out—and that familiarity imbues her reading with confidence and clarity. The narrator’s characterizations are deftly executed, and the dialogue is presented with a natural delivery. A Putnam hardcover. (Sept.)
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.)
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: 9781455818341
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: In Death Series , #35
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    I am a long time lover of all things JD Robb. And the plot of t

    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.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    highly recommended

    As an avid In Death series reader I cn only recommend this book based on the other books in the series, as this book has not been released yet. But from the buzz on the fanfic site, of which I'm a member, it lives up to the hype, and is as exciting as the other books in the series. If you have never read an In Death book, I advise you to do so.

    14 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    The was one of the better books I have read.I was instantly imme

    The was one of the better books I have read.I was instantly immersed into this fantastic, well written story.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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.

    13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    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.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Blah

    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.


    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Excellent read

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Not bad, but definitely not my favorite.

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    I was disappointed in this book . It didn't have enough of Roark

    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 !

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

    J.D. released a teaser. Exciting read. Can't wait until September when the book hits the market.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    highly recommend this book

    Its right up there with the other books in the death series by J.D. Robb

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Another Solid Book in the Series

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I love this series! I read this book in one sitting! I could n

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Another hit!

    Great read! Released on 9/11, with a terrorism plot hits home. As usual, can't wait for the next one! Madicnm

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    I've read every "In Death" book and I had to keep chec

    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?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Ok

    Love the series and characters are like family to me. Sad to say this one felt a little flat. Eve seemed "off", plot and new characters were a little confusing, figured out "whodunit" too soon. Still my favorite series.....this one just wasnt as good for me as the others.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Flat

    Found this book to be a bit flat and boring. Not "bad" but definitely not good either. Seems like everythng was a cliche. Maybe this series is done...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    A great read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    Argh... nothing but problems.

    Argh... nothing but problems.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

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    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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