In Death: The First Cases (In Death Series)

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In 1995, J. D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) changed the face of mystery fiction with Naked in Death and Glory in Death, the first two installments of a resilient suspense series starring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. This omnibus, 540-page paperback volume collects those two futuristic classics, making for an ideal J. D. Robb sampler.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425228531
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Series: In Death Series
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 420,672
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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.

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.


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:
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    she makes eve dalllas & roarke well-blended dispite their pa

    she makes eve dalllas & roarke well-blended dispite their pasts & has them moving to a better future--if only I had read the series in order-- check the lists at he beginning of her books- I also have an in death in order after reading many of them out of order.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    J. D. Robb's Death series

    I'm looking for a list of all the Death Series in order so I can figure out if I've missed any. I just love these books and can't get enough. Help me find a list as they were written in order PLEASE!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Suspense, passion, thrill and a tough kick ...heroine

    Based on the futuristic Manhattan where gone to the future is their lives but with thrill from crimes that our heroine Dallas based on the city she was found and with development of a passion for justice and love in the mix can be something new for her.
    Leaves you waiting for more and the series is already in # 30 I think (kindred in death the last one in 2010 paperback)
    The 2 first stories are well develop and hopeing for more .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2010

    Great Read

    I love the J. D. Robb/Nora Roberts In Death Series. This is very addictive series that is difficult to put down. I highly recommend it if you like a bit of intrigue, mystery, romance, adventure and futuristic stories. I constantly find myself wanting to stop whatever I'm doing and pick up where I stopped in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    J.D. Robb at her best!

    Excellent Detective Saga for the future.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    In Death- the first two books in the Eve Dallas series

    I bought the first two books of this series when they came out in 1995 and loved the books. Since then I have read all of the books in the series-- at least twice. I guess you could say I am a fan, and this time I bought the first two books (appearing now under one cover)for my daughter.

    The plots are multilayer and multifaceted, always fitting the title, even if the word death is in each of the some 25 or more books in the series.

    The books are very personal and deeply felt. The main character Eve Dallas is a study of contradictions: tough, tender; brave,shy; compassionate, insensitive; complicated, straightforward. She is loyal and dedicated and perhaps, a personal hero. Experiencing her struggles makes me want to be a better person.

    The secondary characters, introduced in the on-going series are a joy. And then there is Roarke, the man who becomes the love of the life of the tough, fragile Eve Dallas.

    With his every touch and gesture of love, Roarke seems to tame and/or fill the emptiness of the young Eve, and by healing her, he saves himself. Some scenes are very intimate and sexual, but they fit, a part of Eve's learning to trust, to give, to accept intimacy and love and ultimately redemption.

    Finally, the in death books make me laugh and usually very loudly. I sometimes reread a page just for the sarcasm, wit and repartee of the characters, especially the the interaction between Roarke and Eve and Eve and her soon to be partner Peabody.

    I recommend the first two books and all of the books in the series, ending with Robb's latest book Promises in Death, a book which is extraordinary and makes me eager for the next book.

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