The Lost

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J.D. Robb’s Missing in Death investigates a female tourist’s disappearance during a ferry ride. Detective Eve Dallas wonders…if she didn’t jump, and she’s not on board, then where in the world is she?

In Patricia Gaffney’s The Dog Days of Laurie Summer, a woman awakens to a familiar yet unsettling world.

In Mary Blayney’s Lost in Paradise, a man locked in an island fortress finds hope for freedom in an ...

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Overview

J.D. Robb’s Missing in Death investigates a female tourist’s disappearance during a ferry ride. Detective Eve Dallas wonders…if she didn’t jump, and she’s not on board, then where in the world is she?

In Patricia Gaffney’s The Dog Days of Laurie Summer, a woman awakens to a familiar yet unsettling world.

In Mary Blayney’s Lost in Paradise, a man locked in an island fortress finds hope for freedom in an enigmatic nurse.

And Ruth Ryan Langan’s Legacy belongs to a young woman who unearths a family secret buried on the grounds of a magnificent but imposing Irish castle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515147186
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 307,961
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

New York Times bestselling author Patricia Gaffney is a six-time Rita nominee for her historical romances, and winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award. She worked as a high school English teacher and a court reporter before pursuing a full-time career as a novelist. Ms. Gaffney lives in southern Pennsylvania with her husband.

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

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A New story by J.D. Robb

    All of these stories are good but I especially liked the story by J. D. Robb. Eve and Roarke are very interesting to me. The stories by Patricia Gaffney and Ruth Langan were also every interesting and enjoyable. I did not enjoy the story by Mary Blayney. I normally do not buy short story anthologys unless they have a featured author such as J.D. Robb.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    The title Doesn't really tell what the book's about.

    Robb is as usual excellent and as expected.
    The others range from interesting to way out there. I would recommend it to like readers as myself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

    More Eve and Roarke!

    JD Robb continues to thoroughly entertain us

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Praise for JD Robb!

    Bought this for J D Robb but enjoyed all of the stories...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Disappointing

    Bought the story for the JD Robb story, which was okay, but not overly memorable. The last story in the series was seriously lacking. I've read all of the other anthologies by this group and they're okay. This one I've lent out and don't care if I get back.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

    Two Out of Four Stories Worth Reading

    J.D. Robb's Missing in Death was a nice little mystery with her usual well-drawn characters and fast-paced action. But The Dog Days of Laurie Summer was just too far-fetched (ha, ha!) for me. Lost in Paradise was too trite. Legacy was a very nice surprise with good characterization and realistic relationships. I bought this book for the J.D. Robb story and was not disappointed, but the only other author whose books I would buy again would be Ruth Ryan Langan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Very unhappy with this purchase, guess I should have paid attent

    Very unhappy with this purchase, guess I should have paid attention. Didnt know it was 4 short stories, thought I was purchasing the next JD ROBB book in the series.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Good

    Haven't read it yet. Looking forward to doing so. Really like JD Robb stories, so this should be interesting, I hope.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    The Lost

    My favorite part of the book was the section written by J.D. Robb. Any new story on Lt. Eve Dallas and her Rourke are a welcome addition since there are only two-full sized books come out a year. The other stories were good as well, but I probably would not have bought it if it wasn't for the J.D. Robb story.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Disappointed

    Not one of her best....nothing like her others in the series. Not enough
    character depth.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Interesting/A good read!!

    All the stories except for the dog days of Laurie Summer by Patricia Gaffney held my interest.The plot by Gaffney was too far fetched (no pun intended). Missing in Death by J.D. Robb was the best; in fact Ms. Robb redeemed herself with this one. This should have been her stand alone book instead of her latest Kindred in Death. In missing in death the plot was believable, Roarke was the Alpha male as he should be, the dialogue between Eve and Roarke was witty and spot on as it used to be in earlier books; also with Eve and Peabody. Overall I liked all the characters introduced especially Jake Warren the DOT inspector. Mary Blayney wrote a sweet love story ans so did Ruth Ryan Langan; but Ms. Langan's Legacy was more believable and Ross Delaney is HOT :)

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    ough four radically different scenarios, readers will not feel lost with this fantasy-science fiction quartet as each author hits a home run

    "Missing in Death" by J.D. Robb". A tourist disappears from a ferry in which she did not leap from but is no longer on board; neither are a dead person and a killer. NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas leads the investigation.

    "The Dog Days of Laurie Summer" by Patricia Gaffney. The accident left the mom in a coma, but now the workaholic awakens; but her world is similar yet not quite what her memory recalls as she sees things from the view of a dog.

    "Lost in Paradise" by Mary Blayney. The nurse arrives at an island fortress giving hope to the man locked inside by an ancient curse that she is the key to his freedom.

    "Legacy" by Ruth Ryan Langan. The grieving woman travels to the castle in Ireland where she uncovers a family secret buried on the estate.

    Though four radically different scenarios, readers will not feel lost with this fantasy-science fiction quartet as each author hits a home run.

    Harriet Klausner

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