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A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office-murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate...

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Overview

Set in 2059 in New York City, the number-one bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. Now, as scientists work to expand the limits of technology, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son.

A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office-murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building-the good doctor's final appointment.

Known as "Dr. Perfect," the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son-and successor-knows what it is. Then, like father, like son, the young Dr. Icove is killed . . . with the same deadly precision.

But who is the mystery woman-and what was her relationship with the good doctors-While her husband, Roarke, works behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves' pasts. What she discovers are men driven to create perfection-playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity.

Origin in Death proves once again the incredible appeal of Eve Dallas and the bestselling popularity of her creator. Whether writing as herself or as J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts continues to push the boundaries of suspense-and she takes delighted fans along for the ride.

 

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Clues are scarce for NYPD detective Eve Dallas. The expert killer of Dr. Wilfrid Icove left behind an immaculate crime scene, and the cosmetic surgeon victim seems to have led a blameless life. Searching for a skeleton in the family closet, Dallas tracks down Icove's offspring, but to no avail: Son, like father, has been murdered. J. D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) has concocted another insomniac's delight.
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Set in the year 2059, this latest in Robb's long-running series (Naked in Death, etc.) featuring acerbic Lt. Eve Dallas of the New York police is the best in recent memory. In the past, Robb has kept whiz-bang futuristic effects to a minimum, allowing her world to grow organically out of dialogue and characterization; this time she incorporates science fiction elements-including the future of cosmetic surgery, cloning, scientific morality and physical mortality-into her plot, giving the series a big shot of adrenaline. Eve and her partner, Det. Delia Peabody, are visiting the Wilfred B. Icove Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery on a celebrity murder case when the center's founder, old Wilfred Icove, is discovered with a scalpel rammed into his heart. Wilfred Jr., also a surgeon at the center, is grief stricken, as is his family and most of the rest of the country. Wilfred Sr., everyone agrees, was a saint. Except he wasn't, as Eve and savvy mystery readers will have already guessed. Eve gathers her usual crime-fighting crew around her, including her drop-dead gorgeous, fabulously wealthy, staggeringly brilliant husband, Roarke. Robb tones down the romance and ups the action ante as the team uncovers an increasingly horrific crime that builds to a race-against-the-clock climax that will have readers cheering. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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A kindly cosmetic surgeon is killed with a single stab to the heart-and soon the son who inherits his practice is done in, too. Eve Dallas has to figure out what the good doctor might have been hiding. Another in Robb's futuristic " In Death" series, set in 2059 New York. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Who killed the beloved old plastic surgeon, and why is Eve Dallas so skeptical of the good doctor's sterling reputation?In her 21st recorded case (Survivor in Death, 2005, etc.), NYC police lieutenant Dallas is called to the impressive Wilfred B. Icove Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery. The year is 2059, and the Big Apple's glitterati still like to partake in the occasional nip and tuck. Dallas is there to investigate a brutal attack on famed beauty Lee-Lee Ten. In seclusion at the Center, Ten is tight-lipped about the assault, and Dallas sidekick Delia Peabody can't shake her. Since they're on the premises, the detectives decide to talk to the great man himself. They discover Icove dead in his plush chair, killed by a single, expertly delivered stab through the heart. Dallas quickly clears Icove's inconsolable son and partner, Wilfred Jr., as a suspect. While Peabody's research pinpoints the perp as a "Spanish woman" who visited the doctor by appointment, the lady subsequently vanished without a trace. Moreover, there appears to be no motive for the killing of squeaky-clean Icove, nicknamed Dr. Perfect for his charitable work and devotion to family. Dallas assumes the Icoves are too good to be true, a suspicion borne out when Junior suffers the same fate as Senior. An exclusive finishing school and a cloning secret lie at the heart of the mystery, which includes some nice curves and sci-fi touches for an extra level of fun. But the real appeal stems from Roberts's frothy prose and the chemistry she creates, both in the edgy banter between Dallas and Peabody and the charged relationship of Eve and husband Roarke, the perfect bed partner and sounding board as usual. Whileother series of this duration seem to be running out of gas, this one is just hitting its stride.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399152894
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/12/2005
  • Series: In Death Series , #21
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including High Noon, Angels Fall, Blue Smoke, and Northern Lights. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 280 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 September 22, 2005

    LOVED IT!

    The 'In Death' series just gets better and better as the characters develop. I love that JD Robb/Nora Roberts put so much into developing each personality. Oringin n Death stands out for a great and bone-chilling crime, and is the best in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Don't miss it.....

    Well worth reading a second or even a third time!
    The whole series is a grand and satisfying futuristic tour through a very imaginative plot and character development exercise.
    No two books are the same but keep adding details that make it hard to wait for the next book to come along.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    I really am enjoying this series. I love all the secondary chara

    I really am enjoying this series. I love all the secondary characters. The only thing that really bothers me about these books is Eve's Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Everything is always all about her and her case. When its not, she manipulates it back to being about her and what she has going on. I felt sorry for Roark in this one when he was so obviously worried and she copped her "too bad for you, now about my case" attitude. I wish her character would, at least once in a while, let the moment be about someone else, maybe Eve could drop by Mavis' place just to see how she is, rather than only contacting her when she wants something from her. Or, helping Roark out with his family's visit for a couple of hours, rather than dumping more of her stuff on him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Kind of boring

    Out if all of them so far, this is my least favorite. I got bored and sometimes confused because of all the characters. Not as much subplots with our favorite supporting characters this time.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    This was a tough story for Eve. She had to discover the killer o

    This was a tough story for Eve. She had to discover the killer of some hotshot doctor, but at the same time Roarke decided to invite his family for Thanksgiving. I love Roarke and during this book was the first time for me to see him a little nervous, he was scared and way to obsessed with the holidays, but he still helped Eve during those most difficult moments.




    I loved the story, super different and a total match with the timing of this book. Since this series take place in the near future and almost everything is man-made. I had a pretty clear idea of the person responsible and that Eve would be on her side. She always consider people who suffered like her the victim, and tries to help most of the time. I loved her little trouble with Mira, makes things between them more family like for me. And Roarke family was hilarious.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    Where do we really come from? What really makes us who we are? I

    Where do we really come from? What really makes us who we are? Is it what our parents tell us
    what to do? Is it the environment that makes us who we are? Or is it just DNA? Does our DNA
    make us think? Make us do things that other people won't do?

    What if you had the opportunity to become God, and clone yourself over and over again and
     become the perfect human being there can ever be? What would you do?

    Eve Dallas has a tough case. A very prominant doctor is dead. A doctor that is loved, liked,
    cherished and has a very clean record. Very very clean. To others, there would be nothing wrong
    on the doctor, he is no criminal. Not according to Dallas's gut. She senses something on this
    doctor and when someone else dies her suppisions come true. But what will Dallas do in order to
    get justice for the criminals and for the wicked?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Awesome!

    I started reading this series after I found out they are by Nora Roberts, and they did not disappoint! Every book in the series is great and no less than you would exect from this author!

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Very enjoyable romantic mystery

    I read the entire series from the public library. Now I am
    Buying them and reasons them in the order published. I have enjoy them each time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    highly recommend this series but be sure to start at the beginning

    these books are best for the open minded who enjoy a great mystery and
    who can ignore or read the explicit sex themes amnd continue with the
    story.
    I also like the thoughts of reading about the future 2059. will it
    really be like what is described. the author must have studied about
    it. I find it rather fascinating.
    I do not belioeve it would be good for club discussions, unless mystery buffs might like the future and love somewhat bizarre murders.
    I have the whole series and will continue as long as she can come up
    with more,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Another Great Book

    I have the whole In Death series and I love it! But why are Nook books so expensive?

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Always keeps you wanting to read more.

    A great read!! This series has never disappointed me.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    awesome read!

    this book is the best of in death... so far! also it keeps being brought up inthe book that follow in the series. i just hope she brings back some of the characters in a future sequel to the icove case.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Eve Dallas shines again

    After reading and listening to several Eve Dallas novels, the characters are like old friends. The author writes with humor and compassion and tells a good story. If you enjoy a strong female lead character with strong supporting characters, you'll enjoy the In Death series in general and this title in particular. As usual, Eve's husband Roarke is right by her side as she solves this case, as is her partner, Peabody. I hope Robb keeps writing about this group of people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    Love Nora Roberts!

    This book is deadly. It will literally keep you up until you finish it or expire on the spot from the excitement. A 'good' man has been killed and Eve and Roarke find themselves in a pitched battle to find out who, what where when and most importantly, why. The ending is more that what you expect from the characters but nothing less than what you expect from Nora Roberts, the best! I can't say enough. She writes them 'edge of the seat' and she writes them peaceful but edgy. Just the way a marriage should be, just the way a book should be. Way to go Nora!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Go Nora!

    This book gives an interesting twist on who you are as a person and how you struggle to become a person with your own needs and desires. I like the idea of women who decide to do things for themselves, who free themselves from monsters. This theme runs through all the '...In Death' series starting with Eve and band of police staff and expert consultants, civilian. The fight of good against evil in this book is global and important and Eve and Roarke face it and fight it knowing that they can't stop everything but will stop what they can. The series is simply excellent. I have already gone to Nora Roberts website to see when the next one book in the series is coming out. I'm just a fan, a true fan of the extraordinary Nora Roberts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Nora Roberts does it once agin

    I have read the whole series, and they get better and better. Little disappointed Eve didn't mention to Roarke, about the first woman, who had a similar situation, to when she killed her father, and had a one night stand with him. I like how she's portrayed, as a cold cop, but Trina,kids and Mavis's stomach, scare her to death. Hope, the next one goes into her and Roarke, doing that coaching, for the baby's birth, for Mavis, since she is about due. Also, I don't really get why her and Roarke call each other by formal names, she calls him Roarke, which is his last name, he calls her Lieutenant or Dallas, and how no mention of any contraceptive being used, and they have no kids. Only thing I don't like, is how she treats Summerset, he's like family to Roarke, but she goes out of her way to make him mad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Hard to put down..

    Great imagination, wonderful procedural. This series keeps getting better and better. The subject is sort of creepy, but that is why it was so good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    SENSATIONAL!!!!

    this was a wonderful book. it was fast paced and exiciting.i just wish Robb would have concentrated more on the thanksgiving dinner since she had the readers looking foward to it but other then that it was wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2005

    IS DA BOMB

    This is my favorite book in the series its the 21st, the ending is amazing as well as all the characters whom are growing and becoming better. The plots are interesting and this book will definitely keep u in the edge of ur seat so read it! U will say that this is one of the best books u've ever read. Peace out GHEA MAN !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Best one in the series

    I swear these books get better everytime. But this is by far the best book in the series. I mean the plot twist was unbeleivable. It should've been longer though. Can't wait until the next one.

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