Portrait in Death (In Death Series #16)

Portrait in Death (In Death Series #16)

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by J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Nora D. Roberts
     
 

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After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that

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After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered.

Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality—in one fateful shot... 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Portrait In Death will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. You will go from wanting to laugh to wanting to reach for the box of tissues.” —Barb Hicks, ParaNormal Romance Reviews

“When you want a book that will excite, thrill and transport you, pick up something by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). The futuristic Eve Dallas and Rourke suspense stories are without peer!” —Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times

“Purity In Death is a tour-de-force, perfectly displaying Ms. Robb's considerable writing skill, while at the same time illustrating exactly why this series continues to be an auto-buy for her fans… Purity In Death is a winner.” —Mellanie Crowther, The Romance Readers Connection

“Thank you J.D. for another surprise, more laughs, and another look into the, hopefully, never ending life that Dallas and Roarke.” — Michele Patrykus, The Best Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
The futuristic mysteries Nora Roberts writes as J. D. Robb are powerful police procedurals that satisfy any reader with a craving for justice and a taste for passion. New York City homicide detective Eve Dallas has really been looking forward to her husband's butler's upcoming vacation -- 21 days free of his constant nitpicking, plus a chance to be uninhibitedly sensual with the handsome Roarke in absolute privacy. Then the butler takes a fall that postpones his vacation indefinitely, and a body found in a dumpster calls Eve away from the home front for a new case. When she learns that the press has received a portfolio containing professional-quality images of the victim -- including some that were carefully posed after death -- she begins to suspect that, from the killer's demented perspective, murder is an art form, and she begins to realize that this crime is only the first part of a serial killer's chillingly lethal work-in-progress. As Eve strives to make sure the deadly masterpiece is never completed, she also searches desperately for the key to some disturbing changes in her relationship with Roarke. Sue Stone
Romantic Times
...a masterpiece.
Publishers Weekly
Lieutenant Eve Dallas may live in 2059, but she's still a recognizable Manhattan police officer: mouthy, courageous, skeptical and impatient. In Roberts's latest In Death novel (after Purity in Death), she's charged with finding a killer who murders young people full of innocence and promise, photographs them after death, then taunts both a top reporter and Dallas herself with notes about his handiwork. Just as her investigation of Manhattan's clubs and colleges nears its peak, Eve's husband, the wealthy entrepreneur Roarke, discovers that his mother is not the cold abandoner he remembers, but a tender young Irishwoman whom his father brutally murdered. While he struggles to understand his heritage, the couple must navigate stormy marital waters. Though the mystery's denouement doesn't live up to its promise, the book ably delivers on other fronts. Intensely female yet unfeminine in any traditional sense, Dallas has a complex edge that transcends genre stereotypes and gives the book's romantic interludes a real charge. As always in Roberts's work, appealing secondary characters add genuine warmth and humor. And while this futuristic vision of New York may not be totally accurate (it's unlikely, for example, that Dallas's oft-used "bite me" will still be in vogue 50 years from now), it's perfectly calibrated to intrigue. (Mar. 4) Forecast: There should be no surprises here. Like its predecessors, this Robb novel will head straight to the top of the bestseller charts. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
It's the year 2059, and Lt. Eve Dallas is tracking another serial killer in New York City-this time a photographer with an eye for the pure and innocent. Eve is serious and focused in her quest for justice, but humor is added throughout by her precocious sidekick, Peabody, and by their loose grasp of history: Who were Ansel Adams and Mathew Brady and why would rising young photographers take these odd noms de plume anyway? Together, Eve and Peabody trace the killer through the student culture of Columbia University and the Juilliard School. Meanwhile, Eve's Irish husband, Roarke, learns disturbing information about his past that has him lashing out at the people who love him most. Susan Ericksen has established voices that mirror the quirks of the recurring characters: Eve's impatience with anything that gets in the way of her case, Peabody's curiosity about everything in work and life, and Roarke's anger at having his ideas challenged. Highly recommended.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425189030
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/25/2003
Series:
In Death Series, #16
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
117,734
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Portrait In Death will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. You will go from wanting to laugh to wanting to reach for the box of tissues.” —Barb Hicks, ParaNormal Romance Reviews
 
“When you want a book that will excite, thrill and transport you, pick up something by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). The futuristic Eve Dallas and Rourke suspense stories are without peer!” —Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times
 
“Purity In Death is a tour-de-force, perfectly displaying Ms. Robb's considerable writing skill, while at the same time illustrating exactly why this series continues to be an auto-buy for her fans… Purity In Death is a winner.” —Mellanie Crowther, The Romance Readers Connection
 
“Thank you J.D. for another surprise, more laughs, and another look into the, hopefully, never ending life that Dallas and Roarke.” —Michele Patrykus, The Best Reviews
 
 

 

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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.

Brief Biography

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

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Portrait in Death (In Death Series #16) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eve Dallas is in Heaven. Sommerset, her personal nemesis, is taking a vacation, and she is looking forward to twenty one joyful days without the stuck up butler making her life miserable. All this comes crashing down when he trips over her cat and breaks his leg, followed closely by a call from news reporter friend, Nadine, with a murder report. Eve shortly finds herself embroiled in a new case, where some sick individual is killing the beautiful and the innocent, after artistically posing them and making photos, so as to capture their souls and absorb them into himself. To make the whole situation worse, she lacks her faithful husband, Roarke's assistance, since he is on a personal quest to learn the truth about his mother. Not only does this mean he won't be able to help her solve the case, but it leaves her alone to deal with Sommerset, who is even worse to handle when he is bedridden and forced to cope with a too chirpy and cheerful physical assistant. The case takes on an even grimer turn when a friend is the killer's latest target. Eve must race against time, or lose someone she cares about. ***** Enjoyable as ever, this book is perhaps the best yet in this thrilling series. Eve is sharp as ever, her tough mien a thin disguise for the soft heart she hides. However, Roarke takes on an even greater depth, showing readers facets of himself beyond the sexy rouge gazillionaire we have grown to love. The plot and futuristic world as well crafted as ever, and revisiting the old friends we have made over the course of previous books is also a joy. ***** REVIEWER: AMANDA KILLGORE OF HUNTRESS REVIEWS
Lady_Author More than 1 year ago
What I enjoy most about this series is Ms Robb's attention to detail. Aside from the totally iced electronic possibilities she poses, the police procedural is always tightly woven and carefully explained. Of course, having Roarke in the picture doesn't hurt; money talks, after all, but it is the very human-ness of the characters that draws attention book after book. Feeling secure in her writing abilities, Ms Robb has chosen to damage her main characters. And she does it in a way that we can all relate to. I'll not give specifics - this is one of the best in a Very Good series. Go read it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most favorite of the series. Roarke is unsettled as you've never seen him as revelations of his unknown history are exposed. Eve has an opportunity to support him emotionally for a change, offering us a chance to experience her own personal development. The murder mystery is also compelling but this story is delightfully about Roarke and Eve.
Dfav More than 1 year ago
JD Robb has done it again! I have read this book in the past, but had to have it for my collection.
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Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
This was very interesting. I love taking pictures of people, of places and things that mean dear to me.  And to read about how the light takes a soul it really got me. And also how people can really lose it when their brain gets pushed to hard. This book kind of makes you want to do a reality check on yourself, making sure everything is alright in the noggin'. I especially loved the last few pages. The parts of Trueheart and all the cops in New York. Many of those cops you can tell didn't know who Trueheart was, but he wore the badge and that was enough! Glad we finally got a side of Roarke too. Reading about Dallas's life is interesting, and sort of sad but glad to read about it sort of way gets kind of like "Okay we know what's going through her mind, let's see what is going through Roarke's mind through tough decisions."  And this was the best. He really found out how much he needs her, and how he needs to admit that to himself that without her his world will become unstable and he wouldn't be "Roarke".  A great read! Glad I can enjoy it while working at the library. 
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JAC0314 More than 1 year ago
Love anything by JD Robb
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Never Bored, But Long For More Romance!! Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi We’re back (or is that forward) in futuristic New York in the 16th installment of Nora Robert’s In Death series written under her pseudo name, J.D. Robb. Eve is ecstatic that Summerset is finally going to take a vacation and will be out of her hair and the house for three glorious weeks when he trips over the cat and breaks his leg causing him to postpone his trip. And while Roarke is getting him all squared away Eve catches a case. Nadine contacts Eve because she was sent a note from the killer along with pictures the killer took. The first picture was taken before the victim was killed without the victim’s knowledge and the second picture was taken after the murder, one where the killer posed the victim just as he wanted her. The info that was given to Nadine leads them to a recycler across from where the victim, a young college student, works. But the killer isn’t done as he has more pictures to take to finish his masterpiece and it’s up to Eve to figure out how to stop him. While Eve is in the middle of her investigation and Summerset is laid up, Roarke gets some world-altering news of his own. The mother that he remembers leaving him wasn’t his mother at all and that his father murdered his real mom who actually loved him. He has no idea what to do with this news and tries his best to push Eve away and deal with all his feelings on his own. There was a lot going on in this book. I was never bored and the storylines kept me interested, but for some reason the book was just OK to me, not really sure why. I thought the killer was interesting, but completely sick. I can’t even look at a dead fish so I can’t imagine killing someone and then taking their picture postmortem. I found Roarke’s personal woes to be really entertaining (not in a happy way, but in a what will happen next totally engrossed kind of way) and I just wanted to see more. He was an idiot for not including his wife in what was going on though; he had to know she’d find out eventually. It was interesting to see Roarke and Eve with Roarke’s new family knowing that neither of them have ever had that and had no idea what to do. It was great to see Trueheart again and I was screaming in my head “NO!!!” when he was taken as the killer’s last victim even though I knew he’d be saved. He is just so sweet and innocent it’s hard not to like him and I really hope he gets a girlfriend of his own in the future installments of the series. I wish there was more of Peabody and McNab’s relationship in this one and hey….Eve never did ask Roarke if he had any rentals for them. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
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One of the best