Portrait in Death (In Death Series #16)

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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 ...

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Overview

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... 

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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 Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/25/2003
  • Series: In Death Series , #16
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 112,232
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.94 (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.

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestsellingIn Deathseries written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 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 January 3, 2003

    The best yet in the series!

    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

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    Excellent Plot. Exceptional Writing. Interesting Twist.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    All about Roarke

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    This was very interesting. I love taking pictures of people, of

    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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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    Love anything by JD Robb

    Love anything by JD Robb

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Never Bored, But Long For More Romance!! Brought to you by OBS

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Read

    One of the best

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    A Must Read!!

    Great! Great series! It just keeps getting better and better!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Hard to put down

    Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb has another great book in a winning series. Eve Dallas and Roarke make a wonderfully intimate, sexy and unexpected couple. The characters keep things interesting and the imagery makes me able to see the story; can't you just see the happy dances they do?

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Not your typical 'In Death' Novel

    Youth. Vitality. Innocence.

    The only things that Eve's victims seem to have in common. Well, that, and their murderer.

    In her race to find out who is murdering these people who have just barely started in their adulthood Eve knows very little except that the last to see them alive was the camera the murderer uses to photograph them postmortem.

    Oddly enough, when Eve decides that she finally needs help, the one person who she actually thought would live up to their promise to always be there disappears.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Love every one of the death series. Want to read them all!!

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    Great insights about Roarke you won't want to miss!

    This is one of my favorites in the In Death series by J.D Robb. Eve has the opportunity to support Roarke emotionally for a change. We also see Roarke at his most dangerous and vulnerable at the same time. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    series worth reading

    Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb has a winning series here. Eve Dallas is the Homicide detective of the future and Roarke is her exciting sexy spouse. The mysteries keep you guessing to the end and romance is steamy while still sweet. The characters keep things interesting. I enjoy the images Ms Roberts gives us of her idea of the future. The imagery is clear, makes me, as the reader believe its really there while I'm reading the story. Even with all the extras, the murder mystery remains the main focus. She always throws in exciting twists that really keeps you on your toes. Sometimes Eve "just knows" who the killer is, but doesn't know how to prove it, and sometimes she struggles with the outcome until the very end. Either way, If you like mysteries, this series is going to keep your attention. The books can be read in order but don't need to be to be understood. Each book, while it may refer to things that happen in previous books, will stand alone.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    edgy

    If you like something that has action in it you will like this book. You can feel like you are there with them. Your feelings get caught up in what is happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2009

    Great Series

    I can't put this series down. The characters are wonderful and thier interaction is fun, intense and priceless at times. I would recommend this and the rest of the series in a heartbeat. It's a great place to go to escape the world for a short time.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Exciting & Surprising

    This book has the usual style of JD Robb that I love, but it also has a touching quality to it. There is a connection with the characters that pulls you right into the story. You become so involved with the story that you are just as surprised of the ending as the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    In Death Series

    J D Robb is among my favorites as an author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    BEST SERIES EVER...

    New York in the year 2059 has its fair share of creative killers. The latest deviant that homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas must chase down appears to be getting more out of his work than the thrill of the kill or perverse sexual satisfaction. What is it that is making him pose the bodies post mortem for stylish, almost beautiful portrait shots? Eve can see that her quarry is meticulous, careful and quite the sociopath. What is driving his need to record his taking of a life? <BR/>On the home front Eve faces another challenge in that final frontier of personal, unknown territories - her marriage. Never on firm ground in her only adult relationship to date (and this, is also questionable) Eve is flummoxed when her normally affectionate and sexually charged husband is blowing her off without reason, doing his own thing and not including her in his life. Roarke has found out that his mother did not, in fact, dump him when he was a very young child. The harridan that was there for the early years was not, in fact, his mother at all. <BR/>Performing up to expectation, author Nora Roberts a.k.a. J.D. Robb delivers a screechingly fast read starring her two dynamos of the future, the super snarly Eve and the ravishing Roarke. Not at all shabby at populating her novels with an array of eccentric, interesting characters, Robb particularly excels in this department with "Portrait in Death", the 16th entry in her bestselling "in Death" series. A little realism finally creeps in, and it's a timely inclusion. Roarke is not perfect all the time and even super cop Eve can have insecurities out of the workplace. The hunt is well depicted and leaves the reader satisfied on all counts. Yes, you get your love scenes as always. If you're not already on the "in Death" wagon, "Portrait in Death" is an excellent example of just how much fun you are missing out on. You will not be disappointed with this installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    Wonderful series

    I wasn't a huge romance novel fan, but I do enjoy a little romance in my books. When I started reading the series, I didn't know J.D. Robb was Nora Roberts, but now that I know how good she is, I might just read some of her romance line! This series is amazing, and Nora is doing a superb job at keeping the quality high each time. Susan Ericksen is my FAVORITE audio narrator, and I've 'read' a lot of audio books! Go out and get the book (or even better, the CDs) as soon as you can!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    Simple and great

    Portrait in Death is a great book and a sure satisfaction for a fan of the Eve Dallas series. The characters have been further developed and there is more information on Roarke's past. What is particularly noticeable is that the minor characters made the story awesome as much about as the major characters. The plot is rich and keeps the reader in suspense until the ideal moment. The pace of the novel is fast, and the book is enriched by the humorous nature of the story. This is a highly recommended read along with the other stories in the series.

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