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"Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve Dallas the victim isn't just "one of us." "Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news
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"Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve Dallas the victim isn't just "one of us." "Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone from Coltraine's squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve's husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on Coltraine's life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts." "The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve containing Coltraine's guns, badge, and a note from her killer: "You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I'll be sending yours to somebody else." But Eve Dallas doesn't take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that's a promise.
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In this outing, Lieutenant Eve Dallas takes a homicide very personally. This murder of her NYPD colleague Amarylis Coltraine hits the fiercely dedicated detective doubly hard. Not only is Coltraine the lover of Eve's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris; the killer sends Dallas a taunting note suggesting that she might be his next victim. That threat is just the first of the numbing surprises in this taut, suspenseful thriller.
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At the start of bestseller Robb's megablast 28th novel to feature Lt. Eve Dallas (after Salvation in Death), Eve is dismayed to discover at a Manhattan crime scene that the victim is a friend, Det. Amaryllis Coltraine, who's been fatally zapped by her own stun gun. Dallas uncovers a connection to Coltraine's ex-boyfriend, Alex Ricker, whose father, a notorious criminal serving a life sentence at the Omega Penal Colony, blames Dallas and her husband, Roarke, for his imprisonment. Humorous touches, like the wild poolside wedding shower Dallas must abruptly leave after receiving word of a prime suspect found shot to death, provide relief from the intensity of the murder investigation. In a nice paranormal twist, Dallas uses dream visits with Coltraine to help expose a devious killer whose identity is a stunner. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has a real gift for keeping this long-running thriller series fresh. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423365181
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Series: In Death Series , #28
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.50 (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."

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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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  • Posted December 2, 2008

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    J.D. Robb writes another sublime futuristic police procedural

    She gets a phone call and leaves the house almost instantly afterward with her two guns on her person. Her weapons do not help her as she is ambushed on the stairwell by someone she recognizes. She is brought to the basement where she is revived before she is killed. The year is 2060 and NYPD Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas catches the case.<BR/><BR/>Eve arrives at the crime scene and examines the body before turning it over. To her horror, she recognizes the victim as veteran Detective Amarylis Coltraine who recently joined the New York City police force from Atlanta. Ammy broke off with her boyfriend Alex Riker, the son of psychopathic killer Max, whom Eve and her husband Roarke got put away on an off planet cage Alex, who is in New York coincidently swears he never killed anyone hen Eve questions him . . The killer taunts Eve by sending her Ammy¿s badge and guns with an attached gloating letter. Determined Eve investigates seemingly anyone who knew Ammy which include peers in the two police departments, former lovers, and even current boyfriend Chief Medical Examiner Morris, and friends. Eve concludes to hers shock that the hit was carried out by two un-subs in what is an ever widening conspiracy. <BR/><BR/>J.D. Robb writes another sublime futuristic police procedural starring the heroine who after numerous cases (books) still believes strongly in justice for the victims and will go the extra kilometers to achieve her objective. The returning characters like the ME play critical roles in Eve¿s investigation while Roarke plays a somewhat lesser part than usual though he as always there for his beloved. Fans will fully appreciate this fantastic entry as five decades into the future Eve methodically step by step conducts her investigation. Eve is powerful woman who lets nobody get away with murder<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    Great Storys

    To date I have read all the In Death Series, I love them all and reread them. I think in reading an article somewhere and its true that if Eve and Roarke have a child that is the end of the series. We cannot let that happen yet. These are the only books that I buy in hardback. I would love the whole series out in hardback. So Nora/JD. Robb keep up the good work. Since I read Nora Roberts and yes have a whole book case just of her work I can recommend anything she has written. (I prefer anything written in the last 5 years) She just gets better and better.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    Promises in Death by J.D. Robb

    I don't know how J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts does it, but she consistently writes novels with just the right mix of emotion, sexual tension, wry humor, and mystery to keep me riveted every darn time! "Promises in Death" had me flipping the pages as fast as I could read to try and figure out 'who done it' and feed my Roarke fix.

    This time the death is personal...not because the vic is a cop, but because she's the cop that Li Morris (coroner extraordinaire) was seriously involved with, and Li's pain is difficult for Eve to face because he's one of 'hers'. When the clues reveal ties to an old enemy of both Eve and Roarke, it seems too good to be true...and it may well be.

    The mystery was intricate and well-plotted and I didn't figure out the bad guy til the author led me to it. There were twists that I didn't expect, and they all linked together in a tightly woven plot. Eve and Roarke were 'mag' as were the rest of the supporting cast which seemed to include all of Eve and Roarke's friends from earlier books. The scenes regarding the bachelor party and bridal shower had me laughing out loud and wishing I were there to watch.

    I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that this is my favorite 'in Death' so far...at least until the next release!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    Great addictive characters

    The "In Death" series is addictive, and when I finish, just start over again from the beginning. I now buy the hard cover only. It is facinating to see the relationship of Eve and Roarke growing and evolving, as well as the relationships of and with the other characters,<BR/>Need an extra book to get thru the summer months tho! Keep writing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Getting better all the time

    I have read every "In Death" book by Robb. When it's time for a new one, I go back to #1 and read the whole series from the beginning in anticipation of the next adventure. I think that in "Promises" we see Eve maturing and growing in her personal and professional life. She and Roarke are easier with each other instead of jumping from one extreme to another. She isn't as uptight and close to the edge as previously and the two years of marriage are making her a more well rounded person. She accepts situations differently rather than fighting tooth and nail. Her friendships with other women are interesting and broaden the scope of the story. Can't wait for the next one and hope this series NEVER ends!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

    Promises...to keep

    Eva Dallas never needed or allowed herself to have friends other than a very few, namely Feeney and Mavis. Indeed, trust and companionship came very hard to this "lost soul" Book by book, throughout the entire Death series, Eve's life expands to include many wonderful characters, friends with whom she builds trust,loyalty and compassion...including, of course, Roarke. The word promise is something special in Eve's vocabulary, her word is her code of living. She will do everything to back up her words, and the stories that evolve are something special...to me even life-affirming. Promises In Death is a culmination of Eve's intense loyalty and integrity. It is intensely pleasurable to see Eve and her many friends "the smart girls" solve the mystery. The byplay between Eve and her friends is worth reading over and over again. I am happy to see Eve's growth, acceptance and love for all the people she now has in her life. No doubt I love this heroine and her latest promise.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Another Thrill by J.D. Robb

    Another great J.D.Robb novel. Dallas and Roarke are a romantic, sexy, thrilling married couple. I love their relationship and Robb does a great job intertwining them with a murder mystery, all the needed parts of an enthralling read. Had to keep reading until it was done and I can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Have read the whole series and can honestly say this episode really brought out new charachteristics in each character.

    There was a sense of being more involved with these characters - I don't know why but for me I think it was the way JD Robb presents them. She brought out so many new sides to Dallas for me and Rourke also. I thoroughly enjoy the interaction with Mavis's baby and hope someday that Dallas gets to experience motherhood.

    Please finish another episode soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    J.D.Robb is the best.

    Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb is the best there is. I have been reading fiction my entire life and there is no one to compare. She captures the essence of human nature in her primary characters Eve Dallas and Roarke. You can be guaranteed a fantastic read with any of her books, but the "Naked in Death" series remains my favorite. As prolific as Ms.Roberts is, I'm always thinking, "Hurry, I want another".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    I found Eve by chance

    In 2008 I was browsing through Barnes & Noble sale books and happened upon the hard cover Memory In Death. I had no idea who Eve Dallas was and had never read any Nora Roberts books. I went home and started reading and became hopelessly addicted. I breezed through that book and every single JD Robb book written. I went all the way back to the beginning and started with the first and read them in the order that they were written. I've also gotten many of my friends "hooked" on Eve and Roarke and their adventures.
    I really like the way each book refers casually back to the past cases with very little time elapsing in between. That way they can go on for a long time without the characters getting older too fast.
    I can hardly wait to get involved in the next case.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    I FOUND A SHORT STORY BY ROBB AND FELL IN LOVE WITH EVE

    I have become a books on CD fan. I enjoy listening to the novels while cleaning the house, working online,driving, making handmade baskets,taking care of my elderly relatives. I highly recommend the series in book form or the CD's the series has a fun group of richly developed characters, interesting plots, compelling story lines. The only fault I have with the CD version is the lack of sound effects, traffic noises, door slams,pistol reports, some of the small things that would breath life into the story and make listening exciting.
    I have been able to find some of the older stories in the series and you can start with the latest and work your way back and the listening is still great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    GREAT READ!

    I've read all 28 books so far and I can't wait for #29.....<BR/>You've got one of the best series going........

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2008

    J.D. Robb is fantastic

    I have read every one of the books in this series and they are all awesome! Eve Dallas is a great character with faults and a sense of right and wrong. Roarke is my dream man! I can't wait for the latest book to come out in Feb. I am sure it will be another big hit! I recommend all of the books in the "In Death" series for great reading. You won't be able to put them down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

    Once again, Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb in this 28th book

    Once again, Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb in this 28th book of the In Death series, manages to keep the excitement going. The relationship between Eve and Rourke is still going strong, although they don't fight as much in this book, thank goodness! The mystery is well written and interesting with enough twists to keep you guessing. An old nemesis pops up, as happens a good bit in these stories. Promises in Death is another high quality read in the series.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    Another big fight in the big city New York in 2058. But this tim

    Another big fight in the big city New York in 2058. But this time it hits closer to home then anybody realized.

    Dallas has always done just fine by herself. Then she got together with a female cop. Then she
     got married and started to worry about people close to her that she didn't realize they were close.
     Now someone very close to her for many years is in pain. And she's the one who hurt him.

    Chief Medical Examiner Morris: The man who Eve requests on all of her profile cases.
    She respects his abilities and likes him personally and knows that whenever you need a clue,
    Morris is there all the way to help. But when someone very dear to him is dead, it's in Eve's district.
    Trying to find the killer while taking care of domestic household chores she also has to figure out
    what her relationship is to Morris, and is this case will test that like no other!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Haven't read yet

    I purchased this book back on January 31st but have yet to receive it in my NOOK Library. I have been emailing customer service for a month now but my emails have gone unanswered. At this point I would be happy to just have my money refunded but I can't even get that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Its good!

    This was my first J.D. RObb. I loved the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Always highly recommend her Eve Dallas books!

    Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb never fails to deliver a great In Death book. I love having a Nook so I can pre-order them so I can read them the minute they are out. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

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    Another Great Book!

    Who wouldn't feel bad for such a great character as Morris. As always Robb "Roberts" writes a wonderful story with great twists and turns and character that make you keep coming back for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Loved this one!!

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