Rapture in Death (In Death Series #4)

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They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common--and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality ...
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They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common--and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games--where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...
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Library Journal
Rapture in Deathis the fourth in Robb's series featuring Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPD of the mid-21st century. It fittingly begins at the end of Eve and Roark's honeymoon at a new off-planet resort that is part of Roark's business empire. One of his young employees has committed suicide, found hanging in his quarters with an incongruous smile on his face. After the newly married couple returns home, Eve is confronted with other suicides using different methods but all featuring the same disconcerting grin. She concludes that this is no coincidence and somehow someone is sending these people to their deaths. When Eve realizes that one of the targeted victims is Roark, her own happiness is threatened. Rapture'slength gives Susan Ericksen more scope for her talented reading. Haunted in Death, a novella published in the anthology Bump in the Night, is the 26th Eve Dallas adventure. It centers around Number Twelve, the "in" spot of the 1960s—is it really haunted or is there a modern-day murderer inhabiting the building? Eve is definitely part of the latter school of thought, but she is surprised to find herself in the minority. Libraries will want both programs, as Robb's amusing mysteries are absorbing entertainment.
—Juleigh Muirhead Clark
Library Journal
Rapture in Death is the fourth in Robb's series featuring Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPD of the mid-21st century. It fittingly begins at the end of Eve and Roark's honeymoon at a new off-planet resort that is part of Roark's business empire. One of his young employees has committed suicide, found hanging in his quarters with an incongruous smile on his face. After the newly married couple returns home, Eve is confronted with other suicides using different methods but all featuring the same disconcerting grin. She concludes that this is no coincidence and somehow someone is sending these people to their deaths. When Eve realizes that one of the targeted victims is Roark, her own happiness is threatened. Rapture's length gives Susan Ericksen more scope for her talented reading. Haunted in Death, a novella published in the anthology Bump in the Night, is the 26th Eve Dallas adventure. It centers around Number Twelve, the "in" spot of the 1960s-is it really haunted or is there a modern-day murderer inhabiting the building? Eve is definitely part of the latter school of thought, but she is surprised to find herself in the minority. Libraries will want both programs, as Robb's amusing mysteries are absorbing entertainment.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425155189
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: In Death Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 77,905
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
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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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    On the story: When people who have everything to live for commit

    On the story: When people who have everything to live for commit suicide, Eve quickly takes notice.  Determined to figure out the pattern and against all odds, Eve finds herself on the case. 
    Reaction:  The premise of this one really freaked me out.  Sometimes technology can be so scary. 
    Roarke check-in:  Roarke was as sweet as ever but  Eve stole the show when she showed her heart and vulnerability in this one.  They are truly the perfect couple.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

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    Not as thrilling as some in this series... Brought to you by OB

    Not as thrilling as some in this series...

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    Rapture in Death is the fourth installment or J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts)’s futuristic In Death series that stars police detective Eve Dallas and her hunky man, Roarke. Oh yeah and did I mention serial killer after serial killer.

    Rapture in Death starts out with Eve and Roarke finishing off their honeymoon off-planet in one of Roarke’s resorts that hasn’t opened to the public yet. While there, one of Roarke’s employees comes to them to report his roommate has committed suicide. And with no other law enforcement around, Eve is on the job. It bothers Eve that such a smart and talented youth would waste his life in such a way and with no apparent reason for it.

    Once they get back home, other suicides start occurring and a senator in East Washington self-terminated while they were gone. Eve starts to feel that there is a connection and starts thinking that these deaths are actually murders. When the medical examiner starts finding burn marks on the victims’ brains Eve knows her suspicions are right, but has to figure out how the burn is getting there and who is doing it.

    I read this back to back with its predecessor, Immortal in Death, and I found that this book wasn’t quite as exciting and entertaining as that one, but is still good. This is the first book in the series were I didn’t feel was realistic, this story doesn’t feel like it could really happen. It centers on mind control using subliminal messages put in virtual reality goggles and in music. This one definitely amps up the futuristic aspect of the series though.

    There were some parts of this book that I felt kind of lagged, and were a bit boring, but there were plenty of suspenseful moments as well, especially toward the end of the book.

    We got to see more interaction between Eve and Peabody now that Peabody has been permanently assigned as Eve’s aide. I absolutely love Peabody and the lines she comes up wit; her dry humor is refreshing.

    “I’ve told him to leave my car when I park it.”

    “I think he did.” Peabody flipped on her sunshades, pointed. “It’s blocking the drive, see?”

    “Oh, yeah.” Eve cleared her throat. The car was just as she’d left it, and fluttering in the mild breeze were a few torn articles of clothing. “Don’t ask,” she muttered and started to hoof it down the drive.

    “I wasn’t going to.” Peabody’s voice was smooth as silk, “Speculation’s more interesting.”

    It was fun trying to guess who the murderer was as I knew that the person they were making the obvious choice would not end up being the actual killer, that’s just not Nora Robert’s way! I knew the person that ended up being the killer was bad news, but didn’t truly expect them to be the one behind the deaths. Robert’s keeps your mind sharp, to say the least and I will continue to read this series as long as she can keep me guessing. But I do sincerely hope that the next book, Ceremony in Death, is a little more thrilling than this one was.

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    WOW

    I only read the first chapter and so far it's GREAT !!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Investigating death on a honeymoon just can't bode well for a marriage.

    While off-planet at the still unopened Olympus Resort Eve & Roarke enjoy their time together - even when interrupted to check out a death. Upon returning home Eve realizes that other suicides are happening - but for no apparent reason. These are people that even the profilers would never have anticipated committing suicide. Eve knows there's a connection - now she just has to find it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    CAUGHT MY ATTENTION!

    Keeps me entertained, keeps me guessing as the plot thickens, inspires me to write. I love going to another place and time. Why isn't there aN HBO sereies on these "Death In" series? Oh could you imagine the actors to portray JD Robb's characters! I LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE OF JD ROBB'S ADVANTUROUS STORIES

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    The year is 2056. Cars can fly. Virtual-reality games have repl

    The year is 2056.

    Cars can fly. Virtual-reality games have replaced tv sets for entertainment. Can vacation on the moon.
    Mood-altering drus are legal. Prostitution is licensed. Even murder has taken a turn in the future.

    Eve Dallas is finally married to her dream Irish man Roarke, and is caught in the honeymoon with a
    dead co-worker on Roarke's project. Dallas has done many a crime scenes in her time and has
    covered very well. This time, this time it's a little eerie: the man died smiling! 

    Looks like suicide, was happy to die, and many would have close the case. Not Dallas. Not Dallas
    for she found a pin-sized burn in the brain that shouldn't be there. Suicide or not, Dallas is going to
    look deeper in the whole new mood-altering toys.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    Really love the Roarke & Eve story!! So happy to keep seeing

    Really love the Roarke & Eve story!! So happy to keep seeing Peabody in the whole book as well. Only complaint I have is four books in now and the theme seems to be, the new character introduced in the book is the killer. So it's not hard to figure out "who done it". Would like to see a little bit more mystery cause it almost seems too obvious. Still enjoy the books and will continue reading them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    If I could I would give this series the In death books a higher

    If I could I would give this series the In death books a higher rating I have all 36 books & have preordered the new one coming out the only
    thing I wish is that there was a place that they were all listed by # some are & some aren't I think that they are a real good series & hope that there are many more to come

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest from the

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest from the first page. This is the fourth book by J. D. Robb that I have read and I plan to read them all. I like that is futurisitc and I find that Eve Dallas is a strong character and will do whatever it takes to solve a crime.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Great Book series

    This book continues a great series, with more character development and changes. I recommend highly this whole series, read in multiple times.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Great book!

    I love this series! Wonderfully flawed herione, many suspects. Kept me guessing for quite awhile!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2012

    Entertaining

    JD Robbs never gets boring. She has written so many book. Most authors with so many sequals begin to repeat themselves but not Roberts, I mean Robbs.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Highly Recommend!

    I enjoy reading about Eve Dallas!

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Great Book!! As Usual.

    I'm such a big fan of this series. I love the characters and all of their interactions. I started with the later series and wanted to go back to the beginning, and boy am I glad I did. To see how Roark and Dallas met, and now to see how their married life began is awesome. And to see how Peabody came to work with her was so cool. What's great about this story (as for most of them) the way she (Dallas) works each case and how she digs for the truth makes each story come to life. As in the book with 3 suicides that don't seem to have anything in common, she figures it out and I see Peabody learning quickly from her. Now I get to see how Roark starts to interact and helps in his own way. I've just started the Death Series #5 and I'm already intrigued. I find that I really get wrapped up in the characters and always look forward to the next book!

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

    Good

    I just thought this book was okay. It wasn't one that I just couldn't put down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    Still loving Eve Dallas!!

    This book is awesome - I love being able to escape into another world and JD Robb sure knows how to do that. Looking forward to reading all the books in the series!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    This series is excellent

    The future setting of these books is very plausible. Rather than having a bunch of aliens running around Earth, J.D. Robb has created a believable future. The characters are rowdy, foul-mouthed, big hearted and brave. I would love to be friends with Eve...and really close friends with Roarke! Just kidding!

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Nora Roberts as JD Robb - Death Series is good reading!

    I am working my way through the Death series and they are all great, but Rapture was really unusual and I truely enjoyed it.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

    Rapture in Death

    Another of my favorite series, JD Robb, can't wait until I read the next one. Thank you so much for your excellent writing style.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    J.D. Robb Does it Again.

    Having read all of the novels written by J.D. Robb, this book was as suspenseful as the rest. J.D Robb makes it possible for the reader to "feel" what is happening in the book and draw you in. Good versus evil...J.D. Robb writes a mystery that has you wondering if good will win over evil, and has you pulling for Dallas and her team!

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