Rapture in Death (In Death Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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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: 9781101203606
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Series: In Death Series, #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 6,031
  • File size: 447 KB

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.






Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. With over 250 million copies of her novels in print, she has come a long way since she wrote her first novel in a spiral notebook using a No. 2 pencil. Now she has published over 150 novels and her work has been optioned and made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different countries. "I always have stories running around in my head," she explains. "Once I start putting them down on paper, I just keep going; I just keep writing." In addition to her amazing success in mainstream fiction, Nora Roberts remains committed to writing for her category romance audience that took her to into their heart in 1981 with her very first book, a Silhouette romance.



Nora Roberts continues to write futuristic romantic suspense as J.D. Robb, and her characters Eve Dallas and Roarke have become two of her most popular creations ever. Her J.D. Robb titles are hailed as "a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedure and steamy romance...truly fine entertainment" by Publishers Weekly.



Reviewers agree that Nora Roberts deserves praise. The Los Angeles Daily News describes her as "a word artist, painting her story and her characters with vitality and verve." Kirkus Reviews comments on True Betrayals saying "Roberts' style has a fresh, contemporary snap." Roberts is said to be "reminiscent of Jacqueline Briskin and Sidney Sheldon" by Booklist, and Rex Reed lauds her saying, "Move over Sidney Sheldon: the world has a new master of romantic suspense, and her name is Nora Roberts." Publishers Weekly claims "Roberts keeps getting better...[her] prolificness shows no sign of abating." They add, "When Roberts puts her expert finger on the pulse of romance, legions of fans feel the heartbeat." USA Today calls Nora "a consistently entertaining writer."



The remarkable Ms. Roberts did not become a success overnight. By the time her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981, she already had three years of hard work behind her and several rejected manuscripts languishing in drawers. Today, according to Entertainment Weekly, "her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers." One of America's leading novelists, her books are published around the world. She is frequently invited to promote her novels in other countries. Her recent travels took her to England, Italy, Australia and Japan to meet fans, fellow authors and aspiring writers.



Sanctuary was made into a television movie which aired in 2001 on CBS as "Nora Roberts' Sanctuary." The cast includes Melissa Gilbert, Emmy-winner Kathy Baker and Costas Mandylor. CBS has also optioned The Reef for another television movie. Montana Sky has been optioned by TriStar Television for a two-hour television movie. Her book This Magic Moment became the television film "Magic Moments" starring Emmy-winner John Shea and Jenny Seagrove. Sacred Sins has been optioned for film by Kaleidoscope, and Private Scandals has been optioned by Burt Reynolds Productions. Reflections and The Law is a Lady were selected by Good Housekeeping magazine for presentation as condensed novels. Honest Illusions and Private Scandals were featured as Readers Digest's Condensed Books.


The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have all featured or mentioned Nora Roberts in articles about writing and the romance genre. She has appeared on ABC-TV's Good Morning America and Cable News Network, and has been featured on the television programs To Tell the Truth, Entertainment Tonight, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She has been interviewed by local television and radio programs across the country, and she has been featured in dozens of newspapers, including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, and Atlanta Constitution.

Her extraordinary accomplishments have also received recognition from her peers. The first author ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, and the first author to receive their Centennial Award when she published her 100th novel Montana Sky, she is the recipient of almost every award given in recognition of excellence in romance writing. In 1997, she was honored at the Romance Writers of America National Conference when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to her awards from the Romance Writers of America, she has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Waldenbooks, and she has been honored by B. Dalton Booksellers, the New Jersey Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and BookRak Distributors.



Nora Roberts is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of their Washington, D.C. chapter. She was the keynote speaker at their 1994 national conference in New York. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Crime Writers League of America, and Novelists Inc.

The youngest of five children, she was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She now lives in Keedysville, Maryland.



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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.

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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

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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.

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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 September 5, 2014

    Love it

    Love this collection, the characters are so real

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    This is another in the series that I previously read when it fir

    This is another in the series that I previously read when it first came out in hardbound. This was not one of my favorites, but needs to be read if you intend to continue on with the series.


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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

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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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