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She writes top-notch women's fiction as Nora Roberts, futuristic police procedural mysteries under her recently revealed pseudoymn J. D. Robb, and is a No.1 New York Times–bestselling author under both names. In Survivor in Death, the prolific author has New York City homicide detective Eve Dallas battling bitter memories as well as cold-blooded killers, as she struggles to protect the lone survivor of a deadly home invasion.
The only thing that kept young Nixie Swisher from suffering the same fate as her parents, brother, housekeeper, and young sleepover companion was the impulsive nine-year-old's desire for an illicit orange fizzy at 2 a.m. Taking the bereft girl under her wing, Eve is determined to make sure the killers don't get the chance to finish their lethal job. From the first, however, the investigation is baffling. The Swishers were a nice family, living on the Upper West Side in a house with an excellent security system. Ordinary almost to a fault, they seemed unlikely victims for this carefully planned and executed crime. Valuables at the scene were left untouched, there was no sign of vandalism -- just the corpses of five people murdered in their sleep.
All Nixie saw was two people dressed in black, wearing night-vision goggles and carrying sharp knives. They were in and out in less than 15 minutes -- silent, swift, and deadly. Unwilling to turn the gutsy young survivor over to the questionable refuge of Child Protective Services, Eve brings her to the safest place she knows -- the fortresslike home she shares with her husband, Roarke. There's no doubt in her mind that this was a professional hit, Now it's up to Eve and her top-notch team of civilians and cops to protect the little girl while they track down the people responsible for this unspeakable tragedy. Sue Stone