Thankless in Death (In Death Series #37) [NOOK Book]

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In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water…



Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for, ...
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Thankless in Death (In Death Series #37)

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Overview

In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water…



Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for, especially Roarke’s big Irish family, which is a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.



Other couples aren’t as lucky. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son.



Turns out that twenty-six-year-old Jerry is not only capable of brutality but has taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.
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While others relax into Thanksgiving celebrations with their family and friends, the Reinholds are lying dead in their home; slashed, stabbed, and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. There is no doubt that the couple was murdered by their son, but that certainty gives Lieutenant Eve Dallas no relief. She knows that Jerry Reinhold is determined to make his mark as a ruthless serial killer and there is no telling who is next on the list.... Bound to be a bestseller.

Publishers Weekly
Apart from references to such things as advanced robots and “vids” (the new name for theatrical movies), 2060 New York City is indistinguishable from present-day Gotham in bestseller Robb’s 38th full-length Eve Dallas thriller (after 2013’s Calculated in Death). In addition, nothing in the cookie-cutter plot couldn’t have happened in the present or near past. On impulse, 26-year-old Jerald Reinhold, an unemployed loser, stabs his mother, Barbara, to death in his parents’ Manhattan apartment, where he waits until his father, Carl, comes home so he can bludgeon Carl with a baseball bat. Lt. Eve Dallas, of the New York Police and Security Department, gets on Reinhold’s trail, but the savvy veteran makes a rookie mistake by not warning a clear target of Reinhold’s rage that she could be the next victim. Eve also has trouble assessing her quarry. At one point she calls Reinhold “a fucking moron,” then adds “he’s cannier than I gave him credit for initially.” Readers will have to judge for themselves. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Lt. Eve Dallas goes up against a spoiled kid who's suddenly developed a taste for killing. Lots of families get a little edgy as Thanksgiving approaches. But that's no excuse for Jerald Reinhold to stab his mother 54 times when she nags him once too often, then to lie in wait so that he can take a baseball bat to his father. Some sons would feel pangs of remorse after murdering their parents, but Jerry just feels powerful and liberated--finally he's become a man, the way his whiny mother always wanted him to be--and, financed by the money he's stolen from his parents' accounts, he considers whom to kill next. Since Jerry's nursed a grudge against the whole world since childhood, there are many candidates, but he settles on Lori Nuccio, the girlfriend who got him two jobs he couldn't keep but threw him out when he hit her. Killing's too good for Lori, Jerry decides, and he devotes several hours to torturing her first. Although the kid thinks he's invulnerable, Eve, who's been offered a Medal of Honor and a captain's bars for her tireless work (Delusion in Death, 2012, etc.), is close behind him. The surveillance cameras outside his parents' house instantly make him the leading suspect, and the trace evidence he cavalierly leaves at Lori's apartment confirms his guilt. But his skill is growing with every murder, along with his bankroll. Which of the dozens of people who've crossed him over the years will become his next target, and how can Eve and her squad head him off? Considering how few complications the chase offers, Robb does a fine job of keeping up the tension. Both the cops and the killer make use of more futuristic gadgets than usual.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101617250
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: In Death Series , #37
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 2,084
  • File size: 1,014 KB

Meet the Author


J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for the number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. (Recent titles include Calculated in Death, Delusion in Death, Celebrity in Death, New York to Dallas, and Treachery in Death.) There are more than 400 million copies of the author’s 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 September 2, 2013

    Love the j d robb series

    J d robb series are full of suspense and romance and you just can't put the book down highly recommended

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Old-Style J.D. Robb

    THANKLESS IN DEATH is a throwback to Robb's early IN DEATH books in sheer gratuitous gruesomeness. The murders are unremittingly stomach-churning, although the victims are developed well (and not just convenient bodies). After quite some time of installments in this series that toned down the violence somewhat, I was unpleasantly surprised that Robb had suddenly dialed it back up to maximum.

    Also, Robb (a pseudonym for Nora Roberts) is again lazy about detail. One non-spoiler example: Robb makes a point of developing the parents of the killer and their friends as Jewish (which was a welcome novelty in her books). But then there is mention that the victims' families are planning a memorial for them on Saturday. Some quick Internet research would have yielded the factoid that even secular Jews would not schedule a funeral for Saturday, if for no other reason than no rabbi would officiate at one on Shabbat. (And these characters are depicted as caring about their traditions and heritage).

    For the most part, THANKLESS is a competent installment in the series with some nice moments (such as the return of Nixie from SURVIVOR, one of my favorites in the series). But, for whatever reason, this installment feels like it was dialed in.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Again, excellent book. I don't know how she does it book after b

    Again, excellent book. I don't know how she does it book after book after book. Sat down and read it one sitting.  Recommend to anyone who loves JD Robb/Nora Roberts. Now to just until the next one comes out.......

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    I was very disappointed in this series' latest book.  I've been

    I was very disappointed in this series' latest book.  I've been reading this series from the beginning and in the last couple of books the characters don't seem to be going anywhere.  Roarke and Eve are rehashing their childhoods in every episode.  Eve doesn't seem to be maturing into the wife that Roarke needs.  Still fighting dressing properly, how ridiculous!   I'm not sure that I will be reading the next unless their is more depth than this recently book.  Sorry Nora, I love your books! and have read every one!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    One of the better books in this series.

    Lots of emotion in this one. I enjoyed it. And Eve bought Peabody a present.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    The same Nora Roberts, getting tired of this series as each book

    The same Nora Roberts, getting tired of this series as each book becomes less and less entertaining. it seems Nora just slapped this one together, plot not very original,same characters, the book was predictable, characters stilted and I read a lot of her book, but will think twice next time before continuing in this series. Perhaps it's time to give it up Nora on this series.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Sorry Nora-- have gotten predictable!

    I own all J. D. Robb books, including the novellas. This series used to be my favorite for tge ages, including James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, etc. However, Nora has gotten entirely predictable. Only between 1/2-3/4 of the material is new. The remainder is cut & paste from preceding books regarding Eve's childhood tramas, Roark's childhood trama, Roark's previous life of crime, etc. Also, Eve's character is in her early 30's but never matures. She balks at dressing like an adult, allowing anyone to even hint that she's "Mrs. Roark," performing "wifely" duties other than in the bedroom (why did she agree to marriage?), etc. At first Eve's quirks were believable, even endearing, but as time passes, most people mature & accept what life has thrown their way & move on. Eve only grows more selfish & childish. The only thing she accepts is Roark's constant help in closing her cases. She grows more childish in all other adpects of her relationship with Roark outside the bedroom.

    Also, Nora wants her readers to believe that Roark is the ultimate man, i.e., rich, movie star looks, has the"Midas" touch, well honed combat skills, impectible taste, immense ego, etc.; yet, continues to be unruffled by a wife who consistently refuses to verbally acknowledge he is her husband; if accidently is referred to as Roark's wife, immediately corrects her title to, " Lieutenant Dallas," even in social introductions. Get real. If EVe doesn't do some fast growing up, I'm going to quit buying & reading this series. It's getting boring as well as predictable.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Having problems with this one

    I have read everyone of this series, but this one is bothering me tremendously and the cruelty and torture is mentioned in greater detail than is normal even for this series. That's saying something considering the bizarre and revolting criminals we've seen in this series. Normally can't put them down but having to take long breaks between this one.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Amazing

    The range of emotions this writer manages to evoke in this book are amazing. Love this series and these characters so much im glad this is more than romance although i am constantly thrilled with the way the very married lead characters marriage is kept central and important...looking forward to many more to come!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

    A Dying Series

    Only for die hard I'll read anything by J D Robb fans. I have read and own all the In Death books and have been noticing a downward trend in the last few books but this one really hits rock bottom. Although set in the future except for mention of glides, androids etc as far as the story is concerned it could be present day New York. The strong point of all the In Death books has been the interplay of characters and the continued development of the characters such as Peabody and McNabb, Charles and Louise. This is no longer the case and the books have become boring police procedurals. There is of course the obligatory sex scenes with Eve and Roarke( these have gotten really old really fast) and the gruesome crime scenes. Ms Roberts really needs to either end this series or perk it up with interesting new characters. Don't believe I'll be buying any more of these books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    As usual another great JD Robb novel!

    As usual another great JD Robb novel!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Loved it

    A great read as always

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    JD Robb delivers another winner in the In Death series.  

    JD Robb delivers another winner in the In Death series.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    I enjoyed the book. It was fun to read, and I am sorry that I fi

    I enjoyed the book. It was fun to read, and I am sorry that I finished it within two days of buying the audiobook. I have been a fan of this series for over a decade now, and I enjoy the relationships 
    in the series. I will re-read the other books, and maybe buy more audiobooks. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Wonderful

    I absolutely loved this book. Read it in under 24 hours. Had if all; action family emotion. This has just been added go my list of favorite In Death books

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    love the series, enjoyed the book, and now I can't wait for the

    love the series, enjoyed the book, and now I can't wait for the next! Write faster!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Best one yet

    So much better than the last one

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Another Winner!

    I continue to be enthralled with J. D. Robb's (Nora Roberts)additions to her "In Death" series. The characters and stories remain fresh, even after all this time. Can't wait for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    Excellent read

    J. D. ROBB never disappoints. I'm look forward to the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Thankless In Death

    An excellent story. An In Death series book is as always exciting, filled with suspense, whit, love, and above all characters new and old that you to want to know. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Keep them coming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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