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Treachery in Death (In Death Series #32)

Treachery in Death (In Death Series #32)

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by J. D. Robb, Susan Ericksen (Read by)

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Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime — an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a


Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime — an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve.

But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation. Determined to start working out as hard as she grills suspects, she chooses to do it at the old, rarely-used gym at Central. After a grueling workout, she squeezes into one of the narrow shower stalls, happy to have the place to herself. Just after she shuts the water off, the gym door clatters open — and while she cringes inside the stall, trying not to make a sound, Peabody overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. References are made to delivering product, and a house in the islands, and someone named Keener who’s supposed to look like an OD. It doesn’t take long for a naked and vulnerable Peabody to realize that both officers are crooked — guilty not just of corruption but of murder as well. Fortunately, the two clear out of the locker room without realizing there was a witness.

Eve Dallas may have trained Peabody well — but this is too dangerous for one person to take on alone. Now Peabody, Eve, and her husband, Roarke, must try to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down — knowing all the while that the two have already killed to keep their secret, and are no doubt willing to do it again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lt. Eve Dallas and her squad take on corrupt cops in Robb's 33rd full-length novel featuring the New York Police and Security Dept. homicide detective (after Indulgence in Death), a fast-paced, intricate, and deadly dance of well-matched opponents. When Dallas's partner, Det. Delia Peabody, overhears an angry exchange between Lt. Rene Oberman and Det. William Garnet that reveals an unlawful killing and ongoing skimming, Dallas's reaction to this news is decisive: "the blue line breaks for wrong cops." The setting may be slightly futuristic, but the procedures are familiar: Dallas puts together a solid team that meets in her home to avoid leaks as they compile evidence. At the same time, she initiates confrontations with the dangerous Oberman, whom she begins pushing toward a trap. From this pure good guys versus bad guys scenario, Robb (aka Nora Roberts) wrings plenty of exciting strokes and counterstrokes before reaching the satisfying climax. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly Audio
Set in New York City, the bestselling futuristic romantic mystery series is populated with recurring characters—the talented, complicated Lt. Eve Dallas, who in this installment is investigating police corruption in her own department, and her Irish husband, Roarke. Having narrated the 32-book series and related novellas, Susan Ericksen owns these compelling characters, giving each a voice that suits her or him perfectly: Dallas is competent and tough, Roarke's Irish accent is impeccable and alluring. The combination of Robb and Ericksen make for addictive listening. A Putnam hardcover. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
“The thin blue line has some major cracks in it in Robb’s latest outstanding thriller. Whodunit is never in question, rather the fun in this tale is the meticulous preparation and setting of a skillful trap. All the usual players are engaged and their talents cleverly utilized as Robb spins a fast-packed and exciting read!”—RT Book Reviews

“Warning: J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are highly addictive...Treachery in Death is a superb addition to the already brilliant In Death series. Another warning: once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down, so plan your reading accordingly.”—New York Journal of Books

More Praise for the In Death series
“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane

Library Journal
In this latest series entry (after Indulgence in Death), Lt. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, investigate a case of crooked cops. Peabody has just wrapped up her first case as lead detective—an elderly store owner murdered by a trio of junkies—when she decides to end the day in the precinct's gym. Alone in the locker room's shower stall and without access to her weapon, she overhears two cops in a heated argument. It's very clear that they are both involved in a long-running scheme of corruption and murder. Even more shocking is the identity of one of the cops; Lt. Renee Oberman is the only daughter of a highly respected former police commander. Now Dallas and Peabody, along with Dallas's husband, Roarke, and internal affairs man Webster, must find a way to bring a ring of dirty cops to justice. VERDICT It's always fun when Dallas manipulates her enemies and watches them slowly unravel. Fast-paced and humorous, with just the right amount of romance, this is sure to please fans of this highly addictive series. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/10.]—Makiia Lucier, Moscow, ID
Kirkus Reviews

Could real-life high-tech be catching up with Robb's future-crime scenarios? There's barely a single development in 2060 transportation, communications or research in this tale of dirty New York cops.

After cracking her first case as lead investigator, Det. Delia Peabody overhears a locker-room conversation that spells big trouble. It isn't just that Lt. Renee Oberman and Det. William Garnet are on the take; Oberman, whose saintly retired father, Commander Marcus Oberman, gives her a powerful shield against accusations, has organized her whole Illegal Substances unit as a power base and cash cow. Peabody reports this intelligence to her training partner, Lt. Eve Dallas (Indulgence in Death,2010, etc.), who brings it in turn to her boss, Commander Jack Whitney, who vows a full-court press against Illegals. For such a powerfully corrupt unit, though, Illegals turns out to be remarkably toothless. Every attempt Eve makes to unearth new information bears fruit, and every move she makes weakens Illegals further. Oberman doesn't protect his daughter, who never suspects Peabody, and whose minions fail to kill a key witness. There's conflict aplenty, but no obstacles, no setbacks, no complications—nary a doubt what's going to happen next, or ever. The deepest pleasure to be had from this tale of justice triumphant is the repeated, satisfying smirks that will cross your face every time the self-righteous heroine baits the villain.

The futuristic technology isn't the only thing that's stalled in this 32nd installment of Robb's venerable series.

Product Details

Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
In Death Series , #32
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.00(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.

Brief Biography

Keedysville, Maryland
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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Treachery in Death 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 850 reviews.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to get this book home and start reading it! The book begins with a trio of stoners robbing a small store and killing the owner. As the investigation starts, Lt. Eve Dallas throws the reins to Det. Peabody and Peabody gets her first case as primary. One of the best part of this series is how the history of the characters plays throughout the books. Seeing Peabody step up to the plate almost makes you feel proud because we have seen her grow through the previous books. When she finds herself in a deadly situation after going to an old police gym to workout, we are holding our breath along with her. She overhears a conversation that implicates two cops in a murder and corruption scheme and is lucky to escape undetected. Peabody goes to Eve and tells her what she heard and the investigation begins. Eve is a cop to the bone and takes this situation as a betrayal of all she stands for. The fact that one of the cops involved is also a female lieutenant, whose father was a revered Commander in the department, makes it all the worse. Eve draws her troops around her and goes to work making her case. All of the characters we have come to know- Commander Whitney, profiler Mira, Eve's husband Roarke, McNab, Truehart, Baxter, Mavis, and even IAB Det. Webster have a part in the operation. There is plenty of action as well as a strenghthening of some of the core relationships that have been in place since the first book. As always, when I got to the end of the book, I was antsy for the next one. This is a great series and if you haven't read it you need to start at the beginning and work your way through. The series takes place about 30 years in the future but has very little of a scence fiction feel to it. It is primarily a police procedural mystery and is very popular among my library readers. The audio version is excellent with the same reader(Susan Erickson)for all of the books.
GEORGIAMOON More than 1 year ago
Treachery in Death is very entertaining and full of action. Detective Peabody and Eve Dallas are on the case of robbery and the murder of the owner of the convenience store. A clever sting operation takes place to smoke out the bad guys. The pages are filled with wit and humor that makes the book so interesting and fun to read. Wonderful cat and mouse scenes and great relationships also make this one a pleasure to read. I recommend!
Patbeau More than 1 year ago
This book does not have the feel of other Dallas books. It makes me wonder if J. D. Robb actually wrote this book herself. I suspect not - the book brought in all of the characters, but none of them seemed right - they were all off For example: The language - totally out of character for Eve and Peabody. Her reaction to Roarke - all other books mention his beauty and how his looks take her breath away - no mention in this book. The sex was lukewarm and the romance contrived. When Roarke loaned Peabody a car, she should have done her "happy dance" -this was out of character. Mira did not sound like Mira. Too much about what a "great cop" Dallas is - we didn't need it beaten into us. She should have been embarrassed as she has been in all other books. There was no sublety in her handling of Oberman - too much "in your face" - also not like her. I could go on and on, but no Pepsi's, not much coffee, and she would never turn down a candy bar. No battling with the vending machine and hardly a mention of her cat - all staples in the other Dallas books. I just really don't believe that Robb wrote this book and, if she did, she's lost her interest in the characters. What do you think?
mommapearl More than 1 year ago
I have every book there is on Eve Dallas. I have the anthologies too. I am never disappointed. I can't get enough. J D Robb is the name I look for whenever I visit any book store. I just hope 'J D Robb' will continue to write stories about Dallas and Roarke. I love them.
MsMystery More than 1 year ago
I felt like was there with Eve and the gang. Feeling the emotions and strength of Eve Dallas. This book showed how strong a character she is. Great book as always. Nora Roberts did a great job. Can't wait for the next one!
Robyndk More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as an e-book on the day it came out. I have since read it....TWICE in less than a week! I loved the last chapter. I was so sad to see it end. I love how all the characters have evolved over the years, especially Eve and Roarke. Can't wait til the next one comes out in the fall.
Deborah Coon More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. I couldn't put it down. Sorry to reach the end. I have fun trying to choose who would play which part if the DEATH books ever became a movie or series on TV. The charachters continue to evolve with each book and I still want more. Thank you JD Robb. Another winner!
terrylazar More than 1 year ago
One of the best In Death novels I have read and I have read them all. All my favorite characters were given page time and Eve has finally stopped her immature remarks to Summerset. I love the bantering between the two, but in an adult kind of way. Eve, Roarke and Summerset have settled into a offbeat type of family. I'm also happy that Eve and Peabody have such a great partnership. I'm ready for the next in this terrific series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of J.D. Robb for years and always enjoy each book but this book is by far the best! I liked that Peabody had a more of a personality in this book and I liked to see the progression Eve is making when trying to balance her work and her home life. I thought the plot was interesting and I was holding my breath at the end. If you like romance and crime and science fiction, this is a book and author you must read. This read will keep you on the edge of your seat. But watch out, these books are addicting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Treachery in death by j.d. robb was excellent! I love the in death series and really enjoy seeing eve's growth with each new book. She is a fascinating character and i hope nora roberts continues writing these stories and allows eve to continue to evolve without losing her edge, insight, and humor. I always look forward to reading the next in death book!
Diane Mish More than 1 year ago
Read all the series and enjoyed this one the most. Pulls out their personalities and strengths. Really,really liked it.
majkenmarie More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for all of her books, especially the In Death series. They have good homicide storylines (even if a bit formulaic), have great characters, humor, and dialogue, and add just a touch of futuristic sci-fi to differentiate from the pack. This one was a great read.
MoeG More than 1 year ago
I have read all in this series to date, story line is good & I'm no prude, but did we have to use the the "F" word so much in this one, even from the main character, Eve Dallas. After living with Roake for a few years she should be getting a little refined. She is her own person I know but felt there was a lack of romance with Roarke in this one also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First thing I did when I got my Nook was download the entire "In Death" series. I am a self admitted bookaholic and this series is by far my favorite. I love the teacher/mentor/friend dimension of Dallas and Eve. It was nice to see Mavis again. Anyone notice how slowly, but surely Eve is becoming a bit more "comfortable" around Bella? I can't wait for Eve and Roarke to have their own child.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed in the last book but this one was excellent. I couldn't put it down. She holds my attention to the end.
preciousferret More than 1 year ago
Another winner for J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) and a fantastic read. Although we know who the bad guys are, its how Eve is able to bring these guys down that holds the reader. A definite must read!!!!
Anonymous 26 days ago
JD Robb is the best action packed mystery writer! Blood, sex, crime, deviousness, surprise, combined with cops!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really like the in death series and I read and reread them regularly. Some are better than others but this is one of the best. Nora Roberts can really develop characters and the crew in this series are facinating.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Could not put it down ! !
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Another visit with Lt. Dallas and crew as they race against a bad cop to close down their plans before another good cop is killed! I love listening to this series on audiotape as the reader does a brilliant job of bringing the author's characters to life! A fast paced well plotted storyline keeps you wanting to listen to the rest of the book in one sitting.
Crazy-Antics-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, although it did take me a little bit more time than I would have liked to get through it. The main characters Roarke, Peabody and Eve were extremely intriguing and left me wanting to get to know them even more than just what was between the covers of the novel. Robb, drops little tidbits in the novel about their past but not enough to reveal it totally to the reader, only enough for them to know that a certain character could have had a rocky past and that is what leads them to make certain judgement now. Hopefully I’ll have the same thoughts about the other books in the series.
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JCD2 More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable Eve Dallas futuristic super cop novel. Peabody stumbles over some information in the gym that could get her killed and bring down the whole NYPSD. This was an example of real teamwork when Eve is forced to rely on her team plus Roarke to bag a dirty cop and her squad.