Vengeance in Death (In Death Series #6)

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He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit—always solved moments too late to save his victims' lives. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ...

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Overview

He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit—always solved moments too late to save his victims' lives. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past—a secret shared by none other than Eve's new husband, Roarke.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The publishing world might be hard-pressed to find an author with a more diverse style or fertile imagination than Roberts, writing here as J.D. Robb. As in her five earlier Eve Dallas novels, the time is mid-21st century, and tough super-cop Lieutenant Dallas continues to control New York City's chaos with faulty, outdated equipment while bringing the scum of the Earth to justice. At the moment, the scum is a high-tech serial killer who specializes in death by torture and dismemberment. Eve quickly learns that the killer's target is none other than her beloved husband, Roarke, whose own violent past is linked to the killer. Though the evidence is inconclusive, all clues point to Roarke's faithful butler and Eve's relentlessly annoying nemesis, Summerset. This latest addition (after Ceremony in Death) is a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedure and steamy romance. In short, it is truly fine entertainment. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425160398
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: In Death Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 81,170
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 400 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 October 4, 2011

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    definitely one of my favorites

    The book begins with Eve closing an open and shut case - just like she enjoys them. Unfortunately, on her way out she receives a call from an unidentified caller stating that he has just committed a first-degree murder. Then he proceeds to taunt Eve with a riddle. The name of his riddle is - Revenge.

    It doesn't take long for Eve to determine that this comes from Roarke's past or that Summerset is being implemented in the murders. As much as she should enjoy questioning and taunting him - knowing this came from Marlena's torture makes it difficult for her.

    I think my favorite part of the entire book is when Eve's driving though town, asks Peabody a question, and gets the response, "I'm sorry, sir, you're interrupting my praying".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Better and Better

    The more I read this series the more I fall in love with Eve and her band of merry friends. J.D. Robb has created a heroine that you want to protect, comfort and cheer on in equal turns. Her friends are unique, her partner is hilarious and her marriage..rocky, passionate and wonderful. Great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Loved it. Got hooked on the death series after I read the first one. Characters are real and love the relationship she has with Roark. Hard to put these books down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    I love this series, great characters, puzzling murder cases, rom

    I love this series, great characters, puzzling murder cases, romance, loyalty, good dilemnas between justice and law...I always struggle to put these books down. J. D. Robb and her Death series is awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Great Read

    I love all of the in death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). I've been reading this series for many years and look forward to every new one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Great story with all the suspence and twist and turns

    I started reading her books when she was writing for Hariliquin romances. She is a wonderful suspence writer with all the twist and turns and romance all in the right places. I discovered her Death series by accident and I am now very much enjoying all her futuristic cop series. There is a little of Dallas in all of us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Love Nora Roberts

    Wonderful series, I reread. It at least once a year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    ← ↑ → ↓

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Ember

    Waits for austin.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    The best so far

    I am reading this series in order at the suggestion of my daughter. I liked number one but thought number three was a little weaker but, over all, this is the best of the first six. The plot is more convoluted and enjoyable and the characters are getting more fleshed out. I am anxious to start on the next book in the series

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Highly recommended!

    I have loved Nora Roberts' books for a long time and have everything she has written. However, it did take me a while to start reading her J.D. Robb books, but once I started them, I've been reading through them in order to get caught up.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    Riddle me this.... Starting the day off for Dallas is hard. Esp

    Riddle me this....

    Starting the day off for Dallas is hard. Especially when the killer is a techno genius and a
    madman. Each riddle tells her where the next body will be but can she make it time?

    And will she be able to get in time to save her husband Roarke from the past. 

    Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.

    Sometimes you have to go all the way to Ireland for a little push!

    When Roarke faces his past, Dallas is with him every step of the way trying not to step on her own toes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Real Mystery

    Really good.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

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    Insightful

    There is more insight into Roarke's past. Which allows Eve and Roarke's relationship to change, as Eve begins to understand Roarke's past and motivation. This is highly recommended and great continuation of the series.

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

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    Had it's dull moments

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    Vengeance in Death is the sixth installment of Nora Roberts' In Death series that's written under the pen name J.D. Robb.

    The year of 2058 is wrapping up, but not before Lieutenant Eve Dallas deals with another sociopath. As the dead bodies start piling up Eve quickly notices a connection--her husband, Roarke! He knows all the victims from back when he lived in Dublin running scams and picking pockets to survive. The people dying are the ones that helped Roarke find the men that raped, tortured, and killed Summerset's daughter, Marlena. And now Summerset is the prime suspect in these new murders.

    As much as Eve dislikes Summerset, she knows that he is not her killer. Eve must act fast to find out who is though as it's obvious that the murderer's grand finale will be Roarke.

    This book captured my interest from the very beginning. I loved the intrigue about the secret that Roarke and Summerset had from their past and found it entertaining watching it all unfold.

    I was worried this was going to be another book where all the evidence pointed to Roarke, but that wasn't the case at all. Instead, the victims were all old acquaintances of Roarke who helped him find the people that he eventually killed to avenge Marlena's death.

    This novel delved into Roarke's past which has never really been touched upon that much in the previous installments of the series. We start to understand the things he had to do to survive. We also get to see just how Roarke loves and stands up for those he cares about. And of course I loved seeing his protective side (again) when it came to Eve. How he was upset when she tried to get the killer to come after her instead of him and how he wouldn't leave New York without her because he was afraid of what would happen to her in his absence.

    "You had no right. No right to stand in front of me." He turned back now, his eyes vividly blue with temper that had gone from frigid to blaze. "No ****ing right to risk yourself on my behalf"

    "Oh really. Is that so?" She stalked forward until they were toe to toe. "Okay, you tell me. You keep looking me dead in the eye and you tell me you wouldn't have done the same if it was me in jeopardy."

    "That's entirely different."

    "Why?" Her chin came up and her finger jabbed hard into his chest. "Because you have a penis?"

    Vengeance in Death does hit on a touchy subject to some though--religion. The killer thinks he's on a holy mission from God and even leaves a statue of Mary at all his murder scenes. I thought it was a bit strange that Eve didn't know who Mary was though. I guess that Roberts is speculating where our world is heading if things progress the way they currently are; we won't have religion at all.

    There was a part of this book in the middle that did start to get a little dull, but overall the book was a decent read and now I'm on to the next!

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Read

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    sucked

    It was the worst book ever

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    a must read

    again Nora aka JD Robb has written a great mystery combined with a great romance. Eve and Rorake have a great love affair that keeps the reader wanting more.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    great read

    eve dallas is my favorite series character and this book does not disappoint

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Nora Roberts as JD Robb - Death Series is a good read!

    Vengence in Death took turns that really had me guessing. I really enjoyed this book.

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