Witness in Death (In Death Series #10)

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Writing as J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts presents the tenth book in the New York Times bestselling series. When a celebrity is killed right before her eyes, New York detective Eve Dallas takes a new place in crime—as both officer and witness to murder....

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Overview

Writing as J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts presents the tenth book in the New York Times bestselling series. When a celebrity is killed right before her eyes, New York detective Eve Dallas takes a new place in crime—as both officer and witness to murder....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It is 2059, and New York City homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas's husband, Roarke, is producing a revival of Agatha Christie's thriller Witness for the Prosecution. On opening night, when the villainous character Leonard Vole gets his just deserts, someone substitutes a kitchen knife for the prop knife, and the actor, Richard Draco, is stabbed through the heart. Trouble is, in time-tested British mystery fashion, everyone in the cast had good reason to despise Richard, a misogynist who seduced and discarded beautiful young women, including one whom he knew to be his daughter. It's up to Eve to solve the case, an emotionally difficult task as she is no stranger to incest herself: she was beaten and raped by her father before she managed to escape him. As Eve fights to keep her head above water, she tries to bond at a deeper level with Roarke, so that her future will heal the pain of her past. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) serves up a welcome mix of edgy, sexy lovers,newfangled gadgets, classic whodunit and noir. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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New York City cop Eve Dallas and her husband, Roark, attend an opening of a performance of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecutionat Roark's new theater. Eve is unfamiliar with the classic story, but she responds to it with her cop's instincts and recognizes the perpetrator long before the finale. However, the play ends unexpectedly even for Roark, when the villain is actually killed in the last scene. Eve immediately takes control. With her trusted assistant, Peabody, she must find out who substituted the real knife for the prop and thus caused an actress unwittingly to commit murder. It soon becomes clear that the victim was an evil creep who ruined lives for his own sport. Most of the other actors had reason to kill him, and professional actors are pretty good at playing innocent. Susan Ericksen has become the voice of Eve Dallas for audiobook listeners and continues to delight us with her interpretations-tough, sharp, irritable Eve; warm, melodious Irish Roark; and down-to-earth Peabody. Listeners who are familiar with Christie's work will find Robb's 21st-century version amusing. Recommended for all collections.
—Juleigh Muirhead Clark

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425173633
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2000
  • Series: In Death Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 78,527
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.99 (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 bestsellingIn Deathseries written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    Excellent Book

    I very much enjoyed this book and the entire series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    It is a great read. Anyone should enjoy it.

    I enjoy all of the J.D.Robb In death series and have recently gotten a nook and am in the process of acquiring all of them. I am always impressed with the research that is done on each story and Witness in Death was no exception. The characters in Witness are actors which also adds more drama. Any who read this will be hooked on all of the in death series. Happy reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    enjoy this series

    Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb has a winning series here. Eve Dallas is the Homicide detective of the future and Roarke is her exciting sexy spouse. The mysteries keep you guessing to the end and romance is steamy while still sweet. The characters keep things interesting. I enjoy the images Ms Roberts gives us of her idea of the future. The imagery is clear, makes me, as the reader believe its really there while I'm reading the story. Even with all the extras, the murder mystery remains the main focus. She always throws in exciting twists that really keeps you on your toes. Sometimes Eve "just knows" who the killer is, but doesn't know how to prove it, and sometimes she struggles with the outcome until the very end. Either way, If you like mysteries, this series is going to keep your attention. The books can be read in order but don't need to be to be understood. Each book, while it may refer to things that happen in previous books, will stand alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    LOVED WITNESS IN DEATH

    Great plot and very interesting characters, especially the actors. I loved the incorperation of the theatre in this book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2009

    The plot is very intricately woven around one scene.

    When a goup of people are watching the same event it is amazing that the stories vary from person to person. Even the ever seeing eyes of a policewoman sees things differently from the average person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Highly recommend - you must check it out!!

    Love this whole series! I am now reading it again for the second time. I enjoy the fact that it takes place in the not so distant future.
    I can truly believe that 1 day we will actually have some of these things. I would love to have that auto chef.

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

    They keep getting better.

    Having started at # 1, I keep getting surprised that each book in the series gets better. This volume was less bloody and far more engrossing. Works your mind as you read and, the ending was excellent.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Nice twist

    Another good story with an interesting twist. Who would've thought

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    Worst witness to a crime scene is not the murderer. No no. Much

    Worst witness to a crime scene is not the murderer. No no. Much worst. An actor.

    You can never tell when an actor is telling the truth or telling a lie. They have worked a lot of years
    to lie in front of the tv, they can't even distinguish between truth and reality.

    Except for Eve Dallas. She is the only detective, and witness to the crime that can tell the
     truth within all of the lies.

    See the master at work!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Amazing

    I just don't know how she keeps producing book after book in this series that has me laughing out loud and crying actual tears every time. Wasn't sure how I would feel about a murder mystery set in the live theater but really liked it and never figured out the twist until it was revealed in the very last chapter!

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    Great JD Robb

    This is a great series. If you have read JD Robb, you know what a great writer she is. If not, I recommend you grab one of her books in this series and you will be hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Dawne

    I feel Eve went way out of bounds when confronting Carly, and basically tore the girls life apart for no real reason. It brought out the b*t*h in her big time. I'm not very fond of this book, I don't know what effect she was looking for when she plotted that part of the book, but it really put a different light about Eves character. I don't know how others feel but up to this point in the series she was portrayed as someone who cared about others and had sympathy for wronged people as she was once wronged and could understand them. Now I just see her as a mean B*TCH, and unfortunately the bell has been wrung and there's no going back. For those of you who admire Eve and appreciate what she stands for, you might want to skip this book in order to keep her in a positive, caring light.

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

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    Not the best of the series Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    Not the best of the series

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    The tenth installment of the futuristic In Death series starts out with Roarke and Eve enjoying a night out together. Roarke has taken Eve to a performance of the play Witness at his very own New Globe Theater. Eve has been speculating the outcome all along and is rocked when the woman scorned in the play stabs the man that betrayed her. And when Eve realizes that not everyone is acting and that actor, Richard Draco, really was stabbed she goes back on duty to find the person who switched the prop knife for a real one.

    Now Eve must scour through testimony of all the on-stage performers, the behind-the-scenes workers, and thousands of witnesses to decipher who is sincere and who is acting and just who wanted to bring murder to center stage in a very dramatic way.

    I thought this book had a very interesting premise behind it; an on-stage murder turned into a real murder in front of thousands of witnesses. Every actor a suspect….but who is being sincere and who is just putting on a really good performance?

    This book started out really strong. It was great to see Eve and Roarke actually having a night out together and seeing Eve so wrapped up in the performance. And I thought the idea of a murder being acted out under the guise of a scripted performance was ingenious. It made me wonder as I always do with this series, just where does Roberts get these ideas for her storylines from??

    There were many characters to choose from in this book that could have been the killer and for once I actually chose correctly; although at times I did start to second-guess myself!! There were the women scorned by the arrogant Draco, the understudy waiting for his chance in the spotlight, the older actress that he never looked twice at just to name a few.

    I was a bit annoyed at Roarke in the beginning though because he seemed so cold and even kind of mean toward Eve when she was just doing her job; she can’t help that it happened at one of the many establishments he owns. Not to mention how he let Areena attach herself to him and almost seemed like he was more on her side than Eve’s.

    I enjoyed seeing McNab and Peabody getting more involved although I would have liked to have seen the moment where they actually decided to become more regular (if not exclusive) play out in the book instead of it being something that happened between books. I was waiting for some confrontation between Charles and McNab to occur, but it didn’t. Maybe in a future installment???

    And speaking of Peabody, I was a little bummed that her brother, Zeke, wasn’t still around. I greatly enjoyed him in the last installment and was kind of hoping he would decide to stay in New York for a while, but I guess not.

    Also, I was surprised that this didn’t have the usual big confrontation at the end between Eve and the murderer that puts Eve’s life in danger and ultimately leads Roarke to thank his lucky stars she’s alive as he carts her off against her will for medical attention. I’ve grown so used to that scene that this book almost felt incomplete without it.

    Overall I liked the book, but it definitely wasn’t the best of the series. I can’t wait to see what else the great mind of Nora Roberts has in store for Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Mcnab, and all the others.

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Ead Ra Read

    Good

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    I couldn't put it down.

    Eve may always investigate murder, but they aren't usually ones that she witnessed herself.

    While watching a wonderful play written by Agatha Christie one of the actors is murdered. It only takes seconds for Eve to realize that the actors are no longer acting - though the rest of the audience takes a bit longer. It's astonishing that though she knows who actually killed Eve still must search for the murderer - the prop knife had been replaced with a real knife.

    What is more astonishing to Eve is that even she believes that the actor deserved to die. He truly was a reprehensible person. No redeeming qualities. How can you narrow the pool when everyone hated the man enough to kill him?

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    Be a witness

    What a perfect setup for an Eve Dallas case. Roarke and Eve are attending the opening performance of the play "Witness for the Prosecution," a production financed by Roarke. He is fascinated watching Eve see her first play and try to unravel the plot. When the lead female performer in the play stabs the lead male performer as per script, Eve realizes the play is suddenly off script and that's real blood. She's become a witness to the crime, along with Dr. Mira who was also in the audience.

    This is an interesting who dun nit given they know who killed the actor but Eve has to figure out who substituted the prop knife for the real thing. All of the suspects are playing a role and it's difficult to determine who's in character and who's for real. There is also a classic, memorable scene where Eve tries to do something romantic for Roarke for a change. That scene alone makes reading this story worthwhile...it is hilarious.

    This is another solid entry in the In Death series.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    A terrific story for the series!

    Of all in the Death series, I do believe that "Witness In Death" is the best, especially when it comes to developing the characters Eve and Roarke. I'm looking forward to catching up on the books that I have missed.
    If you like Nora Roberts then you'll like these books by her.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    very recommended

    i loved this book. i am becoming an even bigger Eve & Roarke fan!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    A good book

    As ususal one of JD Robb's great books. Love the characters and story.

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  • Posted September 10, 2009

    Another great Eve Dallas case.

    I'm a real J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts fan. I like her writing style as each author. The J.D. Robb books are really interesting police procedurals and whodunits.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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