Out of this World

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Featuring a Lieutenant Eve Dallas novella and an Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novella, this New York Times bestselling anthology of paranormal romance will transport you to a time and a place you’ve never been before…

In J. D. Robb's "Interlude in Death," Lieutenant Eve Dallas is forced to forsake duty to take down a rogue ex-cop at an off-planet police conference—and save the man she loves.

In Laurell K. Hamilton's "Magic Like Heat Across My Skin," a kidnapping brings vampire hunter Anita Blake and the two men in her life closer than a woman, a vampire, and a werewolf have ever been before.

Searching the universe for a missing ship, two telepaths lose themselves in each other—mind, body, and soul in Susan Krinard's "Kinsman."

And in Maggie Shayne's "Immortality," a man pulls a drowning woman out of the sea, a centuries-old witch with one last wish to share with him—and one last hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515131093
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 263,890
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the bestselling In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


Keedysville, Maryland

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Silver Spring, Maryland

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From Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb

“What’s this about, Commander?”

“Belle was right. I admire your work. I was intrigued to find us on the same program. You don’t generally accept speaking engagements.”

“No. I like the streets.”

“So did I. It’s like a virus in the blood.” He leaned back, nursed his drink. The faint tremor in his hand surprised her. &'grave;But working the streets doesn’t mean being on them, necessarily. Someone has to command—from a desk, an office, a war room. A good cop, a smart cop, moves up the ranks. As you have, Lieutenant.”

“A good cop, a smart cop, closes cases and locks up the bad guys.”

He gave one short laugh. “You think that’s enough for captain’s bars, for a command star? No, the word ‘naive’ never came up in any of the reports I’ve read on you.”

“Why should you read reports on me?”

“I may be retired from active duty, but I’m still a consultant. I still have my finger in the pie.” He leaned forward again. “You’ve managed to work and close some very high-profile cases in the murder book, Lieutenant. While I don’t always approve of your methods, the results are unarguable. It’s rare for me to judge a female officer worthy of command.”

“Excuse me. Back up. Female?”

He lifted his hand in a gesture that told her he’d had this discussion before and was vaguely weary of it. “I believe men and women have different primary functions. Man is the warrior, the provider, the defender. Woman is the procreator, the nurturer. There are numerous scientific theories that agree, and certainly social and religious weight to add.”

“Is that so?” Eve said softly.

“Frankly, I’ve never approved of women on the force, or in certain areas of the civilian workplace. They’re often a distraction and rarely fully committed to the job. Marriage and family soon—as they should for women—take priority.”

“Commander Skinner, under the circumstances, the most courteous thing I can think of to say is you’re full of shit.”

He laughed, loud and long. “You live up to your reputation, Lieutenant. Your data also indicate that you’re smart and that your badge isn’t something you just pick up off the dresser every morning. It’s what you are. Or were, in any case. We have that in common. For fifty years I made a difference, and my house was clean. I did what had to be done, then I did what came next. I was full commander at the age of forty-four. Would you like to be able to say the same?”

She knew when she was being played, and kept her face and tone neutral. “I haven’t thought about it.”

“If that’s true, you disappoint me. If that’s true, start thinking. Do you know, Lieutenant, how much closer you would be right now to a captaincy if you hadn’t made some ill-advised personal decisions?”

“Really?” Something began to burn inside her gut. &'grave;And how would you know the promotion potential of a homicide cop in New York?”

“I’ve made it my business to know.” His free hand balled into a fist, tapped lightly, rhythmically on the tabletop. “I have one regret, one piece of unfinished business from my active duty. One target I could never keep in my sights long enough to bring down. Between us, we could. I’ll get you those captain bars, Lieutenant. You get me Roarke.”

—Reprinted from “Interlude in Death” by J.D. Robb, featured in the Out of This World anthology by permission of Berkley, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright © 2001, Nora Roberts. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to post a cautionary statement to potential buyers of this book. The short story by Laurell K. Hamilton is ONLY an excerpt of her full length novel, Narcissus in Chains, to be published in October. This anthology contains the first 100 pages of the full length novel. None of the advertisement of this anthology stated this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book mainly for the Maggie Shayne entry. It was good enough for a short story but I would recomend reading her 'Destiny' before picking up 'Immortality' or new readers will be lost in the rules of her world. As for the other authors, I have become hooked to J.D. Robb's 'in Death' series since they are extreamly well writen and not at all predictable. 'Kinsmen' was weak but enjoyable, and 'Magic like heat across my skin' was intense and surprising, since it was my first encounter with Anita. I enjoyed it, but was dissapointed when there wasn't a real ending, which is apparently due to the fact that it is an excerpt, NOT a short story. All in all it was a good anthology, but unless you are prepared for new authors, whith themes that are VERY loosely connected, I would recomend starting out on these author's full length novels first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This anthology was much more than I had hoped for. Laurell K. Hamilton and J.D. Robb are my two favorite authors, but I've never read books by Krinard or Shayne before. I was almost surprised that I enjoyed all four stories. J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, contributed 'Interlude in Death.' This mystery/romance story follows her bestselling In Death series, as NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, chases an esteemed *rogue ex-cop* at an intergalatic conference. The cop harbors a personal vendetta against Roarke because of his mysterious past. As always, Eve and Roarke catch the villain, and manages to find time to chill out together. All in all, the story stands well alone, and will prove satisfying whether you're a long-time Robb fan or a new reader to the series. Susan Krinard's story 'Kinsman' is a futuristic/romantic thriller. When her brother's ship disappears during a secret space mission, a young princess of a small planet asks a 'Kinsman,' (a member of a special human *race* that possess certain telepathic powers) for aid. Along their journey to find the missing prince and his crew, the two discover a conspiracy brewing among the Kinsman's own people. They also discover that they're falling in love. I find this the weakest of the four stories, mostly because there were a lot of names and species that I didn't really understand. Also, *alien* type of stories are just not my thing. Perhaps I'll try her next wolf novel, SECRET OF THE WOLF, of which there was a short excerpt in the anthology. Maggie Shayne's 'Immortality' continues her Witch series. Puabi is an Immortal High Dark Witch who finds, after 4,000 years of existence, that she doesn't want to continue her old, evil ways. After being rescued by an unsuspecting human man and getting stranded on his island, Puabi rediscovers the zest to her life, as she and Matthew grow ever closer. However, Puabi's powers are slowly but surely diminishing. And there is unknown danger on the island. Tied into all this is the memory of Gabriella, Matthew's dead wife, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Puabi, although the two women are polar opposites. The ending is very poignant, with a wonderful plot twist. I had no difficulty following the plot, although I am new to Shayne's Witch books. I really loved this story, and I'll definitely pick up her other books now. A short excerpt of Shayne's upcoming romantic suspense novel, THE GINGERBREAD MAN, is included in the anthology. 'Magic Like Heat Across My Skin' is a sizzling, six-chapter preview of Laurell K. Hamilton's long-awaited NARCISSUS IN CHAINS, the 10th book in her bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. After six months of celibacy, our heroine comes back to St. Louis and finds out that her wereleopards have been kidnapped by a rival group of shapeshifters. To get them back, she seeks her old lover, the sexy vampire Jean-Claude, for help. Jean-Claude agrees, but only if Anita will take the *fourth-mark* so that she has a chance to fight and live. At the S&M club Narcissus in Chains, Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard (Anita's werewolf lover) *marry the marks,* merging their energies and completing their triumvirate of power. Anita may be a vampire hunter, necromancer, lupa of Richard's pack, and Nimir-Ra of the wereleopards, but she is human nevertheless. The line between humans and monsters is all-too-thin sometimes, and by consumating the marks, Anita may have become irrevocably changed now. Also, the story tends to lean toward the 'erotic' side of romance, which will no doubt create mixed feelings among Hamilton's loyal fans. New readers will most likely find this story difficult to follow, but very, very sensual. I found Laurell's writing style a bit 'off,' but I still can't wait for NARCISSUS IN CHAINS in October!
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like many of these anthologies, this book was a complete waste of time. The J.D. Robb story was quite forgettable, as were the Susan Krinard and Maggie Shayne stories. As for Laurell K. Hamilton, this was one of her big cheats where she put out a few chapters of her next book and passed it off as a short story. Nothing like buying a book and realizing you've already paid for part of it.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interlude in Death: Including the two novellas, of which this is one, this is the 14th book in the In Death series. It has Eve and Roarke & much of the usual cast at Roarke's off-planet resort for a police conference.Eve has an unpleasant run-in with former commander Skinner, a legendary hero from the Urban Wars. He has a serious vendetta against Roarke, and tries first bribery, then threats to get Eve to help him take Roarke down. It culminates in Eve hitting one of the commander's bodyguards, who's later found murdered, with the fairly obvious clues pointing to Roarke.Unlike in Naked in Death, Roarke's not a suspect, but Eve has to figure out why Skinner is so bent on Roarke's arrest, and whodunit, while trying to avoid stepping on toes, as she's out of her jurisdiction. There's much about vengeance, and gray areas, about how obsession can cloud and warp a mind, and the aforementioned revelations about Roarke's father.If you haven't read the rest of the series, the characters might not be as clear due to the novella length, but then again, if you haven't read the rest of the series, why not?
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robb story -- pretty good. Eve Dallas novelette; Krinard story --- OK but not memorable; Hamilton story was good but an excerpt from Narcissus in Chains; Shayne story -- had to push myself to finish. Beyond credibility even for a paranormal tale.
sholofsky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This anthology was basically an introduction to the publisher's popular stable of current romance/sci-fi/fantasy authors. I knew that, it was what I was looking for, and it served its purpose. The Robb "Eve Dallas" story was adequately written, but poorly plotted. The others were just unmemorable. All are stand-alone pieces, except for the Laurie K. Hamiliton entry, which is the first half of a novel that became, I understand, NARCISSUS IN CHAINS. This was crass--I don't like pieces of novels unless they are explicitly presented as an advertisement; this was not.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I "visited" with Eve and Roarke. With the growing TBR insanity, I haven't got back to my in-progress series as much as I might like. I keep getting distracted by new books. This time around, Eve is off-planet at a law enforcement symposium and trying not to think about the seminar she is supposed to be giving. It's easy to be distracted when a 50-year veteran and legend of the police force, Douglas Skinner, tries to blackmail her into helping him put Roarke behind bars. Things get more complicated when one of Skinner's aides is bludgeoned to death in a stairwell. This was a very well executed tale, a tangle of parents and children, prejudices and passions and another glimpse into Eve and Roarke's lives. The resolution was neat, the solution clever and the herring nicely red. A good, short addition to the series.
MyriadBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was working in a bookstore at the time this came out, and I snatched it up immediately. I was a huge fan of Hamilton at the time, her Anita Blake series in particular, and I had just recently began reading and loving Robb's In Death series.This book began my disappointment with Hamilton. First off, her story here, Narcissus in Chains, isn¿t a stand-alone; it¿s the first hundred pages of her next novel. It doesn¿t really even have an ending here. The hundred pages just end where that chapter ends, and then there¿s a little note at the bottom of the page informing the reader that the novel Narcissus in Chains will be coming out later that year. I finished reading it thinking what a cop-out this was.I did purchase and read the Narcissus novel when it published, and that¿s were my enjoyment of Anita Blake slide. I gave away my copy of that book, so I can¿t leave a review for it specifically, but there was one scene that really stood out to me because of how poorly written it was. It wasn¿t even a sex scene (I was fine with those, in this book at least); it was a scene were where Anita is confused about SM terminology, asked what the word ¿top¿ means, and has it defined for her. THEN the scene was repeated nearly word-for-word two hundred pages later. Arg. I despised the shoddiness of the writing, and Hamilton, her editor, and her proofreader all should have caught that before it ran to press. Leaving it in just drives home that either Anita is stupid or Hamilton thinks her readers are stupid or Hamilton is too stupid to realize she already discussed that word. None of which I believe Hamilton wants her readers to think.Robb¿s In Death story was very good, and I keep the book in my library solely for it. I don¿t remember the other two stories in this anthology, but I don¿t believe they struck me as anything special. I¿m hopeful that Robb will someday do a collection of all her In Death short stories so that I can have all of them in one book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it for the short story by JD Robb and ended up finding one of my favorite authors and genre with Laurell K. Hamilton. It isn't a new story by her, just an excerpt from another book, but once I read it I was hooked and quickly read everything else before and since. The Robb story and other short stories are great as well. I bought the hard copy PowerBook shortly after the original release years ago and still remember how enchanted I was with Anita's world.
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