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Thankless in Death (In Death Series #37)

Thankless in Death (In Death Series #37)

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by J. D. Robb

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In this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series, Lieutenant Eve Dallas discovers that deep hatred can seethe within the closest relationships when she hunts down a man who murdered his own family.

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


In this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series, Lieutenant Eve Dallas discovers that deep hatred can seethe within the closest relationships when she hunts down a man who murdered his own family.

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 killed 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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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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“While Lt. Eve Dallas will never be a big people person, her slow evolution to allowing friends and loved ones into her heart and life has been an important subplot of this outstanding series. An interesting twist in this book is that there is no mystery about the murderer’s identity; this story is a race against time to find and stop this vindictive killer before he strikes again.”—RT Book Reviews

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

Kirkus Reviews
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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Penguin Publishing Group
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In Death Series , #37
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18 Years

What People are Saying About This

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Praise for the In Death series:

“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Gritty thrillers highlighted by humor and heart…The ‘In Death’ novels offer something for every fan of genre fiction.”—This Week (Columbus, OH)

“The series [is] groundbreaking in its unique combination of futuristic setting, suspense and romance.”—The Romance Reader

Meet 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.

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Brief Biography

Keedysville, Maryland
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Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland

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Thankless in Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 289 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J d robb series are full of suspense and romance and you just can't put the book down highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of emotion in this one. I enjoyed it. And Eve bought Peabody a present.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a number of customer reviews about this book and one or two stated Eve needed to grow up . I disagree heartily; after reading this installment I do see where Eve is making progress. What these readers don't realize is this series has only covered just about 2 or 3 years. I find Eve is coming into her own and look forward to future stories. The only complaint I have is to see more of her personal life. I miss Mavis most of all!
Silver_Crow_Woman More than 1 year ago
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.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
JD Robb delivers another winner in the In Death series.  
IrisCrowe More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
retta58 More than 1 year ago
J. D. ROBB never disappoints. I'm look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JD Robbs characters are funny, unique,and very entertaining. There is plenty of suspense and action, but also, good descriptive scenes. I look forward to each book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seemed in many ways too much like some of the former Death Series. Plot was good but not as great as some of her other books. Yes, I will continue to read the Death Series since all the characters and most of the time the plot are so well done. J.D. needs a break to regroup.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual another great JD Robb novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read as always
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love the series, enjoyed the book, and now I can't wait for the next! Write faster!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Loved it.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
An interesting twist for Lt Eve Dallas and her crew of investigators. They know who did it, when they did it, where they did it and most likely why they did it. They know he's lazy and not extremely intelligent, so why the heck can't they catch him before he continues his killing spree? Great plotting with interesting twists coupled with strong character development and tons of humor make this installment in the Eve/Roarke series a must read or listen to as I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!