Betrayal in Death
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JD Robb fans are fanatical about New York City supercop Eve Dallas and her mysterious billionaire husband Roarke. Robb's futuristic (circa 2059) ...In Death series wages a two-front narrative war (the battle of good and evil and the battle of the sexes) and both author and readers come out winners.
When Darlene French, a maid at the Roarke Palace Hotel, is brutally beaten, raped, and strangled with a silver wire, Eve is at a loss to explain the apparently professional nature of the murder. Who would hire a hit man to kill such an ordinary woman? As she and her team of detectives (with a little grudgingly accepted help from Roarke, whose money, name, and talents can dig up a wealth of information) investigate the evidence, they find themselves in pursuit of Sylvester Yost, a vicious hired gun who's made millions in his bloody pursuit of career excellence. But it isn't until more victims appear that Eve realises Yost's real target is Roarke himself. To discover the driving force behind the murderous campaign, Eve and Roarke will have to delve into their own pasts, which holds secrets and terrors for them both.
Robb is the nom de plume of romance writer Nora Roberts, and this series certainly delivers the same sexually charged tension and improbably gorgeous characters as Roberts's extremely popular romances. But even those readers, who generally try to steer clear of heaving bosoms and ripped bodices, will have little to fear and much to appreciate in Betrayal in Death. Eve and Roarke are impressive physical specimens, but they're also witty, gritty, and often antagonistic, irritably staking out their territories and reluctantly collaborating in the crimes that come their way (think Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting, or Nick and Nora Charles on steroids and in a mood). Add in Robb's surprisingly light touch with humor, and the 13th instalment in the series is a lucky find indeed. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
This 12th installment in Robb's (aka Nora Roberts) popular and critically praised futuristic cop series, set in the year 2059, finds Lt. Eve Dallas butting heads with the FBI in a race to take down a hired killer who appears to be targeting the employees of her wealthy hotelier husband, Roarke. Adding to Eve's suspicions is the sudden and unexpected visit by one of Roarke's boyhood chums from Dublin a shady character named Mick Connelly who used to run with Roarke when they were petty thieves and con men shortly after the first murder. Eve knows Mick is not the killer; in fact, she's tussled with the prime suspect, Sly Yost, before, and his signature modus operandi, what he would call "murder with class," is unmistakable. Sly's an anal sort with a taste for fine art, classical music, rape and strangulation by silver wire. But, master of disguise that he is, finding him is virtually impossible. Since the murders all take place at Roarke's hotel, Eve allows him to assist in the investigation, a stroke of creative genius on Robb's part that plays on the strengths that brought them together way back in book one (Naked in Death), and that serves to bring out Eve's softer side. So certain is Robb at maintaining an atmospheric setting for this well-paced and expertly rendered series, followers will feel as if they have gone home to the future. (Mar. 6)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Yet again, Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, is out and about with hubby Rourke, attending one of his many social engagements. In fact, a celebrity friend of Rourke's and her entourage are present, trying to raise funds for charity when the first murder occurs ... one that makes absolutely no sense at all. One more thing J D Robb - aka Nora Roberts - is really good at.
The past is also, once again, catching up with Rourke - in form of a lad from his childhood re-emerging, one that he has not seen for decades. Being the loyal type and not having forgotten his roots, Rourke invites his Irish buddy to stay at his house rather than one of his hotels. Eve isn't too happy about the situation, but determined to adapt to her new social status of being married and married to Rourke. It's all still very new to her and she is aware that everybody around her is trying to help, be patient and supportive ... well, all bar Summerset, Rourke's man servant. However, even that relationship is undergoing a transformation.
As always, all characters involved are really well fleshed out - be they main characters or only those involved at the periphery. There is never such a thing as a superfluous person involved - there is always a reason for someone to appear in the storyline and it always becomes apparent in the plot.
As for the plot itself and the sub-plots, those, too, are well fleshed out and become more and more obvious as the story continues, without becoming boring and/or repetitive ... although I could probably have done without Ian and Delia's complications.Read more ›
In this instalment, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is investigating the murder of a maid at one of Roarke's hotels. The killer is identified as a hit man for the elite, which doesn't solve the crime at all. It becomes apparent that the real target may be Roarke, and it's up to our favourite feisty Lieutenant to find out who is pulling the strings.
What I really loved about this book is how Eve and Roarke's marriage no longer seems one-sided. For a long time Roarke has been Eve's rock, comforting her and receiving little in return. But in this book, as the murders that occur upset Roarke, Eve comes to his side, and really shows how much she has grown as a person. Eve and Roarke's relationship really blooms in this novel. Their love scenes are even more passionate and heart-warming than before, and are guaranteed to leave readers satisfied. The mystery is first-rate: suspenseful, and well thought out. "Betrayal in Death" is a wonderful addition to this fantastic series - so don't miss it!
Mystery/crime-novel fans should also like this novel (and presumably the series), but anyone attracted by the "futuristic" setting will get a good laugh. This is the most unsophisticated treatment of a future 50 years from now that one could imagine...or rather not imagine.
The author obviously set the timeline ahead 50 years simply to relieve disbelief of this Irish criminal/Donald Trump/Bill Gates mishmash named Roarke, who owns practically everything and everyone, and is an exceedingly handsome computer genius to boot. Totally ridiculous character, so lets just jump ahead 50 years! You'll still come to like the character and also that of Eve Dallas, of course. What the sophisticated will not like is the general abandonment and lack of attention that this futuristic setting receives from thereon.
But again, she has the romance/mystery bit down, plus entertaining characters who like to...err...enjoy each others' company almost every other page.
Each book in this series adds a new degree to the relationship between Roarke and Eve as they come up on their first year of marriage. The relationship Eve hates between McNab and Peabody gets more interesting and while there's more heat going on there, Eve ignores it mostly but does let Peabody cry on her shoulder with a lot of ice cream and tears
The main plot of the story, is the case in which Eve is tracking a contract killer that even the FBI hasn't been able to catch for over 25 years. Roarke still is of help with his computer equipment. There is a visit from one of Roarke's boyhood friends from Dublin. You learn more of Roarke's past and even a new side to him.
The ending was surprising and touching. "Betrayal in Death" is absolutely the best in this series yet!
Most recent customer reviews
I have always like JD Robb books....each on I read it better than the read before.Published 14 months ago by Linda Champion
I always enjoy this series from Nora Roberts/JD Robb - amazing characters and great stories.Published 16 months ago by Lynda Stephens
A mystery novel like no other.
You have to read it if you are a mystery fan.
It is absolutely excellent!
This book is fantastic--as is the whole series! Robb/Roberts keeps getting better and better. Check out my reviews of Naked in Death and/or Glory in Death for more info...Published on July 29 2002 by M. Dickinson
I didn't know she wrote bodice rippers, but it is easy to believe.
Really dumb plot: set 50 years in the future for no good reason, zero understanding of technology, simple... Read more
I love the In Death series, and this book didn't disappoint me. It's terribly hard to put any of the books down once I begin them, and this one was no exception. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2001 by J. Whittaker