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J. D. Robb , Susan Ericksen
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May 28 2007 In Death Series (Book 12)
At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid walks into suite 4602 for the nightly turndown - and steps into her worst nightmare. A killer leaves her dead, strangled by a thin silver wire. He’s Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder. A hit man for the elite. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows him well. But in this twisted case, knowing the killer doesn’t help solve the crime. Because there’s someone else involved. Someone with a more personal motive. And Eve must face a terrifying possibility - that the real target may, in fact, be her husband Roarke…

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet! Jan. 21 2002
By Sophie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow! "Betrayal in Death" is the BEST book in this series yet. The mystery is exciting and full of twists and turns and the relationship between Eve and Roarke has reached a whole new level.
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Mystery/Characters but Unsophisticated Jan. 17 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a very good read, especially as regards the building of characters and relationships. There are NO surprises, as you'll have this thing figured out quickly. But the author does well in leading one along enthusiastically to see exactly HOW she comes to the conclusion you expect.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Winning installment to a wonderful series! Nov. 25 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This latest in the "In Death" series sure does not disappoint fans! Eve Dallas, is tough as ever and satisfies all those who enjoy women with attitude and style. Roarke is as sexy and clever as ever and in this latest installment Eve gets the chance to be that loving wife with tenderness to Roarke.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EVE IS BACK! May 18 2001
By Jenn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After what I thought of as a very poor showing in "Judgement in Death," I was so glad to see Eve back in full force in this one. The mystery was well-plotted, and ran smoothly throughout the book, and my favorite part, Eve and Roarke's relationship, really went somewhere in this one. Eve's concern for her husband's life, and her reaction to the loss of his people showed significant growth in her role as a wife, not just "Roarke's cop." Slowly, over twelve books, the two of them have manged to meld themsleves into a unit, seperate and distinct entities, but still a cohesive team.
Now that the two of them can work together, I expect great things of their detective work! With Roarke's gift with the shadier side, and Eve's dogged pursuit of law and order, they can stand for the living, and the dead.
Fabulous book, even if you haven't read the other eleven (Didn't that review say TWELVE? Well, they must be counting the novella in "Silent Night") books. I can't wait for the next "Seduction in Death," due out in September.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Isn't anyone brave enough to tell the author?! May 10 2001
By Greg
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book as a fairly random choice based on its good reviews. The plot is clever enough and the police procedures are reasonably knowledgeable but......! Aren't there supposed to be proof-readers and editors whose job it is to make sure that an author doesn't make embarrassing errors? I'm an Irishman and I can promise you that the image of Dublin exemplified by one of the main characters just doesn't ring true. Roarke's background would have been difficult enough to justify if he had been born in the 60's or 70's but he's supposed to be from the early 21st century for heaven's sake and he talks about Dublin as if he had come from a huge slum! The dialogue he comes out with is just totally incredible and I use that word in its literal form. His phrases and attitudes are not the stuff of an ex-gangland boss from Ireland. But then the dialogue of the entire book is sadly embarrassing. On the last page, one of the two main characters refers to an enemy as "him and his ... son". A half dozen lines later, exactly the same dialogue comes out of the mouth of his wife! And again, earlier in the book.... "People ask me why I'm doing this, why I'm giving so much of it up. Do you know what I say?" You have to turn the page to get the answer from the hard-bitten female cop and the delay adds to the leaden disappointment of what she says....."No, what?" !!! (Even if she had said, "No, but I suppose you're going to tell me.") Having said all of that, I finished the book to see the end so it "held" me in that sense. I do think that Nora needs to get herself some honest proof-readers and/or editor, then her imaginative plots might have a bit more literary and realistic merit.
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J D Robb never disappoints
Published 19 days ago by Barbara Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I always enjoy this series from Nora Roberts/JD Robb - amazing characters and great stories.
Published 19 days ago by Lynda Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, Encore
This time, death comes knocking close to home. And yet, there are plenty of Red Herrings along the way - things are never clear and obvious where author J D Robb is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lady Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars AuthorZone.Com Book Review
A mystery novel like no other.
You have to read it if you are a mystery fan.
It is absolutely excellent!
Published on July 24 2003 by AuthorZone.Com Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great...
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely moronic
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
Published on May 10 2002 by R. Glendenning
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book
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 more
Published on Sept. 5 2001 by J. Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the series
I have so enjoyed this series and eagerly await the next installment. The plot here, gives you more information about Eve's husband Roarke and builds on your understanding of their... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2001 by Nicole Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great........
I love this series, they are totally awesome. I just love Eve Dallas, she is my favorite character of all times.I just really love her. Read more
Published on July 14 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars How does she write all these great books!!
I can't wait for the next one.
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