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Creation in Death [Mass Market Paperback]

J. D. Robb
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April 1 2008 In Death (Book 25)
The 25th In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author

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At 27 books and counting, Nora Roberts is more prolific under her Robb pseudonym than most authors manage in a single career. Yet the latest in her not-so-near-future detective series featuring New York Police Det. Eve Dallas offers a satisfyingly novel mélange of suspense, sex, forensics and heroics. It's 2060, and the serial killer nicknamed The Groom is back in town after an absence of nine years, resuming his horrific run of kidnapping, torturing and killing young women. Dallas, who served as a detective in the frustrating first investigation, assumes lead role in this one. This time, not only do the killer's chosen victims have ties to Dallas's husband, Roarke, but Dallas herself may be the killer's ultimate target. Swiftly paced, the story cuts frequently from the investigation to the killer's progress with his victims. Dallas works to outplan, outfight and outsmart the killer; to keep her handsome, rich husband happy; and to be ready for the next round after a good night's sleep. Robb's latest is bound to please Dallas fans. (Nov.)
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...a satisfying novel melange of suspense, sex, fornsics and heroics PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Nora Roberts amazes me... Stephen King sheer entertainment GUARDIAN --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Nov. 20 2007
By Dia
I love this series so much and couldn't wait to receive the latest. Unfortunately, I found it disappointing. It was so serious -- no fun scenes, no really great stand-out scenes, especially with Roarke. It seemed formulistic and for the first time, I thought Roarke really became a lapdog to Eve's demands. Also, the crime-solving details got very tedious and then --boom, it's over. This is the first of the 25 that hasn't wowed me. That said, I can't wait for the next one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I want to live in Roarke's house April 30 2011
By Chris
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After the last book in the series left a sour taste in my mouth, I didn't know whether I would go back for the next chapter of "In Death." But I did and no sour taste in the mouth this time! I liked the stuff about the Urban Wars - maybe Robb could do a stand alone with that subject - and more discoveries from Roarke's house. I will read the next one maybe in a few months. Eve can only be taken in far apart doses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Incredible! Perfect! April 26 2008
By GinRobi
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Again, Robb brings back the characters we love with a new crime to solve. Roarke works more hands-on this time, getting a real picture of what cops do. He'd never been this 'in' it before, and it was great to see him there, and get his 'feel' for what cops go through during an intense investigation.

Arguments and fights between some of the more active characters make them appear more human and all the more believable.

The plot was good, not so many twists but you get even more information and more of a feel about the perpetrator in this one, a better sense of the why. Although it wasn't complicated, I really loved how it all came down. Ariel was perfectly added as the last 'victim', and I'm glad Eve connected with her on some level. Although only a 'temporary character', I really hope to see her again in a future novel.

What Eve asked Roarke to do - stepping 'over the line' as she did, I wholeheartedly agreed with and would have done the same in her position. I won't go into further detail as it would spoil the ending, but I was more than glad of it. You'll understand what I mean when you read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SO-SO Nov. 24 2007
By Schatze
I have to agree with the previous reviewer not one of the better books. But Nora's 'not so great' is still good I think though she is so good that her fans expect a superb book each time and that's just not possible. This book was ok but to be perfectly honest nothing really stood out. The argument between Feeney & Eve was so lame I was like what is the fuss. Roarke and Eve were back on track lovey dovey and some of the lines Nora gives them makes me roll my eyes P-L-E-A-S-E only in books and the movies do people talk like this but oh well.....I wonder who ran Roarkes business while he was in the 'war room' with Eve & crew?? We had the obligatory Mavis visit of course, Nadine getting the inside scoop which again is odd I mean why isn't this causing a big flack with other press people it's pure favoritism.
I do feel that one book is usually quite great then the next blah and this has been going on for awhile now and I'm moreorless expected this one not to be that great since the last one was quite good.
I do feel, and I have been a enormous fan of the death books, that they are getting stale. Cause we know about Eve's background and Roarkes so that aspect is done with so all is left is the murder cases with little personal bits in there so maybe it's only natural that this would be the way it is cause after all she's been writing this series since 1995 even though the actual span of the books is about 2 years which I never understood but that's how it is.
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest installment satisfyingly up to the best of this fine series Nov. 6 2007
By R. B. Bernstein - Published on
J. D. Robb's "in Death" series of futuristic mysteries featuring Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPSD should be much better known, for Robb has managed to meet the rigorous standard set and defined by the greatest writer of science-fiction mysteries, Isaac Asimov. This latest volume, CREATION IN DEATH, is no exception, and ranks among the best of this fine series.

Robb is remarkably skilled at creating a future world -- New York City in 2060, after the "Urban Wars" (which feature well in the plot). She also creates believable characters of all kinds -- heroes, villains, supporting players, and extras -- to inhabit this convincing setting. She never resorts to springing information on the reader without which he or she can't solve the case; everything is carefully and painstakingly set up with total fairness. Also, she never resorts to gimmickry to solve crimes or to save heroes from certain doom. These are first-rate mysteries, first-rate science-fiction novels, and the romantic suspense elements are neatly woven into the story.

This is a serial-killer novel in which the killer is terrifyingly real, with motivations and attitudes that are at once alien to "normal" people yet one klick away from the range of behaviors and attitudes we all have seen or read about in people, normal and abnormal. The suspense is sustained so that this reader, at least, had to put the book aside at 2:00 a.m. to get some sleep when only 60 pages or so from the end. And it bears re-reading.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting addition to addictive series Nov. 26 2007
By T. Wheaton - Published on
A serial killer who had eluded the NYSPD nine years ago has returned. Feeney was the primary investigator back then and Eve was a newly minted detective and his partner. The fact that the killer escaped clean to go ply his trade in other cities and countries has sat bitterly with not only Eve and Feeney but with Morris the coroner, Whitney the chief and even Berenski the lab tech.

Now, nine years later he is back, doing exactly what he did before in his same MO. The cops of the NYSPD have a chance for redemption. Eve is tagged as the primary investigator and hits the ground running with her usual band of co-horts: Peabody, McNabb, Feeney, Baxter, Trueheart and of course Roarke. Even Trina, the scary hairdresser plays a part that surprisingly does not involved terrifying Eve with grooming products. And we get introduced to a few new characters such as the sassy e-girl Callender.

What I liked the most about this story is the pacing. Robb writes the book just like what it is, a race against time. The pacing and the tension ratchets up so as you read it you feel the same sense of urgency that the characters on the page feel. It is a nice effect and Robb does a good job with that. Another nice touch is that there is quite a bit of it shown from Roarke's POV. And Robb does a nice job of flipping the script a bit from some of the previous books. Whenever Roarke gets involved with Eve's job it is done in their home on his turf, but she takes him out of his comfort zone and puts them all at the police dept. almost around the clock. You can see Roarke struggle a bit as he is working in a place that is alien to him. Nice touch there.

I knock off a star because of the whole mother/female figure that the perp is killing over and over again. Robb has drunk from this well a little too many times before.
38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Eve Dec 19 2007
By Kara J. Jorges - Published on
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New York Police & Security Department's Lieutenant Eve Dallas is enjoying a quiet night at home watching a mindless movie with her perfect husband Roarke when a call comes in. Eve is surprised, as she is not even on call, but rushes to the murder scene of a young woman, knowing something is up, and is it ever. A serial killer known as "the Groom," who slipped through the NYPSD's fingers nine years before, seems to be back. He tortures his female victims to death, then lays their bodies out in a public place after placing a silver ring on one of their fingers. The police had believed the Groom had either died or gone to prison on other charges when his victims stopped appearing, but Eve's investigation uncovers similar crimes in other cities around the world. She has to stop him, which isn't going to be easy, as he leaves almost no clues.

This might have been a good story, but it got to be too much of just about everything bad, and not enough of the things I've grown to love this series for. I realize this is a murder mystery series, but it struck me that New York of 2060 must have more serial killers per capita than any other place on earth EVER. This is the umpteenth serial killer Eve has chased, and I doubt it will be the last. Usually, solving Eve's cases with her is fun, with banter all around with all the recurring characters. This time out, however, there was very little of that, and what there was felt almost forced. Instead, we spent time I would rather not have spent with our killer and his victims. I read murder mysteries because I enjoy the unraveling of the motives of the murderer; I do not read them because I enjoy getting inside the sick mind of a person who gets off on causing pain and degradation, and dwelling on the process. This book not only spent far too much time inside the mind of the killer, it also delved into the fear and pain of his victim, and I just don't want to go there. I don't need those images burned in my brain. I know there is a market for that kind of book, but I have deliberately not included any of them in my collection, and hope very much that this is not a new direction this series is taking.

That was not the only issue with this book, however. I have grown to like and admire Eve Dallas very much because I have gotten to know her by being places with her while she's doing her thing. We all know Roarke loves her to distraction, and for good reason. What I don't need is a constant reminder of how amazing she is. I've always hated reading books where the author seems overly enamored of a character and gushes about how great they are because I can never quite go along for the ride. It's better when the character can just be who they are and let us like them or not on their own merits, not because we've been told we should. Eve Dallas books are usually that way, but this time out, Nora felt it necessary to hammer it home.

Another thing I'm really, really tired of is Eve never getting any sleep. We all know she's dedicated to her job, but come on. In this book, she might have had a total of four hours stretched over several days, probably because I guess she's the only detective on the NYPSD who's amazing enough to solve a case. It's one thing to pull an all-nighter or get awakened by a phone call, but in this book it was way, way overdone. Eve couldn't stop working because she had a killer to catch before he could kill again. But would it hurt to let her get a few hours of sleep now and then? I found myself feeling worn down because of it.

This is one of the best mystery series I read, and the author has done a wonderful job of mixing it up, giving us a different type of mystery for Eve to solve each time out. One book will be a single crime of passion, and the next might be a serial killer, followed by something different in the next. Other reviewers have complained about these books getting too hard, too focused on the gore, and I thought they were wimps. After this, however, I find myself reluctantly joining their ranks. It isn't a bad book; it's just not the best of this series. It's almost as if the author forced it along in a hurry, and focused on all the wrong things. I look forward to the next Eve Dallas novel simply because I love this series, but I hope the magic is back next time. It was almost completely absent in this book.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another thrilling book in the "In Death" series! Nov. 7 2007
By Valerie Matteson - Published on
This 25th book in the series is horrifying, suspenseful and thrilling just to start! The book opens with the reader being introduced to the killer although not by name. We learn that to the killer death is a "vocation" the end all. The killer loves opera and apparently started his killing in New York almost a decade before and decides after "traveling" around both on "vacation" or his dormant periods and killing in other locales to come back to New York to "finish." He has a woman on a table tied down and has been systematically been using heat, cold and sharp objects on her to see how long she can last.

Lt. Eve Dallas and Roarke and their cat Galahad are relaxing watching an old action flick. Eve has the next 48 hours off and is looking forward to some quality time with her hubby. She is content munching on popcorn that is over salted and over buttered so that Roarke won't touch it. Her 'link goes off and it is Commander Whitney, her boss, calling her to a discovery of a dead body in a park. He knows it is her time off but tells her he needs her to be the primary detective in charge of this case. Roarke goes with her and it turns out that the woman found spread out and nude on a white sheet worked at a club he owns. It also appears to be the work of the Groom as the pressed dubbed this killer over nine years ago. He killed 4 women horribly, put silver rings on their left hands and left them where they would be found.

As Roarke gets more and more involved, we get to see the Homicide and EDD cops from his point of view which is very interesting and we also get to see how he and Eve can work together. We also see more interaction with Eve and Captain Feeney, her old partner and the detective in charge of the Groom case nine years ago. This time Eve determined to solve it even as the killer appears to be targeting Roarke in some ways.

I love also the extra interaction with Peabody, McNab, Mavis and Trina who all have parts to play. A very thrilling story with a most horrific killer!

Highly recommended!

Valerie Matteson
Ann Arbor, Michigan
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warp speed reading Nov. 16 2007
By Bookreporter - Published on
He's back.

Nine years ago, long before Eve Dallas had her lieutenant stripes, a killer who was dubbed The Groom abducted, tortured and murdered a series of women. The New York City police were unable to catch him before he dropped off their radar. As the years passed, it was their collective hope that he had been captured, incarcerated or, better yet, killed. Whatever had happened, they wanted him gone for good.

But he's back. And this time, he wants Eve Dallas.

In the years since he disappeared, The Groom has been honing his skills. Organization and patience aren't the only things he has going for him. He picks his partners --- as he considers his victims --- methodically, taking time to choose carefully. Plus, he's more than just highly intelligent.

"He was a maestro in the art of death. The keeper of time. The bringer of destiny."

But his obsession with Eve Dallas may be his undoing.

A body is discovered, then a second, and the clock is already ticking on a third victim. With a sizable task force behind her, tracking devices on her car and her person, a tag team in close following distance, it seems safe for Lt. Dallas to use herself as bait. She knows that he wants her. Besides, what could possibly go wrong? Famous last words. It's possible that the police might not be giving this clever serial killer the credit he deserves. They need to keep in mind that he has eluded their attempts to stop him for many years --- and, they learn, in many countries.

How does he manage to lure women off the streets, during daylight hours, without a struggle? Particularly once the killings start. With the word out, what woman would accompany a stranger anywhere alone?

The psychologist's profile, coupled with Dallas's intuitive instinct, gives the cops an advantage that they didn't have nine years ago. The killer starts to take shape from their tenacious digging and logical deductions. His history emerges, showing what made him into the monster that is now stalking young brunettes.

Roarke, Dallas's sexy, rich, Irish hunk of a husband, adds his invaluable expertise --- along with some occasional bouts of pizza delivery --- to the lieutenant's task force. Together, they thrust and parry their way through the nerve-wracking hours to the end of the toughest case Dallas has seen in a long time. Both are strong characters, quick of temper, hard loving, hard working and hard playing. They will need to be every bit of that --- and much more --- to catch this killer.

And then there's Roarke's man, Summerset, who displays a palpable distaste for Roarke's distinctly unfeminine wife. He proves himself worthy of a very large pat on the back in this investigation. To her surprise and chagrin, Dallas almost starts to like him.

J.D. Robb's stories are fun to come home to at the end of the day. With CREATION IN DEATH --- the 25th installment of her bestselling In Death series --- she gives us one of the nastiest villains she has conjured up to date. With the target being Dallas herself, it makes for an interesting challenge. And warp speed reading.

--- Reviewed by Kate Ayers
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