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Divided in Death [Library Binding]

J. D. Robb
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September 2004 1417664355 978-1417664351
Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who’s on the case, believes Reva is innocent. Eve’s instincts tell her that the murder scene looks too perfectly staged, the apparent answers too obvious. And when she digs for more, she discovers that at nearly the exact time a kitchen knife was jammed into the victim’s ribs, the passcode to his art studio was changed - and all of the data on his computer deliberately corrupted. To Roarke, it’s the computer attack that poses the real threat. Signs show that this is the nightmare his company has secretly been preparing for. He and Reva have been under a code-red government contract to develop a program that would shield against a new breed of hackers, the Doomsday Group. These techno-terrorists with brilliant minds and plenty of financial backing hack into systems, steal data, and corrupt computer units on a large scale and kill anyone who gets too close. Eve and Roarke must infiltrate an extraordinarily secretive government agency to expose the corruption at its core, before the virus spreads from one office to a corporation to the entire country.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Gut-searing emotional drama David Baldacci Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ratio that will raise the hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J.D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction Dennis Lehane J.D. Robb's novels are can't miss pleasures Harlan Coben Whether she writes as J.D. Robb or under her own name, I love Nora Roberts. She is a woman who just doesn't know how to tell a bad story Stephen King This series gets better with every book Publishers Weekly The most popular novelist on planet earth Washington Post A perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedural and steamy romance...truly fine entertainment... sure to leave you hungering for more Publishers Weekly Great fun Cosmopolitan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including High Noon, Angels Fall, Blue Smoke, and Northern Lights. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 280 million copies of her books in print. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite so far May 17 2004
By Emma
Format:Hardcover
Yes, Divided in Death is different from the other books in the series. You have your typical Eve driven investigation of murder with someone she or Roarke knows and need to prove innocent. You've got your people who misunderstand Eve's ways which hurts her but she remains silent. McNab, Peabody, Mavis, Feeney and Trueheart are all there, which makes for a nice continuity.
This time we've got spies and government intrigue at the heart of the murder case. But Divided is more personal than the other books. Eve and Roarke have always had heated arguments but have been solid with their marriage because of their love for each other. This time, they each struggle with something inherent to their make up and it's not so easily moved past.
A great part of the book, contrasted with the others, Eve and Roarke cannot find their way to each other, they are estranged by their different reactions to some information that comes to light about Eve's past. It's this struggle which makes the heart of the book so compelling because you want them to make it, they are the other half of the other but at the same time, some things can't just be moved past.
I won't give spoilers but I found this intensely personal approach a nice refreshing change from the other books and I thought Robb wrote it well and threaded it into the mystery in such a way that you don't get bored with one or the other.
There were a few scenes in the book where I must admit I did get a bit weepy. Eve, without Roarke's strength, without his love and support is very empty and sad and it reminds you of who she was in Naked In Death and how far she's come.
A very worthy read for those who've followed the series and the growth of the characters and the marriage between these two unlikely lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I REALLY liked this one! April 16 2004
By Sophia
Format:Hardcover
This, to me, is J.D. Robb better than ever. Finally, she writes a mystery in which Roarke's involvement is intrinsic to the plot - he's not just shoving his way into Eve's job. Their conflict was so well-drawn and realistic, it amazed me. I was very impressed with its resolution, in how far Eve and Roarke have come to understand each other. I do have to disagree with the reviewer who said that Eve's response "emasculated" Roarke - she was the wounded party, it's for her to decide if and how she wants to retaliate. If he just jumped in, he would take away her power even more. On a side note, it's a real pleasure to read about people with childhood issues who have to continue to work through them - so often, True Love comes along, and that's just the end of it.
The mystery was good and entertaining, with several amusing, well-placed, political "slams." It's also delightful to see Peabody as a detective and to get a closer look at Caro. I am looking forward to Visions in Death and to when this comes out in paperback.
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Format:Hardcover
We've read the entire 18-book "Robb" series and generally enjoy all the stories immensely. As usually happens with long-running characters, we've come to feel intimate with both the leading couple, NYPD Homicide Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke, as well as a fine supporting cast of cops Peabody, Feeney, and McNab (among others); quirky friend Mavis; and annoying "houseman"/valet Summerset. The writing and plot crafting skills of Nora Roberts (posing herein as JD Robb) created absolute powerhouses in her recent novels "Portrait" and "Purity in Death", leaving us emotionally stimulated and intellectually entertained. But our hope for more at that level was not to be fulfilled in "Divided".
The plot centers around an artist who is caught cheating by his wife, Reva, a security specialist who works at one of Roarke's firms. Reva is found at the scene of her husband and his lover's murder, but it seems immediately to be a frame; and a subsequent murder or two confirms that suspicion. The cop team pretty much takes residence at the Roarke mansion, fearing that security is so sensitive an issue on this case that working out of Police HQ is ill advised. The investigation soon embroils the Homeland Security agency, which is an interesting ploy that allows Robb to comment from the setting of the book at future year 2059 on the "history" and practices of that government entity. A wrinkle about Eve's own troubled past with an abusive father surfaces during the investigation that causes a huge riff between herself and Roarke -- and the resolution of that strain on their relationship is a strong sub-plot to the mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! March 22 2004
Format:Hardcover
Reva is a woman out for revenge, but murder was never in her plan. When she burst into her cheating husband and best friend's love nest, her rage turns to shock; they are lying entwined in each others arms, covered in blood. She calls her mother next, who happens to work for Roarke, who is conveniently married to the best homicide cop in the twenty first century, Eve Dallas. It only takes Eve a short time to know Reva is innocent, but proving that will be a challenge. As she works towards the truth, Eve will face her own demons once more, and a bit more of her shrouded past will emerge. In the end, Eve's future will be in more jeopardy than ever, as she faces a deadly enemy who is not afraid to kill.
***** Some series peter out and become tired. Eve and Roarke have yet to do so. From fresh and funny to intensely passionate or chillingly dangerous, the emotions run the gamut. Both major and minor characters are well developed. Even if you dislike futuristics, this series is worth making an exception. In particular, "Divided in Death" has one of the best Eve/Roarke scenes of all the books, which is saying a lot. *****
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best so far
Reva Ewing was found standing over the dead bodies of her husband, renowned artist Blair Bissel, and her best friend. Everything is just too perfect in Lieutenant Eve Dallas' mind. Read more
Published on June 2 2012 by AceofHearts
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Eve Dallas book
This is one of the better Eve Dallas books as it delves into the dilemma of Eve and Rouke's different view on vengence, the law, and their differing personal code. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2009 by Sheila D. Manderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Eve and Roarke at their best
As always, part of what I love with Robb is the development of Eve and Roarke. Parts of the book dragged (as most books sometimes do) but I still love how things are between Eve... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Melinda Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Robb is super, I love Eve Dallas and Roarke!
Ouch! Wish they had kept this is regular paperback, but I guess Nora Roberts needs they money, eh?
Roarke is still to die for. Eve maintaining her strong kick A** style. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Victoria Devlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to the In Death series!
A cut and dry murder scene turns out to be anything but. Eve must unravel a tangled mess of possibilities in a story that Bond would have been proud of. Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by Holly Fuhrmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This book continues to entertain just like the previous "In Death" books. Besides the mystery (others have already reviewed), this book mainly focus on the problems and... Read more
Published on April 10 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars I have read better books
This was my first time reading a book of J.D. Robb and I did not care that much about it. I really think that it is stupid that an author as big as Nora Roberts has to make up... Read more
Published on April 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
While I loved the book itself, I was disappointed that it was only printed in the hardcover edition. I own all the other 17 books in the series and they are all paperbacks. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Marie Spivey
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Female Detective Ever?
What can I say, Eve Dallas is one of the great cops of modern literature. Before Eve Dallas I loved Lucas Davenport. John Sandford's detective from the Twin Cities. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by J. Watts
3.0 out of 5 stars Loyal But Disappointed
I eagerly awaited this next installment in the Eve Dallas/Roarke series and after reading it was not disappointed. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Judy Koll
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