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Haunted in Death(MP3)(Unabr.) [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

J.D. Robb

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Book Description

Sept. 29 2006 In Death Series
Number Twelve is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted…and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number Twelve a cultural icon. Several bullets from a banned gun end his dream of returning the building to its former glory. With everyone around her talking about the supernatural, pragmatic Eve won’t let rumors of ghosts distract her from hard evidence. The case becomes even more bizarre when it appears to be linked to the suspicious disappearance of a rock star eighty-five years ago. As Eve searches for the connection, logic clashes with the unexplainable. She may be forced to face the threat of something more dangerous than a flesh-and-blood killer.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Com/MP3 edition (Sept. 29 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423325389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423325383
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,290,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

From AudioFile

The most recent in the Lieutenant Eve Dallas futuristic mysteries involves a new homicide that is connected to the murder of a young, talented singer that occurred in the 1960s. Dallas has to connect the dots and in the process deal with hauntings, curses, and ghosts. Susan Ericksen does a good job with the characters' voices, delivering an especially strong Irish brogue for Eve's husband, Roarke. However, even the best performance can't overcome the slimness of the plot and the overemphasis on ballistics. This is definitely the weakest title in the series and may appeal only to the most diehard fans. S.S.R. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Death Series March 23 2011
By Kelly Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have read everyone of the books in the "In Death" series. They are great! I have to admit, I hade my doubts about them, before I started reading, due to the fact that they is set in the future, but that aspect isnt really a factor in the books or the stories. I was given a book in the middle of the series, and as soon as I finished it, I immediately went looking for the rest of them. The stories and characters draw you in and keep you coming back for more. They make you laugh out loud, shed a tear and feel just about everything in between. Definately love Roarke! and see Eve grow and change.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short March 31 2014
By Penny Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This story was too short. I missed the real detail and the interaction with the character's workmates that is usually in her longer books. I am addicted to J.D. Robb's books but was disappointed in this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have done without Feb. 21 2014
By Erin - Published on Amazon.com
This novella was fine for what it was. I am listening to the series on audible though, and regretted paying for this one. I could have done without.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice premise, but came off as mediocre Aug. 1 2013
By OpenBookSociety dot com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

*Beware of possible Spoilers*

haunted-in-death-j-d-robbIt's the start of a new year in 2060 and Eve is thrown into a case that brings up an old urban legend.

Number Twelve was a club where up and coming singer, Bobbie Bray, performed. She and her boyfriend, Hop, lived above the club in an apartment he had made. But when she was getting ready to leave him she mysteriously disappeared never to be seen again. Her body was never found and ever since the building seems to be cursed. Any time anybody purchases or has anything to do with it they meet an untimely death or the business goes belly up. No serious or smart investor will touch it, not even Roarke. The place is rumored to be haunted by Bobbie herself.

Now Hop's grandson has bought Number Twelve with plans of renovating it. Only he is shot and killed before he has a chance to get the project off the ground. But what they find while investigating the murder shocks people everywhere. Bobbie Bray's remains. It turns out that Hop had killed her as many suspected and built a wall to conceal her body and the killer wanted to make sure her bones were found at long last. And, stranger yet Hop's grandson was killed with the same gun that killed Bobbie all those years ago.

While investigating at Number Twelve, Eve keeps hearing singing and even seeing a young woman that looks like Bray. Is it her ghost or just a really good show put on by her avenger?

This is a short story and let me tell you there is a lot going on in those 80 pages. I never would have thought it was possible to put so much in. You get Bobbie and Hop's back-story, their family, their relationship and everything that's happened since. Then, you get a little sex scene with Eve and Roarke and Eve teasing Peabody for her fear of Number Twelve. Then, finally you get the case all wrapped up with a nice little bow.

I liked the premise of this book and thought it was interesting when Eve got to see Bobbie's ghost reenact everything that happened which gave us all a better understanding of exactly what went down that terrible night she died.

But something was missing for me in this one that I just can't put my finger on and the entire book came off as mediocre to me. But it was a quick fun read nonetheless.

This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
4.0 out of 5 stars The Flat-Earth Society Sept. 16 2014
By Island River Scribe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This entry in J. D. Robb’s In Death series is actually a bridge novella to be read between “Memory In Death” and “Born In Death.” After many novels and just as many high-profile cases, we leave the year 2059 behind. It is early January 2060 and bitterly cold and nasty in NYC.

Eve Dallas and Delia Peabody are staring down at the corpse of Radcliff C. Hopkins III, who has been shot nine times with a 9mm, one of those times by direct contact to the forehead. For Eve, the first problem with this scenario, other than the fact that the man has been dispatched with decided overkill, is that 9mm firearms aren’t in circulation any longer. In fact, guns of all types are banned and have been for several decades.

The second problem with this scenario is the building in which the victim is found. Back in the 1970’s, Rad Hopkins’ grandfather had owned the building. A music producer, Hop Hopkins had run a highly successful club called Number Twelve on the premises until his death from a drug overdose. Since then, the building has had a multitude of short-term owners and is now in significant disrepair. It also has such a reputation for being haunted that even Roarke wouldn’t buy it when it went up for auction several months prior.

The third problem is that Eve finds, in a section of wall recently cut open in the club’s upstairs living quarters, a skeleton. This skeleton has a bullet hole in the forehead, holds a beautiful, well cared for diamond clip in one bony hand and a very clean but recently fired 9mm gun is by the other.

To add to all this, Eve, as she peruses the skeleton, is assaulted by sudden and crippling cold. And she hears the husky lilt of Bobbie Bray, a legendary songstress who had performed almost exclusively at Number Twelve. At least she had until the day she disappeared without a trace from that very apartment 85 years ago.

So, now, Eve has two murders on her plate. She also has a crime scene that emanates otherworldly manifestations that literally reach out and touch the various detectives and sweepers as they work. And none of these many instances of voices or touches can be justified logically; there are no electronic devices, jammers or scanners nearby, or even far away, that relate.

Because this novella has scarcely a hundred pages, all the normal action and all the discussions that we are used to in the full size entries are compacted. Unfortunately, this story feels more like an expanded outline for a major novel than a piece originally meant, from the start, to be a novella. And this is the first of Robb’s novellas that have relegated Roarke to a cardboard cutout of himself. Frankly, it feels as if his only reason for being in the story is to force Eve to consider the possibility that spirits do exist amongst us.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOW:

For those of us who regularly read paranormal suspense and urban fantasy as well as more traditional mysteries and police procedurals, the suggestion that a ghost haunts a building seems quite reasonable. And when Roarke and Peabody repeatedly try to get Eve to even consider the possibility, we see it as the typical fight between being open-minded and being a member of the Flat-Earth Society. However, bridge novellas always have a distinct purpose in a series. And just like the subdued tones of Bobbie Bray’s plaintive melodies slip through the rooms of Number Twelve, that purpose slips into the reader’s consciousness.

In the end, after the murderer is taken down, Eve bears injuries that could not have come from mortal means. She experienced effects upon her body that cannot be accounted for by human or electronic means. She saw a presence that cannot be explained by a hologram. But she cannot accept or even explore the idea that these effects and injuries could have been caused by a ghost, the spirit of a dead soul.

For if Eve considers that idea for even a moment, then she would have to reconsider the source of her nightmares. She would have to admit that those dreams where her father comes back to taunt her with both words and actions, those nightmares that have become almost impossible to awaken from without Roarke’s help, may not be nightmares at all! And that is a possibility that Eve cannot entertain on even the most superficial level. She just can’t.

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