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J. D. Robb , Susan Ericksen , Inc. Brilliance Audio
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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June 26 2012 In Death Series (Book 1)
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

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'a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedural and steamy romance...truly fine entertainment...sure to leave you hungering for more...' Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to the Hardcover 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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read but not worth 5 stars April 11 2004
By p-dubya
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I understand that most of these 5 star reviews are coming from loyal Nora Roberts fans so if you are a loyal fan, you might want to read those instead of this one. This review is coming from someone who has read Nora but isn't a die hard fan, so maybe my expectations were a little off.
The plot was predictable in points which was slightly disappointing. For example: I had the 'surprise' killer figured out way before the main character did.
One thing that annoyed me was that one of the murder victims was a 'licensed companion' who was only prostituting herself until she got a publishing contract and realized her ambition to be a writer. <insert eyeroll here> I shouldn't hold this against Roberts, I suppose, because many many writers have characters be writers by profession. I just hate it. It's not at all unique or amusing. It's so overdone that it's cliche.
Dallas was pretty archetypal as the female detective who is irresistably sexy yet wears mannish clothes and has no sense of style. For a supposedly independent woman, she lets Roarke push her around and insert himself into her life quite rapidly.
Roarke was more interesting to me. Roberts hints at his background but leaves enough loose threads to make me wonder where she's going with this character in the rest of the series.
The romance between Dallas and Roarke didn't seem forced, given they met each other during the course of the murder investigation, and the sex between them was smokin hot.
All in all, this was an entertaining one-day read. The mystery was tight enough. The romance was hot enough. And the science fiction, while not technically accurate and more like 'social science fiction', was basically entertaining enough as well. Three stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Damn! I wish I hadn't done that! "Naked in Death" is the first in JD Robb's popular Death series which is now almost two dozen novels strong ... and I loved it! My pocketbook will protest and my bookshelves will be groaning under the ever increasing load as I begin the quest to accumulate the rest of the series.

Eve Dallas is a lieutenant in the New York City Police Department. The story is set in 2058 - a future near enough to be entirely recognizable but far enough away that Robb can postulate some very interesting technological and cultural developments - guns have been banned; prostitution is legal and completely regulated; cars have an auto-pilot setting; VR simulations have advanced to a heart-stopping, palm-sweating, gut-wrenching reality that is light years beyond the technology we know of today; smoking is almost a thing of the past; police weaponry consists only of lasers and high powered stun guns with handguns firing real bullets available only in museums and private collections; and, would you believe it, recreational "hotels" for the über-wealthy are actually in continuous orbit above the earth!

The murder, on the other hand, is one we are, sadly, all too familiar with - the violent, gruesome, almost ritualistic slaying of a sex trade worker, now known by the euphemism "licenced companion", which is only the first of an intended series by a serial killer. He left behind a note ... "ONE OF SIX"! This particular licenced companion, Sharon DeBlass, just happened to be the grand-daughter of a US Senator and you might well imagine the political pressure that is being brought to bear on Dallas and NYPD to solve the case.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instantly Likable, Readable and Full of Action March 28 2004
Format:Hardcover
Nearly a decade ago, Nora Roberts' alter ego J.D. Robb introduced a series with an interesting combination of genres. More than just an old-fashioned romance, it is a romance with a twist: It's a futuristic murder mystery too. And the damsel in distress is tough-as-nails Lt. Eve Dallas. NAKED IN DEATH is the first in a stream of more than a dozen tales involving the steamy/steely lieutenant.
In J.D. Robb's future world --- the world in another five decades --- there are myriad changes, as one would expect, but she suggests that human nature will remain what it has always been, and will continue to be: flawed.
The murder that gets the story rolling isn't committed with a fancy techno-weapon, but an old-fashioned, messy handgun. While banned in the future, they are legally collectible. Multi-billionaire Roarke has an enviable collection of them. Naturally, the detectives question him immediately. But would a man with the wherewithal and wit to achieve Roarke's position be so cocky as to callously toss the murder weapon down next to the body and figure he can escape police scrutiny? He comes under even more suspicion when it is learned the victim's building security tapes have been tampered with. Roarke is an unequaled expert in the field. To complicate matters, the victim is the granddaughter of powerful Senator de Blass, an ill-tempered politician screaming for justice and decency --- and the capture of the person who killed his precious Sharon.
Then a second body turns up, the setting a mirror image of the first. This involves another "licensed companion" (the euphemistic term applied in 2058 to a prostitute). And another antique gun is casually dropped at the scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you are missing out on a lot of fun and a good mystery
If you haven't read this series, you are missing out on a lot of fun and a good mystery. Eve Dallas and Rourke are great together and they are both smart and quick to quip. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Sandra L. Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
greatly enjoy Nora Robet
Published 1 month ago by sharon courvoisier
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
First book of the series, no desire to read the rest.
Very predictable and so, boring. This is also a first read of a JD Robb, though I've read plenty of Nora Roberts in the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by tracyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
This is the first book in this series and I was hooked as soon as I read it. I couldn't wait to read the rest of the books. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2011 by Linda J. Leclair
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any J.D. Robb fan!
Now I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Nora Robert's, I don't much care for romance personally. I do however LOVE the in death series! Read more
Published on July 12 2011 by Stephanie Keobel
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigued
I was never one for futuristic novels but I have to say I am surprisingly hooked.
Published on June 6 2010 by Peggy S. Moffatt
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER CONFIRMED ROARKE GROUPIE
What can I say about NAKED IN DEATH that hasn't been said already? Well obviously I don't need to go into the plot because that's been done to DEATH (ha) I will say though that... Read more
Published on May 15 2010 by Buggy
3.0 out of 5 stars Would I have known?
While reading this book, I tried to compare the prose of J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts. There are differences -more swearing by Robb, for one- but the similarities stand out when... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2010 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cross-Over Novel
I was a fan of mystery novels before I stumbled upon Roberts "Born In" romance series. Loved the romance but by the 3rd book in the trilogy, I was pretty bored with... Read more
Published on May 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a New Series by J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts!
Eve Dallas was a New York police lieutenant who was very good at her job - sometimes too good. She never told anyone how she had nightmares about all of the victims that she was... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Silmarwen
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