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J. D. Robb , Susan Ericksen
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Sept. 1 2002 In Death Series (Book 15)
Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable - like spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging... The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice and Louie died instantly. Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved. And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts racking her brain for answers and for courage to face the impossible...that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man...

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"A sick computer can and does infect other computers, but not its operator," claims Roarke, dreamboat husband of New York's hotshot futuristic cop, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, in the 15th installment in Robb's `Death' series (after Reunion in Death). Roarke's theory is put to the test when pedophiles and drug dealers begin dying from a computer-generated virus that literally blows the mind of its victims. It doesn't take long for Eve to figure out that a vigilante terrorist organization with superior tech knowledge is meting out its own form of justice the group even leaves the message "absolute purity achieved" on victims' computer screens. Pinpointing the group is more of a challenge. Suspects could be anyone from members of the justice system to formerly abused children, the latter of which strikes a personal and painful nerve in Eve, who was abused as a child. Readers familiar with Eve's history and the sea of characters brought over from her previous books will be more comfortable than first- timers attempting to wade through this sluggish installment. Despite Robb's smooth-as-glass prose, her latest isn't likely to win new converts to the series.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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' Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the 15th novel in the Nora Roberts (writing as J. D. Robb) suspense/mystery/crime thriller series about a NYC Homicide Lieutenant, Eve Dallas. Supporting our leading lady is a cast of characters we have come to enjoy, including her billionaire husband, Roarke; her aide, (Ms.) Peabody; a young policeman named Trueheart (honest!); and electronic/computer cop specialists McNab and Feeney. A contemporary premise, that a PC virus could cause a human brain virus, starts things off in a hurry with Trueheart killing a civilian who seemingly has gore berserk and murdered one of his neighbors while raving and ranting about how his head hurts. Eve Dallas takes this call, and soon other deaths in like fashion occur, including one in which a fellow cop is killed from working on an infected PC. Autopsies reveal significant brain swelling from unknown causes. A screen message "Absolute Purity has Been Achieved" leads to the supposition that a vigilante group is behind the killings, as at first their targets are dope dealers and pedophiles, etc. The story follows police efforts to identify and catch the criminals -- but along the way we get doses of differing philosophy about the group and its cause; emotional scenes surrounding the death of the policeman and McNab's disability; glimpses into the politics of modern police departments, and as much suspense as we can handle til the real culprits surface after several mis-directions near the end.
As always, the scene is set ahead in time 50 years, so that video cellphones, personal air vehicles and a few other sci-fi touches enliven the stories without dominating the basic police procedurals.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fumbling futurism Feb. 28 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A young officer named Trueheart, on the NYPSD in 2059, calls his lieutenant, Eve Dallas, in shock. He has just killed a man in the line of duty, a man who was holed up in his apartment in front of his computer and suddenly went berserk, blood pouring from his body as he attacked his apartment building neighbors. On his computer screen is the single line: Absolute purity achieved. The case soon mushrooms when one of the NYPSD techs who studies the sick man's computer for clues goes berserk himself, with fatal consequences. Soon other cases are popping up, and in each instance the message left on their computer is the same. So are the victims' backgrounds. Pedophiles, drug dealers, everyone who has hurt the young and the helpless -- they are being targeted by a rebel group that's created a computer virus to infect humans. While the Purity Seekers are being hailed by the public as heros, behind the scenes Eve Dallas and her crew are working overtime to catch them and bring them to justice.
PURITY IN DEATH, the 15th book in Nora Roberts' "In Death" series, initially proved a pleasant surprise. Having never enjoyed Roberts' romance fiction, I was prepared to be similarly unimpressed by her futuristic work, but found myself reading the first half of this book with great interest. The characters, if not believable, are at least fascinating, especially Eve Dallas and her hot and brainy husband, Roarke, and two other officers on the NYPSD, Peabody and McNab, whose romance is a welcome subplot. (My favorite character was actually Trueheart, and I was disappointed not to see more of him, although I guess he's featured in earlier installments.) The plot, if hackneyed and implausible and without technical backup, has some interesting aspects. But the ending....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it !!! Jan. 14 2003
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I believe that this book was a worthy addition to the wonderful "In Death" series, by J. D. Robb. It can stand on its own, but I'd recommend reading it after reading the ones previously published (starting with "Naked in death"). In that way, you'll know quite a lot more about the series, and your enjoyment will be even greater.
In "Purity in Death" (number 15th in the series)our heroine, Lieutenant Eve Dallas has to find the solution for a new case in which a deadly computer virus is unleashed on child abusers. Yes, the world is better without them... But is it up to vigilants to decide that and kill them?. And what about those inocents that get killed as some kind of "collateral damage"? .
Now, Eve, her husband Roarke,her aide Peabody, and Captain Feeny must discover the origins of the virus, and capture those who created it.
After killing its target, the virus puts on the screen a phrase: "Absolute purity achieved". Is absolute purity the aim of this group? And if so, what standars define it? Their own? Here appears the problems of justice, but also the problem of whether those who are the worst kind of criminals deserve some kind of protection.
Here again Eve, an Homicide detective, seeks to "stand for the dead" and achieve justice. In this very good book, she does just that... Recommended to all of those who like a good plot, mixed with spicy romance!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE "IN DEATH" SERIES IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE Nov. 29 2002
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I BOUGHT BETRAYAL IN DEATH FIRST, NOT KNOWING IT WAS THE 12TH BOOK IN THE 13 BOOK SERIES AT THE TIME. THIS SERIES IS THE BEST SERIES I'VE EVER READ BY ANYONE. ROBB/ROBERTS IS AN EXCELLANT WRITER. I STARTED READING THIS SERIES IN APRIL OF 2001. I HAVE READ EACH BOOK IN THIS SERIES 3 TIMES. I PICK UP A BOOK AND JUST KEEP READING IT UNTIL IT'S DONE. I DON'T HAVE ONE SPECIFIC FAVORITE BECAUSE THEY ALL ARE.
EVE & ROARKE ARE GREAT TOGETHER WHEN IT COMES TO BUSINESS AND PERSONAL REALITY AND ARE VERY FUNNY. EVE IN WHOLE IS JUST A FUNNY, STRONG, INDEPENDANT, HARDWORKING WOMEN. EVEN WHEN SOMETHING NEW COMES UP SHE WORKS HARD BUT SHE STILL MAKES ME LAUGH EVEN IN THE BAD TIMES.
SOMETIMES I WILL BE QUIET FOR HOURS READING THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I START LAUGHING LIKE CRAZY, MY HUSBAND GETS WORRIED, BUT IT'S JUST EVE ENTERTAINING ME ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.
THIS IS ONE SERIES THAT I DON'T WANT TO END EVER. THIS IS RECOMMENDED TO EVERYONE, PLEASE READ THIS AND YOU'LL ENJOY IT.
I HOPE ROBB/ROBERTS KEEPS UP THE VERY EXCELLENT JOB AND GIVES US MORE OF EVE, ROARKE, MAVIS, PEABODY, MCNAB, WHITNEY, SUMMERSET, FEENEY, AND JAMIE (FEENEY'S GODSON & COMPUTER GENIOUS).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Love all the "Death" books! Keep them coming! Have read most of them twice. Wish she wrote more then 2 a year.
Published 11 months ago by Mary Jane Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Future cop
This is the first time that I've read a futuristic crime novel and, although I probably won't make a habit of it, I found it to be be very pacy and well written. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Beverley Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dallas Hit!
I typically read every book in a detective series, starting with the first one and rarely have I enjoyed all the books in any one series the way I enjoy the Eve Dallas books. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003 by Martha D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dallas Hit!
I typically read every book in a detective series, starting with the first one and rarely have I enjoyed all the books in any one series the way I enjoy the Eve Dallas books. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003 by Martha D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dallas Hit!
I typically read every book in a detective series, starting with the first one and rarely have I enjoyed all the books in any one series the way I enjoy the Eve Dallas books. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003 by Martha D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Bad
This is a truly bad book without a single original moment in it. Don't waste your time and money.
Published on May 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Robb is #1 in Death
I picked up this book after hearing women on my Janet Evanovich e-list raving about how good this series was. I was leery. I've read Nora Roberts. I don't like her! Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by KaeLee Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Computer Did It
The victims are not "worth" worrying about; they have all caused pain and suffering and the world is better off without them. Read more
Published on April 4 2003 by Suzanne Vitale
5.0 out of 5 stars A computer virus that can attach humans?
Another winner!. This story has a very scary premise.
In this one a group calling themselved "purity" has developed a computer virus that can acutally infect the user. Read more
Published on March 7 2003 by Tanya L. Schaub
5.0 out of 5 stars "...In Death" Rules
I absolutely adore the "...In Death" series. I started with "Reunion in Death", and bought and read the rest including the two in multi-author releases before "Purity in Death"... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by "jwsqrd"
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