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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons (Aug. 2 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399151710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151712
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,149,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Though not as gripping as the previous installments in Robb's mid–21st-century In Death series (Remember When, etc.), this new offering showcases her many talents. New York policewoman Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer who strangles his young female victims with a red ribbon and removes their eyes postmortem. Dallas and her longtime partner, Detective Peabody, pursue the criminal with wisecracking vigor and old-fashioned police work, assisted as well by Eve's handsome husband, billionaire businessman Roarke, and a beautiful psychic who volunteers to share her chilling visions of the murders. Naturally, the determined Dallas gets her man, though her toughness is shaken along the way by memories of her own childhood abuse, the murderer's vicious attack on Peabody and a surprising 11th-hour revelation. The Thomas Harrisesque mystery resolves rather simply, and the story gets less of an energy boost than usual from the romantic power play between Eve and Roarke and the edgy sci-fi detail that made the earlier books so distinctive. (In fact, the Manhattan of 2059 is oddly old-fashioned, with more homey crafts stores than the New York of 2004.) Nevertheless, the book is a sassy, smart-alecky read, possessing the warm characterizations and witty dialogue that have earned Robb/Roberts her huge and loyal readership.
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'a perfect balance of suspense, police procedural and steamy romance... Truly fine entertainment.... sure to leave you hungering for more...' Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By beverly bressette on March 20 2013
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i have read the whole seris as I enjoy them they are light reading and I enjoyed reading them at night before sleeping
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sancho Mahle on Feb. 13 2005
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Visions in Death is an amazing novel about the relationship between Eve and Roarke This novel is a gripping read from beginning to end. These two writers are awesome and I must add that I have never been disappointed reading their close to 20 books.
If you are a fan of the "In Death" series, then you certainly will enjoy this book as you have enjoyed the others. The characters were just amazing, especially in their relationships with one another over the stories.

In this book, there is a serial killer on the loose, and on her tracks is Eve who despite the hectic nature of the job, works herself to exhaustion, and nevertheless starts a new phase in her life by opening up to her friends about the abuses she underwent in her horrible childhood days. The mystery was good, Robb adds a psychic to the mix for something new. There end was sweet, especially the great twist at the end which was difficult for anyone to see coming. With wonderful characters, a superb setting and fast pace, this story stands as a classic.Also recommended: TRIPLE AGENT DOUBLE CROSS, ORIGIN IN DEATH
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By UK, French, Canadian tri-national on Feb. 26 2005
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Though I have since discovered that there are a considerable number of books preceding it in the series, this is the first book about future cop Eve Dallas and her dedication to the job that I have read. I am a great fan of mysteries and not a strict grammarian. The characters in this book are interesting and the plot gripping, so it was disappointing to have poor writing constantly intruding on the story line. I can accept that in 2060 the difference between "lay" "lie" and "laid" might be completely lost, but not that the word "like" would appear in every sentence on one page, or that words and grammar could be constantly misused. This book is already good but would be so much better if it had been thoroughly reviewed by a really competent editor. Then we would have been spared sentences like "The seductive smell (of coffee) crept into her brain like a lover climbing a flower-strewn trellis." As Eve Dallas would say - "Jeez!"
She deserves better.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 8 2004
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I literally could not put it down and finished it the same day I started reading it! Now I'm left to wait patiently for the next book in the series. If you haven't read any of the "in Death" books because you were turned off by the futuristic setting, just try reading one of them. I'm sure you'll find yourself hunting down all of the books in the series like the rest of us J.D. Robb addicts!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
"She thinks last of her child." April 16 2005
By Sebastian Fernandez - Published on
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Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, has created a successful series based on a few basic principles. The first, and in my opinion, most important aspect is a fascinating heroine, who presents different layers that the author has been revealing in each installment and will certainly continue to do so. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a tough cop, who is relentless in her pursue of justice and feels as if the victims were hers to save. On the other hand, she is the wife of the billionaire Roarke, and has to deal with parties and charity events in which she is expected to mingle and maintain polite chit-chat with the guests. She has been adjusting slowly to this area of her life and even though she does not like it, she has learned to accept it. The fact that Eve was abused by her father when she was a child and had to kill him in order to escape also plays an important role in the development of the story and in almost every case Eve faces. Her husband also has a complex past, involving an abusing father who killed Roarke's mother and then lied to him about who his real mother was. Only recently did the billionaire learned the truth about this and reunited with what was left of his family.

Besides the two main characters, Robb has created a supporting cast that adds appeal to the series and which I consider to be the second factor in its success. Peabody is Eve's former aide and current partner who has recently made detective and who usually adds a good part of humor to the narration with her witty comments. She is in love with McNabb, a policeman working in the Electronic Detectives Division, and they are in the process of moving together to a new apartment. There are other interesting characters: Feeney, Eve's trainer and mentor, Mavis, Eve's best friend, Nadine Furst, a reporter for Channel 75 who has become a close friend with Eve, Charles, a licensed companion who is now dating a doctor, and several others. One of the most appealing aspects of the series has to do with the development of the stories of each of these people, and that is why I recommend reading the series in order.

The third and final element that helps create a superb series is the cleverly crafted world in which the action takes place: New York in the year 2059. The setting presents several characteristics that make it very different from our world, like cars that fly, drones that take care of household chores, the ban on firearms, the anticancer vaccine, the legalization of prostitution, the difficulty for getting real coffee, etc. Also, the advances in terms of technology require criminals to be more clever and careful when committing their crimes, and we usually end up reading about complex mysteries. In this novel, Eve is summoned to the scene of a ghastly murder. The victim was raped and strangled using a red ribbon and before leaving, the killer took out her eyes as a memento. The poor woman had a four-year-old kid and worked as hired help for a wealthy couple, and there is nothing that indicates that someone would have wanted to hurt her.

Everything is business as normal until Celina Sanchez shows up wanting to talk to Eve and claiming she has information about the murder. Celina is a psychic and claims that she saw the killing in a vision. Even though Eve does not really believe in this stuff, she goes along with it following Peabody's advice and realizing that if it does not help at least it will not hurt either. This is not the first time Robb uses supernatural events in the series, but in her previous attempt she went too far making it hardly believable. In the present try the results were much better, and since the case Eve is facing is one of the best mysteries in the series so far, the overall quality of the novel benefits even more.

As usual, Robb creates a good balance between the police procedural and the development of the personal stories of the characters in the series. Of course, the romantic scenes are still present through the narration, but without overdoing it. I was very pleased with this installment, and I am looking forward to the next one. A final word of advice, the publisher's blurb gives out important information regarding events towards the end of the novel. I would have preferred to read the book without knowing these facts. The good thing is that even if you read them, there will be a surprise waiting for you.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Still okay, but only average for this otherwise great series Nov. 27 2004
By A. J Thompson - Published on
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Homicide detective Eve Dallas is hesitant to deal with a registered psychic, even one that comes with her credentials verified from a trusted friend. Celina Sanchez is a private consultant to the wealthy with personal problems and isn't at all used to having visions of a serial killer in action. Eve isn't convinced that hiring Sanchez as a consultant will be worth the money, but she will take all and any offers of help.

The public would be mightily freaked out if they knew all the details of the latest killing in the park. The removal of the eyes, for instance. Is the killer seeking recognition or are the victims more personal targets? There's a man out there with serious problems with the fairer sex, and Eve is convinced that the way to flush him out is to present him publicly with the faces of his hunters - all women.

This great future police series starring New York police lieutenant Eve Dallas has been right up there in the best seller's list for the 18 books prior to "Visions in Death". There had to be a flat one eventually, and this is it. The series may at last be running out of puff as there isn't anything new to offer in this latest installment in the life and times of the snarly but brilliant Eve and her too perfect husband, Roarke.

All the usual suspects feature with all their familiar and lovable quirks, but this novel is really only a time passer. Still a good book, but compared its predecessors, "Visions in Death" is only average. Good twist there at the end but it seems more of an afterthought in a rather pedestrian plot, saved by its characters and the updates for what's going on in their relationships. Is there an end in sight for this series? This book would seem to indicate we are due for the big wind up.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Twist, Not Enough Eve and Roarke Aug. 26 2004
By Emma - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I loved Divided in Death because of the focus on the relationship between Eve and Roarke so intensely. As far as literary couples go, they are up there near the top and even after 19 books, they've still got it. BUT... you didn't see enough of the interaction between them that makes them so special in Visions in Death.

There's a serial killer on the loose, Eve is on the case, works herself to exhaustion, and, in contrast to her past behavior, begins to open up to her friends about her horrible childhood abuse. I know some get tired of Eve's abuse storyline but frankly, it would be far worse if Robb simply had Eve get over something so terribly traumatic. I like that she's slowly working through it.

The mystery was good, Robb adds a psychic to the mix for something new. Not enough Feeney and McNab for me but the storyline was good and kept me interested. There was a great twist at the end that I really didn't see coming, which was nice.

Overall, another enjoyable addition to the series but I did miss all of the elements that make Eve so interesting, her interaction with the people in her life. We got only brief glimpses of them this time around and I hope that we'll get more in the next installment.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Eve and her relationships are maturing. Sept. 8 2004
By Discord - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Since discovering J.D. Robb's books two years back, I've read them all and enjoyed every one. I'll admit that the latest offering is a bit tame in comparison to her earlier books. But I say isn't it time now for Eve to soften up a bit (I still like the kick arse attitude though).

She's gone through so much trauma as a child, survived with a 'Bite Me' attitude and trusted very few. Now after so many books and forming links with so many friends - yes, she's beginning to understand the concept of friendship and trust, - it's believable that she would grow as a person and change/mature.

As Dr. Mira wisely states, at the speed Eve was going, burn out was two years away, before she met Roark, Peabody and the extended family. Now, we readers can reap the rewards also. A change of pace leaves room for diversity in plot, cause face it, sooner or later we would tire of 1+2 always equalling 3.

Eve is still going to be driven to stand for the dead, it's a part of the character, but it's nice to see her looking around and beginning to understand that there's more to her life than being a 'good cop'.

If Eve Dallas's character had no room for growth/change then what we'll soon end up with is an "R" rated Nancy Drew series.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Robb's latest installment is like a visit from an old friend Aug. 13 2004
By Bookreporter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's back to the future again and J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, has put exactly the right mix of romance and mystery into her latest installment of the "Death" novels. Sometimes, a series can get stale after an author pumps out so many. Here, J.D. Robb proves that she is nowhere near her limit. In VISIONS IN DEATH, she ratchets up the tension with a death grip on her readers.

Lt. Eve Dallas is still cracking wise as she deals with her subordinates in the New York Police and Security Department --- and the world in general. Her partner, Delia Peabody, has grown into a superb foil for Dallas, with witty comebacks that often earn her withering looks from the lieutenant. This time, however, they both need the levity their repartee creates, particularly with a brutal serial killer on the loose in their city. His profile depicts him as an especially vicious murderer, raping and mutilating his prey in an escalating rage. Each victim weighs personally on Dallas, leaving her with a load of guilt and dredging up nasty memories from her childhood. The sooner she captures this guy, the easier she will rest --- at least until the next big case.

Along with Detective Peabody and the usual forensics team, Eve's multi-billionaire husband, Roarke, assists with the investigation whenever possible. He can do things best not talked about down at NYPSD. His invaluable help, though, is most welcome. And it sort of keeps the couple together --- and keeps readers loving them. Theirs is a relationship that just gets enviably steamier. One can't help but marvel at their love.

Reading VISIONS IN DEATH is like visiting an old friend --- a surly, often testy old friend, but an old friend nonetheless. I'm not sure if Robb's style has smoothed out, if the plot is a particularly engaging one, or if it is just a comfortable tale to curl up with on a string of hot summer days --- but I found myself totally addicted to this one. Don't be tempted to rush through the ending, either. You might miss something. Robb has a few blockbuster surprises in store, right up to the last, highly satisfying page.

--- Reviewed by Kate Ayers