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Witness in Death Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BRILLIANCE AUDIO; Abridged edition (April 10 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587884488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587884481
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 11.1 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 186 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,795,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is 2059, and New York City homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas's husband, Roarke, is producing a revival of Agatha Christie's thriller Witness for the Prosecution. On opening night, when the villainous character Leonard Vole gets his just deserts, someone substitutes a kitchen knife for the prop knife, and the actor, Richard Draco, is stabbed through the heart. Trouble is, in time-tested British mystery fashion, everyone in the cast had good reason to despise Richard, a misogynist who seduced and discarded beautiful young women, including one whom he knew to be his daughter. It's up to Eve to solve the case, an emotionally difficult task as she is no stranger to incest herself: she was beaten and raped by her father before she managed to escape him. As Eve fights to keep her head above water, she tries to bond at a deeper level with Roarke, so that her future will heal the pain of her past. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) serves up a welcome mix of edgy, sexy lovers,newfangled gadgets, classic whodunit and noir. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


“A classic mystery developed with all the subtlety of Christie combined with the incomparable style and panache of todays most remarkable author, this mesmerizing play within a play is well nigh irresistible with its taut, crisp dialogue, intricate plot and memorable characters.”—RT Book Reviews

“Robb serves up a welcome mix of edgy, sexy lovers, newfangled gadgets, classic whodunit and noir.”—Publishers Weekly

More Praise for the In Death series
“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By A Customer on Aug. 5 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've never written a review of anything before. This series is sooo good I just had to write something! I read the first 10 books in the series in 11 days!! I love the characters, especially Eve Dallas. It's very interesting - and sometimes painful - to read how she wrestles with her past (molestation and murder) and her present (married to the richest most handsome man in the world) and tries to reconcile it all with her job of "standing for the dead". In this book, Eve learns that "standing for the dead" means sometimes you have to stand for someone who may have deserved what he got - the victim was a scumbag who used everyone he could, and one person in a particularly disgusting way. Eve even goes out of her way to assist the murderer in getting the lightest sentence possible, something she would have never done before because of dedication to her job.
There are other great characters. Officer Peabody is another favorite. And once again there is growth in her. Peabody started out as a straight arrow, serious police officer who seldom laughed or cracked wise, and just wanted to learn at Eve's feet. Now she's loosening up and manages to even make Eve lighten up - occasionally.
The murder mystery parts of the stories are sometimes grusome and a lot of peole die before the end - in this book there were only two, a relatively low body count. But it's interesting following Eve through her paces - here the "crime of passion" type motive is one she's not particularly "keyed into" because of her past as a loner. But as she goes through solving the crime, her feeling towards her friends and mostly her husband change also. I think this is a very entertaining series of books in general and Witness in Death is definitely one of my favorites!
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I really enjoyed Witness In Death as a story. My enjoyment of this story is independent of the homage that is clearly paid to Dame Agatha Christie. I loved revisiting Roarke, Eve, Peabody, McNab, Nadine, and even Charles. I felt that Robb developed these characters and their respective relationships very well and I was not disappointed on that score.
The reason for my four star rating is because of two things I found disturbing in this story. First of all, Robb's liberal use of Dame Agatha's work was interesting and intriguing. It incited me to check out more of Christie's work. However, I felt that the blatant revelation of the ending to Murder On The Orient Express to be a liberty taken that is unjustifiable. For readers who have not experienced Christie's mysteries before and attained an interest due to this book, Murder On The Orient Express, however interesting it seemed initially, dimmed considerably because Robb revealed the murderer of this particular story. This is not only disturbing to me because of my growing interest in Dame Agatha's work but also because it seems to be unfair to the author of Murder On The Orient Express whose hard work seems belittled by Robb's simplistic explanation of the truth behind its murder.
In addition to this, I found it slightly irritating that Roarke forged the signature of a judge, however high-tech his equipment, and revealed his shadier side to McNab much less enfolded him in it. For Peabody who has slowly been coming to this conclusion, it seems a little more justified that she would use deductive reasoning to see more deeply into Roarke's character.
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This tale takes is into the world of theatre and starts with one of those rare moments when Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, takes a bit of time off to enjoy an evening out with hubby Roarke. Naturally, where she goes, death is not far behind and this time she even witnesses the murder happening rigt in front of her eyes ... and still does not make it any easier for her to solve. In fact, have you ever considered the time and manpower necessary for the police to interview each and every attendee at an opening night at the theatre? And that, of course, includes the boss of the homicide department as well as the 'head shrink'.
All in all, J D Robb delves into the world of performing artists as well as supporting cast and crew as well as stand ins with vigour and appears to know exactly what is going on on stage as well as behind the curtains. Even the reaction of the audience is captured with the knowledge of someone who knows exactly what is happening. Once again, there are plenty of red herrings and secret lives to be discovered as well as insubordination among police which ups the antis some more as the story unfolds. And that is only the official and professional plotline!
As always in this series, Eve's somewhat underdeveloped social life as well as her early life are rearing their heads and introduce an amusing factor as well as one that almost tears your heart out. All the different plots, characters and overall descriptions come together beautifully, taking readers - whether new to the series or 'experienced' in what is going on - on a ride they will not quickly forget. There are lessons to be learnt, insights to be discovered as well as sheer, interesting and intriguing suspense and mysteries to be had - essentially, once you pick up one of this authors books in this series, you will no doubt be hooked from beginning to end.
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