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Born in Death Hardcover – November 7, 2006

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Book 23 of 41 in the In Death Series

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Set in New York City in 2060, bestseller Roberts's latest police thriller under her Robb pseudonym in her Lt. Eve Dallas series (Naked in Death, etc.) offers her usual engaging characters. Dallas's investigation of the brutal murders of Natalie Copperfield, a 26-year-old accountant, and Copperfield's boyfriend becomes entangled with the search for Tandy Willowby, a pregnant friend who mysteriously vanishes shortly before her due date. Dallas discovers that Copperfield had stumbled on some white-collar fraud at her high-profile accounting firm, while Willowby's disappearance may be part of a series of abductions. Predictably, the two cases converge, and the mystery's solution becomes obvious. Newcomers, who may be dismayed at how little things will have changed in more than 50 years, would do better to start with earlier books in this near-future suspense series. (Nov.)
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Dallas methodically cuts through her twin cases with barely a hitch, but she's such a prickly-sharp, memorable character (one of many, in fact), you'll enjoy watching her do it. -- Entertainment Weekly, November 9, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 170 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 300 million copies of her books in print.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Desdemona on November 8, 2006
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The best part of this book is the very end, where Mavis has her baby. You knew she would by the title of the book, and we've waited a long time for this event. The mystery isn't up to the usual J.D. Robb standards, but since we're more focused on the arrival of little Apricot or Radish (yes, Mavis is still trying out improbable names right to the very end), you can forgive the transparency of the mystery. I was somewhat disappointed that all the usual characters make an appearance - Mira, Feeney, Trina, etc.- but you get to spend very little time with them. The scenes of Roarke and Eve attending childbirth classes and then the real deal are what you are paying for here, and I was pretty satisfied. I won't spoil it and tell you if the baby is a boy or a girl, but I will say that Mavis and Leonardo don't name the baby Apricot, thankfully. And Sommerset's actions in the delivery room will make you sniffle, but I won't spoil that, either:)

In my opinion, though, the best scene(s) in terms of furthering the relationship of Eve & Roarke and the subject of her work deal with Eve's investigation into the death's of Nat & Bick, two employees of a high profile accounting firm. Because of the type of investment information that will be included in the investigation, Whitney gives Eve an official warning about inside information learned during the investigation being used by the competition (i.e. Roarke). Whew, does it hit the fan! Both between Eve & Whitney, Eve & Roarke, and then Roarke & Whitney. I think that will have some interesting repercussions later on down the line...
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Everhard VINE VOICE on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the 27th book in the In Death Series.
This story begins with Eve and Roarke at birthing class with Mavis and Leonardo. It is the funniest first chapter ever. At this class they meet Tandy, a single mother to be from London. Mavis and Leonardo have befriended her and are to be her birthing coaches.
Dallas catches a double homicide of an accountant and her fiance. All signs point to her finding something off at work.
As this mystery deepens, Tandy pulls a no show at Mavis' shower. It looks like no one has seen her for a few days. Eve promises Mavis she will find Tandy. Eve, Roarke, Peobody and McNab are working double time to solve these two mysteries.
This was a good story. It was funny and touching. I started the book laughing and ended it crying. I thought the mystery was good. But I was bummed we had to wait for the baby til the last chapter. I liked how Eve and Roarke reacted in the birthing room. It was interesting to see how everything played out and I don't think Eve and Roarke fans will be disappointed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Matteson VINE VOICE on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book 100%. There was lots of fun such as in the beginning where we join Eve and Roarke who are with Mavis and Leonardo at one of her birthing classes. What a hoot!! They also meet some other pregnant friends of Mavis' including Tandy who works at the White Stork, a baby store. They leave the class and take Mavis, Leonardo and then Tandy home. That night, Eve gets a call to go to a murder scene. A young woman who is an accountant at a very prestigious firm is found by her sister, tied up, tortured and strangled. The sister, Palma, knows that Natalie was engaged to a young man who also worked at the accounting, Bick Byson. Eve tries to contact him and soon finds that Bick has also been beaten and killed. From Natalie's links they soon get the gist that she had found something that she was excited/nervous about and that she had most likely told her fiance as well.

In the meantime, Eve with a great deal of help from Peabody is having to make sure all is ready for the baby shower she is throwing for Mavis on Saturday!! Peabody goes with her to pick out Eve's gift to the mother-to-be and they end up at Tandy's shop where she helps them find a great rocking chair/vibrating chair that Mavis had registered for. It is hilarious as Eve feels so nervous around the women in the store that are so advanced in their pregnancies.

As Eve interviews Bick and Natalie's bosses at the accounting firm and gathers evidence, the day of the shower arrives and the party is successful -- Eve even has a good time. However, one problem is that Mavis' friend Tandy did not come. Mavis enlists Eve's help (so she has to to a dance with the Missing Persons division) to find her friend as they go to Tandy's apartment and there is no sign of foul play.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry A. Benedict-Devine on December 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As usual, I savor every page of the J.D. Robb series and Born in Death is no exception. While the murder mystery was not as "mysterious" as previous ones in the series, it did hold my attention. The novel is very well written and the characters of Eve, Roarke, Peabody, McNab, Mavis (a sort of Britney Spears-type character in my mind) and Leonardo are next to none in this rendition of New York's most resourceful Lieutenant Eve Dallas and company. Of course the big topper is what we have all been waiting for - Mavis's baby, however, you have to wait until the very end (and don't go there ahead and spoil it for yourself) to get the big payoff! Eve and Roarke have grown so much in their relationship as is witnessed in the way they interact and compromise with one another in the very most important issues of job vs. marriage. Summerset was a real cutie and you can't help but love that guy - he is so sweet and Eve knows it too! I love the way they go back and forth with one another. The plot and sub-plot (uncovering the death of two young accountants and searching for a very pregnant friend of Mavis, Tandy Willowby, who has just disappeared into thin air) make up 3/4 of the story but Mavis's baby shower is a great read as well as watching Eve step up to the plate and come out on top in that very situation. Nora has a way with words and her storyline ideas and the way in which she tells the story are second to none. Anyone who loves Nora as I do will really enjoy this book and hate to turn that last page. Can't wait for the next in the series.
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