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  • Series: In Death (Book 25)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425221024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221020
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At 27 books and counting, Nora Roberts is more prolific under her Robb pseudonym than most authors manage in a single career. Yet the latest in her not-so-near-future detective series featuring New York Police Det. Eve Dallas offers a satisfyingly novel mélange of suspense, sex, forensics and heroics. It's 2060, and the serial killer nicknamed The Groom is back in town after an absence of nine years, resuming his horrific run of kidnapping, torturing and killing young women. Dallas, who served as a detective in the frustrating first investigation, assumes lead role in this one. This time, not only do the killer's chosen victims have ties to Dallas's husband, Roarke, but Dallas herself may be the killer's ultimate target. Swiftly paced, the story cuts frequently from the investigation to the killer's progress with his victims. Dallas works to outplan, outfight and outsmart the killer; to keep her handsome, rich husband happy; and to be ready for the next round after a good night's sleep. Robb's latest is bound to please Dallas fans. (Nov.)
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...a satisfying novel melange of suspense, sex, fornsics and heroics PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Nora Roberts amazes me... Stephen King sheer entertainment GUARDIAN --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.

Customer Reviews

The futuristic world of Dallas and Roarke...Peabody and McNab!!
C. J. Kelley
I am big fan of Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and I have read all of the "in death" series.
Read this, and you'll just have to start with the first book in the series.
T A Davis

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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Bernstein on November 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
J. D. Robb's "in Death" series of futuristic mysteries featuring Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPSD should be much better known, for Robb has managed to meet the rigorous standard set and defined by the greatest writer of science-fiction mysteries, Isaac Asimov. This latest volume, CREATION IN DEATH, is no exception, and ranks among the best of this fine series.

Robb is remarkably skilled at creating a future world -- New York City in 2060, after the "Urban Wars" (which feature well in the plot). She also creates believable characters of all kinds -- heroes, villains, supporting players, and extras -- to inhabit this convincing setting. She never resorts to springing information on the reader without which he or she can't solve the case; everything is carefully and painstakingly set up with total fairness. Also, she never resorts to gimmickry to solve crimes or to save heroes from certain doom. These are first-rate mysteries, first-rate science-fiction novels, and the romantic suspense elements are neatly woven into the story.

This is a serial-killer novel in which the killer is terrifyingly real, with motivations and attitudes that are at once alien to "normal" people yet one klick away from the range of behaviors and attitudes we all have seen or read about in people, normal and abnormal. The suspense is sustained so that this reader, at least, had to put the book aside at 2:00 a.m. to get some sleep when only 60 pages or so from the end. And it bears re-reading.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Wheaton VINE VOICE on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A serial killer who had eluded the NYSPD nine years ago has returned. Feeney was the primary investigator back then and Eve was a newly minted detective and his partner. The fact that the killer escaped clean to go ply his trade in other cities and countries has sat bitterly with not only Eve and Feeney but with Morris the coroner, Whitney the chief and even Berenski the lab tech.

Now, nine years later he is back, doing exactly what he did before in his same MO. The cops of the NYSPD have a chance for redemption. Eve is tagged as the primary investigator and hits the ground running with her usual band of co-horts: Peabody, McNabb, Feeney, Baxter, Trueheart and of course Roarke. Even Trina, the scary hairdresser plays a part that surprisingly does not involved terrifying Eve with grooming products. And we get introduced to a few new characters such as the sassy e-girl Callender.

What I liked the most about this story is the pacing. Robb writes the book just like what it is, a race against time. The pacing and the tension ratchets up so as you read it you feel the same sense of urgency that the characters on the page feel. It is a nice effect and Robb does a good job with that. Another nice touch is that there is quite a bit of it shown from Roarke's POV. And Robb does a nice job of flipping the script a bit from some of the previous books. Whenever Roarke gets involved with Eve's job it is done in their home on his turf, but she takes him out of his comfort zone and puts them all at the police dept. almost around the clock. You can see Roarke struggle a bit as he is working in a place that is alien to him. Nice touch there.

I knock off a star because of the whole mother/female figure that the perp is killing over and over again. Robb has drunk from this well a little too many times before.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kara J. Jorges VINE VOICE on December 19, 2007
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New York Police & Security Department's Lieutenant Eve Dallas is enjoying a quiet night at home watching a mindless movie with her perfect husband Roarke when a call comes in. Eve is surprised, as she is not even on call, but rushes to the murder scene of a young woman, knowing something is up, and is it ever. A serial killer known as "the Groom," who slipped through the NYPSD's fingers nine years before, seems to be back. He tortures his female victims to death, then lays their bodies out in a public place after placing a silver ring on one of their fingers. The police had believed the Groom had either died or gone to prison on other charges when his victims stopped appearing, but Eve's investigation uncovers similar crimes in other cities around the world. She has to stop him, which isn't going to be easy, as he leaves almost no clues.

This might have been a good story, but it got to be too much of just about everything bad, and not enough of the things I've grown to love this series for. I realize this is a murder mystery series, but it struck me that New York of 2060 must have more serial killers per capita than any other place on earth EVER. This is the umpteenth serial killer Eve has chased, and I doubt it will be the last. Usually, solving Eve's cases with her is fun, with banter all around with all the recurring characters. This time out, however, there was very little of that, and what there was felt almost forced. Instead, we spent time I would rather not have spent with our killer and his victims. I read murder mysteries because I enjoy the unraveling of the motives of the murderer; I do not read them because I enjoy getting inside the sick mind of a person who gets off on causing pain and degradation, and dwelling on the process.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Matteson VINE VOICE on November 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This 25th book in the series is horrifying, suspenseful and thrilling just to start! The book opens with the reader being introduced to the killer although not by name. We learn that to the killer death is a "vocation" the end all. The killer loves opera and apparently started his killing in New York almost a decade before and decides after "traveling" around both on "vacation" or his dormant periods and killing in other locales to come back to New York to "finish." He has a woman on a table tied down and has been systematically been using heat, cold and sharp objects on her to see how long she can last.

Lt. Eve Dallas and Roarke and their cat Galahad are relaxing watching an old action flick. Eve has the next 48 hours off and is looking forward to some quality time with her hubby. She is content munching on popcorn that is over salted and over buttered so that Roarke won't touch it. Her 'link goes off and it is Commander Whitney, her boss, calling her to a discovery of a dead body in a park. He knows it is her time off but tells her he needs her to be the primary detective in charge of this case. Roarke goes with her and it turns out that the woman found spread out and nude on a white sheet worked at a club he owns. It also appears to be the work of the Groom as the pressed dubbed this killer over nine years ago. He killed 4 women horribly, put silver rings on their left hands and left them where they would be found.

As Roarke gets more and more involved, we get to see the Homicide and EDD cops from his point of view which is very interesting and we also get to see how he and Eve can work together. We also see more interaction with Eve and Captain Feeney, her old partner and the detective in charge of the Groom case nine years ago.
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