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Imitation in Death Hardcover – 2003

Book 17 of 41 in the In Death Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Berkeley; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739438107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739438107
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was a most enjoyable book and look forward to reading the next in the series.
Frosty Moon
I not only obviously love Roarke, but I love Eve and all the secondary characters that make up this great story as well.
As with all of the J.D. Robb 'In Death' series books that I have read, I really enjoyed this.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Andrianov on September 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
and disagree with the gals who didn't.. isn't life great that we are all different in our views. I thought the character development of Eve still proceeds at its usual rate. She learns more about her mother in this one. Peabody is developed more in this story. The interaction between Roarke and Eve is solid and sexy as usual. As with another reviewer, I like that Eve's compassion for the living is highlighted with the victim as well as her compassion for the dead. I liked the scene between Eve and the coroner. Where is there "lack of character development"? I enjoy the small nuances as well as the deep ones. This book is full of those wonderful small nuances... loved the family BBQ at Mira's. Other Death books are more exciting, but I look forward to seeing how all the characters keep growing in Ms. Roberts' books.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kylara on August 26, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I rushed down to the store to get this yesterday, and unlike the last one [Portrait], which left me feeling a bit hurried and miffed, this one had a lot of the best things about this series. Eve Dallas has some very good moments in this book - the mystery makes sense (the murderer is actually one of the main suspects this time), still managing to keep the reader guessing. It plays out well, and the murders manage to impress upon the reader the appropriate sense of disgust intended.
The main characters mostly have some good points in this book, although I was a bit weirded out by Roberts' description of Morris (he is suddenly described with the adjective 'exotic' on two consecutive pages). Peabody is taking the detective exam, McNab is being lovey-dovey with the aforementioned, and Roarke is getting through the loss discovered in Portrait. There's a lack of Feeney in this book, as well as Nadine, but it plays out better for it, especially since Portrait had characters experiencing Significant Moments of Life every five pages. Not that this book isn't lacking in the odd character moment here and there, but it works anyway. For Lt. Dallas herself, there is a big flashback - and a fascinating one, for it's about the person that her brandy-colored eyes are from - and no, it's not her dad.
One of my favorite aspects of this series is the Eve-Roarke dynamic, and in this book, they're awfully cute in this book, and such fun to read. I don't mean gushy cute, thank goodness, but they're a highly amusing couple. A favorite moment of mine is Eve watching, with some baffled horror, as Roarke cooks, and I don't mean with an Auto-Chef. More than ever, I think this couple has really settled into a comfortable dynamic, the way that only they can do it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Everhard VINE VOICE on October 22, 2006
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Book #19 in the In Death Series.

In this book Eve is trying to catch a killer who imitates histories most notorious serial killers. The first he imitates is Jack the ripper. The only lead is the stationary that the killer leaves at the scene.

There are some important break throughs in Eve's past. And Eve tries for some normalcy when she goes to a family picnic at Mira's house.

McNab shines as he helps Peabody study for her detective shield. And I love how they catch the killer.

It's always amusing to watch Eve twitch over the ever growing romance between mcNab and Peabody.

I almost deducted a star for Eve's ever increasing lack of sensitivity. Sometimes it is too much.

This is just another excellent installment of a fabulous series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Bull on June 6, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
We continue to be astounded at the publishing pace of Nora Roberts. Despite her "regular" books under her own name, these fun NYPD homicide Lt. Eve Dallas stories, written as "JD Robb", keep coming at the rate of one or two a year. "Imitation...", the 17th entry in the "... In Death" series, is not the emotional blockbuster of the just prior two ("Purity..." and "Portrait..."), but nonetheless entertains throughout this tough-minded police procedural. When a licensed companion (that's a "hooker" in year 2059 parlance) is found brutally murdered in the style of Jack the Ripper, followed in quick succession by the killing of a popular female apartment dweller, slain Boston Strangler style, it doesn't take the two notes recovered from the bodies, on unusual stationary, to clue any of us that a vicious copycat serial killer is on the loose. When it turns out the notes are addressed to Dallas personally, it's also clear that she herself is probably on the intended hit list, providing immense worry to her billionaire but loving husband Roarke. His role in this novel, as in many of the prior tales, is one of Eve's crime-solving sidekick, along with faithful aide Officer Delia Peabody. Fortunately, the notepaper provides a small roster of immediate suspects, but Robb cleverly keeps us guessing, 'til like ten pages before the end, which of the half dozen users of the stationary might be the real sicko. While a sub-plot of sorts involves Peabody's trials and tribulations getting ready for her detective's exam, the storyline is very much ala Ellery Queen in terms of clues, follow-up, and solid police work. Eve's intuition serves her well, but her assembling and processing of the clues is flawless as she gradually zeroes in, then sucks in, the bad guy.Read more ›
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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.

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