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Purity in Death Hardcover – 2002

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15th book in the popular 'In Death' series, featuring detective Eve Dallas and her husband Roark.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; First Edition edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739428330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739428337
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on January 21, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must agree with the reviewer with no " real review". She is truly phenomenal.
The In Death series is the best suspense series out there and the trick is the books just keep getting better. You absolutely cannot wait until the next one is published. Ms Robb has the talent to build characters, turns suspense from some simple element, just the right romance and humor all the way through.
In this installment of the In Death series, there is a computer virus going around New York and this is spreading from computer to man. People are dying and they cannot figure out what is causing it and who is behind this.
All the characters are back and some may even be in danger.
An excellent addition to the series and a must read....!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "sazmira" on August 28, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lt. Eve Dallas is back in another action packed who dun it. Citizens of New York are under assault from a group who calls themselves The Purity Seekers. Granted the only ones targeted are the bad guys; drug dealers, pedophiles, and flesh procurers. The method of assault is a computer virus that can be transmitted through the computer into the human brain. Eve, along with the yummy Roarke and a few other recurring cast members, sets out to solve the crime before any innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire. As if that weren�t enough on Eve�s plate, she gets lessons in the much dreaded game of politics and public relations.
With Ms. Robb�s usual flair, she presents a story full of ...-kicking action and a pretty nifty plot line. Dialogue is at times witty and others heart wrenching. We see the return of several delightful characters that have been missing for the past few books. Namely Jamie, Baxter, Webster, Trueheart, and Mavis (who makes a brief but important appearance).
Purity in Death ranks fairly low on the gore scale � its no worse than any other thriller or mystery. Foul language is medium on the sailor scale � about like NYPD Blue. �Adult Content and Nudity/Sex Scenes� - well, it is pretty steamy and if this offends you just skip the pages. They don�t happen that often. J As far as how this book ranks along with the rest of the series� It�s okay. There have been others in the series with more excitement. I would think of this one as a �secondary� character book; meaning that Ms. Robb seems to be focusing more on the development of secondary characters than with Eve and Roarke. It was a very enjoyable read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on September 15, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A computer virus from hell is infecting more than machines in New York City circa 2059. Launched by a self-righteous terrorist organization (aren't they all?), this baby seeps into the brains of its victims, causing paranoia, extreme violence, unbearable pain, and unspeakable death. The victims are not stellar human beings--most are drug dealers and/or child molesters--but in the throes of the virus, each has murdered an innocent victim, including a cop. Besides, thinks Eve Dallas, who is primary on the case, vigilante justice is never warranted.
The story of the terrorist organization, Absolute Purity, and Eve's desperate fight to bring it down, is one of the best JD Robb/Nora Roberts has written in this series. It's fast, it's furious, it's interesting, and not entirely predictable. The deep introspection that has so plagued the last few books in the series is gone, as is the endless back-and-forth battle Eve wages to accept that she is loved. MacNab and Peabody are back, and their relationship has, just in the nick of time (for the reader, anyway), deepened. Roarke is his usual inhumanly gorgeous and brilliant self, Feeney is aboard with his omnipresent bag of candied almonds, and Eve's "rad" friend Mavis has a surprise that far surpasses her purple hair.
All in all, this is one fun read. Unlike the last few in the series, it left me wanting more, and I'm looking forward to the next In-Death release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fairportfan on October 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On a panel at a science fiction convention, i once heard an author explain that you are permitted to introduce one piece of the miracle element "Bolonium" (which can do or be anything the author wants) into your story, but after that you can't do anything else contrary to fact in your storytelling.
Robb gets away with two chunks, but, since one is the underlying pseudo-science-fiction setting in the year 2059 introduced at the very beginning of the series, i'll give her a bye on that one.
My wife and i are both involved professionally with computers, and she told me that she was afraid i wasn't going to like this book because it involved a computer virus that could attack human brains. I explained the Bolonium Hypothesis to her; and, as i expected (based on previous Dallas/Roarke mysteries), while i didn't believe for a moment that such a thing could happen, if i accepted that it could, i was in for a pretty good romance/police procedural novel as Dallas and company mobilised to catch the Bad Guys.
Said Bad Guys are a group of vigilante-types who are out to bring their own brand of "justice" to child-predators who cannot be touched by the law; as is often the case in plots of this type, the initial public reaction to their actions and manifestos is guardedly favourable -- after all, they're only attacking nasty child-molestors.
But Dallas and her people are aware that people who deal extra-legal "justice" to one class of offendor are likely to expand their attentiosn to others. And not everyone agrees as to just who ought to die for his "crimes". A child-molestor? Quite possibly. A dealer in nasty drugs? Maybe. A jay-walker. perhaps?
As usual, Robb delivers the goods, specially in the secondary characters with which this series is so rich.
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