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The year is 2056. mood-altering drugs are legal, prostitution is licensed, virtual-reality games have replaced TV sets for entertainment and New York supercop Eve Dallas continues her sleuthing in Robb's fourth installment in the Death series (Naked in Death, Glory in Death, etc.). This time around, Eve has married her soul mate, Roarke, and is caught up in the puzzling suicide of a technician who's been working on Roarke's unfinished space resort. The young tech, Eve learns, had cheerfully hanged himself after a VR trip. Back on Earth, autopsies from two similar suicides reveal a pin-sized burn on the brains of the victims. All clues point to a deadly subliminal message in a VR toy?one that Roarke produces. This is sexy, gritty, richly imagined suspense. The fact that it is written by Nora Roberts under the pseudonym J.D. Robb is a tribute to her versatility.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: In Death (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425155188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425155189
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,705 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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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on May 25, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the forth book in this really exciting series. Eve and Roarke were just married,. They are a great couple, both dynamic, strong willed and Roarke has the need to take care of Eve, which she fights all the way. The humor and progress of intimacy throughout their relationship and the series is extraordinary. This book starts on their honeymoon at one of Roarke 's Luxurious hotels off planet that he is turning into a lavish gambling resort. It is still under construction but this way other than the workers the couple had the place to themselves. A young man hangs himself and this does seem to be totally out of character for this man. When Eve and Roarke return home there are a couple suicides which seem to match this pattern. Then even one in Washington. Eve must find the connection between these suicides and prove it is actually murder. This goes deep into the brain waves and a connection to another of Roarke companies. This was really a surprise at the end and an excellent book. I highly recommend this book and all in the series. If you are new to the series start at the very beginning and you will be very pleased!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "wishbury" on January 13, 2000
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RAPTURE IN DEATH is the darkest of the J.D.Robb Eve Dallas novels. We see more of the detectives terrifying past life. Roarke, the gorgeous Irishman with the criminal past (and shady present), is now Eve's husband. He is shown at his worst, in an unsettling scene. Peabody, Mavis, and Feeny are fun as always, but there's a nasty layer to this book. Still, it's well written, and even though the characters are often shown in an unfavorable light, RAPTURE IN DEATH is a welcome addition to the series.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By APworldHistoryTeacher on July 28, 2000
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I have read most everything Nora Roberts has written, including her Language of Love Series from years ago... I am now reading the JD Robb series featuring Lt. Eve Dallas.
WHAT an imagination Roberts has! To imagine the future through her eyes... I love the way Eve and Roarke interact. She is her own person and he loves her for this-never trying to make her something else. And, at the same time, she is able to admit that she needs someone too!
I loved Rapture in Death. This is perhaps the best "Death" book so far. The VR Goggles were a trip! The idea of manipulating musical undertones to control a person's behavior... Where does she get her ideas? So believable!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on June 12, 2004
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The previous novel dealt with the preparations for the wedding between Eve and Roarke, and the "minor" inconvenience for the former of having to keep her best friend, Mavis, out of jail. This book starts with the honeymoon, which surprised me, since the author did not give any descriptions of the eagerly awaited wedding. We get a glimpse here and there of a few aspects of the ceremony in this book, but I think there were a lot of readers interested in a more thorough description of the event.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas does not even get to finish her honeymoon in peace. In the last stage of their trip, Eve is spending some time in one of the many resorts off-planet Roarke owns and is involved in a case when an employee is found hanged in his room. Even though there are no reasons for this person to commit suicide, there is no other logical conclusion, so that is the ruling at the time. Back home and after resuming her duties, Eve has to spend a day in court facing a pushy and crafty defense attorney, but her hate turns to surprise when he is found hours later as a victim of an apparent suicide. When she discovers that a politician with no reasons to kill himself jumped from a building, the coincidence becomes too much and Eve gets deeper and deeper into one of the toughest cases she has faced yet.
J.D. Robb maintains a high level of quality in terms of writing, a fast-paced action and a good character development. At least for me what happens with the relationships between the characters is half the fun. Peabody is given a more prominent role as Eve's aid after the last case, in which a criminal working from within the police department used the young cop for his evil purposes. We even get to take another step towards understanding Eve's childhood, since in this installment she remembers more facts about what her father did to her and about how she ultimately killed him. This futuristic series has clearly got my attention and it will not let go!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
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I have read just about everything Nora Roberts has written and have just discovered her as J.D. Robb. She's wonderful! I love the romance, especially the way Rourke takes care of Eve - with or without her knowing (I want a Rourke too); the humour - the quiet little mutterings under their breath, and the quiet smiles; the mystery - how Eve puts herself into the crime scene and works through everything and of course her aide Peabody. I like the growing friendship and respect between two strong women who can defend themselves yet not be afraid to be women and have a healthy relationship with a man.
Robb has it all in her books. I read her first one and went back to buy the entire series. I can hardly wait to get to the next book. I just hope that by the time I'm caught up there will be another one in print.
Whether she goes by Nora Roberts or J.D. Robb this lady knows how to get your interest and keep it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By virago on April 14, 2006
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Eve and Roarke are back in the 4th installment of Roberts' 'In Death' series. This one has the newly married Eve, investigate a string of on-the-surface unrelated suicides - one of which occurs on her honeymoon.

This book is entertaining, however I didnt like it as much as the previous 3 books. Maybe, I'm just getting tired of Roberts' style :) It really amuses me the number of ways she finds to describe Roarke at the beginning of each book - saint and sinner, poet and pirate, angel and fallen angel (? no, i'm not as creative as Roberts') and another thing that amuses me (or irritates) is the fascination every single character has for Eve. So, she's a tough cop with a battered background, there must be tons of them out there and she certainly doesnt deserve the intense psychoanalysis that every other character indulges in regarding her. But, knowing Roberts' romance background, all this is just par for the course.

The thriller elements are done in typical Roberts style, giving just enough and no more. I'm a person who really likes knowing the details of any element a writer introduces, be it space travel or even forensic investigations and a writer like Roberts who glosses over details leaves me wanting more.

However, all said and done, the one thing that brings me back to reading her books are the characters. She rarely gets anybody wrong, and the humor, independance of and interaction between her major characters esp. Eve, Roarke and Mavis make for a highly entertaining read. So, if you know what to expect with Robb/Roberts this one is good enough, if not read some of the others with better storylines ...
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