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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399151060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151064
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A perfect marriage of sensuality and suspense, this sparkling new offering from Roberts (Birthright, etc.) and her alter ego, Robb (Imitation in Death, etc.) takes readers on a two-part journey-first to the quaint burg of Angel's Gap, Md., and then to New York City, 56 years in the future. A multimillion-dollar diamond heist connects the two halves and fuels the first story, which focuses on the romance between sexy PI Max Gannon, who's working for the company that insured the diamonds, and smalltown antiques dealer Laine Tavish, daughter of a notorious thief. Laine has worked hard to overcome her heritage, but when her father's best friend is killed outside her shop, she becomes the target of a ruthless killer who thinks she has her father's share of the take. Because the story skips ahead in time, Max and Laine have little time to explore their affection for each other, but Roberts still manages to make their whirlwind romance both believable and charming. A nerve-shattering encounter between Laine and the villain shows Laine to be as capable and crafty as Lt. Eve Dallas, who's the driving force behind the novel's second half. Set in the year 2059, the continuation finds Eve on the trail of a murderer who's after the diamonds that were never recovered from the decades-old heist. Though the identity of the criminal is apparent midway through, Eve's charismatic personality and colorful crew-including her former thief husband, Roarke, and her partner, Peabody-keep the energy level high. A true master of her craft, Roberts has penned an exceptional tale that burns with all the brilliance and fire of a finely cut diamond.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

New York Times best-selling, RITA award-winning Nora Roberts teams up with her pseudonymous writing personality, J. D. Robb, in this sexy, suspenseful novel centered on a fortune in stolen diamonds. Roberts begins things in present-day Maryland, where Laine Tavish, owner of an antiques and collectibles store, finds her attempts to erase any connection to her con-man father, Jack O'Hara, threatened when one of her father's "business associates" shows up and is killed in an automobile accident. Her father's involvement in a diamond heist brings not only a cold-blooded murderer to Laine's door but also insurance investigator Max Gannon, who won't rest until he finds the missing jewels. Robb adds a new twist to the tale 50 years in the future when Laine's granddaughter, Samantha Gannon, writes a best-selling book about the diamonds. The murder of Samantha's house-sitter brings Lieutenant Eve Dallas on the scene in search of a killer who will do anything to possess the sparkling stones. Robert's latest is another addictive blend of scintillating prose and sharply etched characters that will dazzle and delight her devoted readers. John Charles
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Customer Reviews

I finally got a hold of this book and read it in two days.
R. Hoover
This was excellent - the Nora Roberts we've all come to expect - mystery, romance, and a good, well written, well plotted story.
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This was the second Nora Roberts book I've read, and the first J.D. Robb and I loved it.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By S. Gould VINE VOICE on September 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having oneself for a co-author makes a very dependable partnership if the 'two' coconspirators are as exceptional as Nora Roberts. In 'Remember When' J. D. Robb joins her alter ego Nora Roberts to write a two part story about a diamond heist which occurs early in the twenty first century when Jack O'Hara steals twenty eight million in glittering gems along with his friend willy Young and their ruthless and conniving associate Alex Crew. When Crew turns on his associates Jack sends Willy to stash their part of the loot with his daughter Laine Tavish (formerly Elaine O'Hara) while he believes that he is lead Crew away. However, Crew and a handsome private investigator, Max Gannon continue to pursue Laine. Crew wants the diamonds at any cost while Max discovers that he needs Laine more than he needs to find the diamonds. Thus begins the search to find the elusive diamonds.
This first part of the tale is engrossing and sets up the second half which features Eve Dallas and Roarke as they investigate the death of a young woman that may be related to the recent publication of a book about the infamous heist of half a century ago. The murder occurred at the apartment of Samantha Gannon, the grand daughter of Laine and Max and revealed that in excess of seven million dollars worth of diamonds were never recovered. Someone wants those gems now worth twice the original value and is willing to kill for them. Together Eve and Roarke must find the culprit and avenge the murders.
Both parts of this tale are quite good and the doubleheader is well worth the investment in a hardcover edition. I did slightly prefer the first part as it was more original and the characters were new and refreshing, but both parts were truly worth reading.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Bull on October 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The idea for this book was sensationally clever, and the best part is that the story does nothing to diminish the sparkling entertainment for which we had hoped! Roberts give us a romantic thriller in Part I -- featuring small town antique store owner Laine Tavish. Daughter of con man and thief Jack O'Hara, she makes a straight life for herself after nearly following in dad's footsteps. When insurance investigator Max Gannon visits her shop hunting for stolen diamonds, he finds not only clues but instant love with the lovely Ms. Tavish. Together they stave off the bad guys, mostly one Alex Crew, and recover most of the gems in a suspenseful plot.
JD Robb, author of the "In Death" series featuring NYPD homicide Lt. Eve Dallas, takes over in Part II. Almost half a century later, she is called to a murder scene at the house of O'Hara's granddaughter, author of a popular book about the missing diamonds. Soon Eve, with help as usual from hubby Roarke and sidekick (now fellow detective) Peabody, is headlong into both the new murders as well as hunting for the diamonds. Meanwhile, it seems Alex Crew's descendents may be trying to gain what is their "due", setting up a race to the finish that keeps we readers doing the same thing!
We're devoted fans of Robb but had never read "Roberts" before. We had no doubt the popular author was inventive, and that she carries the co-author charade to the extent of two pictures on the back cover tells of her own humor and lust for life. For Eve Dallas fans, this novel is an incredible treat; and for those Robert's fans who haven't met her, enjoy!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Hoover on September 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I finally got a hold of this book and read it in two days. This book spans 56yrs. of finding diamonds that have been lost in time. Starting in 2003 Lainie Tavish a shop owner runs into a lost old friend who dies on her sidewalk and tells her to look for a china dog,she has no idea what he is talking about. Enter Max Gannon a detective Insurance Agent on the case who is looking for a fortune in lost diamonds and a great mystery is set to go. The second part is 56 yrs.later and Shannon Gannon,granddaughter of Max and Laine is thrown into a murder and Eve Dallas is on the case. I loved this book it has everything. I wish more had been mentioned about Laine's Dad I thought he was cool. I highly recommend this bookif you are a Nora fan or Eve Dallas's In-Death books and you don't have to read all 17-books to enjoy it. Read it and enjoy.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Melnick on October 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Nora Roberts combines her skills as a contemporary romance author with her alter ego, J.D. Robb, who writes futuristic romantic suspense in this single two-part novel. Part I involves Laine Tavish, attractive owner of a small Maryland antique shop. But when her father Jack's ex-partner Willy tracks her to her business before he is killed in a traffic accident, Laine finally realizes that her past as the child of a con artist has reared its ugly head. Private investigator Max Gannon also meets Laine, as he believes that she may know where Jack hid the diamonds stolen in his most recent heist. In this crafty mix of suspense and romance, Max and Laine become allies personally and professionally as they try to discover where Willy might have hidden the diamonds during his brief visit to Laine's shop, as they must also elude Alex Cross, the mastermind of the heist who wants to recover all of the diamonds.
Fast forward to year 2059 when Lieutenant Detective Eve Dallas is investigating the murder of a woman who was house-sitting for her friend, Samantha Gannon, an author who wrote a book about the meeting of her grandparents, Max and Laine, and their investigation into recovering the diamonds, though the one quarter belonging to Alex Cross was never found, and he died in prison. And when Samantha's cleaning lady is found murdered, Eve and wealthy entrepreneur husband Roarke believe that the murders are somehow connected to the missing gems, as they seek to locate the whereabouts of Cross' son. No holds barred suspense, terrific romance between Eve and
Roarke are carefully combined with references to the technological advances in the not too distant future.
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