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- Print Length: 363 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (April 1, 1999)
- Publication Date: April 1, 1999
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000P2A41I
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Ms. Robb peels one more layer off her intrepid heroine as she begins to come to terms with her bitter past, under the loving influence of her husband, Rorke, one of the most fascinating and compelling men in fiction today, and manages to trap a vicious murderer in the process.”—RT Book Reviews
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“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane
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THE STORY: A killer is expertly removing organs from vulnerable people for a mysterious purpose. The first kill is a street person with his heart removed in a precise and clean manner. It appears that the killer might be a well-trained surgeon. When Eve presses for answers, she becomes a danger and has to be eliminated. Suddenly Eve, herself, is in the crosshairs and has to fight for what matters to her along with uncovering the killer.
OPINION: This is one of my favorite books in the series because of the connection between the events in the case and Eve's personal life. And the connection is done in an interesting way and not the typical sexual crime case that triggers her memories so often.
Readers of the series know that Eve has a childhood filled with rape and abuse. She has made herself by dedicating herself to her job. This book challenges that part of her life and Eve has to deal with that along with solving the crime. When I read these books, I am not as interested in the solving of the crime as I am with the overarching story about Eve.
For me, this book by forcing Eve to confront some of her deepest fears about herself shows her strength and determination and also how much she has changed from the closed off woman from NAKED IN DEATH.
Although Eve is deeply challenged here, she is not alone anymore.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book introduces both Don Webster and Louise Dimatto.
CONNECTED BOOKS: CONSPIRACY IN DEATH is the eighth book in the In Death series. The crime/mystery is completely separate and independent, but there are continuing personal story lines in the series. I suggest the series be read in order because of the significant personal stories.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
J D Robb, as you probably know, also writes romance as Norah Roberts. Writing as J D Robb, however, her style is darker and grittier.
This is a series of mysteries set in the not too far distant future when the earth has colonized a lot of planets, societal norms have changed in some ways, yet law and order remains law and order and the police are there to protect and serve.
This series chronicles the cases of Eve Dallas as she investigates murders and believes it is her vocation to stand for the dead, to see that they get justice.
In my opinion, a person is going to love these books or hate them, I happen to love them.
Well written, strongly developed characters, detailed plots. Someone is doing research and I appreciate that. Of course, there are some love stories woven in because that is part of life, after all, it can't be all grim.
J.D. Robb, who is actually Nora Roberts, in a rather unique talent among ‘A-List’ authors in not only can she produce a good police procedural (futuristic) and action story, but she can also write and write quite well. Her prose at times is almost poetic.
In this rather grim story we have a killer who is killing street people and harvesting defective organs. The killer is obviously a skilled surgeon and quite bright. As the death toll increases the suspense does likewise.
Along with trying to solve these murders, Eve is fighting for her professional life in that she has her badge pulled due to the suspicion that she is responsible for the death of a fellow cop. This of course puts Eve in a complete tail spin because her life is her job...along with her husband Roarke. Eve spends a great portion of this novel without her badge or the authority that goes along with it.
We have the usually cast of characters in this one with a few new ones introduced who will appear in future novels. Peabody and McNabb have discovered each other which make for some interesting dynamics.
In a backhanded sort of way the author has taken a goodly swipe at the medical profession and shows the underbelly of what should be an honorable profession for all involved. Robb normally takes her anger out on politicians and news media types (yes, she does not relent in this one either) but it is nice to have a new target for her sarcasm and wraith.
From a personal point of view, this is one of the few series I’ve read, and there have been many, that seems to improve as each novel is published. Robb does not seem to be running out of steam and the speculation of Publishers Weekly back in 1999 somewhat predicting that the series may be coming to an end sure missed the mark by at least 40 books...so far.
It should also be noted that in this work we see an Eve who is a bit mellower than in some of the previous works but I can assure you that this does not last in future publications.
Top international reviews
Conspiracy in Death was a brilliant instalment to the In Death series, not only do you have the action of Eve’s hunt for a serial killer but you also have her coming under attack in her professional life thanks to Bowers. Everyone knows Bowers is a troublemaker but unfortunately, she’s very good at making waves and Eve’s bosses have to follow procedure now that official complaints have been made. Eve’s entire self-worth is tied up in her knowing that she’s brilliant at her job, it’s the one thing that she has always focused on and by protecting others she feels like she is doing something positive with her life. It was painful to see how badly shaken she is when her job is at risk, we really get to see Eve at her most vulnerable here and it hurt to see her brought so low by someone so awful.
On the other hand, Eve being in such an impossible situation really gave her friends a chance to rally around her and show her how much they care which was fantastic. Of course, Roarke is always her number one supporter but characters like Peabody, Feeney, Mavis, Mira and so many others went out of their way to show Eve that they had her back and would never let Bowers win. I loved all the supportive friendships that were showcased here and they gave Eve the safety net she so desperately needed. Roarke is as perfect as ever and the relationship development between him and Eve is the main reason I love this series as much as I do so it’s great to see that Eve is finally starting to be more open with him about how she feels. They really are a brilliant couple and I’m glad I have so many more books to devour before I’m caught up with the series!
Yikes Eve goes through so much in this book, her entire identity is brought into question, her sense of self ripped from her as her career comes underthreat.
It was fab seeing her friends and of course Roarke rally around her.
Look forward to reading 'Thankless in Death' when it comes out in September.
Ms. Robb is a superb writer, her characters vividly drawn so that the reader can actually 'see' and 'hear' these people the way I think she intends us to. Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke, two people who seemingly have everything anyone could want,yet neither of them is cut off in any way from others. They appreciate their good fortune. There are no pretensions with these characters. All in all, a great read. Can't wait for September.
I love the in death books, but this one is definitely my least favourite so far.
For me it just didn't flow, usually I am so gripped with the in death series i can't put it down till it's finished.