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Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1995
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About the Author
Nora Roberts is a New York Times bestselling author and there are over 300 million copies of her books in print. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the New York Times bestselling futuristic suspense series, which features Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.
Top Customer Reviews
Eve finds the main murder suspect, a billionaire named Roarke who walks a fine line between legal and illegal, to be just a little bit too attractive for her comfort. He's Irish, gorgeous, and very charming.
This series is written by Nora Roberts under the name J.D. Robb. Don't confuse the romance novels usually written by Ms. Roberts with this series. The "...in Death" series is a far cry from her usual romance story. The series is excellent and I would recommend you read all the books beginning with this one, Naked in Death.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas, just barely thirty years old, is a police lieutenant in the NYPSD (New York Police and Security Department) Homicide division. New York City, 2058 CE, are the time and setting of "Naked in Death." Robot drones and voice activated machines do menial work, i.e., clean house, serve meals; there is a total ban on guns, (the police use lasers); major improvements have been made in medicine and technology, with advancements in genetics (and strong genetic control); airbuses for public transportation have replaced subways; tele-links replace telephones - it's not a "brave new world," yet...but there are definite pluses midway into the 21st century. Minor armed skirmishes have taken place between China and the US, and France had another revolution which lasted for a few years. The overpopulated world has more limited resources - real coffee is rare and way too expensive, as is beef and other fresh meat.
As the book opens, Eve is suffering a trauma because of the terribly violent murder of a little girl that she couldn't prevent. Eve killed the girl's father, the perpetrator, but the image of the child is stamped on her memory and she is having difficulty in sleeping.Read more ›
As for Roarke, the incredibly rich love interest, it felt as if the author was forcing his sex appeal at times. I found myself trying to find out Eve's powerful attraction to him, besides the physical. He forces himself into her life multiple times, going so far as to break into her appartment. His excuse *every* time is his concern over Eve, which gets a little thin after a while - as another reviewer mentioned, for someone as prickly as she's written she takes it fairly placidly. It's hard to beleive Eve wouldn't be fed up with it after a while. Roarke's just not as interesting as the author wants us to find him.
But all in all, it's a decent book. The murder culprit didn't really surprise me but it was still fun reading up to the mystery's revelation. I'm going to try a few more books in the series just to see where it goes.
If you're in an airport surrounded by Tom Clancy and Anne Rice and thinking they just aren't your thing, you could do a lot worse than Naked in Death.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good book and a terrific series!! I can't wait to read more, the characters are well developed and the writing is so good!! Funny and interesting!!Published 2 days ago by Pam Vendsel
Great read! Certainly deviates from Nora Roberts style that one is familiar with....darker and edgier with the romance angle to spice it up a bit :)Published 3 days ago by James Daughtry
Another J D Robb great book. The story covers prostitution and death. You find out Eve's secret that she has buried all her life. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Suzie
The first in a fantastic series. Have just started rereading the entire series again for the third time! Looking fwd to the next one coming in Sept and then again in Feb.Published 11 days ago by Caron Bennett