- Series: In Death (Book 33)
- Hardcover: 402 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399157786
- ISBN-13: 978-0399157783
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (792 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The always awesome Robb shakes up her long-running series and places her gutsy heroine Lt. Eve Dallas on a collision course with the past. Readers learn about the case that brought Eve and Feeney together while Eve battles a monster. Hang on tight, for Eve is about to face childhood nightmares that cut deeper and closer than she ever dreamed. Outstanding!”—RT Book Reviews
“The cat-and-mouse suspense when Eve and McQueen go up against each other is intense.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[Robb] delivers precisely the kind of rapid-fire thrust and parry action fans expect from the near-future New York Police and Security Dept. homicide lieutenant.”—Publishers Weekly
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“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
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Isaac McQueen - a violent pedophile Eve took down not long after she became a police officer - has escaped prison. McQueen seems more than eager to get back to raping and torturing young girls, but he's added an additional target to his list: Eve. McQueen's sick cat-and-mouse game will take Eve and her husband Roarke from New York to Dallas, where the demons of Eve's past will collide with the terrifying danger that taking down McQueen presents.
Enter the explosively exciting world of Eve and Roarke in NEW YORK TO DALLAS. Author J.D. Robb brings the full gamut of emotions to the table in NEW YORK TO DALLAS and readers are sure to experience every one. I laughed, I cried, I sighed, I smiled, I relaxed and curled up with the book, then I tensed and sat up straight as I eagerly turned the pages.
As one might expect from the lack of "In Death" in the title, J.D. Robb shakes things up in NEW YORK TO DALLAS. Taking Eve out of New York doesn't just equal a location change. She's in unfamiliar territory, doesn't have her partner, her squad, her commander or the familiar resources she's used to. It was interesting, for me, to see Eve in such a situation. What's more, Dallas isn't just any location. As fans of the series know, Dallas is where Eve's life was irrevocably changed. I won't provide any spoilers, but it should come as no surprise that the ghosts of Eve's past - a past she's thought she'd mostly come to terms with - are added to the strain of trying to capture McQueen. I loved the character growth this aspect of the story brought to Eve, even as it broke my heart. And it wasn't only my heart breaking. Roarke, Eve's husband, is with her every step of the way. Not only do we see more of his character development come about - and I won't say why or how - but the progression their marriage makes in NEW YORK TO DALLAS is simply beautiful to watch. In many ways, Eve and Roarke make a unique couple. But one of the things I love most about them as husband and wife is the fact that they have the "everyday" little problems couples have, not just big ones; they have to cope with both in this book.
A host of new characters are seamlessly introduced in NEW YORK TO DALLAS. I grew to love them almost as much as I do Eve and Roarke's friends. Two of McQueen's victims, in particular, grabbed my attention - and Eve's - and it's not just their courage which captivated me, but what they show about Eve that makes me hope I'll see them again.
There's a reason Ms. Robb's dynamic IN DEATH series is still wildly popular more than forty books and novellas in. The books may be set in the future, but the themes of love, friendship, loss, pain, survival, courage, hope, despair, good and evil are universal. Too, the strengths, flaws and quirks of Eve, Roarke and their friends makes the characters not only loveable, but relatable.
NEW YORK TO DALLAS is the thirty-third full-length novel in the IN DEATH series, but Ms. Robb weaves in enough background for readers new to the world of Eve and Roarke to follow along. Fans of the series will, however, be in for a special treat, as there are so many moments in NEW YORK TO DALLAS that show just how far Eve and Roarke have come.
Ms. Robb brings her A-game to NEW YORK TO DALLAS. Love, intelligence, hard work and twisted-as-hell evil are a brilliant combination in the hands of someone like Ms. Robb. She has the ability to make even a predictable surprise plot twist feel like a sucker punch to the gut. That ability to bring forth such strong emotions is why I've been a fan of J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts for more than half my lifetime and why I continue to look forward to each new book of hers. NEW YORK TO DALLAS is captivating from beginning to end, and I finished it eager to see where Ms. Robb takes Eve and Roarke next!
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If you are new to the series, I would not start with this one. There is such history to get to this point, that I feel you would not enjoy it as much.
Not sure where to start, I don't want to put any spoilers in this because that is one of the things I loved about it was seeing how it unfolded. I was not particularly surprised by what happened, but it flowed so wonderfully that I would not want to ruin any of it for you.
For fans, we got a lot of Eve/Roarke. Because it takes place in another city, the normal cast is there, but not the way it normally is. They introduce us to people Eve met before the series started and we get to know Eve better. What is most striking about this book, is the relationship between Eve and Roarke. We all love him, who wouldn't. But you see the bonds very strongly and you also see the striking difference between the Eve we met 33 books ago to the woman she is today.
There were times I literally had to set the book down and walk away, one because I did not want it to end, and 2 because I felt so much for Eve. This one will make you really feel the emotions, and that is an Excellent book.
So many series devolve at this point, and the last two books have really been some of the best work to date.
This book is worth the Hardback price.
Enjoy, and if you are new to the series do yourself a favor and start with the beginning. It is overall an excellent series. There were a couple books in it I did not love, maybe 4 out of all of them, and they were still really good.
This is not the first book where Dallas has left NYC but this is the only one where she spends almost the entire book somewhere else and of all places, the city of Dallas where she was molested and beaten by her father whom she eventually killed there as an 8 year old. She's been here before but never had to stay.
I did not find the coincidences a stretch as another 3 star reviewer did. What I found to dislike was the continual atmosphere of sadness and anxiety. No snappy dialog. Her only support in Dallas (on site) is Roarke who is also stressed to the max the whole time. Add to this, the Feds and Dallas PD who don't give her the support needed (all advances in the case come from Dallas team in NYC or Roarke), continually ignore her first hand knowledge, and just generally screwing up. The whole thing drags out painfully page after page.
I disagree with reviewers who feel this added to the romance between Roarke and Eve. We already knew from the other books how much they meant to each other. How did all the misery in this book add to that?
It took me a week to read this book even though I've got lots of time for reading. I'd pick it up, it would be too painful, I'd put it back down. If your life is not real happy at the moment, don't read this book right now; save it for later when you can take more pain.
If you like tons of emotional pain in romance/mystery books, you'll love this book. As for me, I've never felt the need to review one of the In Death books before but this one I must because I did not enjoy it. I did not keep this book (it will break up my set) but since I am not going to read it again, why use up precious shelf space?
I down graded this from 3 stars to 2 stars. It has been a long time since I read this book but I still intensely dislike it. It is not unreadable so no 1 star. But as time passes, the memory of how much I did not enjoy this book refuses to fade. Read it only if you obsessive about reading all the In Death books otherwise skip this one! There is no joy or happiness in it. Just misery.