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Rapture in Death Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996
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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.
“Sexy, gritty, richly imagined suspense.”—Publishers Weekly
More Praise for the In Death series
“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
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This one was really good, maybe the best one since Book 1. I knew the murderer since about 35% and guessed that that VR system was the murder mechanism, but that didn't ruin my enjoyment at all.
As usual, Eve's circle of friends - Mavis, Peabody, Dr. Mira, Nadine and Feeney - are involved. Also, we see an additional tiny sliver of Summerset's viewpoint. I love how NR has kept him such an opaque character and only gives us glimmers of his vp.
At the end of an action-packed IMMORTAL IN DEATH Lieutenant Eve Dallas beats up a murderer. That just happened to be on her wedding day to mega-rich super-stud, and slightly shady Roarke. Despite this the wedding between the most unusual couple goes off as planned and eventually they get away on their honeymoon, travelling to and enjoying exotic and romantic places, including to a 5 star tourist resort being built on one of Roarke's new satellites.
While they are on the satellite a brilliant engineer, with no apparent personal problems, commits suicide. Back home Dallas cannot prevent a suicide of a famous lawyer who is not known for suicidal tendencies and is not taking illegal drugs. While investigating this case Dallas believes that another suicide by a prominent politician may also be connected when she finds that all victims have a microscopic burn in the same part of the brain. How could this happen? Could it be drug related or because they all used on of Roarke's advanced virtual reality systems for their relaxation. The problem is that hundreds of other people use the same systems each day without harm.
While Eve is never scared to face up to dangerous criminals she panics at being involved in space travel until Roarke unlocks the thrills of the equivalent of the mile high club - in his private space transport. The series would not be complete without more sexual fireworks between the most unlikely couple - this time the fireworks are super spectacular and may have been manipulated.
To balance off these fireworks there is also lots of great, and sometimes tough police work as Eve happily resumes work in earnest. This time she is helped by the very efficient Officer Delia Peabody who is stunned when Eve assigns her to be her permanent aide.
This was an entertaining interlude with another episode of a very different kind of crime thriller series - which really shouldn't be taken seriously. 3.5 stars.
With that being said, I love J. D. Robb's books and will continue to read whatever she writes because, if nothing else, I get to visit and catch up with the characters that seem more like good friends.
Peabody becomes a permanent recurring character as Eve's aid. I love the Peabody Eve moments they are often funny and/or loving in a true friend way.
I love how J.D. Robb is developing her main characters with each book in this series. All in all it is a good mystery that works as a standalone but also builds on the characters that were introduced in previous books. I enjoy working through a case with Eve and following her thought processes. A good book for they mystery lover and/or romance fan.
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