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Rapture in Death Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996

4.6 out of 5 stars 500 customer reviews
Book 4 of 44 in the In Death Series

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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.
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"Sexy, gritty, richly imagined suspense."

"Sexy, gritty, richly imagined suspense." ("Publishers Weekly")
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Product Details

  • Series: In Death (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425155188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425155189
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 25, 2001
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This is the forth book in this really exciting series. Eve and Roarke were just married,. They are a great couple, both dynamic, strong willed and Roarke has the need to take care of Eve, which she fights all the way. The humor and progress of intimacy throughout their relationship and the series is extraordinary. This book starts on their honeymoon at one of Roarke 's Luxurious hotels off planet that he is turning into a lavish gambling resort. It is still under construction but this way other than the workers the couple had the place to themselves. A young man hangs himself and this does seem to be totally out of character for this man. When Eve and Roarke return home there are a couple suicides which seem to match this pattern. Then even one in Washington. Eve must find the connection between these suicides and prove it is actually murder. This goes deep into the brain waves and a connection to another of Roarke companies. This was really a surprise at the end and an excellent book. I highly recommend this book and all in the series. If you are new to the series start at the very beginning and you will be very pleased!
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By A Customer on January 13, 2000
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RAPTURE IN DEATH is the darkest of the J.D.Robb Eve Dallas novels. We see more of the detectives terrifying past life. Roarke, the gorgeous Irishman with the criminal past (and shady present), is now Eve's husband. He is shown at his worst, in an unsettling scene. Peabody, Mavis, and Feeny are fun as always, but there's a nasty layer to this book. Still, it's well written, and even though the characters are often shown in an unfavorable light, RAPTURE IN DEATH is a welcome addition to the series.
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I have read most everything Nora Roberts has written, including her Language of Love Series from years ago... I am now reading the JD Robb series featuring Lt. Eve Dallas.
WHAT an imagination Roberts has! To imagine the future through her eyes... I love the way Eve and Roarke interact. She is her own person and he loves her for this-never trying to make her something else. And, at the same time, she is able to admit that she needs someone too!
I loved Rapture in Death. This is perhaps the best "Death" book so far. The VR Goggles were a trip! The idea of manipulating musical undertones to control a person's behavior... Where does she get her ideas? So believable!
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The previous novel dealt with the preparations for the wedding between Eve and Roarke, and the "minor" inconvenience for the former of having to keep her best friend, Mavis, out of jail. This book starts with the honeymoon, which surprised me, since the author did not give any descriptions of the eagerly awaited wedding. We get a glimpse here and there of a few aspects of the ceremony in this book, but I think there were a lot of readers interested in a more thorough description of the event.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas does not even get to finish her honeymoon in peace. In the last stage of their trip, Eve is spending some time in one of the many resorts off-planet Roarke owns and is involved in a case when an employee is found hanged in his room. Even though there are no reasons for this person to commit suicide, there is no other logical conclusion, so that is the ruling at the time. Back home and after resuming her duties, Eve has to spend a day in court facing a pushy and crafty defense attorney, but her hate turns to surprise when he is found hours later as a victim of an apparent suicide. When she discovers that a politician with no reasons to kill himself jumped from a building, the coincidence becomes too much and Eve gets deeper and deeper into one of the toughest cases she has faced yet.
J.D. Robb maintains a high level of quality in terms of writing, a fast-paced action and a good character development. At least for me what happens with the relationships between the characters is half the fun. Peabody is given a more prominent role as Eve's aid after the last case, in which a criminal working from within the police department used the young cop for his evil purposes. We even get to take another step towards understanding Eve's childhood, since in this installment she remembers more facts about what her father did to her and about how she ultimately killed him. This futuristic series has clearly got my attention and it will not let go!
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I'm a series fanatic and was super excited by the fact that this one had so many. However, Rapture made it clear to me how boring these are getting. The deaths are always exciting. The chase for the killer is even more but the story line never changes. It's comparable to a scooby doo mystery. Three or four people always wound up dead. Eve is over-determined to unmask the killer (who is always someone close to her), the captain always wants her to move on, but she begs and gets what she wants. Eve was battered, rape, and killed her father....she marries the wealthy, sexy Roarke whom she makes love to daily and blah blah blah. I'm bored with the story line now. Three stars because Robb always makes the chase exciting and the analogies are the bomb. For example on pg. 209 "the grin flashed. charming. a choirboy holding a frog under his robe."
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This has a very captivating mystery to solve that involves technology and what very well might happen in the future. The story begins immediately after Immortal in Death with Eve & Roarke on their honeymoon. As with every In Death book I love the Eve and Roarke moments. She is still trying to figure out the couple/wife life.

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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