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Purity in Death Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2002

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"A sick computer can and does infect other computers, but not its operator," claims Roarke, dreamboat husband of New York's hotshot futuristic cop, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, in the 15th installment in Robb's `Death' series (after Reunion in Death). Roarke's theory is put to the test when pedophiles and drug dealers begin dying from a computer-generated virus that literally blows the mind of its victims. It doesn't take long for Eve to figure out that a vigilante terrorist organization with superior tech knowledge is meting out its own form of justice the group even leaves the message "absolute purity achieved" on victims' computer screens. Pinpointing the group is more of a challenge. Suspects could be anyone from members of the justice system to formerly abused children, the latter of which strikes a personal and painful nerve in Eve, who was abused as a child. Readers familiar with Eve's history and the sea of characters brought over from her previous books will be more comfortable than first- timers attempting to wade through this sluggish installment. Despite Robb's smooth-as-glass prose, her latest isn't likely to win new converts to the series.
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“J.D. Robb's ability to keep this series fresh and compelling is amazing. In this book in particular, the secondary characters and relationships really get a chance to shine, which makes the growth of Eve and Rourke all the more satisfying. Outstanding!”RT Book Reviews

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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

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (August 27, 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 042518630X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0425186305
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.18 x 0.91 x 6.75 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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J.D. ROBB is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 5-stars: 'Purity in Death' by J.D. Robb
By FranJessca @ A Book Lovin Mama&#39;s Blog on April 19, 2021
Purity in Death is the fifteenth book to J.D. Robb’s In Death series. I’m determined to get through this series. I was going to read 2-3 books a month, but life has been hectic. I know during the summertime I’ll be able to read more from this series, as long as my family lets me. I’m determined to catch on this series because I can’t get enough of Eve Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, McNabb, etc. I love all of these characters.

Storyline/My Thoughts: Louie Cogburn has been cooped up in his apartment with blaring music. His head is pounding, and he is about to break because of it. All it takes is one of his neighbors coming to confront him about his music being too loud for Louie to snap finally. The first cop on the scene fires his stunner twice, and instantly Louie dies. The cop then calls the first person who can think of that can help him, which is Eve Dallas. Eve Dallas never expected to have to deal with a case when she was supposed to meet up for Roarke for dinner, but now she’s at Louie Cogburn’s apartment trying to help the cop that called her. She realizes right away something is amiss because of a strange message on Louie’s computer screen: ABSOLUTE PURITY ACHIEVED. Now, what could that mean, and why would Louie take a bat to his neighbor.

This is where it gets dangerous for Eve and her team because they will have to deal with other cases like Louie Cogburn in the coming days. One of the cases will hit close to the police station. It’s up to Eve and her team to determine what is causing these people to lose it and hurt others. It could be a drug, but when her squad starts unraveling what is really behind it and who is when they start realizing someone is taking justice into their own hands.

I had a hard time putting down this book because this was one case that I needed to find out what was happening and if Eve and her team were going to solve it. Poor Eve can’t catch a break, and neither can her team. McNab even ends up hurt in this book, and readers will see how much Peabody cares for McNab. I love how Roarke plays a significant role in this story in helping Eve, even if Eve doesn’t want him helping. Eve puts herself at risk in this book, which doesn’t make Roarke happy. Eve also ends up having her past creep up again and haunt her.

This book had a lot of shocking moments in it, and everyone is involved in this case. Eve and her team will find out the truth and bring it to light on what is behind everything. I loved every bit of this book and can’t wait to dive into the next book.

Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the In Death series by J.D. Robb.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, most definitely. This is one of my favorites in the series. (I have several.) I would recommend this book/series to Romantic Suspense/Thrillers readers out there.
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