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Rapture in Death Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996
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They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common—and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas finds the deaths suspicious. And her instincts pay off when autopsies reveal small burns on the brains of the victims.
Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve’s investigation turns to the provocative world of virtual reality games—where the same techniques used to create joy and desire can also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...
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“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
- Publisher : Berkley; Reissue edition (October 1, 1996)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425155188
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425155189
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.82 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fourth book has Eve Dallas investigating three people that committed suicides. They should be closed cases, but Eve finds each suicide suspicious, especially after autopsies are done on the bodies. There’s a small burn on their brains, so Eve is determined to find out what drove a lawyer, engineer, and politician to kill themselves. There’s no stopping Eve from finding out the truth, even if she puts herself in danger again.
This installment is another perfect addition to the series. I enjoyed following Eve, Peabody, and Feeney on investigating these suicides, especially after Eve tries to save another person who committed suicide in the book in front of her. The person was acting strange, and this is why I agreed Eve was doing the right thing about investigating these deaths.
I started figuring out who could be behind everything after Eve encountered this person. There was something off with this person, especially how they reacted to Eve and Roarke being together. I love each antagonist that J.D. Robb writes in her stories because they are pure evil in their way. This one took it to the top. I was sick to my stomach towards the end of the book and what this antagonist had planned altogether.
Let’s not forget about Roarke and how much I adore his and Eve’s relationship. They’re married now, and they are supposed to be in the honeymoon phase, but Roarke knows Eve’s job is never done. It’s bad enough during their honeymoon is when one of the suicides took place. Be prepared for some steamy scenes in this book between the newly wedded couple. I love them as a couple, and I love how Roarke treats Eve and vice versa. These two were meant to be together, and I can’t wait to continue reading these books in the series.
Overall, this installment gets 4.5-stars, and I highly recommend it to Romantic Suspense/Thriller readers out there. Be prepared, though, because this is another book that will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is happening to these people committing suicide. Poor Eve and Roarke are caught in the crossfire again, but they can handle anything thrown at them.
Now I am on of those that are a big fan of these books where are futuristic (just a bit) detective/police procedural books with a touch of romance thrown in from time to time. This work is not all that different from other J.S. Robb offerings.
This one deals with mind control via music/computer games. It is not as grizzly as other books in the series but murder there is never-the less. People are forced to do things such as leaping off of tall buildings or hanging themselves or – in the case of Eve and Roarke, somewhat change their sexual encounters – an not all for the good.
Even though this is only about the third or fourth book in this series we have all my favorite characters playing their usual role; Eve, Peabody, McNab, Roarke Mavis, Leonardo and yes, one of my favorites, Galahad, and a host of others readers who follow these stories will be quite familiar with. There is of course some new characters introduced cause hey; you have to have a bad guy or girls – right?
The book begins with Eve and Roarke returning form the honeymoon where on their return visit at a space station they encounter the first victim – an apparent suicide.
While this story does not move as fast as some of the others I have read in this series it is never-the-less still a stellar read and one that I more or less read non-stop from cover to cover – Being retired I can do stuff like that because the dogs in my lap could care less if I am sleeping or reading or just staring into space.
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I like Nora Roberts and have never read a bad book from her but this book annoyed. I will stick with them, though I hope the formulas not the same for them all.
I like the futuristic world, Eve and Roarke are both brilliant multilayered characters who have deep dark secrets that we're only starting to get to the bottom of. I love the way the darkness in their pasts helps to bond them together and it's really interesting seeing Eve adjust to life as Roarke's wife. She's actually pretty happy and secure in her relationship now which is great to see. Side characters like Peabody add plenty of humour with their snarky comments and I'm enjoying getting to know characters like Mavis, Dr Mira and Feeney.
I'm still intimidated by the number of books that are already published in this series but the more of them I read the more excited I am that I have so many left to get through.
The book starts with the tail end of Eve and Roarke's honeymoon, which takes place off-planet, at a resort Roarke is building but which isn't finished yet. The only other people there are the building and tech crew, and the last day of their honeymoon is thrown into turmoil when a young member of the tech crew is found in his room, where he has hung himself. He is butt-naked and has an eerie smile on his face, as if he died happy, and as the only law-enforcer on the planet, Eve does the job of recording the scene and logging the death. Since she's the thorough kind she also begins an investigation to ensure that the kid really did self-terminate, and wasn't actually murdered. Pretty routine stuff.
But then another person commits suicide, and Eve learns of an earlier one, and the one thing they all have in common is that none of the dead people were predisposed to self-termination. As such she is convinced it has to be murder, and sets about trying to prove this.
The cop side of the book is solid enough, but not as engaging as previously. All we have to go on is Eve's hunch that the suicides are in fact murders, but even then there is no apparent motive. Previous books held personal problems for her as well: in the first two Roarke was one of the suspects, and in the third book she had to prevent her best friend Mavis from getting locked up. She also had to deal with her increasingly traumatising nightmares, as the memories of her childhood and her abusive father caught up with her, and there is little of that present either.
All in all this book was average. Average plot, average on the character side, average in the final resolution. It's not bad, but if you follow this series for the people you can safely skip this one, because you won't miss anything.