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Portrait in Death [Mass Market Paperback]

Nora Roberts , J. D. Robb
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1 Mar 2003 In Death (Book 16)
After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality--in one fateful shot...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S. (1 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425189031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425189030
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,038,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nora Roberts published her first novel using the pseudonym J.D. Robb in 1995, introducing to readers the tough as nails but emotionally damaged homicide cop Eve Dallas and billionaire Irish rogue, Roarke.

With the In Death series, Robb has become one of the biggest thriller writers on earth, with each new novel reaching number one on bestseller charts the world over.

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"Portrait In Death will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. You will go from wanting to laugh to wanting to reach for the box of tissues." --Barb Hicks, ParaNormal Romance Reviews "When you want a book that will excite, thrill and transport you, pick up something by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). The futuristic Eve Dallas and Rourke suspense stories are without peer!" --Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times "Purity In Death is a tour-de-force, perfectly displaying Ms. Robb's considerable writing skill, while at the same time illustrating exactly why this series continues to be an auto-buy for her fans... Purity In Death is a winner." --Mellanie Crowther, The Romance Readers Connection "Thank you J.D. for another surprise, more laughs, and another look into the, hopefully, never ending life that Dallas and Roarke." --Michele Patrykus, The Best Reviews

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The latest reissued novel from the backlist of J.D. Robb's addictive 'In Death' series featuring Eve Dallas

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking developments regarding Roarke's past 10 Mar 2005
In my mind, one of the keys to keep a series going as long as J.D. Robb has is to get the readers to identify with the characters at some level. That is why the author provides us with information about the main characters' past in every book, and continues developing their stories looking forward. We have seen that a good portion of the previous novels has been devoted to the past of our heroine, Lieutenant Eve Dallas. The abuse by her father and the shock of killing him when she was a kid in order to escape are present in every installment of this series. We do know some facts about Roarke's past too, an abusive father and a mother that abandoned him, but in this novel we are faced with a truth that shakes the foundation of the billionaire.
Besides the personal stories, we are always presented with cleverly crafted mysteries, and even though in this book the case Eve is working on takes a secondary part, it fulfills its role regarding entertainment, action and suspense. Everything starts when Nadine Furst, a reporter for channel 75 and friend of Eve, receives an anonymous message that leads her to believe someone is dead. She calls Eve and the lieutenant quickly finds the body of a young girl inside a recycle bin. Nadine not only received a message, but also photos of the victim before and after being killed, with the latter one being staged. The victim was taking a course in imaging, so Eve and her aide Delia Peabody start going after the killer with this consideration in mind. As Robb has done in some of her previous books, we get to "read into the killer mind" in some of the passages and find out that this person believes that the victims will live forever through the images.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eve and Roarke at their best 7 Mar 2003
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Another fantastic addition to a marvellous series. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is investigating the death of students, those who seem to almost glow with an extra quality of 'light' - innocence, happiness, intelligence, and such ephemeral qualities. The killer carefully poses each at death and takes photographs that seem to highlight this quality in their natures, exhibiting his own skill at the lens (and hence the title of the book). Eve is a little off her stride, because Roarke is bothered by the discovery of something about his past, something he feels is fundamental to his own circumstances and nature. Something he's not ready to share, not even with Eve. And Eve has to deal with the fact that, as his wife and life partner, she really wants him to share. She's now truly part of a couple, and doesn't want to be shut out. Now it is Eve standing outside Roarke's internal doors, asking to be let in, and he that seems to have difficulty admitting her.
I am pleased that in this book Roarke and Eve are the central focus, even more than the mystery of who is the serial killer. Eve is becoming more and more comfortable with the various connections she makes, openly admitting to being Nadine Furst's friend without any prompting! And we meet all of our old friends, some taking more pages than others (McNab, Dr Mira, Baxter & Trueheart are definitely backstage here, but still able to carry off significant roles in the action, especially the latter two).
Regular readers of the series I'm sure will enjoy the book as much as I do. Eve is developing, as is her relationships with Roarke in particular, but also with her widening circle of friends and acquaintances. Roarke grows here too, which is a different element to bring into the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best In Death Yet! 3 Jan 2004
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I should start off by saying that this is the 16th in a series of romantic futuristic novels under Nora Roberts pseudonym. However as many have complained in the past a lot of the books do follow a basic formula Eve Dallas is a homocide cop struggling with a dark past of child abuse, and she is married to the dark and sexy Roarke a self made billionaire with an unhappy past of his own.
The mystery this time around involves groups of students who are murdered and photographs are sent to the media by the killer of these students posed in death. The killer wants to absorb the radiant inner light these talented teenagers posess, but Eve is struggling with the case as her husband Roarke confronts some ghosts from his past, and seems intent on shutting her out. This provokes the couple's first real nasty fight.
The mystery itself may seem rather slight to the hard core crime fan, but this book offers a welcome change of pace to those who have followed the In Death series. I particularly enjoyed seeing the rift between Eve and Roarke as at times their too perfect marriage can come across as a wee bitty smug, so the conflict did add that edge of reality and tension that is sometimes missing. Plus there is always the joy of the 'hot jungle sex' make up scenes!
All of our favourite secondary characters are present: Mavis Eve's best friend is now pregnant, the dialogue betweeen Dallas and her stalwart aide Peabody is as sharp and funny as ever and Eve's relationship with Summerset, Roarke's curmudgeonly butler come father figure is shown with a bit more warmth as they attempt to put aside their differences for Roarke's sake.
The emphasis in this book is firmly placed on character development, which as a regular fan of the In Death series makes a welcome change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They just get better and better
This one is really excellent. It has more layers to it than the others, a deeper, richer feel. There are more threads and there is much more emotion, there were times when I felt... Read more
Published 19 days ago by D. M. Dickson
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Published 1 month ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars better if read in order as characters really grow which ...
a must read..... better if read in order as characters really grow which makes them a lot better. but excellent storeys as stand alone too
Published 1 month ago by misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 1 month ago by KK
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent crime story. Very well researched. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys crime novels.
Published 1 month ago by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
always a joy to read
Published 2 months ago by margaret flannigan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the the description of places
Another fab story. I love the the description of places. I feel that I am there with Eve and Peabody, looking over their shoulders.
Published 3 months ago by subuzz
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Always enjoy reading j D Robb books -like the characters in the "In Death "series and usually a very good read.
Published 9 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars good
just a good read and could not put down that why i like to read j. d robb books thank you
Published 9 months ago by c scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Eve Dallas rocks
I can't put these books down or do without the next one to read. I don't know what I will do when I get to the last one available!
Published 10 months ago by SheeB
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