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Strangers In Death: 26 [Paperback]

J. D. Robb
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17 Jan 2013 In Death (Book 26)

Murder harboured no bigotry, no bias. It subscribed to no class system. In its gleeful, deadly way, murder turned a blind eye.

Scandalous death sells papers. But as the media frenzy feeds on the wealthy Thomas Anders, strangled to death with black velvet in his plush Park Avenue apartment, Lieutenant Eve Dallas grapples with just one question: a crime of passion or a cold extermination?

Things don't add up. The victim didn't struggle and everyone has an alibi. And when a throwaway comment opens up a horrifying secret, Eve is fighting for far more than justice.

'Keeps you guessing to the end' Sun

Book Twenty-Six in the New York Times number one bestselling series


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 074995843X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958435
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,014 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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'I hope Ms. Roberts continues to write new stories for this pair for a long time to come ... Long live Eve and Roarke!' Bella 'Nora Roberts amazes me...' Stephen King --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The new and reissued J. D. Robb classic from the 'In Death' series, in which Eve grapples with a murder without suspects, but surrounded by secrets . . .

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Eve Dallas mystery 28 Jan 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is an enjoyable return to form for J D Robb whose Eve Dallas series numbers over 25 books now. I have felt that the last ones have perhaps been rather tired and showed the limitations of a long-running series but "Strangers In Death" was a definite improvement with an interesting mystery, rather more natural-seeming reactions between characters and not too many references to events in previous books which might confuse newcomers to the series.

In this story Eve is called to the scene of an apparent accidental death during some sex play. The widow of Thomas Anders was away in St Lucia with two friends and there is great humiliation for her in the way her husband was found, especially as everyone believed they had a great marriage and were faithful to each other. As Eve Dallas and Delia Peabody begin to investigate, looking at Thomas Anders' nephew amongst other people, they discover that one of the people around Anders is a rather good actor who has been playing a part for many years in order to set themselves up for money and power.

As usual Eve seems able to make some rather impressive leaps of imagination which get her on the right track; also as usual she's rarely wrong, Roarke has superhuman abilities with computers and money and seems to be able to take time off from his own work at the drop of a hat. Still the mystery in this story was very well constructed, the characterisation unveiled effectively and the resolution worked well. There wasn't any great soul-searching or moralising in this story as there have been in others, this was rather more of a straight murder mystery tale than a deep delving into the marriage of Eve and Roarke and, for me, that made it a better and more enjoyable book. Eve Dallas fans will no doubt love this contribution to the series and, for me, it has proven that there is still some mileage in this series.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2008
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Eve Dallas mystery 5 Feb 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is an enjoyable return to form for J D Robb whose Eve Dallas series numbers over 25 books now. I have felt that the last ones have perhaps been rather tired and showed the limitations of a long-running series but "Strangers In Death" was a definite improvement with an interesting mystery, rather more natural-seeming reactions between characters and not too many references to events in previous books which might confuse newcomers to the series.

In this story Eve is called to the scene of an apparent accidental death during some sex play. The widow of Thomas Anders was away in St Lucia with two friends and there is great humiliation for her in the way her husband was found, especially as everyone believed they had a great marriage and were faithful to each other. As Eve Dallas and Delia Peabody begin to investigate, looking at Thomas Anders' nephew amongst other people, they discover that one of the people around Anders is a rather good actor who has been playing a part for many years in order to set themselves up for money and power.

As usual Eve seems able to make some rather impressive leaps of imagination which get her on the right track; also as usual she's rarely wrong, Roarke has superhuman abilities with computers and money and seems to be able to take time off from his own work at the drop of a hat. Still the mystery in this story was very well constructed, the characterisation unveiled effectively and the resolution worked well. There wasn't any great soul-searching or moralising in this story as there have been in others, this was rather more of a straight murder mystery tale than a deep delving into the marriage of Eve and Roarke and, for me, that made it a better and more enjoyable book. Eve Dallas fans will no doubt love this contribution to the series and, for me, it has proven that there is still some mileage in this series.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2008
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appearance Makes the Suspect 3 April 2008
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Strangers in Death is a fascinating police procedural that relies on Eve Dallas's thoughtful consideration of what she observes. While traditional mysteries have often relied on a sleuth who could spot details and their significance well ahead of everyone else, J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) draws on the female perspective more than in any other mystery I've ever read to unravel a complex case. Taking that slant made the story even fresher than placing it into the year 2060 did.

In magic, most of the illusions are based on drawing your attention toward what you are supposed to see . . . and away from what you aren't supposed to see. Strangers in Death employs magic legerdemain to create an impression of a crime that must have been done by a kinky lover while the reality is something else.

The story is a little slow in the beginning as Eve Dallas tries to make sense of an incongruous crime scene. The pace and my interest quickly picked up as the preliminaries were done and the hard work of uncovering what isn't supposed to be seen began.

Eve's interactions with her wealthy husband, Roarke, made the book much more lively than it would otherwise been. The contrasts between their relationship and the marriage of Thomas and Ava Anders also make for good reading.

I haven't read any of the earlier books in the series so a fair amount of the character development didn't make a lot of sense to me. If you are a long-time fan of the series, you may like the book better than I did. On the other hand, I didn't find the book to be too hard to appreciate for one in a long-running series. So newcomers to "in Death" books should be encouraged to sample this one.

Watch out who you hang around with!
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Published 2 months ago by c scott
5.0 out of 5 stars strangers in death book 26
Wow! What an exciting book. No mystery cos we all knew who had done it! But superbly written and I could not put it down!
Published 3 months ago by S HALL
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing foresight into the future
always readable and re readable getting close to having the whole set hate the thought of the series eventually coming to an end
Published 3 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great read
I have read the previous 26 books of "In Death" by J.D.Robb and not one has disappointed me, the main characters of these books are all interesting, and enjoy following... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Janice Ingram
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Back to normal again with her writing, another blinding story from Nora Roberts. I keep wandering where she gets her ideas from but I'm glad she gets them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by christine beard
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 9 months ago by SheeB
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