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J. D. Robb
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Feb 2005 In Death
On the surface Keelie and Grant Swisher seem unlikely targets for an assassin; an average couple living in a nice neighbourhood and working hard to raise their two kids. But when Eve Dallas is called to a multiple homicide at the Swisher family home, she discovers a blood-bath. There are five dead - including two children - in what seems to be a professional hit. The killers breached an elaborate security system, slashed the throat of each victim while they slept; and were in and out of the house in less than ten minutes. In fact they made only one mistake. They left a survivor. Nine-year-old Nixie Swisher's sudden urge for a midnight snack may just have saved her life. While her parents, brother and best-friend lay in their beds, oblivious to the threat, Nixie was downstairs in the kitchen getting a soda and saw far too much. But as Nixie is the only survivor of a seemingly motiveless attack, Eve knows that her priority is to keep her safe. Offering her a temporary refuge is easy, but dealing with the emotional needs of a nine-year-old girl who has lost everything isn't. Eve can at least promise Nixie justice, but she's chasing professionals who don't like leaving loose ends.
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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group; First Printing edition (Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399152083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399152085
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,038,251 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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This is sheer entertainment, a souped-up version of Agatha Christie for the new millennium --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 finds a lone survior from a family massacre - only to find herself the new target of an elite set of killers who will stop at nothing . . . --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!! 30 Jan 2005
Most readers of this will be fans of the series and this is a great example of the sheer genius of the In Death books. I will rate it as one of her best additions to the series, it was that good!
The book follows the death of an entire family and eve dallas (and co.) work diligently to uncover the killer and protect a survivor of the murder - a 9 year ol girl. The book touches on humour, sexiness, drama, mystery and most of all, sadness. A slighly melancholic tone that will prove to make you even more hooked. A great buy!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fix for Robb/Nora Roberts' addicts 8 Mar 2005
By Scriber_scouse VINE VOICE
Firstly, this is a long running series, so if you're new to these books you need to hunt yourself out a copy of Naked In Death or much of what follows will go straight over your heads!
As ever 'Survivor' is a pleasing blend of humour and futuristic muder mystery romance. Set in 2058 we rejoin our favourite NYSPD lieutenant Eve Dallas who is aided in her crime solving by her super sexy billionaire husband Roarke and her wise cracking partner Peabody as well as an assortment of the secondary characters we've come to know and love.
The plot this time around follows a brutal home invasion that leaves an entire family in a middle class suburb slaughtered in their beds. However, the killers made one mistake; they overlooked nine year old Nixie Swisher, the sole survivor, who immediately forms an attachment to her rescuer Eve Dallas.
What follows is light on the detective work, but heavy on the emotional workout for Dallas who takes Nixie into her home and protection. Dallas must hunt down the killers whilst dealing with emotional and uncomfortable flashbacks that caring for young Nixie instills.
As In Death books go this like 'Divided' feels like a transitory book and Robb's way of clearing the decks regarding some of the most frequently asked questions by fans of the series, namely will Eve and Roarke ever have a family of their own? 'Survivor' gives us a look at what might be as Roarke and Summerset both have emotional scenes with Nixie, and we see Roarke and Eve discuss plans for any future brood. Essentially the answer boils down to what Nora has said all along; they're not ready for children be they adopted, fostered or biological.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Survivors.... 7 Oct 2005
"Survivor in death" is the 23rd book in the "In death" series. If you already are a fan of the series, I am pretty sure you will like it a lot, as it has a good plot, fast-paced action, and continues with the development of the characters you already probably love. On the other hand, if you are new to the series, I would advise you to read it in order, instead of jumping ahead. Trust me, you will enjoy all the books more in that way.
That having been said, what is up in this new book?. A family has been murdered during the night, and there is only one survivor, a very scared young girl, Nixie. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is primary at the scene, and she will do her best to catch the murderers. The problem is, there is no evident reason to kill the family, nothing that stands out as suspicious in the lives of Nixie's parents. But surely, they must have done something to provoke the wrath of whomever killed them in their beds, despite their high-tech security system.
Dallas decides to take Nixie to her house, overcoming the objections of the social worker in the case, and due to the fact that the little girl doesn't want to part with her. There is a problem, though. Eve is more scared of children than of criminals, and both her and Roarke are more or less out of their depth in their dealings with Nixie. Thanksfully, they have Summerset (the "frog-faced demon from hell", according to Eve), who takes care of Nixie while the case heats ups and the murderers of her family go on killing, with an ultimate target in mind: Nixie.
In "Survivor in death" you will meet again (if briefly) old characters of the series, as well as the regular "cast" (Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, Mavis, Summerset, Trueheart, Baxter, etc...).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 23rd in the series - is it getting too tired? 29 Jan 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
"Survivor In Death" is the 23rd book in the "In Death" series by Nora Roberts/J D Robb, and boy can she churn out books at a cracking pace. However, her books never feel really rushed or thin, she is somehow able to make them full and interesting works.

However, I think the Eve Dallas and Roarke series is getting past its useful life. I know lots of you reading this review will disagree (and thus award me an `unhelpful vote', even if my review is actually helpful!), but I do feel that the characters that we know and love (in most cases) have been pretty thoroughly explored. This instalment looked further into Eve's concept of childhood - she ends up looking after little Nixie Swisher after her entire family are murdered in their beds. However Eve pretty much instantly hands Nixie over to Summerset, Dr Mira, Baxter and Trueheart, anyone she can find really as she discovers there are too many echoes of Eve's awful childhood in this child, despite her upbringing being completely different, and it's almost too much for her.

Anyway, Eve and Roarke carry on in much the same vein as always - Eve being obsessively focused on her job (Roarke has to be satisfied with the crumbs of attention she gives him - usually when she wants to borrow a private jet or his special computer skills or something), Roarke being handsome and rich and good at computers... and both of them continually referring to their difficult pasts and trying to make a new future. Yes, it's all worthwhile stuff but getting rather repetitive. And I found in this instalment that I didn't much like Eve any more - she seems so massively self-absorbed and is pretty dismissive of a very distraught child who merely wants to spend some time with her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brill read
Always enjoy her books and this certainly didnt disappoint. Im slowly but surely getting the full series on my kindle to re-read whenever i want.
Published 2 months ago by aimee
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 4 months ago by SheeB
5.0 out of 5 stars Dallas
Another great read. Sad in places, which gave it the human touch. Love the rapport between the characters. Well done Nora.
Published 8 months ago by Ann Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
a big fan of this series and thought this was one of the best reads. I really feel I know the characters and wish we had an Eve Dallas in this country to kick some butt!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars a briliant read
my fav author by far, she never lets me down! another thrilling story in this series,looking forward to reading many more
Published 12 months ago by samantha harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoy the books of JD Robb they afre good escapism / bedtime read. If you have read her books all follow similar line.
Published 14 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars JD Robb
I have read most of JD Robb's In Death series over the years. But this time, i started at book one and am systematically going to read the lot. I love her books!
Published 15 months ago by MRS L FRANKLIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Author
J D Robb is definitely one of my favourite authors. I have read all the in death series and have enjoyed every one!
Published 16 months ago by Teeen
5.0 out of 5 stars in death groupie
like all the 'in death' series Eve Dallas is portrayed as a strong and dedicated cop who will hold up the law at all cost... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by atticus
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivor in Death
This was bought to continue my collection of these amazing books by J.D. Robb. Each books stands on its own even if you have never read one of her books, well worth getting.
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Jeanie
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