7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2005
J. D. Robb is the pseudonym Nora Roberts uses for her futuristic "In death" series, set in the year 2058. Many things have changed, but other stay the same. There are criminals, and those who fight against them. Eve Dallas is one of those who try to uphold justice. "Vengeance in death", the 6th book in the series, starts by stating that "The business of murder took time, patience, skill, and a tolerance for the monotonous. Lieutenant Eve Dallas had them all".
In this book, we will see Eve applying those skills to the solution of some crimes that strike close to her. Victims previously connected to her husband Roarke start to appear gruesomely murdered, and there are clues that tie their deaths to a vengeance carried out long ago by Roarke, in Ireland. When someone tries to frame Roarke's butler Somerset as the murderer, Eve knows for certain that something is afoot. The question is what, and why?.
In my opinion, "Vengeance in death" is a book well-worth reading, even though it isn't the best in the series. You will enjoy trying to discover the mystery behind the murders, and learning more about Roarke and Somerset's past. The interaction between Ian McNabb (from the Electronic Detective Division) with Eve's faithful sideckick, Officer Delia Peabody, will draw sparks and make the reader smile and wonder about them. All in all, I think that you will like this book, specially if you have already read the previous books in the series. Happy reading :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2004
The previous book in the series was good but left me with a somewhat bitter taste. The reason was the J.D. Robb plunged into the unnatural events genre alla Laurell K. Hamilton. Since I enjoy the work by both authors, I would rather see each one of them write about that which they "know" best. This is why I was pleasantly surprised when in this book I found no references to events outside the boundaries of the futuristic world of 2058.
Finally, the year 2058 is coming to an end, and it is unbelievable how much has happened in just a few months: Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke meeting and getting married, Eve remembering crucial events from her childhood, Mavis seeing her career surging forward, and many others. The current case involves a serial killer that punishes people that have strayed from the path of the Lord. The first victim Eve finds was not only killed, but also tortured savagely. To complicate matters further, the victim is an old friend of Roarke, from his time in Ireland, when Eve's husband was involved in certain activities that would not be appreciated by Eve.
In the case of the second victim, the killer's intentions become a little clearer, since he calls Eve and gives her a clue useful for finding the victim before the time of death. So now it is personal, since the killer wants Eve as an opponent and the second victim is also a friend of Roarke. The relationship between Eve and Roarke is put to the test, since Roarke's secrets from his past may aid Eve in the investigation, but these secrets make him criminally liable. Is Eve more concerned about justice than about keeping her husband? Things really heat up when Sommerset, Roarke's faithful servant, becomes a suspect in the investigation.
The quality picks up considerably compared to "Ceremony in Death", with Robb focusing on what she does best and also limiting the passionate scenes to more reasonable levels. These had gotten a little bit out of hand in previous works in terms of their frequency and lack of variation in their development. Now the author creates a much better balance, presenting the scenes for those that crave them, but not repeating them so much so as to make the book a little boring. Hopefully, the quality of the series will remain at this level until the end.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2004
the "in death" series always seems to follow a similar path,murder that only dallas can seem to solve with the help of sidekick peabody and mcnabb and of course the just divine ROARKE.they have incredible sex,refuse to show their love for each other in any conventional way,always argue over summerset and yet with each and every book, i am truly hooked.when i start one of these books, i say to myself this will be the last one because they are ever-so slightly predictable,but then i just get lost in the story wanting to know what happens next, to see who gets killed,to listen to the arguments and of course to hear about the gorgeous Roarke just coming out of the shower.these books are really entertaining and this one was no exception.A madman is killing people from Roarke's past,he is an expert with technology and leaves cryptic clues for dallas to solve- hopefully in time to save his prey.this book although true to form as usual does differ slightly, in that we learn a litlle bit more about Roarke's and summerset's past.this is a highly enjoyable book that i couldn't put down and when i did i thought about the killer and who he could be at odd times of the day - sad really.
on 26 October 2013
After two disappointing episodes in this series it is good to see that Robb is back to form in this book.
The first victim in the book is Tommy Brennan, and his death has not been just a simple murder. No, Tommy was killed slowly, and the post-mortem confirms that the murderer pumped him full of enough drugs that he was lucid and completely aware of what was being done to him. His hand was severed and his eye was removed, in addition to several other nasty things, and it sets the tone for the rest of the murders. The victims are not just killed, they are made to suffer in vengeance for what they have done.
The crimes they have committed in the eyes of the murderer are all related to Roarke's rather seedy past as an Irish street criminal. At sixteen he had already hooked up with the man who is now his butler, Summerset. Roarke pissed off a few local thugs, and in order to teach him a lesson they caught Summerset's daughter Marlena, then brutally raped and murdered her. In retaliation Roarke killed the perpetrators.
This is all stuff we learned in one of the previous books, but here it comes back to bite him. It soon becomes apparent that the murders are all somehow related to Marlena's death, and the murderer is trying to set up Summerset as the perpetrator of these vicious, torturous kills.
In a way these books feel a little like a tick-box exercise sometimes. It is as if Robb made a list of all the people in Eve Dallas' life and thought up stories in which they all become murder suspects, and in this book it's Summerset's turn. What makes this one interesting is that Eve and Summerset loathe each other, which mainly affects Summerset in this book. Eve will do her job, but Summerset refuses to follow her guidance, even if it means he gets himself into further trouble for it. It is also interesting because this one is incredibly clever in its setup. I had absolutely no clue who the murderer was right up until it was spelled out for me. We also meet a new secondary character, Ian McNab, who will become a fun recurring character.
What stops me from giving this the full five stars is the bits that have annoyed me about the previous books in this series. Yet again the murderer doesn't survive to stand trial. Yet again the book finishes almost as soon as this happens - there is no aftermath to take care of. Yet again Eve pushes herself to the very limit, refusing to take rest or undergo medical attention when she's injured. I know it's meant to be a big part of her character, but sometimes it feels overdone.
Still, this book has one of the best quotes in the entire series so far, in an argument between Eve and Roarke, which neatly sums up the battle of the sexes:
"You had no right. No right to stand in front of me." He turned back now, his eyes vividly blue with temper that had gone from frigid to blaze. "No f***ing right to risk yourself on my behalf."
"Oh really. Is that so?" She stalked forward until they were toe to toe. "Okay, you tell me. You keep looking me dead in the eye and you tell me you wouldn't have done the same if it was me in jeopardy."
"That's entirely different."
"Why?" Her chin came up and her finger jabbed hard into his chest. "Because you have a penis?"
A very good effort overall, so I'll leave it at 4.5 stars.
on 31 December 2011
This is the first book in a couple of books of this series that's had a real impact on my opinions of both of the main characters, husband and wife, Eve Dallas and Roarke.....just Roarke. He's a billionaire, he doesn't need to have surname if he doesn't want to! And even Summerset, the butler and Roarke's old friend from the back streets of Dublin, doesn't escape with all his secrets intact either.
We already knew a little bit about Roarke and Summerset's history and the terrible loss that they both shared. I was obviously a fool to think that was the end of that story, and in this one, we get the rest...
It was explosive. It would have been a great book anyway because the mystery element and the poetic clues from the serial killer were all really well executed- I much preferred this plot over the last one- and the pacing was great with the usual mix of action, humour, romance and intrigue. But it was so much more than that. Obviously I'm not going to tell you why it was so much more, you'll have to read it for yourself. But trust me, it was a biggie.
There was, in the background to all that, great further development to the secondary characters as well. It even furthered my already abundant and slightly inappropriate love for Peabody, Eve's aide and growing friend. And I love McNab, the new tech guy! Yet another of Eve's colleagues that worships the very ground Roarke walks upon. But they only love him for his gadgets... only Eve knows the real man. And after this book, she knows a hell of a lot more than she did before!
Five fantastic, futuristic stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2000
I love the characters in 'In Death' books. Right from Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney.I have read all the books in the series till this one. It would be more interesting however that instead of Roarke's old lovers turning up in every book, once in a while some of Eve's turned up.
on 30 April 2012
You have learnt in previous novels in the series that Roarke was not always so law abiding, but we get a greater insight into his life before Eve, and his childhood. Summerset also plays a larger role and its great seeing him as a more human character and understanding why he is a part of Roarkes life, and to what extent he will go to, to protect Roarke. There is alot of tension between Eve and Roarke in this book, but it is good to see the other side of their marriage and to have the frustration and argurements set alongisde the difficulties of the case. Eve is being sent cryptic messages about a series of murders in which she has been given a time frame to prevent the killer from murdering someone, and all for revenge for Roarkes past deeds.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2013
Great story as all J,D.Robb's books seem to be, I love the characters and like the fact that the stories are set in the future, and wish I could have a drying tube after my bath or shower!!
on 1 June 2015
Another good novel in the series that mixes sci fi (novels set in around 2058) and detective. It would be a nice change however if Eve could investigate a murder that didn't have some connections to either Roarke or other members of her limited circle of friends, as surely a detective with this many murders so close to home would be investigate by internal affairs.
on 27 August 2013
I have never disliked any of the in death series, but sometimes you read one better than the rest ,I really loved this book better than the others as it took me a while to work out who did it. If you come to read this book wait, go find the first of the series and start out reading them in order, you can read this on its own but it's much nicer that way.Enjoy.