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Imitation In Death
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Eve Dallas, a police lieutenant, faces the most challenging case of her career, when she has to track down a serial killer that duplicates the brutal killing styles of notorious serial killers. A prostitute (LC is the term used in the book) is killed in the style of Jack the Ripper and the next victim meets their fate a la Boston Strangler style. With each murder, a personal note is left for Eve as the killer singles her out. Roarke, Eve's husband, is not the least bit amused with this last fact.
Robb, a.k.a. Nora Roberts, offers a splendid blend of mystery, thriller action, internal friction amongst the principle characters and poignant intimacy spiced with a dash of sex to make this a very interesting read. I recommend this book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
After 17 full length novels (and 2 short stories) about futuristic cop, Lt Eve Dallas of NYPSD, set in the middle of the 21st Century, only a couple of years have passed since the first book and New York seems to be rather a dangerous place to live - there seems to be a LOT of homicides. Book 18 follows a few weeks after Portrait In Death and yet another serial killer is on the loose - this time imitating the crimes of famous historical serial killers; Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy to name a few... With a murderer changing his modus operandi each time he kills makes catching the killer more difficult, but this book is really all police procedure (with a splash of series subplots)and in the end, Eve gets her man, with the help from mega rich hubby (with security cracking skills and plenty of money and resources -what more can you have to solve a case?), her ever stalwart detective in training, Peabody and the rest of her team. This should be an enjoyable read for diehard fans (but its not one of the best novels in the series), but definitely not one for new readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2005
A man dressed in fancy clothes, including a hat and a cap, shows up in one of the shady neighborhoods in New York in the year 2059, approaches a licensed companion and takes her to an alley to do his business. But his business is not what she is used to dealing with, instead she gets killed quickly and efficiently, and after that the man goes to work on her, taking one of her organs as a souvenir. He leaves an envelope behind addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas in which he acknowledges her ability to solve murders and challenges her to go head on with him. The note is signed Jack...can you guess where this is going?
When a second victim is found, together with another note for Eve, the killer shows his versatility by changing his modus operandi. Now he is not imitating Jack the Riper anymore, but the Boston Strangler. Dallas is now facing a clever criminal, and her list of suspects include powerful men that can destroy her career if she misses a step. Of course, those who have been reading this series know that this will not intimidate Eve, and as expected she moves forward full force with her case.
In the personal arena, Eve is dealing with Peabody, her aide, who is preparing the detective's exam and with the nervous wreck she currently is due to the situation. Peabody is also looking for a place to move in together with her love, the computer whiz McNabb. On the home front, Eve pretends to be in paradise due to Summerset being away, but it is clear that she misses Roarke's butler and best friend. And her husband, Roarke, is going through a confusing time after having discovered the truth about his mother's death.
Once again Robb does a very good job in merging together the mystery with the development of the personal stories of the main characters. After a book like "Portrait in Death" which had highly emotional moments it is hard to keep up the intensity, and this shows a little bit in the current novel. Nevertheless, the result is better than good and there is no reason to pass this one up.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2003
I really enjoyed this instalment of the In Death series.
I was kept guessing right to the end about which suspect was the one imitating mass murderers from the past.
In this book we continue to see Eve's growing relationship with the other characters and also how she herself is developing through these contacts.
I especially liked the glimpse into how she sees Dr. Mira and how Dr. Mira thinks of Eve. We aslo see how this has impacted on Dr. Mira's daughter.
As usual the working relationship between Eve and Peabody injects humour into the story, as does her reaction to the relatiohship between Peabody and McNab.
I was shocked along with Peabody when, for a few miutes, we thought that she would no longer be working for Eve but we were both quickly reasured.
I did miss the interaction between Eve and Sommerset as he was still on holiday till nearly the end of the book but her joy at his being away and her reaction to his return did make me laugh.
I am looking forward to seeing how Eve compes with Mavis and the new baby when it arrives as her reactions so far always raise a chuckle.
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on 12 October 2014
I didn't think that I would ever say this but I was disappointed with this. The annoying thing for me is that the disappointment was completely avoidable. The story, as always, was thrilling and enthralling. When I saw that it was a Jack the Ripper type I was underwhelmed briefly but JD Robb didn't leave it as that and so it became something else entirely.

All the usual characters were there and there was the humorous and believable dialogue between them all and the romantic and emotional stuff with Dallas and Rourke. The story was involved and gripping.

The disappointment was with the quality of the editing. There were several sections which seemed as though there had been no proof reading whatsoever, for example a description of a character who "had her teeth peeled back" when what must have been intended was either teeth bared or lips peeled back in a snarl. All the way through there were slip ups and glitches. I have noticed that with these books in the electronic version there are some words which have not made the transition properly - corner for example is almost always comer - I accept that and I have made enquiries and in hard copy corner is corner etc. However, these were not formatting glitches they were editorial misses and I am saddened that this great series has failed to reach the usual high standard.

I have bought the next one - fingers crossed that this is just a case of the usual editor being on holiday!!
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on 11 January 2014
Once again, J D Robb manages to combine a great crime story with the evolving emotional personal life of Eve Dallas. With each book in the series she explores and reveals a little more of both Eve and her amazingly rich and handsome husband Rourke but still manages to make it so each book could be read on its own and the reader still understand the complexities of the characters.
I would recommend to anyone that enjoys a good crime thriller with a racy sideline.
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on 6 August 2013
Another blast from J D Robb. Any of her Dallas fans will recognise this as a classic, packed with everything you'd expect from one of her 'In Death' series. For newcomers, its still a fantastic read, fast paced with real depth and some of the best characters I've ever come across in literature. Enjoy.
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on 21 May 2013
I just couldn't get my teeth into this book, it's taken a long time to read. It didn't have the excitement I expected from these in death books, the story was good but the ending seemed too quick for me, still I am looking forward to the next.
Christine
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on 3 January 2013
This is one of the best "In Death" books. It moved along well and didn't get too bogged down with hot and heavy sex scenes. If you enjoyed the other books, you'll love this one.
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on 8 February 2015
As always a brilliant brand of detective work, relationships and fantastic development of the Dallas and Rourke blossoming relationship. Can't wait for the next book.
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