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Portrait in Death Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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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: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,488,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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



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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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