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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, comes a new novel in the futuristic series…Detective Eve Dallas investigates a homicide on familiar grounds: her husband’s hotel—and finds herself up against a murderer with a passion for the finer things in life—and death…

At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid walks into suite 4602 for the nightly turndown—and steps into her worst nightmare. A killer leaves her dead, strangled by a thin silver wire. He’s Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder. A hit man for the elite. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows him well. But in this twisted case, knowing the killer doesn’t help solve the crime. Because there’s someone else involved. Someone with a more personal motive. And Eve must face a terrifying possibility—that the real target may, in fact, be her husband Roarke…

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ISBN: 9781101203842
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Good story, strong narration, great characters. I did wonder slightly at Eve's sympathy for the "villain" in this book - his crimes were pretty nasty I thought - I don't think I would have been so generous.more
In between trying to nab a paid assasin who is killing, rather unpleasantly Roarke's closest associates, Eve has to cope wirth those interfering FBI who also want to collar him.. The comedic highlights were of the exasperated Eve, playing agony aunt, over ice cream, to Peabody and her spat with jealous McNab. As to the main story, as always, graphic and chilling.more
This was not one of the strongest entries in the series but I’m enjoying the series enough that I want to read all of them. The interaction between the main continuing characters is still fun and we get to meet another charming character from Roarke’s Irish past. In this story Eve is on the track of a serial killer who is a professional assassin specializing in torture and rape of the victim before strangling with a silver wire. He has been doing this for hire for over 40 years and no one has come close to even locating him much less capturing him. The FB is also involved in the investigation. Roarke is busy helping a “Grand Dame” of the theater and movies, Magda Lane, to set up a gigantic auction of her acting memorabilia, the money from which she plans to use to start a school to help aspiring but poor actors learn their craft. Meanwhile a friend from Roarke’s past whom he thought had died in a bar fight years ago shows up for a visit and becomes a houseguest at Roarke’s mansion. Unfortunately the characters that are specific to this novel are not as well developed as they are in Robb’s best stories so the book was a little flat—but I had no trouble finishing it. I did discover that J.D. Robb has about as much affection for the FBI as Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe) had.more
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Good story, strong narration, great characters. I did wonder slightly at Eve's sympathy for the "villain" in this book - his crimes were pretty nasty I thought - I don't think I would have been so generous.more
In between trying to nab a paid assasin who is killing, rather unpleasantly Roarke's closest associates, Eve has to cope wirth those interfering FBI who also want to collar him.. The comedic highlights were of the exasperated Eve, playing agony aunt, over ice cream, to Peabody and her spat with jealous McNab. As to the main story, as always, graphic and chilling.more
This was not one of the strongest entries in the series but I’m enjoying the series enough that I want to read all of them. The interaction between the main continuing characters is still fun and we get to meet another charming character from Roarke’s Irish past. In this story Eve is on the track of a serial killer who is a professional assassin specializing in torture and rape of the victim before strangling with a silver wire. He has been doing this for hire for over 40 years and no one has come close to even locating him much less capturing him. The FB is also involved in the investigation. Roarke is busy helping a “Grand Dame” of the theater and movies, Magda Lane, to set up a gigantic auction of her acting memorabilia, the money from which she plans to use to start a school to help aspiring but poor actors learn their craft. Meanwhile a friend from Roarke’s past whom he thought had died in a bar fight years ago shows up for a visit and becomes a houseguest at Roarke’s mansion. Unfortunately the characters that are specific to this novel are not as well developed as they are in Robb’s best stories so the book was a little flat—but I had no trouble finishing it. I did discover that J.D. Robb has about as much affection for the FBI as Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe) had.more
This is #... what? 11th, I think, story in the series. And I've read it... 3 times? 4? I donno. So what's left to say about it? The last time I read it, I gave it 5 stars, but I didn't say why.There is a lot to love in Betrayal in Death. We've got a professional assassin, which is always fun, and we meet somebody new from Roarke's past, and there's a big ol' speedbump in the middle of the road to romantic bliss for Peabody and McNab, which made me (and Eve!) want to smack them both upside the head, but it was just so realistic, I could feel for both of them. And there's betrayal (you could probably guess that, given the title) and redemption. Very satisfying.What keeps it from being 5 stars, at least on this re-read, is that I just can't buy the motive.more
SPOILER ALERT : Overall, I really enjoy this series. Eve and Roarke are engaging characters and the mysteries keep improving. However, this one left a bad taste in my mouth when it concluded. I enjoy the satisfaction that comes when Eve catches the killer and he/she gets what they deserve. This story was even more engrossing because they already knew who he was and it showed more investigation as she pieced together how to get him. So, I felt cheated when the killer offed himself in the end to avoid jail. Considering how cruelly he tortured and killed his victims, it seemed wrong that he got off so easy! Some might say, "that's realistic." But, come on, these books aren't realistic--Eve solves every case! Unfortunately, this isn't the first one of these novels to end this way, nor is it the last. The next one does too. But, I'm hopeful the trend will "die" quickly. I highly recommend the series, and even this title though it is just not as good as others.more
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