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Thursday, March 16, 2006

ORIGIN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Origin in Death
J. D. Robb/Nora Roberts
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY, 10014, USA
ISBN: 039915289X, $24.95, 339 pp, 2005

In July 1995 J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, published her first "in death" book, Naked in Death. Since then she has written twenty-two novels and two novellas in this continuing series about Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a futuristic NYPD homicide detective; Roarke, her gorgeous, wealthy Irish husband, and Eve's crime-fighting team. These novels are quintessential police procedural mysteries, with a twist of humor, pyschodrama, sex and sensitivity.

Prior to reading this entire series, I had a fear of reading books about the terrible things people do to each other, how we use our wonderful imagination to create pain and terror. I actually used this series to confront my fears and to get past them, for within this series you will find every possible, imaginable form of evil.

Each novel certainly can stand alone; however, I read the series in chronological order, which I highly recommend for maximum enjoyment. You will quickly grow to know and love all her characters--Peabody, her partner; McNab, Peabody’s tall, skinny loveman; Mavis, her radically-clad, extroverted, singer friend; Summerset, Roarke’s majordomo and thorn in Eve’s side--to name a few.

After reading this series, I can now read anything gruesome or frightening–stalking, dismemberment, blood everywhere, revenge, torture, whatever–and find it prosaic compared to these novels. Now, back to Origin In Death.

It is year 2059 in New York City and someone has murdered reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Wilfred Icove. The victim was found in his office with one clean stab wound to his heart and no evidence of a struggle. The case turns bizarre when Wilfred’s son dies in the same manner. In both cases they seem to have trusted their killer. Eve's instincts tell her that the father and son had a hidden dark secret and that the motive for the murders . . . had its origin in death.

J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts’s writing is consistently excellent. She is a consummate artist in any genre–romance, mystery, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction–you name it, she can write it. Since her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, published in 1981, she has written over 300 novels. You won’t be disappointed.

Reviewer: Kaye Trout - March 16, 2006 - Copyright


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