Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
The first book in the IN DEATH series by J.D. Robb. The book that started the phenomenon of at least 48 books with several novellas thrown in. Eve Dallas meets billionaire Roarke and he slowly ingratiates himself into her life and her love.
Title: Naked in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #1
Publish Date: July 1, 1995
Genre: Fantasy suspense romance
Narrator: Susan Erickson
Publisher’s Description: Here is the novel that started it all- the first book in J.D. Robb’s number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.
It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.
When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
I have always had the stubborn opinion that I don’t need to read a book if I’ve already read it once. My partner in crime here in the blog world has been slowly changing my mind about that. Ivana re-reads series just because a new book is joining the ranks. I always thought that was a silly thing to do, but I’m coming around to her way of thinking.
If you’ve followed my posts of late, I read the In Death series book #46, #47 and #48. Dark in Death, Leverage in Death, and Connections in Death are the last three releases with Vendetta in Death coming soon. Now, a person that is not enthralled with the In Death series may say something like: “48 books? How can a series go on for 48 books?” I don’t know and I don’t care. I love this series. What I think I love about it the most is that the mystery plot is the basis for the book and the characters are not the center of the story. Basically, the mystery happens, Eve Dallas has to investigate and from there I am led through the procedure of finding the killer with the secondary characters hopping in to help. There is also the bonus of living Eve’s off-time life as a secondary story too which is an over arch of the whole series. This series has a lot of characters, but they aren’t all thrown at the reader right away. The infusion of the characters is slow so it’s kind of like meeting the family one by one.
Naked in Death is the very first Eve Dallas book. She is an incredibly tough woman with the uncanny ability to fit the murder puzzle together. She isn’t the only hero in the book which gives credit of teamwork where credit is due. The plot of the story involves a murder of a prostitute. It’s a high profile prostitute with a lot of political land mines to navigate. Eve could easily open and close the case by citing some lame reasoning or another, but, like a dog with a bone, she will not give up. Her tenacity and incredible feeling for each and every victim is what keeps her chipping away until she uncovers what is more than just a little shocking. She meets her future husband, Roarke and fights valiantly against her attraction to him, which we all know is a moot point.
I read this book the first time around nearly 20 years ago. It holds up today and could easily follow any of the newer books. The writing is very professional, which it would be because of the author and best selling level of quality. I don’t feel like I need to plug this author because she is world renown but I do feel I need to plug the series. Come on and join us cult followers of Eve Dallas and Roarke. I do not think you’ll be sorry.
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