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In the 20th fine volume of Roberts's futuristic mystery franchise, police lieutenant Eve Dallas is called in when lawyer Grant Swisher and his family are massacred with eerie skillfulness on the Upper West Side. The only survivor is 10-year-old Nixie, who evades—and witnesses—the killers as she creeps down to the kitchen for a midnight snack. Despite the painful memories of her own childhood that Nixie's presence calls up, Eve decides to hide the girl in the high-tech mansion she shares with her husband, billionaire businessman Roarke. With help from Roarke; her faithful sidekick, Peabody; and others, Eve discovers the existence of a shadowy former military operative with a grudge against Swisher—the lawyer helped the operative's battered wife divorce him right before she disappeared. The relatively early disclosure of the villain's identity and the dearth of other viable suspects dulls the suspense in the first half of the book, but tension escalates toward an absorbing denouement as a trap Eve sets for her target ends up with Nixie as its unintentional bait. Throughout, the series' colorful supporting cast and Eve's prickly personality—smartly showcased in her power struggles with everything from space-age vending machines to her own past—remain as vividly appealing as ever.
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ISBN-10:  0399152083
ISBN-13:  978-0399152085
Author:  J. D. Robb
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher:  Putnam Adult
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review by . October 22, 2006
Book #23 in the In Death Series.   Another great book. This book had the potential to be the best in the series, however, Eve's ever increasing sensitivity issues ruined it's perfection for me.   As the Swisher family is brutally murdered in their sleep, their is a lone survivor and witness, their young daughter Nixie.   In the beginning Eve embraces the child reluctantly when she finds her in the home hiding. You feel Eve can relate to her terror. Then when …
review by . May 07, 2005
One of my favorite series... Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb in the "In Death" series. The latest is Survivor In Death, and as usual I enjoyed it a lot. Not quite her best, and a slightly different structure, but still good...    Dallas gets tagged on a scene where a family has been murdered at night in a military-style operation. Everyone's throat is cut except for the daughter, who happened to be down in the kitchen getting a soda and was overlooked. She's able to call 911 …
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