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Survivor in Death

A book by J. D. Robb

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Good read, but a little different than the others...

  • May 7, 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 and crawls through the blood of the parents to hide in the shower of the master bathroom. When Dallas finds her there, it brings back all the pain and suffering of her own abusive childhood, and she has to figure out how to deal with that. The child is taken into Dallas and Rourke's home for protective custody until they can find the killers. But few clues are left, and people related to the case are getting killed as the murders try and finish their job. Dallas has to figure out who did the killings, why the family was killed, keep the girl safe, and not have a total emotional breakdown in the process.

This story seems to deal with more human emotion than most in the series. The child's situation and how Dallas responds to her is a central theme in the book. Summerset, the butler, also plays a much bigger role here than in most of the books. The strange part is how little time is spent viewing the actions of the killers. Often the story lines play out on both sides (cop vs. killer) and merge together at the end. In Survivor, it's almost as if the killers are simply decoration for the emotional conflict playing out in the Rourke household. Not necessarily bad, but not quite the same fast-paced action as I'm used to seeing.

Definitely a good read, and I still rate this as one of my all-time favorite series. This one's just a bit different, however...

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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 …
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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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