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Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb
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Imitation in Death (original 2003; edition 2003)

by J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts

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Title:Imitation in Death
Authors:J.D. Robb
Other authors:Nora Roberts
Info:Berkley (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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A copy cat killer is reprising ugly crimes of rape and murder from the past., Dallas may be on his list. A good entry in this excellent future based police procedural series. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jan 19, 2019 |
Imitation in Death
4.5 Stars

Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in pursuit of a vicious killer with a penchant for copying the crimes of the most notorious serial murderers in history. With several suspects to choose from, Dallas and her team will have to use all of their skills and wits to narrow the field before the monster strikes again.

The best book in the series so far, but then I have a Jack the Ripper fetish, lol!

In terms of the case, my preference is for those with several suspects and clues that the reader can follow in an attempt to determine who-dun-it (rather than those in which the perpetrator is revealed up front or the mystery takes a back seat to the character development, i.e., Portrait in Death). Imitation in Death is one such investigation and it is very well done.

The characters in Robb's book are always a delight. Whether it is the amazingly sexy Roarke or Peabody's and her sarcastic one-liners or even the despicable villain, the people who populate the books are incredibly real and never trite or one-dimensional.

Add to all this the laugh-out-loud humor (although I do wonder what it says about me that I find the descriptions of Eve threatening to commit grievous bodily harm so amusing), and this is a virtually perfect installment.

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  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Eve must once again track down a killer before he or she gets too close. And close is what they've become, leaving personal letters addressed to Eve at each of the killings. And something else about this is strange, the killer is copycatting some of the world's most notorious serial killers. Somehow, Eve must muck through politics, paparazzi and personal issues just to find a lead. ( )
  wndy2011 | Jan 31, 2018 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Sep 21, 2017 |
Imitation in Death opens when Jacie Wooton, a licensed street worker with twenty years of experience, takes a man wearing a cape, top hat and carrying a black satchel into a dark alley. When her mutilated body is discovered, her throat slit and pelvic area removed, Lieutenant Eve Dallas can’t mistake the similarity to Jack the Ripper. What makes it more ominous is a that there is letter addressed to her that reads “Looking forward to our continued association.”

With each of the next murders, the hunter imitates another famous killer, each time leaving Eve another note on expensive stationery imported from London. All her suspects are wealthy high profile people and Eve hates dealing with the bureaucratic problems that accompany them.

The author has once again spun a fast-paced story using many of our favorite characters. The realistic portrayal of marriage as a work in progress is one of my favorite things about this series. This is the seventeenth book in the series and, while it could be read as a standalone, is much better if you have a basic understanding of the characters and their past. I look forward to reading future books in this well conceived series set in 2059 New York. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
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"No man ever yet became great by imitation."
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"And the Devil said to Simon Legree:'I like your style, so wicked and free.'"
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Summer of 2059 was a mean and murderous bitch who showed no sign of lightening her mood.
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'No matter how many times you looked at the horror man inflicted on man, you never saw it all. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas stood over what had once been a woman, she wondered when she would see worse than this...'

The summer of 2059 is drawing to a sweaty when man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. A killer makes his debut with the slashing and mutilation of a prostitute. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, commending her work and inviting her to play his game... and unveil his identity. He signs it "Jack."

Now Eve is in pursuit of a murderer who knows as much about the history of serial killers as she does. He has studied the most notorious and the most vicious slayings in modem time, and he's paying homage to some of history's most vicious, and infamous, killers, beginning with Jack the Ripper. But he also wants to make his own mark. But who will he choose to emulate next? And will Eve be able to stop him before he decides to finish the game by coming after her?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425191583, Mass Market Paperback)

Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas encounters one of her most difficult cases in this latest offering from J. D. Robb, alter ego of bestselling author Nora Roberts. With the very first victim, Eve realizes that the killer stalking the streets of New York City isn't a run-of-the-mill serial murderer. The copycat executions are imitating the methods and victim choices of an ominous list of notorious serial killers, beginning with Jack the Ripper. And when the killer leaves a distinctive note at the crime scene, it's clear that he's targeting Eve personally--a fact that worries Roarke, Eve's shrewd husband.

Assisted by her aide, Peabody, Eve compiles a list of suspects that includes several high-profile possibilities. Their very prominence, however, complicates the investigation, for they have the power and influence to make the search difficult. All of the suspects are reluctant to cooperate but one of them is playing with Eve like a cat with a mouse by tempting her with crime scene notes and challenging her to find him. Can Eve stop him before he slaughters again? Or will his next victim be Eve herself?

Author Robb, a.k.a. Roberts, doesn't miss a beat in this police procedural thriller. The futuristic setting is rich with imaginative details; the cast of supporting characters offers an intriguing variety, while Eve and Roarke's relationship is layered with emotional intimacy and spiced with sex. Whether you're a faithful follower or new to the series, you won't be disappointed in the edge-of-the-seat suspense in Imitation In Death. Don't miss this one. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke embark on their latest investigation that once again places both of their lives in grave danger as a clever killer traps them in a deadly game.

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