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Rapture in Death (In Death) by J.D. Robb
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Rapture in Death (In Death) (original 1996; edition 1996)

by J.D. Robb

Series: In Death (4)

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Title:Rapture in Death (In Death)
Authors:J.D. Robb
Info:Berkley (1996), Paperback, 320 pages
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Rapture in Death by J. D. Robb (1996)

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Eve dallas and her husband roarke are near the end of their honeymoon on Roarke's new orbiting Olympia Resort. It isnt open to the public yet. An apparent suicide of one of the computer techs forces Eve and Roarke back to earth. The medical examiner finds a strange tiny anomoly innthe victim's brain. Then another apparent suicide seems to have the same anomoly. Seems that someone is messing with people's brains, but who and why? Meanwhile Eve's best friend and singer, Mavis, is trying to break into the mainsteam music industry with the help of a mega star who now works as a recording engineer and promoter. Mind control, bombs, dead bodies piling up and no motives or suspects is wearing Eve to a frazzle.

This is a good 4th entry to the In Death series. I'm really enjoying the rereading of these, as its been 20 years since I first strted reding these books. Robb weaves a great story with believable characters while adding a bit of wry humor. ( )
  Raspberrymocha | Feb 21, 2019 |
4.5 stars ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
Someone's making people "self-terminate" and do so with a smile on their face. Or, at least Eve thinks someone's making them do it. She'll have to prove it, and may end up implicating Roarke (again).
These are getting more predictable, or maybe I'm just catching the author's rhythm. I was hoping since Eve's past seems to be resolved (?) maybe we'd explore Roarke's? A few (more) drips and dribbles of info about him in this one. Roarke is also starting to come off as kind of an EinsteinSue with all his money having and ass kicking and secret torture skills and super tech skills and all. Like, how old is he supposed to be? How has he had time to learn all that stuff with his background? Must. Suspend. Disbelief!
Okay, these are still fun, though, so I'll keep reading. ( )
  EmScape | Jun 3, 2018 |
Rapture in Death
4 Stars

A series of suspicious suicides connected to virtual reality goggles has Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas racing against time to stop a demented sociopath bent on destroying that which she holds most dear.

A quick and entertaining read despite the predictable mystery.

The theme of the dangers of subliminal messaging and the very real potential for abuse are compelling, and salient in light of the advances in today’s gaming technologies. Robb’s insights are interesting given the fact that this book was written in 1996.

Although the villain is obvious early on, mainly due to the creepy vibe and shudder inducing comments that they impart, the case is intense and suspenseful. The climax and resolution are particularly intense and had me on the edge of my seat.

Roarke and Eve’s romance goes from strength to strength as Eve finally realizes just how much he means to her. Some of their scenes together are scorching hot and a lot more graphic than I am used to from Nora Roberts.

In terms of character development, Eve allows her personal feelings toward a suspect to influence her investigative method and it almost costs her everything. Her preoccupation, however justified and however despicable the suspect’s actions, is nevertheless unprofessional and dangerous.

Roarke is as sexy and enigmatic as ever and there is one scene in which he is downright scary demonstrating that he has not distanced himself from his dark past on the streets of Dublin as much as was previously believed.

Summerset, Nadine and Mavis all put in appearances, but it is Peabody who absolutely steals the show. Her one-liners are precious.

In sum, this is a fun series and I’m glad that I finally got around to reading it. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Eve must determine the reasons why people are self terminating when they have everything going for them. And the only link is a blip on their brain scans. Can she find a link before its too late and someone else dies? ( )
  wndy2011 | Nov 11, 2017 |
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But I do nothing upon myself, and yet am mine own Executioner.

--John Donne
There is rapture on the lonely shore.

--Lord Byron
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The alley was dark and stank of piss and vomit.
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Each murder victim died smiling. The only one who isn't grinning is New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas--because she's got to find out why.

Death didn't shock her, but it appalled her, and she knew it always would: the waste of it, the violence and the cruelty of it. But she lived with it too much to be shocked, even by this. They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. But police lieutenant Eve Dallas is immediately suspicious of the deaths. And her instincts pay off when autopsies revealed small burn marks on the brains of the victims. Is this a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turns to the provocative world of virtual reality games - where the same techniques used to create joy and desire can also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction.
They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder?
Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games - where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction.
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They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common--and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games--where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...

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A bizarre murder mystery in which the world of virtual reality games may cause the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction.

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