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Betrayal in Death by J. D. Robb

Betrayal in Death (original 2004; edition 2001)

by J. D. Robb

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Title:Betrayal in Death
Authors:J. D. Robb
Info:Berkley (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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4.5 Stars

Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas's latest case hits particularly close to home when a vicious assassin begins targeting Roarke's employees. The investigation is further compounded when the FBI attempts to take over and the true motive for the crimes is revealed.

Even though the identity of the killer is revealed early on, this is still one of the most exciting and action packed books in the series mainly due to the exceedingly dark and gritty depiction of the murders and the fact that the villain is truly insidious and malevolent.

In addition to the mystery, there are some compelling character developments when a friend from Roarke's past arrives on scene. The dynamic between the two not only provides some intriguing insight into the enigmatic billionaire, but also exposes a potential conflict of interest with Eve.

Peabody and McNab's romance also hits a snag although this one has been a long time coming. While Peabody is a favorite of mine, it must be said that she has not handled the situation at all well, and McNab's reactions are more than justified.

The love/hate banter between Eve and Summerset is another highlight, and he is all the more endearing for the small gestures that show his growing affection for "Roarke's cop".

In sum, definitely one of the darker and more subdued installments perhaps due to the monstrous nature of the crimes and the relationship issues. Nevertheless, it is an excellent addition to the series and I look forward to reading the next one. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
At Roarke's exclusive hotel, a maid is killed. At Roarke's rental home, a friend is killed. Who is next? And how will Eve find the murderer before it could possibly be someone close to her as well? With the FBI's fumbled help, her best friend's expertise, and her husband's impeccable computer skills, Lieutenant Dallas will accomplish what other's could not. ( )
  wndy2011 | Dec 21, 2017 |
Excellent series. Old book. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jul 16, 2017 |
Betrayal in Death
#12 In Death series

Murder at Roarke Palace Hotel by a known killer for hire. Lt. Dallas has to track down his location, but more importantly, track down who hired him and why--because it looks like her husband, Roarke, may be on his list of targets.

Enjoyable as always, but I'm noticing more and more in this series that Eve seems to have an abnormal ability to know exactly what the killers are thinking and what they are going to do next with very little evidence about the crime(s). She's always been shown to be especially skilled, but it is starting to become a little less believable. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Apr 28, 2017 |
This is the twelfth book in J. D. Robb's popular “In Death” series. It begins with Eve and her husband, the wealthy and handsome Roarke, hosting a party at one of Roarke's hotels. During the party, one of the hotel maids is found brutally murdered. The next day, a friend and colleague of Roarke's is found murdered too, and Eve begins to think an assassin is after her husband.

Soon the FBI is trying to take over her case, but the reader knows there is no way Eve will put Roarke's life in danger by not finding the killer herself. She soon discovers the assassin is Sly Yost, and he's a master of disguise. Finding him will be almost impossible. Adding to Eve's stress is the sudden appearance of Mick Connelly, an old friend from Roarke's shady past.

This was one of my favorite books in the series. The Sly Yost character was very well written, and the secondary characters, especially Peabody and McNab, are always interesting. Roarke and Eve have a great relationship and in this book we see a bit of Eve's softer side. Each book deepens the relationship between Roarke and Eve, which I think is one a fiction's great romances, and I'm not even a fan of romances. I'm a novice to the series, currently at 44 books, but I'm going to make it a priority next year to read many more. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Dec 14, 2016 |
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13# Eve Dallas Investigation In Death

New York Lieutenant Eve Dallas is up against a hit-man for the elite, whose next target may be her own husband, Roarke.

At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid walks into suite 4602 for the nightly turndown - and steps into her worst nightmare. A killer leaves her dead, strangled by a thin silver wire. He’s Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder. A hit man for the elite. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows him well. But in this twisted case, knowing the killer doesn’t help solve the crime. Because there’s someone else involved. Someone with a more personal motive. And Eve must face a terrifying possibility - that the real target may, in fact, be her husband Roarke…
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425178579, Mass Market Paperback)

J.D. Robb fans are fanatical about New York City supercop Eve Dallas and her mysterious billionaire husband Roarke. Robb's futuristic (circa 2059) ...In Death series wages a two-front narrative war (the battle of good and evil and the battle of the sexes) and both author and readers come out winners.

When Darlene French, a maid at the Roarke Palace Hotel, is brutally beaten, raped, and strangled with a silver wire, Eve is at a loss to explain the apparently professional nature of the murder. Who would hire a hit man to kill such an ordinary woman? As she and her team of detectives (with a little grudgingly accepted help from Roarke, whose money, name, and talents can dig up a wealth of information) investigate the evidence, they find themselves in pursuit of Sylvester Yost, a vicious hired gun who's made millions in his bloody pursuit of career excellence. But it isn't until more victims appear that Eve realizes Yost's real target is Roarke himself. To discover the driving force behind the murderous campaign, Eve and Roarke will have to delve into their own pasts, which holds secrets and terrors for them both.

Robb is the nom de plume of romance writer Nora Roberts, and this series certainly delivers the same sexually charged tension and improbably gorgeous characters as Roberts's extremely popular romances. But even those readers, who generally try to steer clear of heaving bosoms and ripped bodices, will have little to fear and much to appreciate in Betrayal in Death. Eve and Roarke are impressive physical specimens, but they're also witty, gritty, and often antagonistic, irritably staking out their territories and reluctantly collaborating in the crimes that come their way (think Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting, or Nick and Nora Charles on steroids and in a mood). Add in Robb's surprisingly light touch with humor, and the 13th installment in the series is a lucky find indeed. --Kelly Flynn

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Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder is a hit man for the elite. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows him well, because there's someone else involved, someone with a more personal motive. Eve must face a terrifying possibility - that the real target may, in fact, be her husband Roarke.… (more)

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