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

by J.D. Robb

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Title:Portrait in Death
Authors:J.D. Robb
Info:Berkley Publishing (2003), Hardcover, 354 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:futuristic, homicide, Eve Dallas, Roarke, romance

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If it weren't for the average mystery of this novel, Portrait in Death would have received a 5/5. I loved how I got to learn more about Roarke. I really empathized with everything he was going through. The personal relationships are great as well. This is one of the few series that I care about what happens to every single character.
4.5 stars ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
Portrait in Death
3.5 Stars

Following a tip, Eve Dallas discovers the body of a young woman in a dumpster and begins investigating a series of murders in which the victims are all students whose bodies have been staged and photographed. At the same time, Eve must deal with an injured Summerset as well as Roarke, who has become troubled and distant.

The murder investigation is one of the weakest in the series. It progresses slowly and there it too much rehashing of evidence. It is also relatively easy to identify the killer by process of elimination. Nevertheless, the race toward the climax and resolution is very exciting and there are a couple of edge-of-your-seat moments.

In contrast, the character development is excellent, especially for Roarke as he struggles to reconcile his feelings after discovering some disturbing information about his past. Roarke has always seemed to be the perfect man, so it was intriguing to see him so lost and … well… human, which only enhances his appeal.

As always, the interactions between Eve and Summerset are a highlight and it is particularly gratifying to see how much they have in common both in terms of the lengths they will go to for Roarke, but also in their reactions to hospitals and Trina's torture sessions.

In sum, not the best mystery, but worth it for more of Roarke's backstory and insight into his character. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Eve Dallas is the quintessential homicide cop, living the job, standing for the dead when she climbs into the recycler (dumpster) holding the remains of Rachel Howard. She knows that this is just the beginning, because the killing has just started. While Dallas is beginning the investigation Roarke has just been told facts of his birth he never knew, it throws him off and he needs to deal with it. He doesn’t want to interfere with the investigation so he tries to go it alone…

A lot happening as with all novels of the In Death series, a good mystery, plenty of story lines and romance. Enjoyed! ( )
  Bettesbooks | May 16, 2018 |
Mothers are usually a person you depend on for the first part of your life. Unfortunately for some, either the die early, they are taken away from you by unforeseen circumstances and then sometimes, well they weren't really mother material at all. Eve Dallas is working a new case that the murderer is taking very seriously by leaving behind beautiful pictures of his victims. Somewhere deep in the killer's psyche is another reason why mother's are so important. ( )
  wndy2011 | Jan 31, 2018 |
Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is getting ready to enjoy three Summerset free weeks when she gets a call from Channel 75's Nadine Furst, who needs to see her immediately. On her way to the meeting she gets a call from Dispatch about a dead woman who has been found in a recycling container. It turns out that is what Nadine needed to see her about. Someone sent her a letter, along with a portrait of the dead girl. Eve and her team need to solve that murder, as well as a series of others that appear to be done by a serial killer obsessed with capturing the light of his victims with his camera lens.

One of the best things about this series is the relationship between Dallas and her handsome, billionaire husband, Roarke. In this novel, we get to know a little more about Roarke's past and we see Eve stepping outside her comfort zone to try to take care of Roarke for a change. The personal crisis not only changes Roarke's understanding of his past, it also prompts growth in their marriage.

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 sixteenth 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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'She was still three feet away when she'd smelled it. She'd walked with death too many times to mistake it.'

After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey Street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered.

Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality - in one fateful shot...

Lieutenant Eve Dallas faces a serial killer who offers his victims eternal youth by taking their life... She counts on her husband's help to crack the case, but he's just learned a devastating truth about his past.
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After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered.

Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality—in one fateful shot... 

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Lt. Eve Dallas searches for a serial killer who is a perfectionist and an artist. He offers his victims eternal youth by taking their life.

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