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Purity in Death (In Death) by J.D. Robb
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Purity in Death (In Death) (original 2002; edition 2002)

by J.D. Robb

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Title:Purity in Death (In Death)
Authors:J.D. Robb
Info:Berkley (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
Purity in Death
4 Stars

Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team are called in to investigate a seemingly routine case of heat induced rage, but soon discover that the perpetrator might have been the intended victim. When another man dies under similar circumstances, Eve begins to suspect that, although impossible, the men were infected by a computer virus. Can Eve find the culprit and stop their nefarious agenda before the contagion spreads?

With so many books in the series (#45 will be published in 2017), it is inevitable that certain plot elements will be repeated. Thus, Eve is once again investigating a cyber related crime (similar to Rapture in Death and one that involves a vigilante (as in Judgement in Death). Nevertheless, Robb manages to put new twists on these tropes to keep the reader engaged and the pages turning.

Unlike the previous installment, the character development takes a back seat to the mystery and the intriguing discussion on the moral ambiguity of vigilantism. That said, there are several heart-warming scenes between Peabody and McNab, and a wonderful moment in which Eve realizes that they, along with Feeney, Baxter, Trueheart and even Webster and Summerset, are all part of the family she never thought she would have.

Overall, another satisfying addition to the series and it was good to get an update on Jamie Lindstrom. Hopefully, we will be seeing more of him in the future.
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  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
MacNab! Peabody! Oh Noes! :) ( )
  ashareem | Mar 11, 2018 |
What do you do when the justice system you trust fails you? You either suck up and hope it works next time of you find a way to deal justice youd way. And that is just what Eve Dallas must face with the murders happening on her watch. Bad people are winding up with exploding brains for some reason and now they are taking innocent people with them. ( )
  wndy2011 | Jan 19, 2018 |
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is dreading an evening out with some of her husband's business associates and is almost relieved to get an emergency call from one of her team, off-duty Officer Troy Trueheart. He's a nervous wreck and tells her he has killed a man named Louis K. Cogburn. Cogburn is a low level drug dealer who mostly sells to kids in his neighborhood but has never been a serious problem for the police. After taking a baseball bat to his neighbor and attacking Trueheart, he screams about spikes in his head, and Trueheart has no choice but to stun him. When they reexamine the computer, Dallas and her aide, Peabody, discover a message on his computer: Absolute Purity Achieved.

They take his computer to Cop Central but before long, Electronic Data Detective, Halloway, starts getting strange symptoms. His head starts to pound, he begins to get paranoid delusions about Sergeant Feeney, takes him hostage and it only ends when one of them is dead. It starts to look like some sort of computer virus is physically affecting the people it is sent to.

Purity in Death is another well written mystery/romance that takes place in future New York 2059. Eve and her husband, billionaire entrepreneur Rourke, have a great relationship that is realistically written and filled with humor and love. They are not only incredibly physically attracted to each other, but they have a shared respect that is a vital part of that relationship. This is the fifteenth book of a 45 (currently) book series and I can see why it's so popular. I plan to continue this fast, fun, and well written series.
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  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
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We bow our heads before Thee, and we laud and magnify thy name Almighty God! But man is thy most awful instrument in working out a pure intent.

--William Wordsworth

In friendship false, implacable in hate,
Resolv'd to ruin or to rule the state.

--John Dryden
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The heat was murder.
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'The heat was murder. Some managed to escape. But most just had to live through it.'

Louie Cogburn has spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache is unbearable like spikes drilling into his brain. And it's getting worse. Finally, when someone knocks at his door, Louie picks up a baseball bat, opens the door, and starts swinging... The first cop on the scene fires his stunner twice and Louie dies instantly.

Detective Eve Dallas takes over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: "Absolute Purity Achieved".

When a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts racking her brain for answers and for courage to face the impossible... that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 042518630X, Mass Market Paperback)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, comes a shocking new novel in the futuristic series... A frightening new computer virus is spreading and it knows no boundaries...

Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable... like spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging...

The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice and Louie died instantly. Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved.

And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts racking her brain for answers and for courage to face the impossible... that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:36 -0400)

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Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable like spikes drilling into his brain, and it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging. His neighbor called the police department. The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice and Louie died instantly. Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen : Absolute Purity Achieved.… (more)

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