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Survivor in Death by J. D. Robb

Survivor in Death (2005)

by J. D. Robb

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Series: In Death (20)

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Peabody in back in action, following her injuries in the previous book; I found it difficult to believe that only "a couple of months" had passed between the two, due to the nature of her injuries in Divided in Death, even with the future medical tech, but hey, what's a bit of this world knowledge got to do with it, right?

One of the more difficult books for me to read in this series. A family (Mother, Father, Son & Daughter - or rather daughter's best friend) is assassinated with only one survivor, 9-year old Nixie. Killed in her place is her best friend, Linnie.

Dallas and her team sort the evidence, finding how and why, the commonality between this case, and several other murders (closed and open) in order to apprehend the perps and bring them to justice.

Moral delimmas for Dallas and Roarke, visits by the pregnostrous Mavis, "tit for tat" with Nadine - all the expected players, with a surprise visit from Dallas' favorite IAB officer...

Some throwbacks to earlier books as well. It's a good book, but difficult for me due to the children.
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  ashareem | Aug 16, 2018 |
3.5 stars

I thought Survivor in Death was just OK. There were moments when I laughed out loud and got misty-eyed, but I felt somewhat dissatisfied with the story as a whole. Eve seemed very cold to me. I understand due to her childhood, she'd have a hard time dealing with a kid victim. At times though, she seemed a bit heartless and that not the Eve I've come to learn. The normal camaraderie between everyone didn't feel as genuine this time. I didn't really care for the mystery either. I didn't like the idea behind the killings nor the fact that the killers were tied to groups from previous books. The ending seemed a bit contrived and convenient. I hope the next one is better. ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
Survivor in Death
4 Stars

After her entire family is murdered in their beds, 9 year old Nixie Swisher is taken into protective custody while Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team investigate. As the evidence unfolds, Eve soon comes to realize that the deaths are part of a larger agenda and that little Nixie's life is in even more danger than ever.

An enjoyable installment with an intriguing mystery and some fantastic character development.

The investigation into the Swisher family's murder is compelling, and while it is rather easy to figure out the culprit and the motivation, there are a couple of twists that catch the reader by surprise. Moreover, the showdown at the end is particularly intense, and Robb certainly knows how to write an action sequence.

Little Nixie is a resilient and adorable child whose predicament touches Eve, Roarke and Summerset on a profoundly personal level. All of their reactions to her are simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking.

In sum, Survivor In Death is another excellent addition to the series, which just seems to go from strength to strength. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
When a young girl witnesses the murder of her family, Eve Dallas must take drastic measures to protect her witness and find the killers. ( )
  wndy2011 | Feb 13, 2018 |
Survivor in Death
by J.D. Robb
#20 In Death series

Nixie Swisher, a courageous 9-year-old girl, loses all of her family members, as well as her best friend, after she wakes up in the middle of the night and creeps downstairs to sneak an orange soda immediately before a home invasion ends with the brutal slayings of everyone close to her. Because her friend was spending the night with her and was sleeping in her bed, the killers did not realize they had overlooked a witness to their crimes, someone who would remind Lt. Eve Dallas of herself when she was a young girl, setting off her rage and need to take them down.

As always in this series, the suspense and action do not disappoint. This book in particular has moved up high on my list for this series for the character development of Eve and Roarke, as well as for Summerset, their majordomo and Roarke's father figure. They all have to face the tragedies of their past because of this little girl whom they have vowed to protect. We witness an opening discussion and thoughts about whether they think they will make good parents someday when they are ready. There is a very touching scene which actually brought tears to my eyes when Nixie had to visit the morgue to say her goodbyes. Very well done in showing Eve's humanity through that, as she is known to keep her emotions under lock and key as she fights anything that brings them to the surface.

Another point I was glad was brought up was Roarke's reasoning and thoughts about why he's willing to drop everything and help Eve in her homicide investigations, whether it is his computer or lock-picking skills, piloting his personal helicopter to get her where she needs to be in a hurry, or being part of the on-site team when they are busting down doors. I've been wondering if that was ever going to be touched upon because in recent books, he seems to be spending more time assisting the police department than he is building and maintaining his own empire.

We are seeing the tight-knit community of friends weaving itself around Eve (both in her chosen team at work as well as personally) and the emergence of her willingness to lean on them and give back to them in return. She's slowly starting to show a softer side. It only lasts for mere moments (haha) but she's learning.

This was an excellent installment of this ongoing series. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Apr 29, 2017 |
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Tu te nourriras de la Mort, qui se nourrit des hommes,
Et la Mort une fois morte, plus rien ne mourra.
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Les familles heureuses se ressemblent toutes ; chaque famille malheureuse l'est à sa manière.
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A late-night urge for an Orange Fizzy saved Nixie's life.
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New York City of 2059 'Murder was always an insult, and had been since the first human hand had smashed a stone into the first human skull. But the murder, bloody and brutal, of an entire family in their own home, in there own beds, was a different form of evil.

No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city--not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband, Roarke, at her disposal--but the Swisher case has her baffled. On the surface Keelie and Grant Swisher seem unlikely targets for an assassin; an average couple living in a nice neighbourhood and working hard to raise their two kids. But when Eve Dallas is called to a multiple homicide at the Swisher family home, she discovers a blood-bath. There are five dead - including two children - in what seems to be a professional hit. The killers breached an elaborate state-of-the-art security system, and the killers used night-vision equipment to find their way through the cozy, middle-class house. With brutal, military precision, they slashed the throat of each victim while they slept in their beds; and were in and out of the house in less than ten minutes. Clearly, Eve is dealing with pros. In fact they made only one mistake... they left a survivor. They overlooked the nine-year-old girl cowering in the darkened kitchen. Nixie Swisher's sudden urge for a midnight snack may just have saved her life. While her parents, brother and best-friend lay in their beds, oblivious to the threat, Nixie was downstairs in the kitchen getting a soda... and she saw far too much.

Kids are not Dallas's strong suit. But Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan-and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Eve knows that her priority is to keep her safe. Offering her a temporary refuge is easy, but dealing with the emotional needs of a nine-year-old girl who has lost everything isn't. Not only for the cause of justice. With her partner, Peabody, back on the job-and her husband, Roarke, providing the kind of help that only he can give-Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories--and deepest fears. But she's chasing professionals who don't like leaving loose ends. And leaving Nixie Swisher alive is one loose end too many....
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425204189, Mass Market Paperback)

In her newest novel in the #1 "New York Times" bestselling series, Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb returns to the New York city of 2059, where Lieutenant Eve Dallas will struggle to solve murder of a seemingly ordinary family, and protect one small, terrified survivor.

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When the Swisher family of 2059 New York City is murdered, lieutenant Eve Dallas, her partner Peabody, and her husband Roarke investigate while protecting the family's lone survivor and witness, a terrified nine-year-old girl.

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