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Survivor in death (original 2005; edition 2005)

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Title:Survivor in death
Authors:J. D. Robb
Info:New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2005.
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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 |
This has to be one of the top books of the series!

http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2015/05/survivor-in-death-by-jd-robb-nora.html ( )
  nicolewbrown | Sep 30, 2016 |
One of my favorite books of the series. I love the parallels between Eve and Nixie and always want to see more of Nixie in the series. ( )
  lamotamant | Sep 22, 2016 |
This one got to me. A family is murdered but their daughter survives because she disobeyed and got out of bed to go to the kitchen for a snack. I cried as I read the sections with Nixie. Watching Eve deal with a nine-year-old was fun but heart-wrenching. I did think it would end differently but
'twas not to be. Oh, Eve does get the bad guy. Probably the best of the series so far. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Aug 7, 2016 |
Lt. Eve Dallas is baffled. A family has been slaughtered. The killers bypassed top of the line security and murdered 5 people, three adults and two children in less than 5 minutes. There is no background to indicate why this happened. One of the children was not meant to die. The killers targeted the wrong child and will now stop at nothing to correct that mistake. Like all the "In Death" books this one also follows a logical path to the conclusion. Always a very good read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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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.
Wiliam Shakespeare
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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