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Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
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Fantasy in Death (edition 2010)

by J.D. Robb

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Title:Fantasy in Death
Authors:J.D. Robb
Info:Berkley (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
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Tags:21st C. American Literature, Crime Fiction, Romance, Suspense

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Lively entry in this long-standing and fine series. The 2060 patois, especially when "shebody" and her nerdy boyfriend converse gets a little wearing. However, this revisionist take on the classic locked room mystery is well worth reading. Or, listening as I did to this very good narration, by Susan Ericksen. ( )
  jamespurcell | Sep 9, 2018 |
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  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
A bright young man is brought down in his prime. He's the face of a very popular gaming society, one Eve's husband Roarke admires and competes against. But who among his friends wants him dead? And why? That's the job for Eve Dallas to find out, and soon before the culprit strikes another friend down. ( )
  wndy2011 | May 14, 2018 |
The In Death series combines the good ole murder mystery with sci-fi futurism and features Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD (New York Police and Security Department). The series is set in New York City starting in 2059. Fantasy is the 30th book in the series (yep, J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts is crankin’ out the books). In addition to the 30 full-length novels, the series also includes 7 short stories and a modern-day “prequel.”

Fantasy finds us in the summer of 2060. Bart Minnock, an e-geek, founder of a gaming company & genuinely nice guy, is found beheaded inside a locked & highly secure play room while playing a game currently in development. Dallas & her team are stumped on the why and the who, as they find that everyone liked the guy, including her husband Roarke, who also happens to be a competitor of the geek’s company.

Who should read: first and foremost, anyone who loves murder mysteries. As Dallas restates through the series, murder is the oldest crime and somethings never change, even in the futuristic world of 2060 with holograms, droids, flying cars, and a life expectancy of 150.

The catch: if you don’t like futuristic novels, then this isn’t for you. Me, I geek out on the thoughts of what might be in 10, 15 or 40 years. Personally, I still feel gypped that here in 2011, we can’t even get a food replicator like in Star Trek or flying cars like the Jetsons. But Eve’s world brings excitement in technological possibilities – what seems like magic today, may be the reality tomorrow. So, if you dislike technology and its potential advances, don’t bother.

Why I like it: I really like the characters, especially Dallas. While you can pick up any book in the series and get what’s going on, there’s the benefit of really understanding the characters when reading it in order. Dallas has a tragic past, which is what makes her such a great cop (think a Sherlock-esque type with boobs). But she gets queasy at the thought of “girly” things and is confused & frustrated by social relationships. I've especially enjoyed how Ms. Robb has developed Dallas's character and exposed her back-story bit-by-bit over the course of the series. Overall, a solid series, and I highly recommend it. ( )
  wanderinglynn | Mar 22, 2018 |
Another great entry in the series. This one is a futuristic locked-room mystery. The victim (Bart) was locked in his holo-room played a video game when he was decapitated. Bart was a partner with three friends in a successful video-game company. My only quibble with this book is that the solution to the mystery was revealed to the reader in the very first pages, but it took 3/4 of the book before the cops figured it out. Not the killer mind you, just the way it was executed. One of the highlights of this book was Eve and Roarke attending the book launch party of Nadine's new book. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
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They were best friends, driven by one shared vision - to rule the world of virtual reality games. Cill, hard-edged and beautiful, Var and Benny, brains and business acumen, and Bart, the genius behind the idea. Their newest invention, developed to transport the player into a fantastical virtual world, is just about to be launched.

Bart Minnock, the founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical. The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body, defeated by their own game. Their close-knit group is torn apart. Who could have engineered a virtual death with such devastating consequences?

It is the most puzzling case NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game... Eve is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim's girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear equally shocked. No one seemed to have a probA-lem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks-as Eve's husband, Roarke, one of U- Play's competitors, knows well. But Bart was not naive, and quite capable of fighting back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction-and the price of defeat is death... But as she digs deeper, peeling back layers of secrets, revenge and misplaced allegiances, she realises with growing dread the depth of the killer's master plan. And she knows his game is far from over....
Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.
The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game.
Lt. Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim’s girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear shocked as well. No one seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one.
Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
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NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, was murdered as who did the murdering in this mystery revolving around a fantasy game of ultimate seduction and death.

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