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Reunion in Death by J. D. Robb
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Reunion in Death (2002)

by J. D. Robb

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Series: In Death (14)

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Holy crap...this book has what has to be the best "Eve takes down the baddie" scene EVER. I literally had to put the book down to punch the air in glee. Then I reread it. It was that good.

There were also some extremely difficult moments as Eve travels back to Dallas and has to face her past. I cried as she relived the horrible abuse and trauma she suffered during her first 8 years of life. My heart broke for the child she was and the incredibly strong woman she is now, and also for Roarke as he watched the woman he loves more than anything go back to the night her--and I hate to call him her father, because he's so utterly vile--father died.

Eve admitting she'd never be able to face her past without Roarke and his steadfast love, and Roarke's helpless fury as he (and we) finally get the full scope of just what Eve suffered had me crying again.

Peabody got some great character development, as she was allowed to work a cold case on her own. We also met her parents.

Above all, my favorite parts of these books remains Eve and Roarke and their ever deepening and ever strengthening relationship. No matter what happens between them or how big their argument is you never once doubt that these two love each other beyond all reason, and they will work things out and be even more united because of it.

(Though, Roarke did irritate me in this one by going over Eve's head to her superior about something, and she ended up getting informed about it in front of her team. Fortunately after Eve--and Peabody in her way--called him out on it, he realized his massive misstep and apologized.) ( )
  stellar_raven | Jun 16, 2018 |
Reunion in Death
4 Stars

In her latest case, Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the poisoning of a wealthy business man. After ruling out the obvious suspects, Eve realizes that the victim was targeted by a newly paroled prisoner - a killer that Eve was responsible for incarcerating. With vengeance in mind, the killer has set her sights on Eve and is determined to fulfill her deadly agenda.

The mystery in this installment is interesting, mainly due to the sociopathic nature of the villain who always seems to be one step ahead of our intrepid heroine. Nevertheless, much of the book actually focuses on the continuing character development and growth as Eve confronts some of her personal demons, Roarke accepts some difficult truths, and Peabody is put to the test when she is given responsibility for investigating a cold case and interrogating a suspect.

The dramatic scenes in which Eve and Roarke travel to Dallas highlight the emotional and psychological depths of Robb's writing as Eve takes the first steps in dealing with the horrific events of her past, and Roarke fully comprehends the enormity of what happened to her.

In addition to this trip down memory lane, the story also includes a visit from Peabody's New-Ager parents. While Sam Peabody is another father figure in the same vein as Feeney, Whitney, Mr. Mira and even Summerset, his wife is another matter. Phoebe Peabody has that protective mother vibe, but she is also somewhat creepy and perhaps even a lot scary. She's not someone you would want to mess with.

All in all, another action packed book in the series, but also one with some intense introspection on the part of the characters. Looking forward to the next one. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Eve is visited by a former villain she helped to take down several years ago. And now she must fight to save what is hers, what she has come to love above all else...Roarke. Men are dropping like flies due to a poison they ingest, and it sure looks like someone from Eve's past is out to get her. ( )
  wndy2011 | Jan 18, 2018 |
This is the fourteenth book of the In Death series, set in 2059, and featuring Eve Dallas, a lieutenant in the New York Police Security Department. She and her husband, wealthy billionaire, Roarke, have just returned from a two week vacation. Eve is feeling more relaxed that we've ever seen her until she is assigned to the homicide of Walter Pettibone who was poisoned at his birthday party. After Eve eliminates all the obvious suspects like the trophy wife, the ex-wife, and the grown children, she discovers new evidence that the killer was Julianna Dunne, a woman she arrested nine years ago for poisoning three of her husbands.

It starts to look like she intends to murder Roarke as some sort of revenge against Dallas. She manages to stay just out of Eve's reach and poisons several other wealthy men. Her search for Julianna takes her all over the country, and even to the city of Dallas, where Eve has to cope with some terrifying memories.

This was a fast paced novel with an interesting plot and some great characters. It addressed some of the issues that happened in Eve's past and continues to solidify the relationship between Roarke and Eve. One of the funniest parts of this book was a visit from the new age parents of Eve's aide, Delia Peabody. I really enjoy this series and am trying to read one or two every month. It will still be a long time before I get to the one that was just released, Echoes in Death, Book #44.
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  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
Read a long time ago but I really liked the whole series. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jul 16, 2017 |
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There are some meannesses which are too mean even for man-woman, lovely woman alone, can venture to commit them.
-W.M. Thackeray, A Shabby Genteel Story
The surest poison is time.
-Emerson
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Murder was work.
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"Nice ride out there," Parker said conversationally, and tucked his tongue into his cheek. "Could set you up on a nice, gentle hack." / "I'm going to pretend you didn't just threaten a police officer."
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16# Eve Dallas Investigation In Death

'Murder was work. Death was a serious chore for the killer, the victim, for the survivors. And for some murder was a labour of love...'

At exactly 7:30 pm, Walter Pettibone arrives home to over a hundred friends and family shouting, "surprise!". It's his birthday. Although he has known about the planned event for weeks, the real surprise is yet to come. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair hands him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he is dead.

The woman's name is Julie Dockport. No one at the party knows who she is. But Detective Eve Dallas remembers her all too well. Eve was personally responsible for her incarceration nearly ten years ago. And now, let out on good behavior, she still has nothing but bad intentions. It appears she wants to meet Dallas again - in a reunion neither will forget....

A birthday bash sets the scene for a frightening reunion with a killer from Eve Dallas's past.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425183971, Mass Market Paperback)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, comes a compelling new novel in the futuristic series…A birthday bash sets the scene for a frightening reunion with a killer from Eve Dallas’s past…

At exactly 7:30 p.m., Walter Pettibone arrived home to over a hundred friends and family shouting, “surprise!” It was his birthday. Although he had known about the planned event for weeks, the real surprise was yet to come. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair handed him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he was dead.

The woman’s name is Julie Dockport. No one at the party knew who she was. But Detective Eve Dallas remembers her all too well. Eve was personally responsible for her incarceration nearly ten years ago. And now, let out on good behavior, she still has nothing but bad intentions. It appears she wants to meet Dallas again—in a reunion neither will forget…

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:47 -0400)

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Walter Pettibone gets the surprise of his life at his surprise birthday, when after a sip of champagne, he drops dead. Julie Dockport, a woman unknown to the party goers, is responsible for the deadly drink. Detective Eve Dallas know Ms. Dockport only too well having been responsible for sending her to prison 10 years earlier. It appears that Ms. Dockport was hoping for a reunion with Detective Dallas--one which she'll never forget.… (more)

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