This is the 1st of the In Death series. For those who don't know, J.D. Robb is Nora Robert's alter ego. I'm not a big fan of Nora Roberts, although I do read her work occasionally. I will say that she writes in a very different style as J.D. Robb. I really enjoyed this book. It is not for the squeamish of faint of heart....the crime in the book is very brutal and graphic and extremely sexual in nature. I like the fact that while it is set in the future, the settings and devices used are actually somewhat plausible. It's a fascinating premise with a solid crime/mystery. I definitely plan on reading more of this series.
This is the very first "In Death" book in the series and I enjoyed seeing how Roarke and Dallas dealt together the first time they met. It's no wonder this falls under the heading of romantic suspense! The other books, while they've got some definite sex scenes and romance to them, seem to deal more with the mystery than with the relationships; this book focused pretty heavily on the relationship between them.
Nora Roberts writes a truckload of books, but I don't care for them. When she puts on her JD Robb hat, I think she sticks to plot development and her characters.
That's why I proudly own every one of JD Robb's books about a butt kicking, smart, survivor, a murder detective named Lieutenant Dallas. The support characters are also developed in later books.
Recently I went back and started with this one, the first book about Dallas, then spent a couple of weeks reading all of the rest of them in order.
I read a lot, and require that the author not stray on tangents, and keep the story interesting and not too predictable - that's what JD Robb does and I recommend her books for those readers who like some detective and total fantasy about a perfect man.
After 20+ books over 10+ years, I decided it was high time to go back to where it all began -- NAKED IN DEATH.
Here, author J.D. Robb (aka best-selling author Nora Roberts) introduces us to NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a force in her own right, and one of the trickiest cases yet. The granddaughter of a Senator has been brutally murdered, and the perpetrator promises that five more bodies are to follow. As Eve races against the clock to save more women from dying, she also must contend with her own feelings for Roarke, a self-made billionaire who early on is a suspect in the murders.
If you haven't read any of the "...IN DEATH" books, I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. The mystery and the romance are evenly balanced, Eve and Roarke are definitely intriguing characters, and the story just never gets old.
Going back to this first story in the series after having been a fan so long, I was grateful to be reminded of the meaning behind the gray button, how Galahad came into the picture, and how Somerset's attitude has been the same from the beginning.
NAKED IN DEATH is a winner, and you'll be happy to know that when you finish reading it, there are 24 more stories already published in the series. Happy Reading!!
Part romance, part police procedural, the In Death series is set in a non-idealized near future New York City. Naked in Death is first in the series and sets up the series nicely.