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Portrait in Death Mass Market Paperback – February 25, 2003

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas may live in 2059, but she's still a recognizable Manhattan police officer: mouthy, courageous, skeptical and impatient. In Roberts's latest In Death novel (after Purity in Death), she's charged with finding a killer who murders young people full of innocence and promise, photographs them after death, then taunts both a top reporter and Dallas herself with notes about his handiwork. Just as her investigation of Manhattan's clubs and colleges nears its peak, Eve's husband, the wealthy entrepreneur Roarke, discovers that his mother is not the cold abandoner he remembers, but a tender young Irishwoman whom his father brutally murdered. While he struggles to understand his heritage, the couple must navigate stormy marital waters. Though the mystery's denouement doesn't live up to its promise, the book ably delivers on other fronts. Intensely female yet unfeminine in any traditional sense, Dallas has a complex edge that transcends genre stereotypes and gives the book's romantic interludes a real charge. As always in Roberts's work, appealing secondary characters add genuine warmth and humor. And while this futuristic vision of New York may not be totally accurate (it's unlikely, for example, that Dallas's oft-used "bite me" will still be in vogue 50 years from now), it's perfectly calibrated to intrigue.
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Portrait In Death will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. You will go from wanting to laugh to wanting to reach for the box of tissues.”—ParaNormal Romance Reviews

“The continued emotional growth of all the characters, major and minor, is part of what makes this series such a masterpiece. Darn, but it is hard to be patient until the next spine-tingling installment!”—RT Book Reviews

“Intensely female yet unfeminine in any traditional sense, Dallas has a complex edge that transcends genre stereotypes and gives the book's romantic interludes a real charge.”—Publishers Weekly

More Praise for the In Death series
“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (February 25, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 354 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0425189031
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0425189030
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.13 x 0.99 x 6.75 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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J.D. ROBB is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5-stars: 'Portrait in Death' by J.D. Robb
By FranJessca @ A Book Lovin Mama&#39;s Blog on May 9, 2021
Portrait in Death is the sixteenth book to J.D. Robb In Death series. This series keeps getting better, and better and I can’t get enough of it.

Storyline/My Thoughts: I’m going to continue to say that I love this series so much. Each book is making me fall harder for each of the characters in this series. J.D. Robb also manages to keep Eve and her team busy with some of the craziest cases. This time, the team has to determine why a murderer is killing his/her victims and taking photos of them afterward. It’s like the murderer is setting up a portfolio of his victims. The murderer is also bragging about it to Nadine Furst, which makes Eve question her friend initially.

The case was not easy to figure out since the killer didn’t leave any clues. It would take a while for Eve and her team to figure it out. In the meantime, Roarke is having his past creep up to him. This time though, he will be distant with Eve about what he finds out about his past. Eve at first gives him his space until she talks to Mira and Feeney about Roarke worrying her. I loved the scene where Eve ends up meeting up with him, and he sees her get off the helicopter (which she doesn’t like at all). Another significant part of this scene is where the helicopter lands. It’s in a field full of cows, and Eve is petrified of cows for some reason, which I find funny since I live near a farm with cows behind my house. Cows are not scary but cute. Seriously, you can tell that Eve loves Roarke when she faces some of her fears. Roarke and Eve are the cutest ever. Each book makes me fall harder for these two and how they are soulmates.

Another favorite scene is when Eve finally can eat her chocolate that she has been hiding from the candy snatcher. The candy snatcher finally does not find her hiding spot. Peabody ends up catching her eating chocolate and wants a bite, but instead of sharing, Eve sticks it all in her mouth. Peabody calls Eve selfish. Haha! This whole scene reminds me of me eating chocolate and trying to hide it from my girls. My oldest daughter would have a fit if I didn’t share with her; my youngest wouldn’t care. She knows I rarely eat chocolate.

This book definitely put me through so many emotions at once. I laughed. I cried. I got mad. I had to take some time after this book to get my feelings in check. I’m so glad that my family wasn’t around when I was reading or listening to it. Otherwise, they would have made fun of me for crying and laughing over certain scenes in the book. They don’t understand!

Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the In Death series and I would recommend reading in order.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I recommend this book to Romantic Suspense/Thriller readers out there. Each book has a different case that Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, McNab, etc., need to investigate. Readers will get to read how the characters grow in each book. You not only fall for the main characters but the secondary characters, too. I love how J.D. Robb writes her characters. I can’t get enough of them. It’s like they are family.
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