Origin in Death by J. D. Robb
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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Set in 2059 in New York City, the number-one bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. Now, as scientists work to expand the limits of technology, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son.
A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office-murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building-the good doctor's final appointment.
Known as "Dr. Perfect," the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son-and successor-knows what it is. Then, like father, like son, the young Dr. Icove is killed . . . with the same deadly precision.
But who is the mystery woman-and what was her relationship with the good doctors? While her husband, Roarke, works behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves' pasts. What she discovers are men driven to create perfection-playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity.
Origin in Death proves once again the incredible appeal of Eve Dallas and the bestselling popularity of her creator. Whether writing as herself or as J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts continues to push the boundaries of suspense-and she takes delighted fans along for the ride.
4.5 Stars! 21 books in and this series it’s still going strong…at least for me!
What I love most about this series is the character development. Not only are the crimes imaginative and the police procedures interesting, this one had a strong sci-fi element, and the characters aren’t one-dimensional. Their personalities are getting stronger and they are coming into their own. From the beginning of the series to this book about 18 months passed, and the pace in which the characters are evolving fits the timeline. You can’t change overnight, these things take time and people and events shape us into who we become and that’s what J. D. Robb is doing with the characters in her In Death series and I’m looking forward to seeing who they become and what destiny has in store for them.
Eve has always found it difficult to show her emotions, but in this book she no longer hides her feelings for Roarke. She’s finally wearing her heart on her sleeve and it’s evident to everyone how much she loves him. But, most particularly, she expresses verbally to Roarke how much she needs and loves him, and as a huge fan of this couple, it made me smile. That being said, I’m not sure which relationship I enjoy more, Eve and Roarke, or Eve and Peabody. Eve’s delightful partner, the incomparable Peabody…love that she’s her partner…really tests the waters with her bold sarcastic comments, and it really made for a fun read. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times!
“The doll, Dallas. You know, Barbie doll. Jeez, didn’t you ever have dollies?”
“Dolls are like small dead people. I have enough dead people, thanks.” ~Peabody to Dallas (Eve)
This is a series that you can set aside for a while and when you go back it’s like you never left. Very easy to pick up again and immerse yourself in this incredible world. That being said…on to the next one!
About the audiobook…
Again I repeat, Susan Ericksen rocks…5 Star narration!!
Roarke’s family comes for a visit and her Irish brogue is delightful when portraying him and his relatives. More characters added to the mix, and each one very distinctive. Ericksen’s voice adds extra humor to some memorable scenes, especially Eve vs. children, very funny! While I enjoyed reading the series when I first started it, I’ve switched to the audiobooks because of Ms. Ericksen’s brilliant narration and can’t imagine any other way to read this series.