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Treachery In Death by J D Robb

Treachery In Death by J D RobbTreachery In Death
J. D. Robb
Series: In Death – #32
ISBN-13: 978-0-3991-5703-5
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Release Date: February 22nd 2011
Genre/s: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic
Format: paperback; 375 pages
Source: purchased

My Rating: 4/5

Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime – an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody’s first case as primary detective – good thing she learned from the master.But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she’s all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and – while she’s hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound – she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn’t take long to realize they’re both crooked – guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve’s husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down – knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret.

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Review

Overall I really enjoyed this novel, although it did take me a little bit more time than I would have liked to get through it. The main characters Roarke, Peabody and Eve were extremely intriguing and left me wanting to get to know them even more than just what was between the covers of the novel. Robb, drops little tidbits in the novel about their past but not enough to reveal it totally to the reader, only enough for them to know that a certain character could have had a rocky past and that is what leads them to make certain judgement now. Hopefully I’ll have the same thoughts about the other books in the series.

 

Nora Roberts Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver  Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her sophomore year in high school, she transferred to a local public school, where she met Ronald Aufdem-Brinke, her future first husband.In August 17, 1968, as soon as she had graduated from high school, Eleanor married, against her parents’ wishes; the couple settled in Keedysville, Maryland. Her husband worked at his father’s sheet-metal business before joining Nora’s parents in their lighting company, while she worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell; I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After their sons, Dan and Jason, were born, she stayed home. Calling this her “Earth Mother” years, she spent much of her time doing crafts, including ceramics and sewing her children’s clothes. The couple ended up separating; they divorced in January 1985.

In February 1979, a blizzard forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three- and a six-year-old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate. During the now famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of her stories. It was then that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981 under the authorship of Nora Roberts, a shortened form of her birth name Eleanor Marie Robertson, because she assumed that all authors had pen names.

Eleanor wrote, under another pseudonym (Jill March), a story titled “Melodies of Love” for a magazine.

Eleanor met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Bruce owns and operates a bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland called “Turn the Page Books”. Since getting married, Eleanor and Bruce have expanded their home and traveled the world.

In 1992, she adopted another pseudonym so as to publish a futuristic-suspense novel series. She first decided to use the pseudonym D.J. MacGregor, but discovered that this pseudonym was used by another author. In 1995, her first “In Death” serial novel was published under the pseudonym J.D. Robb. The initials “J.D.” were taken from her sons, Jason and Dan, while “Robb” is a shortened form of Roberts.

Eleanor has also been known as Sara Hardesty, because when the “Born In” series was released in U.K. it carried that name instead of Nora Roberts. She has since changed publishers.

Eleanor has been plagiarized by another best-selling romance writer, Janet Dailey. The practice came to light after a reader read Nora Roberts’ Sweet Revenge and Janet Dailey’s Notorious back-to-back; the reader noticed several similarities and posted the comparable passages on the Internet. Calling the plagiarism “mind rape,” Eleanor sued Janet Daily. In 1997, Janet admitted to repeatedly plagiarizing from Nora Roberts’ work and that both Aspen Gold and Notorious lifted heavily from Roberts’ work. Both of those novels were pulled from print after Janet’s admission. She acknowledged the plagiarism and blamed it on a psychological disorder. In a settlement, Janet paid Eleanor an undisclosed sum, which Eleanor donated to the Literacy Volunteers of America.

A founding member of the Romance Writers of America (R.W.A.), Eleanor was the first inductee in the organization’s Hall of Fame. She also is a member of several writers’ groups and has won countless awards.

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