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Fantasy In Death

by J Robb

Putnam | June 13, 2013 | Hardcover

Fantasy In Death is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.

In the latest novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author J.D. Robb, it is game over for the criminals pursued by NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

Bart Minnock, founder of the computer- gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can''t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company''s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game. . . .


NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim''s girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear equally shocked. No one seemed to have a prob­lem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks-as Eve''s husband, Roarke, one of U- Play''s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naive, and quite capable of fighting back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction-and the price of defeat is death. . . .

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Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.25 × 6.4 × 1.3 in

Published: June 13, 2013

Publisher: Putnam

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399156240

ISBN - 13: 9780399156243

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantasy in Death b y J.D. Robb In Fantasy in Death the majority the progression of the storyline seemed too staged for me and some of the dialogue too canned. Since the victim has his head cut off there was quite a few one liners about being beheaded, detached, etc., and these just seemed unnecessary filler and silly. The scant action and overabundance of discussion made the plot stutter a bit, but the last 75 pages or so made up for the slow start. A lot of the ideas on "holonetics" were pretty frosty, as Peabody would say, and I found this aspect and the theories of the science, fictional and otherwise, super interesting. Fantasy in Death did not really reveal anything new about Eve and Roarke's relationship, other than that they would rather die together than have one of them live on after the other's death. I would recommend Fantasy in Death to fans of the series and those who have interest in gaming systems.
Date published: 2010-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ANOTHER VISIT WITH THE "IN DEATH" GANG A pleasant escape on a Sunday afternoon with Eve & Rourke, et al. This time Eve is investigating a death caused by a virtual reality game with not enough virtual and a little too much reality. Of course all the usual members of the team are there to help and the steamy relationship between Eve and Rourke is still going strong. As much as I enjoy the story itself and, of course, the steam between Eve and Rourke I find the growing relationship and wordplay between Eve and Peabody to be the most fun in the books. Nothing outstanding, nothing different, just another good read for fans of the “in Death” series.
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of her best On the last book I felt the series getting a little stale. Not so with this one. Maybe it is because I'm involved in the gaming industry but I was captivated within 5 pages. I could not put this book down, which lately is saying something. This was a great read with all the twists, charm and wit of her best books in this series. Bring on the next!
Date published: 2010-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eve's Back In Grand Style....Yay! So, less than 50 pages in to this, the 30th Eve Dallas book, I think I finally let go of the breath I had been holding and breathed a sigh of relief. The reason for this is because the last book, Kindred in Death, while good, just seemed to be missing something. It didn't quite live up to the JD Robb stories that I know and love and I guess I was worried that this one might fall flat too. Boy was I wrong. Eve and company are back in full force and I loved it! Eve is always faced with some interesting challenges and this case is no exception, in fact it may be one of the most challenging yet. Bart Minnock, an up-and-coming co-owner of a e-game company, is found dead inside his locked holo room inside his highly secured apartment. Security indicates he was the only one inside the room, and in fact his whole apartment. But, since Eve figures it's safe to assume he didn't cut his own head off, she has a killer to catch - a killer that is e-savvy enough to bypass Bart's high tech security and erase all traces of his or her presence. Who could be so technologically inclined? Well, the victim happens to have three partners in the company, so Eve doesn't have to look far for likely suspects. Since we, the reader, get a first hand view of how the murder takes place, it is that much more interesting to see Eve puzzle her way through the case and even though we know the how, the who is not apparent (at least at first). Because the victim and his potential killer or killers are all friends and co-owners of the same company, relationships and how they work becomes the underlying theme of the book. Eve puzzles over the various relationships in her life throughout and most of our favourite characters make an appearance or are mentioned. Because this is a case involving some serious e-work and because he knows the victim and his partners, Roarke once again comes on board wearing his Expert Civilian Consultant hat (or whatever they call it). I love how Roarke and Eve's relationship has continued to grow. Eve is finally settling in to the whole relationship thing and it's nice to see them comfortable with themselves and working together. Of course, things aren't totally smooth sailing and they butt heads a few times, but that's kind of what I thought was missing in the last book. Things were just a little too bland between them. This time round there's a bit more spice. Speaking of spice, the other thing that made the previous book flat was the lack of banter between Peabody and Eve. Thankfully, things are back to normal this time round with lots of snarky comments and friendly barbs. Visits from Nadine and Trina also keep things lively. All in all, Fantasy in Death is a great addition to the series. While each of the Eve Dallas books is a stand alone mystery, I highly recommend you start at the beginning of this series, as daunting as it may sound (seeing as how there are now 30 books) because while the death and mayhem and mystery make the stories interesting, it is the development of the relationships between the characters that really make this a great series. 2010-054
Date published: 2010-03-04

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Fantasy In Death

by J Robb

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.25 × 6.4 × 1.3 in

Published: June 13, 2013

Publisher: Putnam

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399156240

ISBN - 13: 9780399156243

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While swords of lightning slashed and stabbed murderously across the scarred shield of sky, Bart Minnock whistled his way home for the last time. Despite the battering rain, Bart’s mood bounced along with his cheerful tune as he shot his doorman a snappy salute. “Howzit going, Mr. Minnock?” “It’s going up, Jackie. Going way uptown.” “This rain could do the same, if you ask me.” “What rain?” With a laugh, Bart sloshed his way in soaked skids to the elevator. Thunder exploded across the island of Manhattan, midday commuters sulked under overpriced umbrellas bought from enterprising sidewalk hawkers and maxibuses spewed up walls of wet. But in Bart’s world the sun beamed in golden rays. He had a hot date with the sexy CeeCee, which in itself was nothing to sneeze at for a self-proclaimed nerd who’d been a virgin until the somewhat embarrassing age of twenty-four. Five years later, and largely because of the success of U-Play, he could have his pick from a bevy of eager women—even if the eager was mostly due to the money and media his company generated. He didn’t mind. He knew he wasn’t especially good-looking and accepted his own awkwardness in romantic situations. (Except for sexy CeeCee.) He didn’t know art or literature, didn’t know a good vintage from a bottle of home brew. What he knew were computers and games and the seduction of technology. Still, CeeCee was different, he
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In the latest novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author J.D. Robb, it is game over for the criminals pursued by NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

Bart Minnock, founder of the computer- gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can''t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company''s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game. . . .


NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim''s girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear equally shocked. No one seemed to have a prob­lem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks-as Eve''s husband, Roarke, one of U- Play''s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naive, and quite capable of fighting back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction-and the price of defeat is death. . . .

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About the Author

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

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