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Naked In Death

by J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts

Penguin Publishing Group | July 1, 1995 | Mass Market Paperbound

Naked In Death is rated 4.1875 out of 5 by 16.
In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder...

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all--and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about--except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.75 × 4.18 × 0.82 in

Published: July 1, 1995

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425148297

ISBN - 13: 9780425148297

Found in: Contemporary

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent series opener I didn't mind this series opener. I am optimistic regarding how the series will progress. Eve is a great heroine; and Roarke seems entirely too good to be true - so it's nice that Eve thinks so too and isn't too easily swept off her feet. The mystery was also interesting, but the futuristic setting seemed entirely unnecessary and didn't lend much to the substance of the book. I am years behind on getting started on this series, but I look forward to the next (35??) installments!
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romantic Suspense At It's Best I’ve heard a few decent things about this series. I knew it had a bit of a following. After all, there wouldn’t be 31 books out in this series if it weren’t doing okay. But I had no idea exactly how many people loved JD Robb’s (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) In Death books. As I was reading and leaving status updates on Goodreads and Twitter, I was getting fangirl *squee* from some and “OMG I love these books!” from others. I actually made some new GR and Twitter friends just by reading this book! They are crazy about these books…and now I know why. Naked In Death is amazing! There really is no other word for it. The story is set in 2058, but the futuristic world that that JD has created isn’t too far out of reach or too farfetched. It was easy to read because I could still place the story and the plot lines today. There is no build up to this world. Everything is described and talked about matter of factly. As though we should all be familiar with an AutoChef or the laser guns. I thought writing the world this way was quite ingenious. Then you don’t have a choice but to get sucked right into the story and not get lost in pages upon pages of descriptive passages. What makes this book incredible is the story, the world and of course the writing. But what does it most of all are the characters. They are unforgettable and top notch. Eve Dallas is a detective who is very confident in what she does. Even though she has had horrific things happen to her in her past, and is therefore affected by some of the more sensitive cases she is called to, she never lets it get in the way of her job and doing what is right. But away from the job, she is still strong yet very vulnerable. She is not used to relying on anyone, or counting on anyone. Roarke (no last name) is a very Alpha man. He’s used to getting his way without having to explain himself. When he becomes the prime suspect in the case Eve is working on, he finds himself really wanting her to believe in his innocence. This actually surprises him. He is a lot like Eve in how he is not used to relying on anyone personally. He wants Eve to know Roarke the person and to see that he could be good for her. He could be someone she can rely on. And this is something very foreign to him. If it were the 1990’s, I’m sure he would have said “wtf yo?!” To watch him soften, and to watch Eve relax to him was a pleasure to witness. Here you have two hardcore people finding each other, who just happen to be what the other really needs, even if the other is a little reluctant. It’s a sweet love story, and Eve and Roarke are adorable together. I liked the awkwardness and the uncertainly. It made their relationship that much more appealing. You didn’t find out a whole lot about Roarke and Eve’s past…or even given much insight as to where their relationship was going exactly. You were teased about it though. Not enough to really tick you off, but just enough to have you want to keep reading the series in the hopes of finding out every last detail about these two. And already Eve and Roarke are dangerously close to ending up on my favorite character list…Yup, already. Usually, it takes me a few books before deciding on that. The mystery thriller part of this book was great. I had no real idea who was responsible for these crimes, and then the clues that were shown but then rebutted then not…very clever. It kept you on your toes. Naked In Death is not a light and fluffy romance. So if that’s what you’re looking for just keep on moving. It’s a real romantic suspense/futuristic mystery thriller book. Which means it’s gritty and raw – and not just the story but the emotions too. The murder case is gruesome. But the writing is impeccable and the characters truly are unforgettable. I’m still thinking about them. And I’m starting to see why people refer to this series as being addictive. There are many crazy fans of this series, and their madness is completely justifiable. I’ve only read one book and I’m already there. Now, if I can fit in one book per month, and taking into account that JD Robb writes 2 books per year, I should be caught up with this series in about…*sigh* 2014. But you know what, totally worth it.
Date published: 2011-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ADDICTIVE MYSTERY SERIES AND THEN THERE'S ROARKE... I originally started JD Robb's In Death series because it was recommended to me by well... everyone. And Yes it is good. In fact I ended up liking this 2nd part even more then the first however (except for Roarke) I don't complety love it either. The writing is top notch and Robb spins an easy to read dark mystery filled with lots of interesting suspects(including Roarke again.) But I'm just not a fan of the police procedurals and therefore large parts of this book dragged for me. Particularly when Eve very dryly and very frequently interrogated the many suspects (these parts read like furniture assembly instructions) and in the end I couldn't have cared less about whodunit. I was reading strictly for the romance and a certain someone named Roarke. Sigh... Irish lilting, button carrying, patient, unwaveringly romantic, sexy, mystery man Roarke. If only he existed in the real world. Yes I have developed a serious literary crush on him and he's what keeps me coming back to this series. I love how he is tough yet tender with Eve while accepting her unconditionally just the way she is. Speaking of Eve, although I still find her character very difficult to like she does soften here some, allowing herself to gradually except the little pockets of peace Roarke creates for her. I'm also beginning to realize that Roarke is equally as damaged as Eve and that's what draws the two of them together, making their developing relationship worth watching. One of my favourite parts of this book would be the afterwards of an explosive confrontation when Eve finally, finally lets Roarke in. (Well that and their little moonlit trip to casa del Roarke in Mexico) The future aspect (its New York 2058) which I found unnecessary and gimmicky in the first book has been expanded slightly and while not distracting it does provide an interesting aspect that I enjoyed this time. (I really want an Autochef) There are also some great secondary characters here; and I particularly liked Eve's troublesome relationship with Roarke's man-servant Summerset and her wild, no excuses nightclub singing girlfriend Mavis. GLORY IN DEATH sees Lieutenant Eve Dallas searching for a serial killer of prominent career women. Eve follows the clues and interrogates A LOT of suspects, getting her thick skin bruised in the process. As the clues take her closer to those she cares about like Roarke and her boss, Eve becomes relentless in her search for the killer, putting everything else secondary. Its Roarke who sees how tired and overworked she is and forces her to step back and recharge (in his spa tub!) In the end everyone's bloody, the killers caught (I never did guess that one but then again I wasn't really trying) and damn if Roarke hasn't set things up so I just have to read the next book IMMORTAL IN DEATH. Cheers!
Date published: 2010-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a Second Look Eve Dallas, quite frankly, is your typical tough and kick-ass police officer of the future. She comes nicely packaged with a traumatizing past and a severe issue with socialization. Not that it's a bad thing; just not uncommon to see in this sort of genre. In this first installment of quite a lengthy series, someone likes to murder prostitutes and it's Lt. Dallas stuck trying to solve the mystery. This serial killer is all kinds of crazy, leaving the crime scene and calling the police shortly after to let them know what he's done. Sort of cocky and artistic in the ways he murders his victims, it was really cool to see how the author describes this particular psychopathic villain. Probably my favorite aspect of the entire book, actually. The beginning of the book, to me, moved rather sluggish and I found myself losing interest at certain points. The romance was way too rushed for a series as long as this one. But these were little pet peeves here and there. Of course, nearing the end was where everything got far more interesting, even though the villain was rather obvious to me from the very beginning. One of the major dilemmas in the novel (besides solving the murder investigation) is the romantic relationship Lt. Dallas embarks on with a suspect. Roarke is a catch- your perfect man, basically. He's rich, smart, mysterious, good-looking and, of course, an amazing lover. I'm hoping this is fixed up when the other novels reveal more about his past because Mr. Perfect is a little too...unrealistic, for lack of a better term, at this point. I'm also hoping the characters become a little more developed later on in the books. Basically, the only reason I gave it a four star rating is for the actual mystery aspect and the genius of the villain. Everything else sort of fell flat. But, for the sake of the mystery, I will continue onwards and hope to find improvement as I go along in the series. I recommend this to mystery lovers for sure (who don't mind the occasional romp in bed) as well as for romance fans. It works out both ways.
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ANOTHER CONFIRMED ROARKE GROUPIE What can I say about NAKED IN DEATH that hasn’t been said already? Well obviously I don’t need to go into the plot because that’s been done to DEATH (ha) I will say though that because so many people recommended this book to me and because my friend Lokster eventually gave me a copy I did feel somewhat obligated to read it. Robb’s Death series is 30 books long (and counting) which is somewhat daunting when starting a new series, so a part of me really didn’t want to get hooked on this and for the first hundred pages or so I can honestly say that I didn’t. But then something happened, or I should say someone happened. Someone in the form of a charming, mysterious and utterly addictive Irish billionaire and murder suspect named Roarke. Yes, damn his sweet button carrying self but my new literary boyfriend saved this book because quite frankly detective Eve Dallas on her own isn’t very likable and I’m also not really a fan of the police procedurals. It’s the sweetness, romance, patience and delicious mystery of Roarke that will keep me coming back. I also had a hard time understanding why Robb chose to set this in the future (sort of) I say sort of because she never went all the way with her future aspect. Sure she mentions in passing a few cool gadgets (an autochef would really come in handy) and theres flying cars, robot servants, off world business meetings and plenty of clever new cop toys but except for the legalized prostitution and gun prohibition it’s still the New York we know of today. I just feel that if Robb was going to go for the whole future angle then she should have gone all the way or just not bothered because her BladeRunneresque vision was gimmicky and rather pointless to the story. But that’s just my opinion. Of course theres a lot to like here too; obviously Robb (Nora Roberts) writing is top notch and she spins a well planned, easy to read, dark mystery here. Her characters have also been completely fleshed out, in particular Eve. Who although crass, hands off and by the book has enough flaws and skeletons in the closet that you can’t help but sympathize with her and hope she loosens up a bit and lets a certain someone in. Which brings me back to Roarke. WOW. Maybe this quote describes him best, Cheers! “You got a button fetish Roarke?” “I’ve been carrying this around like a schoolboy carries a lock of his sweetheart’s hair.” Her eyes came back to his, and something sweet moved through her. Sweeter yet as she could see he was embarrassed. “That’s weird.” “I thought so, myself.” But he slipped the button back in his pocket. “Do you know what else I think, Eve?” “I don’t have a clue.” “I think I’m in love with you.” *Sigh* Yeah so I’m starting book 2 GLORY IN DEATH as we speak.
Date published: 2010-05-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so good. I was surprised at how bad this book was. I found everything from the characters descriptions to the story itself kind of silly. I thought the book had an interesting description but turned out not at all what I expected. This is the first J.D.Robb book I have read and will probably be the last one I will purchase.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Naked in Death Naked in Death is 19th on the All ABout Romance's Top 100 Romance Books 2007 list. I have read a lot of the later In Death series books and finally worked my way back to where it all started. I do find it difficult to believe that Naked made it to 19th on the list. I love the In Death series, can't wait to read each new novel in the series and usually rate every effort a solid 4.0 but I can only give Naked in Death the same and no more. Naked in Death is a very good book and I think it earns its place more so because it was one of the first, if not the first, introduction into a new sub-sector of the Romance genre - Futuristics, but I think there are a lot of other books out there that deserve to be in 19th place more than Naked...
Date published: 2008-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop reading it This is not the first book in the "in death" series that I've read and I love them. But then I figured that I should probably read the first one... and perhaps all of them. I finished this book in 3 evenings after long day of work and chores. I couldn't put the book down, it was really amazing.
Date published: 2008-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eve's first story is a grabber! As did some of the other reviewers, I read one of the later books in this series first, and liked it so much I wanted to go back to the first book and see where Eve Dallas' story began, and how she got together with Roarke. The book does not disappoint. I have now read three of the "in death" books, and in each of them I learned something new about the character of Eve. Nora Roberts is a wonderful author in that she really develops her characters over the books of a series. Finding out more about a character you like makes it enjoyable to keep reading the other books. In addition, the murder investigations in each of the books, including this one are good solid stories with enough twists and clues to let you figure it out, or just read along and let Eve find the killer. Either way, I enjoyed this book, and will be reading the other "in death" offerings.
Date published: 2008-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from kicking myself for waiting so long to read these books The year is 2058 and Eve Dallas is a lieutenant in the NYPD investigating a murder of the professional companion. The killer has left a note indicating that this is only the first of six and to make matters worse politics is thrown into the mix as the victim's grandfather and mother are senators. I've wanted to try this book for some time now but have to admit that knowing this is by Nora Roberts has kept me from giving it a go. I'm not a fan of romance and thought this might be pretty lame as far as the mystery aspect went and too heavy on the romance part. I was in for a big surprise. I absolutely loved this book! The murder was intense, gritty and quite graphic. I did figure it out by the end but not too soon. When the romance part started I was rolling my eyes for the first little bit but I was won over pretty quick as Eve Dallas and Rourke are really compelling characters with many layers. And honestly, how could anyone resist Rourke! I look forward to getting to know both of them more. This was a page turner for me and I can't wait for more. I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to read these books. Bring on the next book!
Date published: 2008-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Naked in Death I started with Visions in Death, then had to start at the beginning. This is a great series, I can't figure why I never read them earlier! The characters have been developed with so much personality and realism, I have no trouble seeing them as people .
Date published: 2006-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The beginning Naked in death is the first of an awesome series. I started this series in the fourth book but reading this one hooked me. It's full of adventure and of course a little romance, you can't have Nora Roberts without romance, not to mention exciting characters. It's a book truly for any mystery lover. READ IT!
Date published: 2004-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprise Hit! Picking up J.D. Robb's NAKED IN DEATH was a pleasant surprise. Knowing in advance that the author was Nora Roberts was part of the appeal of picking the novel but in the futuristic mystery with a romantic twist Ms. Roberts shines as the reader learns about the life of Eve Dallas. Edgy and aggressive, Eve Dallas is a modern woman and with suprise ending, a fine supporting cast, the handsome hero with a dark past and sharp dialogue I could not put the book down until I finished it! Two thumbs up.
Date published: 2001-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Series I am a big fan of Nora Roberts and someone suggested that I consider reading her 'Death' series. Initially, I had great hesitation but I started with one of the later book in the series which had me hooked. Nora Roberts tells a thrilling stories and the relationship between Eve and Roake plus all the supporting cast is the primary reason that I had me reading the whole series and awaiting any upcoming books.
Date published: 2001-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Captured Me From Page 1" I am an avid fan of Nora Roberts. When someone gave Naked In Death to me, and I read the 1st page I was hooked. Eve Dallas is great!! Eve has endeared so much much too quick in her life, then when she meets Roarke it turns her life upside down. He is so great for Eve!!! I loved every page in the book I couldn't put it down. Then when I found out it was a series, and Nora Roberts was the author to boot; I had just became her #1 fan. Read this series ladies or gentlemen, you will be so enthralled in the book you will find yourself fighting right alongside Eve & Roarke. I can't wait for them to start a family. Great Work Ms Roberts
Date published: 2000-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Naked In Death Eve Dallas is the kind of cop you want on your side. She's the kind of cop that gets things done. J.D. Robb has created a tough and gritty cop with depth and personality. She may not always do what you like, but you'll always respect Eve. Set in the near future, J.D. Robb creates a world that is both believable and richly detailed. With a female lead that takes the story by the horns and a male lead that sweeps you off your feet, you can't go wrong in this first installment of the Eve Dallas series. This book is an original that will keep you reading until your eyes go crossed. After the first sentence you'll be hooked. After this book, you'll be an avid fan.
Date published: 2000-06-22

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Naked In Death

Naked In Death

by J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.75 × 4.18 × 0.82 in

Published: July 1, 1995

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425148297

ISBN - 13: 9780425148297

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What’s past is prologue. —WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE  Violence is as American as cherry pie. —RAP (HUBERT GEROLD) BROWNchapter oneShe woke in the dark. Through the slats on the window shades, the first murky hint of dawn slipped, slanting shadowy bars over the bed. It was like waking in a cell.For a moment she simply lay there, shuddering, imprisoned, while the dream faded. After ten years on the force, Eve still had dreams.Six hours before, she’d killed a man, had watched death creep into his eyes. It wasn’t the first time she’d exercised maximum force, or dreamed. She’d learned to accept the action and the consequences.But it was the child that haunted her. The child she hadn’t been in time to save. The child whose screams had echoed in the dreams with her own.All the blood, Eve thought, scrubbing sweat from her face with her hands. Such a small little girl to have had so much blood in her. And she knew it was vital that she push it aside.Standard departmental procedure meant that she would spend the morning in Testing. Any officer whose discharge of weapon resulted in termination of life was required to undergo emotional and psychiatric clearance before resuming duty. Eve considered the tests a mild pain in the ass.She would beat them, as she’d beaten them before.When she rose, the overheads went automatically to low setting, lighting her way into the bath. She winced once at her reflection. Her eyes were swollen from lack of sleep, her skin nearly as pale as the corpses she’d de
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In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder...

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all--and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about--except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

About the Author

Nora Roberts has published more than 130 novels, which has been translated into more than 25 languages. She writes romances under her own name and futuristic crime novels under the pseudonym of J. D. Robb. She has been given the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

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As NYPD Lt. Eve Dallas races to find a serial killer, she becomes very involved with one of the suspects. Her overpowering feelings for a man she barely knows could jeopardize her investigation, her faith in herself--and her life. J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for bestselling author Nora Roberts. Original