Shadows in Death

Shadows in Death

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While Eve examines a fresh body in Washington Square Park, her husband, Roarke, spots a man among the onlookers he's known since his younger days on the streets of Dublin. A man who claims to be his half brother. A man who kills for a living-and who burns with hatred for him. Eve is quick to suspect that the victim's spouse-resentful over his wife's affair and poised to inherit her fortune-would have happily paid an assassin to do his dirty work. Roarke is just as quick to warn her that if Lorcan Cobbe is the hitman, she needs to be careful. Law enforcement agencies worldwide have pursued this cold-hearted killer for years, to no avail. And his lazy smirk when he looked Roarke's way indicates that he will target anyone who matters to Roarke...and is confident he'll get away with it. Eve is desperate to protect Roarke. Roarke is desperate to protect Eve. And together, they're determined to find Cobbe before he finds them-even if it takes them across the Atlantic, far outside Eve's usual jurisdiction...
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ♭2020.
ISBN: 9781250207234
Characteristics: 355 pages ;,25 cm.

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ldusername
Mar 04, 2021

Sigh! Another formulaic installment.
This one is all about Roarke, I guess to try and breath some interest in this dying series. But alas I don’t think anything can save this series.
Similar to the last few books the murder mystery is non existent. Solved in 2 seconds flat. The guilty portrayed as so stupid, while everyone on Eve’s side is so pearly righteous, smart, loyal and totally in sync with Eve including Roarke. Gone are the days when these characters had spines of their own and some actual character. Gone are the days where there were actually plot lines with actual characters and actual tension and conflicts.
So instead we get this manufactured conflict of a ‘shadow’ from Roarke’s childhood that is so evil that we are supposed to fear for Roarke’s life. A shadow that is so brilliant yet so dumb. A very poor cat and mouse game ensues and a stupid operation that gets stretched dramatically to include everyone in Eve and Roarke’s life! Basically this installment throws everything in including the kitchen sink. Where do you find a family where everyone is fierce, capable of staring death in the face, and just gets along with everyone else in nauseating emotional soup. Must be magical to be surrounded by people like that!
Throw in a nightmare that shakes Roarke and you get a ‘tables turned’ situation where Eve is thrust into a more caring role!
And of course we can’t escape the nauseating details of the philanthropy and the constant comparisons between Roarke and his shadow.
Also apparently there are no laws that Eve can’t simply side step for her own personal needs because she is the epitome of righteousness and for that her Commander and her whole squad will gleefully lie for her.
It is marginally a better book (1 star) than my usual 1/2 star ratings. So I would say skip it espy if you never read this series!

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KADMS
Feb 02, 2021

Total: 3.5/5 from me
~This one is entertaining!! And it includes some backstories from prior books too! That gave it a 5/5. Then it lost a point for the ending being COMPLETELY unrealistic with law enforcement protocol and another half off because it seemed to drag on too long with the crap end part.

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harrybosch
Jan 26, 2021

This is poorly, very poorly, written. The middle chapters especially have obviously been ghost written, and by inferior writers. Did Roberts/Robb even read this stuff before putting her name on it ? I had difficulty FFFFF finishing it. Don't waste your time.

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drjoanv
Dec 21, 2020

I don't understand "Grandma007" comment below!
I have probably read everyone of J.D. Robb's books and this has to be the BEST of all time. So many of the last books were "cookie cutter" plots...not that exciting. This book is great!

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Grandma007
Dec 06, 2020

Roarke and Dallas capture an Irish for hire killer. Really off the wall plot. Not worth reading this one

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lsd1949
Nov 30, 2020

Another good read of In Death series. J.D. Robb does a fine job and have read every one of these books, some 2 and 3 times over. Looking forward to the next one. Keep up the good work.

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barryandlinda
Oct 11, 2020

Dallas and her team have their work cut out for them when a killer, claiming to be the true son of Roarke's father, commits a murder in New York and lets Roarke see him. Roarke knows that the killer is coming after him, Eve and anyone that he cares about. This is a page turner from beginning to end and I enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

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debohare
Feb 21, 2020

Why aren’t there any e-books?

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