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'She stood in Purgatory and studied death. The blood and the gore of it, the ferocity of its glee. It had come to this place with the wilful temper of a child, full of heat and passion and careless brutality.' In an uptown strip joint a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive is a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Da 'She stood in Purgatory and studied death. The blood and the gore of it, the ferocity of its glee. It had come to this place with the wilful temper of a child, full of heat and passion and careless brutality.' In an uptown strip joint a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive is a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot. Purgatory's a last chance for atonement where everyone is judged. Where your ultimate fate depends on your most intimate sins. And where one cop's hidden secrets are about to plunge innocent souls into vice-ridden damnation...


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'She stood in Purgatory and studied death. The blood and the gore of it, the ferocity of its glee. It had come to this place with the wilful temper of a child, full of heat and passion and careless brutality.' In an uptown strip joint a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive is a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Da 'She stood in Purgatory and studied death. The blood and the gore of it, the ferocity of its glee. It had come to this place with the wilful temper of a child, full of heat and passion and careless brutality.' In an uptown strip joint a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive is a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot. Purgatory's a last chance for atonement where everyone is judged. Where your ultimate fate depends on your most intimate sins. And where one cop's hidden secrets are about to plunge innocent souls into vice-ridden damnation...

30 review for Judgment in Death

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot. This series is addictive. Although the number of books in the series is quite daunting! "I don't know how to do this! I love you, and it makes me crazy." He had to laugh. She looked so baffled. "Christ Jesus, Eve, you're a piece of w In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot. This series is addictive. Although the number of books in the series is quite daunting! "I don't know how to do this! I love you, and it makes me crazy." He had to laugh. She looked so baffled. "Christ Jesus, Eve, you're a piece of work." We definitely get more Roarke and Eve time in this one. "I never cared for that Irish temper of yours ..." Took me over a week to finish this one. Had to say goodbye to my best buddy on Monday so my mind was all over the place. Will love you always Binky xxx

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Over the course of this long series I am always amazed at the consistent quality of J.D. Robb's writing, but some of the books do stand out in excellence. This is one of them. There is everything in this book! Nearly all of our favourite characters make an appearance. Mavis has a very funny scene with Eve when they try to solve her problems with the aid of alcohol and ice cream. Mira tries to help solve the same problems in a very different way. Summerset only has less than a page but makes a rea Over the course of this long series I am always amazed at the consistent quality of J.D. Robb's writing, but some of the books do stand out in excellence. This is one of them. There is everything in this book! Nearly all of our favourite characters make an appearance. Mavis has a very funny scene with Eve when they try to solve her problems with the aid of alcohol and ice cream. Mira tries to help solve the same problems in a very different way. Summerset only has less than a page but makes a real impact. His relationship with Eve is developing nicely:) The action is full on and there are plenty of murders and the resultant police work. Eve is on top of her game and never falters despite constant interference from various sources. The humour of course is always there. J.D. Robb has a talent for funny one liners and amusing banter. I do have issues with Roarke in this book because I felt he was way out of line when (view spoiler)[he interfered in Eve's case. He did ambush her by going to her bosses behind her back. (hide spoiler)] Not one of his better moments but I guess the man is human. I love this series:)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hulya Kara Yuksel

    Roarke <3 I love him so much. :) She woke to sunlight and the scent of coffee. The first thing she saw was Roarke, with a mug of coffee in his hand. "How much would you pay for this?" "Name your price." she sat up took it from him, drank gratefully. "this is one of my favorite parts of the marriage deal." She let the caffeine flow through her system. "I mean the sex is pretty good, but the coffee...the Coffee is amazing. And you're all-round handy yourself most of the time.. thanks." "Don't men Roarke <3 I love him so much. :) She woke to sunlight and the scent of coffee. The first thing she saw was Roarke, with a mug of coffee in his hand. "How much would you pay for this?" "Name your price." she sat up took it from him, drank gratefully. "this is one of my favorite parts of the marriage deal." She let the caffeine flow through her system. "I mean the sex is pretty good, but the coffee...the Coffee is amazing. And you're all-round handy yourself most of the time.. thanks." "Don't mention it.” :D

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    So, there's a cop-killer in this book. But, he's only killing bad cops who were on the take, so really, is that so bad? I mean, it's a lot of work to catch a killer and he is kinda helping clean-up the police department. Okay, okay. Killing is wrong. blah.blah.blah. Along with this mystery is the mystery of Eve's stolen candy. She still hasn't caught the thief who is stealing her candy and actually had to resort to eating an apple. Why, God, why? Life can be so cruel. Of course, I have my suspicio So, there's a cop-killer in this book. But, he's only killing bad cops who were on the take, so really, is that so bad? I mean, it's a lot of work to catch a killer and he is kinda helping clean-up the police department. Okay, okay. Killing is wrong. blah.blah.blah. Along with this mystery is the mystery of Eve's stolen candy. She still hasn't caught the thief who is stealing her candy and actually had to resort to eating an apple. Why, God, why? Life can be so cruel. Of course, I have my suspicions about who the candy-thief is and hope to have them confirmed in the future. And, really, that is the fun in these books because it's not that hard to figure out the bad-guy usually, but watching all of it play out is good. Finding out why they did it and all of the other details is fun. There is also trouble in paradise. Eve and Roarke get into a serious knock-down, drag-out fight in this book. I'm hoping that they break up and Roarke needs comforting in the arms of an older, chubbier woman. I'll be waiting...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Poonam

    2.5 stars What I like about these books are the way the investigation progresses in the futuristic world. The name of the book exactly suggests why the killings are happening in this one... There is a killer judging and killing remorselessly.. Eve Dallas tries her best to sort out the mess and find the killer as soon as possible. She let's nothing stand in her way, not even the fact that she may be judged for her actions... There was too much focus on Roarke and Eve's personal life and a lot of it c 2.5 stars What I like about these books are the way the investigation progresses in the futuristic world. The name of the book exactly suggests why the killings are happening in this one... There is a killer judging and killing remorselessly.. Eve Dallas tries her best to sort out the mess and find the killer as soon as possible. She let's nothing stand in her way, not even the fact that she may be judged for her actions... There was too much focus on Roarke and Eve's personal life and a lot of it covered the first real big fight they have.. This part could have been a bit shorter but whatever! I has an inkling who it was pretty early on in the book (as soon as the character was introduced) and it got confirmed at around 80% of the book. Still the motive and the way it was handled was nice. Overall it was better than 'OK' but some bits of it could have been better (especially the personal bits and pieces)....

  6. 5 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    LOVED IT. It is as simple as that. This series is crazy good. I’m still baffled as to how she does it. After 11 books I still adore Roarke and Eve. In Judgement in Death cops are being murdered. One is murdered in a place Roarke owns. Eve is not surprised by this but this particular club connects Roarke to a man he thought he left in his past. Max Ricker would make a mistake that he’d regret. Listen to me now, and carefully. Touch her, put your hand on what’s mine again, and I’ll follow you to LOVED IT. It is as simple as that. This series is crazy good. I’m still baffled as to how she does it. After 11 books I still adore Roarke and Eve. In Judgement in Death cops are being murdered. One is murdered in a place Roarke owns. Eve is not surprised by this but this particular club connects Roarke to a man he thought he left in his past. Max Ricker would make a mistake that he’d regret. Listen to me now, and carefully. Touch her, put your hand on what’s mine again, and I’ll follow you to hell and peel the skin from your bones. I’ll feed you your own eyes. I take an oath on it. Remember what I was, and you’ll know I’ll do it. And worse.” He straightened again, his body rigid. “Get someone to drag him out of here. This is my place.” Eve always puts herself in the throes of things. It is who she is and how she does her job. It is what makes her so good. Roarke’s love for her runs deep but it isn’t always easy for him to keep things in check. “Life has very little even ground.” But he couldn’t hold out against her misery and stopped halfway down the stairs. “I love you, Eve. Nothing changes that, nothing could. But Christ, you piss me off.” Telling a lie even if it is for all the right reasons will never sit well with Roarke. But Eve thinks she is doing the right thing when she decides to keep something from him…..that is until he finds out. Navigating through marriage is hard enough for her. When Roarke freezes her out she has no clue what to do. Then after a night of drinking, who would have thought that Mavis would give her the best advice? “Dallas.” Mavis leaned over, then slid gracefully to the floor. “You didn’t figure the man factor. They got dicks. You can’t ever forget the dick when you’re dealing with a man.” “Because women work on an emotional level.” Mavis hiccuped delicately. “Even you.” Eve rolled over, eyed Mavis narrowly. “Do not.” “Do, too. First, he got you by the hormones. I mean, Jesus, look at him. The man’s a sexual . . . Gimme minute. A sexual . . . banquet. Yeah, that’s a good one. Then he clicked into your head, because he’s smart and interesting and mysterious and all that stuff you’d really go for. But then, the whammer was when he jammed right into your heart. Whatcha gonna do then? A guy got his hooks in your heart, he just reels you right in.” “I’m not a goddamn fish.” “We are all fish,” Mavis said in rounded tones, “in the great sea of life.” It was a battle for Eve. For the longest time work was her life. It was all she knew. Roarke was now part of her life and when these two pieces crashed together it was hard for her. But loving Roarke filled the emptiness in her heart. He was becoming her everything. Marriage, Eve thought as she took her seat, was a puzzle she didn’t think she’d ever solve. Too many damn pieces. And the shapes of them were constantly changing on her. She started out, glanced back. Roarke was still watching her, the faintest of smiles on that killer mouth, the faintest glint in those wild blue eyes. “Jesus, he makes your mouth water.” I am definitely addicted to this series. I can't seem to get enough of Roarke and Eve. All of the side characters continue to wow me too. Feeney, McNab and Peabody. And of course, Summerset, Mavis and Mira too! “Look, there’s some whattayacallems.” “Daffodils,” he said and caught her hand in his. “Daffodils, Eve. It’s spring.” “Finally feels like it, too.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Judgment in Death is #11 in the In Death series, and a re-read for me. My love of this series continues – I would say it’s the best series I’ve ever read (my personal opinion of course!) Author JD Robb seems to have unlimited ideas for this series, and I hope she never runs out! For Detective Eve Dallas, this case is far too personal. Cops dying, being brutally murdered one after the other – the rage of the killer was obvious; the little constants always there. Eve, with the help of the whole NYP Judgment in Death is #11 in the In Death series, and a re-read for me. My love of this series continues – I would say it’s the best series I’ve ever read (my personal opinion of course!) Author JD Robb seems to have unlimited ideas for this series, and I hope she never runs out! For Detective Eve Dallas, this case is far too personal. Cops dying, being brutally murdered one after the other – the rage of the killer was obvious; the little constants always there. Eve, with the help of the whole NYPSD – and Roarke – were determined to get answers. Another excellent read; the laugh out loud moments are there; the seriousness of murder; the antics between Roarke and Eve – all together make a highly recommendable series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Absolutely adore this series and it's characters!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    "Nonetheless. Both of you reacted as natural for you, engaged in a bout of rough, sweaty sex that no doubt satisfied you." "You'd have thought so, but we hadn't even cooled off when he picked me up off the floor and carried me into bed and did it all over again." Mira stared, rather blankly. "Does he have a particular diet? Vitamins?" This quote is fun, but it's much more fun when you think that's Mira speaking! LOL In this series the absolute best are the characters! All the characters! Each on "Nonetheless. Both of you reacted as natural for you, engaged in a bout of rough, sweaty sex that no doubt satisfied you." "You'd have thought so, but we hadn't even cooled off when he picked me up off the floor and carried me into bed and did it all over again." Mira stared, rather blankly. "Does he have a particular diet? Vitamins?" This quote is fun, but it's much more fun when you think that's Mira speaking! LOL In this series the absolute best are the characters! All the characters! Each one has its own personality and its own kind of behaviour! And a carefully and exactly placed sarcastic or fun dialogue can be like a cherry on top of a very good cake! “This is just the prototype.” She felt the color drain out of her face. Actually felt it. “As in experimental?” With his dark hair whipping in the air blowing through his open window, hetossed her a wide, delighted grin. “Not anymore. We’re going down.” “What?” She braced every cell in her body. “What?” “On purpose, darling.” Or this one: “ ’Cause I had this dream. Maybe a dream. You were standing over me. I was just floating and you were standing there, ragging my ass. Ever tell you how sexy you look when you’re ragging ass?” “Jesus.” “Sorry, a little re . . . residual lust. D’ya say you’d spit on my grave?” “Yeah. I will, too, if you try to cash out again.” All the books I've read so fare are full of this kind of dialogues!!! It's just a pleasure to read them!! On to the next!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Someone is killing cops on Eve Dallas' watch and she won't stand for that. The first cop was killed in a nightclub owned by her husband Roarke, so he won't stand for it either. Together they make a formidable team, but all is not peaches and cream and they have their first real row over Roarke's over-protectiveness of Eve when she's facing danger on the job. All my favourite characters feature in this novel and are developing nicely. Peabody is enjoying juggling two lovers and sometimes giving E Someone is killing cops on Eve Dallas' watch and she won't stand for that. The first cop was killed in a nightclub owned by her husband Roarke, so he won't stand for it either. Together they make a formidable team, but all is not peaches and cream and they have their first real row over Roarke's over-protectiveness of Eve when she's facing danger on the job. All my favourite characters feature in this novel and are developing nicely. Peabody is enjoying juggling two lovers and sometimes giving Eve to much information. Mira and Mavis try to give Eve advice about handling men in their own distinctive ways. As always an entertaining read with plenty of wry humour as Eve and her team hunt down the killer with a little help from Roarke.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    This is my third time reading straight through the In Death series (have read certain books many times more), and I have to say it is pure pleasure each time. I first read the paperbacks, then had the pleasure of listening to Susan Ericksen's interpretation in the audiobooks, and now - this time, I'm reading them on Kindle. Never gets old. Judgement is a favorite for all the Roarke and Eve scenes as I'm a big fan of the character relationship development in the series. The supporting cast is awe This is my third time reading straight through the In Death series (have read certain books many times more), and I have to say it is pure pleasure each time. I first read the paperbacks, then had the pleasure of listening to Susan Ericksen's interpretation in the audiobooks, and now - this time, I'm reading them on Kindle. Never gets old. Judgement is a favorite for all the Roarke and Eve scenes as I'm a big fan of the character relationship development in the series. The supporting cast is awesome, as always, and the murder mystery intriguing. If you haven't tried this series, you're missing a real gem. It's nearly impossible to keep a series fresh book after book after book and yet, Robb knocks it out of the park every single time. Another Must Read in the series!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    Thirty pieces of silver. ★★★★★ & a W.O.W! (This is a review of the audiobook.) I feel like a parrot, because I keep saying this, but this series just keeps getting better and better. This is certainly due, in large part, to Susan Ericksen’s excellent narration. She knows these characters so well and is so versatile with the voices. Love the rugged, poetic Irish lilt of Roarke’s voice; the friendly airiness of Mavis’s; the professional, dependable, but decidedly sassy Detective Delia Peabody’s Thirty pieces of silver. ★★★★★ & a W.O.W! (This is a review of the audiobook.) I feel like a parrot, because I keep saying this, but this series just keeps getting better and better. This is certainly due, in large part, to Susan Ericksen’s excellent narration. She knows these characters so well and is so versatile with the voices. Love the rugged, poetic Irish lilt of Roarke’s voice; the friendly airiness of Mavis’s; the professional, dependable, but decidedly sassy Detective Delia Peabody’s; and the insightful, intelligence, serene, upper class New England accent of Dr. Charlotte Mira’s. Still, I have to give Ms. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts) major kudos. It is hard to maintain a series and keep it fresh and interesting – and have the two main characters married! Each book contains a well-developed mystery, plus continues with an evolution of her passionate, powerful protagonists and her amazing secondary characters. It is fun to get to know them all, and neat to see they do something totally in character – yet somehow surprising! It takes a deft hand to do that. In this one, she concentrates on the relationship between Roarke and Eve and all I can say is “O.M.G!” repeatedly. Ms. Robb pushes the envelope, takes them to a new level, and makes it work – all while entwining them in a compelling mystery that is the catalyst of their evolution. In Death series in correct reading order. * *Big Jack is the second part of Remember When, written by Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb’s alter-ego).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Of course I love this book. There is no one hotter than Roarke, and Eve is really cool, so...good team. But, my only draw back is something that shows itself in tons of books and real life. It's the private art collection of famous artists. Share them with the world. Art is not meant to be hoarded. I mean, books are art. What if those were hoarded? How terrible would it be if only one person could read Austen or Robb? Reread July 2018 — Eve and the gang are on the hunt for a cop killer meanwhile Of course I love this book. There is no one hotter than Roarke, and Eve is really cool, so...good team. But, my only draw back is something that shows itself in tons of books and real life. It's the private art collection of famous artists. Share them with the world. Art is not meant to be hoarded. I mean, books are art. What if those were hoarded? How terrible would it be if only one person could read Austen or Robb? Reread July 2018 — Eve and the gang are on the hunt for a cop killer meanwhile a bad guy from Roarke’s past is rearing his ugly head. Some gory deaths but a sympathetic murderer. I mean he’s killing and uncovering dirty cops. Eve is forced to “stand for the dead” even though she is disgusted by them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    2nd read: 27th November-1st december 2014 1st read: 26th February- 13th March 2013 That's me every time I finish a book in this series This is the first installment in the In death series that I review, and it’s hard! I loved everything, even the fighting, and I don’t have anything to say that the other people who wrote reviews didn’t say before me. It was a pleasure to listen to it, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed another audiobook more. About the novel: In this book Eve deals with a cop killer and as 2nd read: 27th November-1st december 2014 1st read: 26th February- 13th March 2013 That's me every time I finish a book in this series This is the first installment in the In death series that I review, and it’s hard! I loved everything, even the fighting, and I don’t have anything to say that the other people who wrote reviews didn’t say before me. It was a pleasure to listen to it, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed another audiobook more. About the novel: In this book Eve deals with a cop killer and as you can imagine Roarke gets involved(being awesome and owning half the universe or more he really can’t help it). I had moments when I thought that I knew who the unsub was, but then I convinced myself that I was wrong… Ms. Robb has such great talent that she manages to make you doubt everything, you can’t find that in many writers. She plays us, readers, like a virtuoso and drops hints and facts when you don’t expect it and you start being unsure again and again. This book had something that the others from the series didn’t: a fight, a big one, between Eve and Roarke! I hated every minute of it, of not seeing them being the perfect couple I knew they were, of them not showing their trust and love in each other as they always did… But I also loved it(I know… I know… I can’t make my mind up). Ms. Robb showed us that she created real characters with real feelings and not some plastic puppets that you get bored of and despise in the end. I loved how she made everything work, and… let’s face it: I loved the making up part =)) The secondary characters that we’ve come to expect were also here and had minor and major roles and we saw more glimpses from their lives: Peabody still strings McNab along and loves it, Doctor Mira is the strong professional woman that, to me, shows how Eve will be in 20 something years and how well hers and Roarke’s relationship will go, Mavis and Leonardo have the time of their lives together and with their careers… all in all: everything is well when it ends well. About the narrator: Susan Ericksen is a goddess! I want to marry her and never let her go! She makes all the characters unique that you know them and she gets all the accents and nuances right! I wish she will do all the audiobooks in the world, or at least those I listen to! Quotes(the best of the best): "You know the problem of seeing 2 guys?" "What is it Peabody?" "There isn't one!"(Eve and Peabody) (view spoiler)[Eve's mouth fell open. "Stupid? You're saying I was stupid? You're supposed to tell me I was right. That's how this works." "Dallas." Mavis leaned over, then slid gracefully to the floor. "You didn't figure the man factor. They got dicks. You can't ever forget the dick when you're dealing with a man." "What're you talking about?" Eve slid to the floor as well, sucked down the rest of her drink. "I know Roarke has a dick. He uses it every chance he gets." "The dick's connected to the ego. It's medical fact. Or maybe it's the other way around." With a shrug, Mavis emptied the last of the screamers. "It's a mystery to all womankind. You didn't trust him to handle himself." "He didn't trust me to handle myself." "Dallas, Dallas." Shaking her head, Mavis patted Eve's thigh. "Dallas," she said a third time, with great pity. "Let's make more screamers. We'll need them when we get to the men are pigs stage."(Eve and Mavis) (hide spoiler)] "Nonetheless. Both of you reacted as natural for you, engaged in a bout of rough, sweaty sex that no doubt satisfied you." "You'd have thought so, but we hadn't even cooled off when he picked me up off the floor and carried me into bed and did it all over again." Mira stared, rather blankly. "Does he have a particular diet? Vitamins?"(Mira and Eve) "You pulled your weapon on me." He couldn't get over that one. Wasn't sure he ever would. "That's right." She shoved his hand away from her chin. "You think I'm stupid enough to jump physically between two crazy men trying to break each other's faces? I had it on stun." "Oh, well then, what am I whining about? You had it on stun." He had to laugh. "Christ, Eve." "I wouldn't have used it on you. Probably. And if I had, I'd've been really sorry."(Eve and Roarke)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I'm still completely and unapologetically addicted to the characters in this series - especially Eve and Roarke, but even the supporting characters are so real and relatable they get under my skin. This time around, Eve's hunting a cop killer. A cop killer who seems to be killing cops who may or may not be on the take. Naturally, cops don't like to be investigated, especially by another cop, so Eve's not too popular - but, being Eve, that makes no difference at all to her doing what she has to do I'm still completely and unapologetically addicted to the characters in this series - especially Eve and Roarke, but even the supporting characters are so real and relatable they get under my skin. This time around, Eve's hunting a cop killer. A cop killer who seems to be killing cops who may or may not be on the take. Naturally, cops don't like to be investigated, especially by another cop, so Eve's not too popular - but, being Eve, that makes no difference at all to her doing what she has to do. But just to add another layer of complication, there's a criminal type somehow mixed up in what's going on, who just happens to be a former associate of Roarke's from before he went on the straight and narrow, and he's crazy as well as dangerous because he wants revenge on Roarke and he has no problem at all using Eve to get that revenge. Although I enjoy the murder investigations, the irresistible draw of the series for me are the characters. There's a reason why Nora Roberts - writing as J.D. Robb - has published so many books and is consistently on bestseller lists - she writes amazing characters doing interesting things in ways that make you want to be IN the books! Even the supporting and minor characters in this series are written as fully realized people. You feel like you really know these people, whether you like them or not, so the book feels real, and you can completely dive into and experience the story, which is exactly what a great book SHOULD do for you. Can't wait to read the next book in this fantastic series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Al *the serial series skipper*

    I liked this one, if not for the mistake made by the killer I would have liked it till the end. As usual Eve and Roarke don't disappoint. I'm happy there was finally someone for Roarke to be jealous of too!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Judgement in Death 4 Stars Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas faces one of her most challenging cases when an off duty police officer is killed in a deliberate and vicious attack. As Eve unravels the clues, she is forced to confront the harsh realities of corruption within the force as well as cope with her husband's protective instincts. The storyline revolving around the murders of several apparently corrupt police officers and their connection to a career criminal and former associate of Roarke's i Judgement in Death 4 Stars Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas faces one of her most challenging cases when an off duty police officer is killed in a deliberate and vicious attack. As Eve unravels the clues, she is forced to confront the harsh realities of corruption within the force as well as cope with her husband's protective instincts. The storyline revolving around the murders of several apparently corrupt police officers and their connection to a career criminal and former associate of Roarke's is very compelling. While the details of the case initially come across as rather convoluted, everything ultimately comes together smoothly, and the culprit, although not immediately obvious, is easily pinpointed by process of elimination. Roarke and Eve's developing dynamic is particularly gripping in this installment as he struggles to reconcile his ego and need to protect Eve with the knowledge that she too is trying to protect him. Their power plays lead to some intense cavemen like tactics on his part, but also to some funny and sweet moments between the couple.  The secondary cast is as appealing as ever and my favorite scene has to be Eve's conversation with Dr. Mira about Roarke, which gets the prim and proper psychologist very hot and bothered, lol! IAB Lieutenant Don Webster also puts in a more significant appearance and his character really shines through. One cannot help but sympathize with his situation and appreciate his honesty and candor. In sum, this is certainly one of the best books in the series and kudos to Robb for being able to keep her stories and characters lively and fresh for so long.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    RTC!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is the 11th book in the In Death series. It is early Spring 2059 and Eve is called to the scene of a bludgeoning death in a classy, upscale strip club called Purgatory. The condition of the body is a testament to a rage kill and scattered amongst the remains are 30 pieces of silver. Eve learns that the dead man was a cop and had once been a part of a police task force formed to put away a notorious criminal. But evidence was compromised, the case disintegrated and the criminal got away. There This is the 11th book in the In Death series. It is early Spring 2059 and Eve is called to the scene of a bludgeoning death in a classy, upscale strip club called Purgatory. The condition of the body is a testament to a rage kill and scattered amongst the remains are 30 pieces of silver. Eve learns that the dead man was a cop and had once been a part of a police task force formed to put away a notorious criminal. But evidence was compromised, the case disintegrated and the criminal got away. There is an obvious connection as other cops from the same precinct are found murdered. Now Eve has to find a cop killer, face off with a master criminal and butt heads with Internal Affairs as she begins to uncover some unsavory facts about members of the force. As this series goes on, each book builds on the one before it. We see Eve and Roarke settle into life as a newly married couple. We watch as Eve slowly begins to remember more about her past. We learn, along with Eve, more about Roarke's own colorful unsavory past. And we enjoy Eve as she begins to slowly, accidentally build a network of friends who also become her surrogate family. As such, the series as a whole is enjoyable, solid and satisfies those of us who like to revisit familiar characters in a serial fashion. As in any series, not every book is uniform in content, plotting or interest. However some stand out from the others. In this series, I'd have to say I have about five or six of the books that just do it for me. They hit on all cylinders; plot, character development, humor, pathos, emotional storytelling. This is one of them. First we have a good crime story. The cop killers, the allusion to Judas, the slow unfolding of the depth of the corruption in force. This one was tightly written, well plotted and for once, kept me guessing. Second, there was a truly interesting villain. Ricker, the crime lord was a good adversary for Eve. I love the fact that he was just totally bat-shit insane. He had everyone around him so cowed, but in his relations with Eve he was Wile E. Coyote, except crazier, meaner and in a good suit. And bonus points for his deep, crazy hatred of Roarke. Third, great little throw away moments of humor. Eve's reactions as she questioned the stripper (she was from Utumwa Iowa and said 'Golly') were vintage Eve. It is always fun when the decidedly gritty, urban Eve Dallas is confronted with anyone or anything that is even remotely rural or suburban. She's totally freaked out and simply can't cope. Other smile-out-loud moments include Dr. Mira's reactions to Eve's vivid descriptions of the mid-argument angry sex she and Roarke indulge in. Or when McNabb generously shares his wild grape bubblegum with Roarke and the two men chew while watching their women work a grisly crime scene. And lastly, the great confrontation scene in Purgatory between Roarke and Ricker was worth the price of the book. Again, we see that Roarke is no simple romance novel hero. The guy is scary. And I LOVED the descriptions of the club. I could easily envision the railings that are snakes swallowing each other's tales, the dark blue mist that swirls on the dance floor, the gilded cages atop pedestals for the dancers and the hologram panther that stalks around the crowded dance floor and roars at the gyrating throng only to have them roar back. In my NYC club kid days I'd've totally lived at a club like this.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I really enjoyed this 11th book in J.D. Robb's "In Death" series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andree

    Oh, I have mixed feelings about this one... (view spoiler)[I loved the Eve/Sommerset scene. I love that he took Eve's side and told her she was completely right in the actions she took to protect Roarke. I loved the scene between Even and Mira where Mira gave her relationship advice and told her she was like a surrogate daughter. That was gold. Peabody continues to be awesome. As does Feeney. Most of the cop stuff was pretty great. Even Tibble and Witney. AND TWO BOOKS IN A ROW THAT DO NOT INVOLVE Oh, I have mixed feelings about this one... (view spoiler)[I loved the Eve/Sommerset scene. I love that he took Eve's side and told her she was completely right in the actions she took to protect Roarke. I loved the scene between Even and Mira where Mira gave her relationship advice and told her she was like a surrogate daughter. That was gold. Peabody continues to be awesome. As does Feeney. Most of the cop stuff was pretty great. Even Tibble and Witney. AND TWO BOOKS IN A ROW THAT DO NOT INVOLVE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES IN THE LAST TEN PAGES. HAVE I WON THE FICTION LOTTERY? Seriously, I couldn't believe it when it happened again. SO PLEASED. Also, I thought Webster was going to die, a la the explosives expert in the last one, so I was pleased when he pulled through. So what does that leave for me not to like? OH YES, the thing that always gives me issues. Roarke. Now, I'm not saying what he did was completely in the wrong, but him talking about compromise kind of made me laugh, because he never does. Or if he does, he does it with ridiculously good grace and is always shown to be in the right. Always. And it's just so tedious. Because to me, he comes off as impossibly high-handed in this one (again, I'll state, sometimes with good reason, but it always seems to be done SO VERY POORLY). And seriously, dude needs to stop putting various medication in his wife's drinks without her consent. I don't care if it's for her own good in the end. THAT IS NEVER OKAY. It is not like she shows up in his office and shuts off the power because he's staying up too late on a deal, or whatever. I get that she gets him involved in the cases, but I'm sorry, the power dynamic between them is just not quite right, and it shows in this one (though in a lot of ways this one is better for it, but it's also worse in a lot of others). And it's not something that can be handwaved away by "Oh but Roarke is so charming and lovely and he loves her so much and just wants what's best for her." Shut up. It would sit better for me if it didn't always feel like Roarke was being portrayed as the more reasonable one, the one who's more logical, and right. And he is. There is the odd page where he isn't, but in the end it always gets turned so that gets played down. Usually this doesn't bother me this much, but it did in this one. This is becoming a situation where I need Roarke to be wrong in the relationship dynamics. Seriously wrong. Try to pull something on her that he shouldn't, and she gets mad and sticks to her guns. And then he just has to stand there in his wrongness and be wrong. I really like the larger world, and sometimes their relationship really works for me. And it did at times in this, but something didn't quite feel right. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Irene Sim

    5 blazing Stars!! One of the best installments in the series (or maybe it is just me because it's been a while since I had a session with the gang.) Have I told you how amazing Eve is? In all aspects of her life? She is a woman who has a working brain in that beautiful head of hers. It is uncommon in fiction, but this heroine actually THINKS. As a cop, she doens't leave one angle unexplored, she actually has a knack for getting into any perpetrator's brain and anticipate his every move. In this bo 5 blazing Stars!! One of the best installments in the series (or maybe it is just me because it's been a while since I had a session with the gang.) Have I told you how amazing Eve is? In all aspects of her life? She is a woman who has a working brain in that beautiful head of hers. It is uncommon in fiction, but this heroine actually THINKS. As a cop, she doens't leave one angle unexplored, she actually has a knack for getting into any perpetrator's brain and anticipate his every move. In this book's case she was after a cop-killer, which in itself is a very emotional and demanding task. I'm proud to state that I had figured out the killer from the start, but knowing this didn't decrease my enjoyment of the story. It was really fun to pay attention to every clue the author left and how smart Eve was to grab it. Applause to both J.D. Robb and Eve. Someone would think that the author might get sloppy or hasty after so many books, but NO, this one was as solid a mystery as in any previous book in the series. As a friend, she is loyal, always standing by her friends or whomever is decent and fair towards her. But be cautious, if you ever cross her or betray her! As a wife, it is a delight to watch her toss her hard skin and become vulnerable towards her husband, to open up her heart to potential pain, in order to feel love's warming to maximum. In this story, Eve and Roarke often collide (as they usually do) but it was a pleasant surprise to see, for once, that Eve was the one to humble herself first, admit the wrongness of her behavior and reach out to Roarke. The magnitude of her love for Roarke and the amount of progress she has done in their relationship, literally stuns me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    4.5-5 stars - Romantic Suspense/Sci-Fi/Futuristic/Thriller

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kjen

    So, I was re-reading this for the umpteenth time...love the drama that comes from a newly married relationship between two people with 'rock hard heads bashing against each other'...Mavis' words, not mine;) The whole Webster-Roarke fight and the resulting scene afterwards are vintage Robb...two of the most famous scenes in the series. A great read to get me in the mindset for the new In Death release coming soon!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Another great read - really do like Judgment in Death - all the angst, bodies piling up, wrong cops - real bad guy introduced! I can even overlook the Lieutenant being called a Detective! One of my favourite books in this series. Eve has lots of nasty characters to deal with and she does deal with them! It's all a matter of who has the biggest balls - hmmmm, I would have to say Roarke does! :) Two thumbs up and 5 stars!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    My favorite books in this series are the ones that Roarke acts like the alpha dog he's portrayed to be, but rarely see. This installment totally delivers and just may be my favorite. I loved his caveman act and that he did not indulge Eve's every whim and take all the crap she constantly dishes out. I loved the fact that they had some turmoil within their marriage and it took honest communication and compromise to work it out. The case was interesting, especially when Roarke was enlisted to assi My favorite books in this series are the ones that Roarke acts like the alpha dog he's portrayed to be, but rarely see. This installment totally delivers and just may be my favorite. I loved his caveman act and that he did not indulge Eve's every whim and take all the crap she constantly dishes out. I loved the fact that they had some turmoil within their marriage and it took honest communication and compromise to work it out. The case was interesting, especially when Roarke was enlisted to assist, but it was secondary to their relationship dynamics as that is what earned this book 5 stars from me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shari Kay

    This was pretty good! I figured out the who-dun-it fairly quickly but wasn't sure of the why or how it would pan out and shed a few tears with the way it did unfold. Liked Webster and hope we see him again. Roarke, of course, was awesome sauce with an extra side of yummy alpha thrown in. He played an active role in the secondary storyline and was very badass. Eve continues to learn how to be in a relationship and did not get on my nerves too much this time with her double standards. A few ends wer This was pretty good! I figured out the who-dun-it fairly quickly but wasn't sure of the why or how it would pan out and shed a few tears with the way it did unfold. Liked Webster and hope we see him again. Roarke, of course, was awesome sauce with an extra side of yummy alpha thrown in. He played an active role in the secondary storyline and was very badass. Eve continues to learn how to be in a relationship and did not get on my nerves too much this time with her double standards. A few ends were left loose(view spoiler)[who was the leak in IAD? (hide spoiler)] the Peabody thing with her two "men" is wearing annoyingly thin. Overall a very good installment.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lou

    Another good one. A cop killer who is getting rid of bad and corrupt cops in gruesome ways. I feel bad because the killer is a good man but because of a great loss he had to avenge the loved one. Eve and I have a like/dislike relationship. In this one, I like her. And I cried in the cemetery scene. I thought Eve was great there. Eve and Roarke together is awesome plus the secondary characters whom I also love but in my opinion Roarke is the best character in this series. Perfect. Perfect. Perfecto Another good one. A cop killer who is getting rid of bad and corrupt cops in gruesome ways. I feel bad because the killer is a good man but because of a great loss he had to avenge the loved one. Eve and I have a like/dislike relationship. In this one, I like her. And I cried in the cemetery scene. I thought Eve was great there. Eve and Roarke together is awesome plus the secondary characters whom I also love but in my opinion Roarke is the best character in this series. Perfect. Perfect. Perfecto.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yuli Pritania

    Novel JD Robb favorit saya. Semua novel JD Robb itu bagus dan tanpa cela, di mata saya, tp saya plg suka yg ini. Karena disinilah pertama kalinya Eve dan Roarke bertengkar hebat cuma gr2 ego Roarke yg tercoreng sebagai laki-laki yg teritorinya diganggu. Novel ini penuh emosi, lbh intim, dengan plot yg luar biasa. Kayaknya g ada lg yg bs saya komentarin. JD Robb will always be awesome.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    She stood in Purgatory and studied death. Eve is called to the scene of a rather horrific murder. She soon discovers that the victim is a police officer who has been moonlighting as a bartender in a strip club owned by her husband, Roarke. This series gets better with each book! The twists and turns with the police officers (good and bad), IAB and crazy underworld bosses is incredible. Eve has to worm her way through the truth and the lies in order to catch a killer. This book brings up a lot of R She stood in Purgatory and studied death. Eve is called to the scene of a rather horrific murder. She soon discovers that the victim is a police officer who has been moonlighting as a bartender in a strip club owned by her husband, Roarke. This series gets better with each book! The twists and turns with the police officers (good and bad), IAB and crazy underworld bosses is incredible. Eve has to worm her way through the truth and the lies in order to catch a killer. This book brings up a lot of Roarke's past "business" dealings. A former associate is at the root of the plot and he is not afraid to use his madness to taunt Eve. Eve and Roarke have a huge misunderstanding that creates a great deal of miscommunication. We have seen Roarke's previous playmates in earlier books, but the storyline of Eve's former lover provides major tension. Roarke shows his alpha male side in this book and sometimes it is not pretty. He is commanding, chauvinistic and almost cold. You know that a book is well written when you are yelling at the characters (because you know they can hear every word!) Eve is so accustomed to being on her own and fending for herself. I'm glad that she has finally had an epiphany that she is not alone. I tend to read these books so fast that I go back the next day and read back through it just to pick up certain things that I missed in my eagerness to get to the next chapter. A highly recommended series!

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