Outstanding! Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted September 19, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

Outstanding! Apprentice in Death by J. D. RobbApprentice in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #43
Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Nature versus nurture...

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...

 

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In the space of a few seconds, three people at an ice skating rink in Central Park are mowed down by a sniper. Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets the case and it’s a race against time as they quickly discover they are dealing with a deadly and potential serial killer.

 
I loved that the story begins with the killer’s point of view. It really helped to keep up with a complex but brilliant procedural. Eve really has a gifted brain and fits into a leadership role so effortlessly. She’s very different these days as she leverages her team efficiently and effectively, reflecting the growth of a compelling character.

 
It’s not all about the case as there are some interesting developments on the personal side. They were masterfully woven into the story, never taking away from the case but enhancing the overall tale. This is In Death at its finest.

 
This will rank as one of my favorites. Every time I think there’s nothing more to be explored in this series, I’m delivered a story like his one to remind me why this is my most favorite one. Everything worked with precision.

About J. D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Over forty books and fifteen years later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.

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8 responses to “Outstanding! Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb

    • Kim, we’re doing a re-read of the series in the J. D. Robb group on Goodreads. We’re up to the 8th book right now (one a month). Jump in there anytime.

  1. Sigh. I have books 1-4 (or 5) on audio to listen to. After I wrap up the series I’m currently reading I’ll start this one. Maybe an audio a month for 2017?