Sep 13 2013 1:00pm

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Thankless in Death (September 17, 2013)

Thankless in Death by J.D. RobbJ.D. Robb
Thankless in Death
Putnam Adult / September 17, 2013 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke’s big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.

Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn’t made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him—but they didn’t think he was capable of this.

Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.

With fall approaching and the holidays soon upon us, we have something else to be thankful for—J.D. Robb's Thankless in Death, the latest investigation featuring Robb's police officer, Lt. Eve Dallas. Even if someone's feeling thankless, we ourselves are thankful for the talent of J.D. Robb (a/k/a Nora Roberts) in creating such memorable characters both in our investigating team and some pretty twisted and creative bad guys (although spoiled-brat-turned-killer, Jerry Reinhold, doesn’t appreciate his parents, his girlfriend, his friends or the luck that keeps him one close step ahead of Dallas and her team).

Is there possibly any more powerful, gorgeous or sexy gazillionaire than Roarke, with his raven black hair, blue eyes and face created by God on his best day? And we are thankful to have him there taking care of our darling Eve, making sure that she eats, sleeps and has a life outside of chasing killers (and the sex ain’t half-bad either).

“No. It’s…there’s stuff, but when I was thinking about the stuff, and how I wanted to bounce it all off you, I got this Peabody date night stuck in my brain.”

“We’re having a date with Peabody? I get two alluring women? Lucky me.”

She spared him one quick glance through narrowed eyes. “You got me, and that’s it, pal.”

“Thank God for it.” He cupped her face, leaned in for a soft, sweet kiss.

We are also thankful for one of the best partners ever. Dt. Delia Peabody is definitely the yin to Dallas’s yang. We have watched Peabody grow from a feisty young officer in uniform to a seasoned detective under Dallas's tutelage. She brings a more nurturing and gentle touch to their investigations, and although she hates always taking the role of Good Cop to Eve’s Bad Cop, she excels in that soft element that puts the guilty at ease and helps Dallas get them to confess their sins.

As she battled downtown traffic, Eve considered. “We’re murder cops. That must mean we have to be grateful for dead bodies or we wouldn’t have a job. But contrarily, the dead bodies aren’t likely to be grateful.”

“No. We’re grateful we have the skill and the smarts to find and arrest the person or person who made them dead bodies.”

“The person or persons we catch and arrest aren’t going to be grateful. Somebody’s got to lose.”

We are also thankful that Dallas has such impressive leadership; first in her trainer Capt. Ryan Feeney who saw all the potential in a young officer and molded her into the best damn murder cop the NYPSD has ever had, and in Commander Whitney who is always there to support the hard working Dallas.

“We take an oath to protect and serve,” Whitney began. “Every cop takes that oath, accepts that duty. A good cop does more than accept duty, but lives it. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a good cop.”

…Whitney continued. “But it doesn’t tell the whole story. Throughout her career, from her very beginnings in uniform, Lieutenant Dallas has displayed the skill, the dedication, and the valor that merit this honor. For that, for the dozen years, for all the cases, all the risks, the sacrifices, for justice served, it’s my professional and personal pleasure to award the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Eve Dallas. A good cop.”

It was those three words that got her. A good cop. For her that was the highest accolade, the most important tribute she could earn.

And we are thankful for a wonderful supporting cast including Chief M.E. Dr. Morris, Dr. Charlotte Mira, Dt. Ian McNab, Offr. Trueheart, Dt. Baxter and even Summerset. These people are always there to back up Dallas and provide her with physical and emotional support whenever needed.

“And, Dallas, let me thank you in advance for Thanksgiving. It means a great deal to me to be included with your family and friends.”

It made her feel a little weird, so she shrugged. “Hell, Morris, how many dead have you and I stood over together? If we’re not family and friends, what are we?”

Although in Thankless our killer has nothing to be thankful for, we are thankful for the great stories that J.D. Robb has written and hopefully continues to write long into her futuristic 2060.

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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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Carmen Pinzon
1. bungluna
We should also be thankful that she's such a prolific writer. I love getting more than one book in the Death series a year.
Rhonda Reynolds-Holliman
2. Rhonda Reynolds-Holliman
Thank you for Eve Dallas and the opportunity to walk with her solving cases. As a recent follower I have been collecting each back copy of her books. I love them!!
Rhonda Reynolds-Holliman
3. Dottie Swingle
LOVE LOVE LOVE it every time a new book in the series comes out.Can hardly wait to read the further adventures of Eve & Roarke. & all. ThankYou Nora (JD) I am collecting all the books AND the Audiobooks. I need about 6 more to have them all.
Rhonda Reynolds-Holliman
4. Roseann Jackowiak
You forgot a very very important person in the family...MAVIS, Leonardo and Bella and toss in Trina too....they're Eve's side of the family! They're true sisters..
Rhonda Reynolds-Holliman
5. Tammy Jo Walters-Yeoman
While I love JD Robb's in Death Series, I have to thank my sister for getting me hooked on them... She first told me about the series and gave me the first book, 2 days later the second and so on... I now have started purchasing them for my nook and I go back and start over if I have nothing else new to read... Thank you Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb for having such a creative writing style that allow your followers to act out the scence if these books... While I have my Roarke... Eve's Roarke is always a healthy dessert to handle... Looking forward to Thankless in Death...
Dawn Roberto
6. dawn_roberto
I have to say Mr. Roberts/Robb does an amazing job in keeping her readers enthralled with this series with each book. I just saw my copy is in the mail from and I am itching to read the latest adventure for Eve, Roarke and all the gang. I stumbled upon this one by chance and I have to say this is one series where I never get tired of it.
Rhonda Reynolds-Holliman
7. elohssa
This book was the worst. The killer was too grusome, and Eve was not her best. It was very predictable. I could have caught him just by staking out the girlfriend. Read the Amazon reviews. Many were not very impressed by this book.
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