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Title:
Origin in death
ISBN:
9780399152894

9780749957438
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2005.
Physical Description:
339 pages ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
24.
Summary:
When a cosmetic surgeon is killed in his office with tidy precision, Detective Eve Dallas must track down the cunning, cold-blooded killer, who may be one of the doctor's beautiful female patients.
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Summary

Summary

Set in 2059 in New York City, the number-one bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. Now, as scientists work to expand the limits of technology, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son.

A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office-murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building-the good doctor's final appointment.

Known as "Dr. Perfect," the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son-and successor-knows what it is. Then, like father, like son, the young Dr. Icove is killed . . . with the same deadly precision.

But who is the mystery woman-and what was her relationship with the good doctors?While her husband, Roarke, works behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves' pasts. What she discovers are men driven to create perfection-playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity.

Origin in Death proves once again the incredible appeal of Eve Dallas and the bestselling popularity of her creator. Whether writing as herself or as J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts continues to push the boundaries of suspense-and she takes delighted fans along for the ride.

 


Author Notes

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 10, 1950. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981. Since then, she has written more than 150 novels. She writes romances under her own name including Montana Sky, Time and Again, Blue Smoke, Carolina Moon, The Search, Chasing Fire, and The Witness. She writes crime novels under the pseudonym of J. D. Robb including the In Death series. She received the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame. In 2015, she won a RITA Award in the Romantic Suspense category with her title Concealed in Death.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in the year 2059, this latest in Robb's long-running series (Naked in Death, etc.) featuring acerbic Lt. Eve Dallas of the New York police is the best in recent memory. In the past, Robb has kept whiz-bang futuristic effects to a minimum, allowing her world to grow organically out of dialogue and characterization; this time she incorporates science fiction elements-including the future of cosmetic surgery, cloning, scientific morality and physical mortality-into her plot, giving the series a big shot of adrenaline. Eve and her partner, Det. Delia Peabody, are visiting the Wilfred B. Icove Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery on a celebrity murder case when the center's founder, old Wilfred Icove, is discovered with a scalpel rammed into his heart. Wilfred Jr., also a surgeon at the center, is grief stricken, as is his family and most of the rest of the country. Wilfred Sr., everyone agrees, was a saint. Except he wasn't, as Eve and savvy mystery readers will have already guessed. Eve gathers her usual crime-fighting crew around her, including her drop-dead gorgeous, fabulously wealthy, staggeringly brilliant husband, Roarke. Robb tones down the romance and ups the action ante as the team uncovers an increasingly horrific crime that builds to a race-against-the-clock climax that will have readers cheering. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Kirkus Review

Who killed the beloved old plastic surgeon, and why is Eve Dallas so skeptical of the good doctor's sterling reputation? In her 21st recorded case (Survivor in Death, 2005, etc.), NYC police lieutenant Dallas is called to the impressive Wilfred B. Icove Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery. The year is 2059, and the Big Apple's glitterati still like to partake in the occasional nip and tuck. Dallas is there to investigate a brutal attack on famed beauty Lee-Lee Ten. In seclusion at the Center, Ten is tight-lipped about the assault, and Dallas sidekick Delia Peabody can't shake her. Since they're on the premises, the detectives decide to talk to the great man himself. They discover Icove dead in his plush chair, killed by a single, expertly delivered stab through the heart. Dallas quickly clears Icove's inconsolable son and partner, Wilfred Jr., as a suspect. While Peabody's research pinpoints the perp as a "Spanish woman" who visited the doctor by appointment, the lady subsequently vanished without a trace. Moreover, there appears to be no motive for the killing of squeaky-clean Icove, nicknamed Dr. Perfect for his charitable work and devotion to family. Dallas assumes the Icoves are too good to be true, a suspicion borne out when Junior suffers the same fate as Senior. An exclusive finishing school and a cloning secret lie at the heart of the mystery, which includes some nice curves and sci-fi touches for an extra level of fun. But the real appeal stems from Roberts's frothy prose and the chemistry she creates, both in the edgy banter between Dallas and Peabody and the charged relationship of Eve and husband Roarke, the perfect bed partner and sounding board as usual. While other series of this duration seem to be running out of gas, this one is just hitting its stride. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Library Journal Review

A kindly cosmetic surgeon is killed with a single stab to the heart-and soon the son who inherits his practice is done in, too. Eve Dallas has to figure out what the good doctor might have been hiding. Another in Robb's futuristic " In Death" series, set in 2059 New York. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.