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She sat, her hands folded tightly together on her lap. She breathed in and out once. 'He took her eyes . . .'
As Elisa Maplewood walks her dog in the still twilight of Central Park, she is oblivious to the man lurking behind her. Later that night Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets a call: a young woman's body has been found on the rocks, wearing nothing but a red ribbon. And, more horrifyingly, she is missing her eyes.
Eve's investigation is thrown off course when an exotic and headstrong psychic, Celina Sanchez, insists she saw the murder in a vision. Eve dismisses her, but as the murders become more brutal, the visions more vivid, and Eve more desperate, Eve and Celina form an unstoppable team.
She sat, her hands folded tightly together on her lap. She breathed in and out once. 'He took her eyes ...' As Elisa Maplewood walks her dog in the still twilight of Central Park, she is oblivious to the man lurking behind her. Later that night Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets a call: a young woman's body has been found on the rocks, wearing nothing but a red ribbon. And, more horrifyingly, she is missing her eyes. Eve's investigation is thrown off course when an exotic and headstrong psychic, Celina Sanchez, insists she saw the murder in a vision. Eve dismisses her, but as the murders become more brutal, the visions more vivid, and Eve more desperate, Eve and Celina form an unstoppable team.
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Library Journal Review
Naked in Death features Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPD as she searches for a serial killer of prostitutes. It hints at the isolation, neglect, and sexual abuse that Eve suffered as a child, memories that she tries to suppress. The adult Eve is slow to trust and awkward when faced with affection and kindness. Yet over the course of this series, she acquires a husband, Roark; a partner, Peabody; and a varied host of friends-hard-boiled reporter Nadine, humanitarian doctor Louise, and worldly wise, bursting with life, rock star Mavis, all characters who also appear in Visions in Death. The culprit in Visions is raping, murdering, and mutilating women seen by a psychic in her dreams. Susan Ericksen renders each individual with proficiency; indomitable Eve and spunky Peabody's verbal sparring is adroitly delivered, and she moves easily and distinctly between the two women. Ericksen is equally successful with the male characters. Both books are great fun to listen to, but buy the whole series.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Though not as gripping as the previous installments in Robb's mid-21st-century In Death series (Remember When, etc.), this new offering showcases her many talents. New York policewoman Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer who strangles his young female victims with a red ribbon and removes their eyes postmortem. Dallas and her longtime partner, Detective Peabody, pursue the criminal with wisecracking vigor and old-fashioned police work, assisted as well by Eve's handsome husband, billionaire businessman Roarke, and a beautiful psychic who volunteers to share her chilling visions of the murders. Naturally, the determined Dallas gets her man, though her toughness is shaken along the way by memories of her own childhood abuse, the murderer's vicious attack on Peabody and a surprising 11th-hour revelation. The Thomas Harrisesque mystery resolves rather simply, and the story gets less of an energy boost than usual from the romantic power play between Eve and Roarke and the edgy sci-fi detail that made the earlier books so distinctive. (In fact, the Manhattan of 2059 is oddly old-fashioned, with more homey crafts stores than the New York of 2004.) Nevertheless, the book is a sassy, smart-alecky read, possessing the warm characterizations and witty dialogue that have earned Robb/Roberts her huge and loyal readership. Agent, Amy Berkower at Writer's House. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Kirkus Book Review
Half a century into the future, Eve Dallas (Remember When, 2003) stalks a homicidal psychopath. Summoned from a swanky Chicago party to a lakeside murder scene in Central Park, Lieutenant Dallas picks her high-heeled way over rocks and reeds to view the victim: a nude female, eyes gouged out with surgical precision. There are other ritualistic signatures in the killing: the vic's hands arranged in a prayer position, a red ribbon around her neck. She was Elisa Maplewood, a domestic on Central Park West and single mother of a four-year-old, employed by the rich wife of an often-absent businessman, who also has a four-year-old daughter. Slowly, Eve puts together the threads of an ordinary, blameless life in New York, circa 2059. Everyone liked Elisa, apparently, though the list of possible suspects is long. Alibis are quickly checked out, along with the few clues (one advantage to a futuristic setting: skipping over tedious technical detail and adding ingenious gizmos that speed the plot along), but Eve is no closer to a killer. Roarke, her gorgeous, brooding, megamillionaire husband, offers what comfort he can, though he knows that Eve, herself once the victim of terrifying violence, is haunted by the strange case. The vivid account of the murderer's methods given by a psychic, Celina Sanchez, does nothing to ease her mind. Nightmares trouble Eve's sleep, and the days go by with no real leads--until Lily Napier is found murdered in the same ritualistic way. The killer's profile is clear: a young, physically powerful man with a savage hatred of women, most probably a victim of severe physical and psychological abuse. Yes, Eve gets her man--and to do it risks her life without a moment's hesitation. Smoothly crafted thriller with elements of real horror, plus an unexpected twist for added kick: stellar suspense from bestselling Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.