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Ancient church rituals meet cutting- edge crime
solving in the latest novel in the #1 New York Times''bestselling
series that's 'Law & Order: SVU - in the future' (Entertainment
In the year 2060, sophisticated investigative tools can help catch a
killer. But there are some questions even the most advanced
technologies cannot answer.
Ridley Pearson has praised J. D. Robb's suspense as 'taut' and
'nerve-jangling.' Her latest thriller sets a new standard for suspense,
as the priest at a Catholic funeral mass brings the chalice to his lips
- and falls over dead.
When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine
contained potassium cyanide, she's determined to solve the murder of
Father Miguel Flores, despite her discomfort with her surroundings.
It's not the bodegas and pawnshops of East Harlem that bother her,
though the neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares
with her billionaire husband, Roarke. It's all that holiness flying
around at St. Christobal's that makes her uneasy.
A search of the victim's sparsely furnished room reveals little -
except for a carefully hidden religious medal with a mysterious
inscription, and a couple of underlined Bible passages. The autopsy
reveals more: faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo - and
evidence of plastic surgery, suggesting that 'Father Flores' may not
have been the man his parishioners had thought. Now, as Eve pieces
together clues that hint at gang connections and a deeply personal act
of revenge, she believes she's making progress on the case. Until a
second murder - in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers -
knocks the whole investigation sideways. And Eve is left to figure out
who committed these unholy acts - and why.
About the Author
J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for Nora Roberts, the author of nearly two hundred New York Times bestsellers, with more than 300 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Maryland.
Praise for the In Death series "Robb is a virtuoso."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It's Law & Order: SVU--in the future."--Entertainment Weekly
"J. D. Robb's In Death novels are can't-miss pleasures."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
"Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction."--New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 9780425226933 ISBN-10: 042522693X Series: Death Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old For Grades: 12 Format:
Number Of Pages: 373 Published: 2nd June 2009 Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 10.8
Weight (kg): 0.18
Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the disciplines of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her "America’s favorite novelist."