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J.D. Robb fans are fanatical about New York City supercop Eve Dallas and her mysterious billionaire husband Roarke. Robb's futuristic (circa 2059) ...In Death series wages a two-front narrative war (the battle of good and evil and the battle of the sexes) and both author and readers come out winners.

When Darlene French, a maid at the Roarke Palace Hotel, is brutally beaten, raped, and strangled with a silver wire, Eve is at a loss to explain the apparently professional nature of the murder. Who would hire a hit man to kill such an ordinary woman? As she and her team of detectives (with a little grudgingly accepted help from Roarke, whose money, name, and talents can dig up a wealth of information) investigate the evidence, they find themselves in pursuit of Sylvester Yost, a vicious hired gun who's made millions in his bloody pursuit of career excellence. But it isn't until more victims appear that Eve realizes Yost's real target is Roarke himself. To discover the driving force behind the murderous campaign, Eve and Roarke will have to delve into their own pasts, which holds secrets and terrors for them both.

Robb is the nom de plume of romance writer Nora Roberts, and this series certainly delivers the same sexually charged tension and improbably gorgeous characters as Roberts's extremely popular romances. But even those readers, who generally try to steer clear of heaving bosoms and ripped bodices, will have little to fear and much to appreciate in Betrayal in Death. Eve and Roarke are impressive physical specimens, but they're also witty, gritty, and often antagonistic, irritably staking out their territories and reluctantly collaborating in the crimes that come their way (think Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting, or Nick and Nora Charles on steroids and in a mood). Add in Robb's surprisingly light touch with humor, and the 13th installment in the series is a lucky find indeed. --Kelly Flynn

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, comes a new novel in the futuristic series-Detective Eve Dallas investigates a homicide on familiar grounds: her husband's hotel-and finds herself up against a murderer with a passion for the finer things in life-and death- At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid walks into suite 4602 for the nightly turndown- and steps into her worst nightmare. A killer leaves her dead, strangled by a thin silver wire. He's Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder. A hit man for the elite. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows him well. But in this twisted case, knowing the killer doesn't help solve the crime. Because there's someone else involved. Someone with a more personal motive. And Eve must face a terrifying possibility-that the real target may, in fact, be her husband Roarke-

Customer Reviews:

  • Betrayal In Death
    Great book! J.D. Robb did a terrific job on this book. It really holds your interest. If you her previous In Death books, this one will not disappoint you....more info
  • AuthorZone.Com Book Review
    A mystery novel like no other.
    You have to read it if you are a mystery fan.
    It is absolutely excellent!...more info
  • We are NOT Betrayed!!!!!
    Betrayal is a violation of trust. Betrayal is a violation of love. Betrayal is a violation of friendship. Betrayal is a violation. J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts teaches us about the word and the various circumstances which define it. She is ice. She blows us away. On the journey we learn more about Roarke and Eve. We feel viscerally what they mean to each other and what that committment of love means. We learn what "standing for someone" means.

    The double mystery to solve, makes this a very fast read. Now once again, I am waiting. Somehow she needs to write books that take more than 2 1/2 minutes to read.(:-) Get it. You won't regret. I am on to my 3rd read!!...more info

  • Another step in the lives of Eve and Roarke
    It had to happen, and it is a mark of how good Nora Roberts is that she recognized the need for some role reversal. In this book, for the first time, we see Eve as the nurturer, and the giver, while Roarke is the vulnerable one. However, even the softest moments have the edge that this series is famous for, and the reader is always more inclined to laugh than to cry, and to fall in love instead of in a depression. In this installation, Roarke is the target of a hitman who wants him to lose people he cares for before he dies. However, Eve is not the one in risk, and the book remains interesting, with some unnerving twists. For avid followers of the series, it is fascinating to see Roarke lash out under tension, and become the one who uses his tongue to hurt the person he loves. The book overall takes us forward into the marriage between two such different people, and naturally, into the problems as well as the love that Eve and Roarke have to learn to deal with....more info
  • Another great one!
    J.D. Robb(Nora Roberts) has done it again, in this futuristic mystery, by having the heroine, Eve, hunt an elusive assassin who seems to be targeting people connected in some way to her handsome, sinfully rich husband Roarke. The book with grab you from the beginning and hold you until the end. I thought I had it figured out and I was wrong. This series of books is totally enjoyable because of the lively mysteries, cleverly drawn characters and humor that makes the pages fly by. A super read!...more info
  • ahead a few years
    I LOVE THE JD ROBB SERIES. I HATE HAVING TO WAIT 6 MONTHS FOR THE NEXT SERIES. ALTHOUGH EVERY SERIES ABOUT ROARKE AND EVE TAKES PLACE IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THEIR MARRIAGE , I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SERIES TAKE PLACE A FEW YEARS LATER AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN MARRIED TWO OR THREE YEARS. I THINK IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THEIR MARRIAGE AND HER JOB ARE AFFECTING THEIR LIVES A FEW YEARS INTO THE MARRIAGE. I THINK IT WOULD ALSO BE WONDERFUL TO HAVE THEM START PLANNING A FAMILY AND SEE HOW THAT AFFECTS THEIR LIVES AND JOB. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE SERIES GO ON FOR YEARS I ONLY WISH THAT THE BOOKS WOULD COME OUT FASTER....more info
  • Thank Goodness Eve and Roarke Are Back!
    Anyone who has followed this series since the beginning probably will agree that Eve and Roarke are the couple of the century. She is the rough edge cop who still can't believe someone could love her for herself and he is that sexy billionaire, who has found his soul mate, even if he constantly has to keep reminding her of that.

    In Betrayal in Death, Eve is on the trail of assassin who has been in business for a good quarter of a century. This man is so good that no one has been able to capture him. This time, he has made his first mistake. His victims are people that Roarke cares about. No one and I mean no one, threatens Eve's man and gets away with it. To add insult to injury, the FBI decides Eve and her force of NYPD's finest aren't capable of catching this killer. Big mistake on their part. Eve sets out to bring down the killer and protect her man (who we all know doesn't need protecting) while beating the FBI at their own game.

    This book has a lot of things going for it. Old friends from past books either make appearances or are heard from, though not enough in my opinion. Two secondary characters become more fully developed and get their own little story line. Roarke's past once again comes into play as we learn more about him and see his protective instincts kick in full force. However, for some reason, this book started off slowly for me. Don't get me wrong, it's good. For some reason, I don't think it's the same caliber of the other books in the series. But you know what? It sure didn't stop me from enjoying the book or eagerly anticipating the next one.....more info

  • Better watch your back
    Lieutenant Eve Dallas is pulled from a party at her husband's Palace Hotel when one of the maids, Darlene French, is brutally beaten, raped, and subsequently strangled with a slender wire of silver. It doesn't take her long to find the hired assassin who made only a half-hearted attempt to disguise himself. A hammer for hire, Sylvester "Sly" Yost has made a career of killing and after four successful decades, he's got it down to an art form. What Dallas soon comes to realize is that behind the hammer lies the purpose behind the seemingly senseless death of a young maid. When another assassination is perpetrated on someone closer to Roarke, Dallas comes to realize that the target has been her husband all along. Finding Yost is hard enough, taking him down proves to be even more difficult, and finding his client seems next to impossible with two FBI Agents usurping her authority and a boyhood friend of Roarke's who has come to pay an unexpected visit.

    J.D. Robb has written another brilliant suspense story featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke, a truly dynamic duo whose incredible relationship is put mildly to the test when his old friend Mick shows up and begins reminiscing about old times. Roarke finds himself torn between the loyalty he owes his friend who saw him through hard times and his wife who tries, despite her profession, to see him through everything. As Eve tries to come to terms with more of Roarke's past, she is also uncovering a surprising web of conspiracy to which Yost just might be the key and dealing with the aggravating "Feebs". And if that wasn't enough, she finds herself providing a shoulder for the usually sturdy Peabody whose relationship with McNab hits a surprising snag. This is a fantastic installment of Robb's In Death series, which reveals more about the enigmatic Roarke and allows Eve to explore her role as a wife and as a friend without minimizing her role as a cop....more info

  • Betrayal in Death on new type of disc
    I dearly love the In Death series by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) and hearing them performed by Susan Erikson makes them even better as she has developed such distinctive voices for the characters. When she first began performing these books she hadn't developed most of the voices, especially Peabody's. This CD is a totally redone performance of the book with all the familiar accents and tones. In the original you can't tell Peabody's voice from Eve's. Now you can! I loved it.
    Also, normally an unabridged CD version of a book comes on a bunch of discs and costs a bundle. This is a new format, though. The complete book comes on just one disc and, with shipping, cost me only about $20. Hardback books cost more than that and you don't get to hear Roarke's sexy Irish voice in your ear or Peabody's saucy comebacks.
    You do have to have a stereo that will play the MP3CD format, so that can be a problem for some but I suspect all new players will do it. It will play in the computer so there's always that method of listening to it. I haven't tried copying it to my MP3 player but I imagine one can do that as well.
    My only complaint about the format is that I can't seem to rewind or fast forward in small amounts like I can with a regular CD. I can jump by chapters, but that's the smallest increment I can make it do. However, for the price and convenience of having it all on just one disc, I'm willing to accept the limitations. Hopefully they will fix them soon....more info
  • Very Good Mystery/Characters but Unsophisticated
    This was a very good read, especially as regards the building of characters and relationships. There are NO surprises, as you'll have this thing figured out quickly. But the author does well in leading one along enthusiastically to see exactly HOW she comes to the conclusion you expect.

    Mystery/crime-novel fans should also like this novel (and presumably the series), but anyone attracted by the "futuristic" setting will get a good laugh. This is the most unsophisticated treatment of a future 50 years from now that one could imagine...or rather not imagine.

    The author obviously set the timeline ahead 50 years simply to relieve disbelief of this Irish criminal/Donald Trump/Bill Gates mishmash named Roarke, who owns practically everything and everyone, and is an exceedingly handsome computer genius to boot. Totally ridiculous character, so lets just jump ahead 50 years! You'll still come to like the character and also that of Eve Dallas, of course. What the sophisticated will not like is the general abandonment and lack of attention that this futuristic setting receives from thereon.

    But again, she has the romance/mystery bit down, plus entertaining characters who like to...err...enjoy each others' company almost every other page....more info

  • Completely moronic
    I didn't know she wrote bodice rippers, but it is easy to believe.

    Really dumb plot: set 50 years in the future for no good reason, zero understanding of technology, simple characters, nothing surprising except when a victim gets away from a killer who is close to an impossible set of characteristics. $2M for a killing in NYC? 4 such killings to distract a CEO so he wouldn't look at his security for a $500M auction?

    This woman is a NYT Best Selling author? So many great reviews of a mediocre book?

    These merely show how easy it is to manipulate the systems involved....more info

  • Number 13 is Very Lucky for J.D. Robb & Nora Roberts
    As I have said before, Nora Roberts aka JD Robb continues to produce one of the highest quality and entertaining series! This police drama/mystery/science fiction/romance story continues to evolve with its 13th installment.

    Roarke shows his vunerable side in this tale and Eve Dallas develops as a nurturing wife -- the story is very touching at times, still has the gritty police background, endless humor, and the steamy romance.

    Roarke finds himself and his employees as targets for a hired killer. Of course, Eve is the primary investigator and has to stand for the dead -- and for Roarke. There were several parts that actually brought me to tears, just because of the compassion and love Eve displays towards Roarke.

    It's refreshing to see characters truly grow and develop like this. I am hooked for life as a JD Robb fan. I don't want to see an end to Eve & Roarke...I cannot wait until September 2001 for the next installment....more info

  • Summer beach reading
    Nora Roberts Rocks! Lt. Eve Dallas makes the best protagonist and it's like a ongoing series so there is always a new story!...more info
  • Hilarious - Robb delivers again.
    This book was one of the best in the series. If you are not familiar with this series, I suggest you begin with the first one.

    This book was probably the funniest of the series and only those that are familiar with the characters and previous plotlines will understand and fully appreciate all the insider jokes. For instance the candy thief struck again (any opinions on who he/she is? I'm thinking Eve's trustworthy aide - any takes?).

    Roarke has always been just a little too good to be true - always cool and unflappable. In this book however, we get to see him really shaken and Eve gets to take care of him for a change. There weren't many tense moments or surprises in this book but I believe however that has more to do with my familiarity with the characters and the author's style than a lack in the story itself - hence the five stars.

    Oh well, back to waiting for the next one. Hopefully Eve will catch the candy thief......more info

  • Best Cop Series Out There!
    If it were possible, I would read twenty four hours a day. The 'In Death' series is by far the best! Keep it going, Nora! I even have my husband hooked on the series after I convinced him they were much more than romances. Their isn't a character in the series that isn't likable. Eve, Roarke, Mavis, Dr. Mira, Treena, even Summerset seem so real. Wouldn't this make a great mini-series? And wouldn't Nancy McKeon be the perfect Eve? I can hardly wait for the next in September!...more info
  • Betrayal In Death
    I love this J.D. Robb series, and this is a very good selection. I just wish that the reader hadn't changed Peabody's voice so much. Everything else is great. A good story line, and characters are true to form....more info
  • No need for a "relationship rescue", Dallas & Roake are back
    When I don't believe JD Robb (Nora Roberts) can keep going with these two wonderful characters she does it again. Dallas and Roarke are growing in chracter and presentation with each suceeding book. I like the nuances, I like the small but real changes each makes to accomodate the other, their professions and their marriage. Robb continues to pay attention to her secondary characters as well, ehancing the the texture of her story. I have as much delight in watching all these chracters interact as trying to figure out "who done it". May Eve Dallas and Roarke go on forever......more info
  • Not the best one, but still a good read.
    A killer that doesn't mind having his face caught on security cameras is either super confident, or super stupid. Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, in the year 2059, goes for the former assumption. The hotel where the maid is killed belongs to just about the richest man around, on or off planet. He happens to be there for a charity event that very night with his wife. It's handy that his Eve is a cop at times like this.

    Mining the resources of her colleagues and Roarke's untraceable sources, Eve quickly discovers that the killer is a hit man for hire, and not cheap either. So why would he bother with a woman who seems to have bothered no one at all in her young life? Looking for reasons for the killing brings Eve full circle - back to Roarke. As she knew he would, Roarke he takes the killing of a employee very personally. The self made zillionaire has a lot on the go at the moment on and off planet so it's not a good time for distractions. Who is the real target?

    Twelve novels down and J.D. Robb still manages to keep the relationship between her hero and heroine sharp, despite the amount of time they spend together, and much of that annoying each other. It brings its own failures in that every novel of this series now is all to do about the same issues - someone always after Roarke, the kills always tied to him in some manner. Time for some new directions, despite how much page time is gratefully granted to such a terrific character (and let's not forget the marital sex scenes, always tastefully done).

    Crime wise "Betrayal in Death" falls a little flat, and seems to be riding on the established strengths of a very popular series. More crime time required! Still, a solid entry in a great series that remains in an as yet undefined category all of its own.


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  • Don't Miss this One
    Despite the somewhat "mixed" reviews on this story, all you Eve Dallas/Roarke fans will not want to pass on this addition to the series. It is a somewhat more complex murder mystery with an underlying story of friendship, trust and heartwarming matters of the heart. Nora Roberts, a/k/a J. D. Robb never disappoints her readers. "Betrayal" will have her loyal fans' attention up to and including the climax of the storyline. I see Eve softening up quite a bit in her relationship w/Roarke. Don't get too soft, Eve, we love you just the way you are!!!
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  • It just gets better and better!
    I couldn't wait for this latest book to come out, and I was not disappointed! Roarke and Eve are HOT!!! Roarke's character just keeps getting better and better. There's this new side of him that's vulnerable and especially in this book, you can see how Roarke needs Eve just as much as she needs him. It's such a special relationship. What did disappoint me, but added something to the book was the relationship between Peabody and McNab. Hopefully, we can see things resolved between the two. I'm already looking for to the next book "Seduction in Death" to come out. I don't think I can wait another 6 months!!!!...more info
  • I Love these Books!
    I thought this book was excellent. I especially liked the fact that we had a little role reversal this time around. Usually Roarke is the one that is always comforting and taking care of Eve, but in this book we have Eve primarily doing these things more for Roarke. She also gets to be more of a friend for Peabody One thing I did not like was the situation with Peabody and McNab towards the end (once you read it you'll know what I'm talking about.) I can't believe I have to wait until Septemnber to see what happens between these two! All in all, it was a great book. Enjoy!...more info
  • I Want Roarke...
    And I want him NOW! I don't know how she does it...time after time, Nora Roberts, aka JD Robb, manages to deliver spine tingling suspense, mystery, drama, and of course...sigh...the hot, sexy relationship between Eve and Roarke. In each book, their relationship grows and deepens, and this one is no exception, as Eve must give her husband help and support in a way that he can accept. This is a difficult undertaking for the hard-boiled but vulnerable cop, but she does it, as only she can. All our favorites are here: Peabody, MacNab, Feeney, et al. But as always, our focus is on Eve and Roarke, and their fascinating, erotic marriage. Will Eve find the serial killer in time to save her husband? What do you think......more info
  • The Best Yet!
    Wow! "Betrayal in Death" is the BEST book in this series yet. The mystery is exciting and full of twists and turns and the relationship between Eve and Roarke has reached a whole new level.
    In this instalment, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is investigating the murder of a maid at one of Roarke's hotels. The killer is identified as a hit man for the elite, which doesn't solve the crime at all. It becomes apparent that the real target may be Roarke, and it's up to our favourite feisty Lieutenant to find out who is pulling the strings.
    What I really loved about this book is how Eve and Roarke's marriage no longer seems one-sided. For a long time Roarke has been Eve's rock, comforting her and receiving little in return. But in this book, as the murders that occur upset Roarke, Eve comes to his side, and really shows how much she has grown as a person. Eve and Roarke's relationship really blooms in this novel. Their love scenes are even more passionate and heart-warming than before, and are guaranteed to leave readers satisfied. The mystery is first-rate: suspenseful, and well thought out. "Betrayal in Death" is a wonderful addition to this fantastic series - so don't miss it!...more info
  • Wonderful!
    I was so excited to get this book. I am attempting to collect all of the "In Death" books in the series by JD Robb. This one arrived in good fashion and in good condition. I am very pleased....more info
  • "This one's going to be difficult for both of us"
    The quote above refers to the main two characters in this series, Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke, and it depicts well what has been a trend in this series lately. Roarke has become more and more involved in Eve's cases and has been the target of attacks by criminals in numerous occasions. Even though this does not bother me in extreme, I would like Robb to start mixing it up a little more. One of the things that I enjoy most about this series is the development of the characters throughout the different installments, but I do not think it is necessary for Roarke to be so involved in Eve's cases in order for him to be part of the plot of this series.

    When the book starts we find ourselves in the spring of 2059, in a world that looks pretty much like ours in several aspects but that also shows both pros and cons when compared to our society. There is still crime and drug abuse as we see nowadays. But there are considerable advances in medicine that make Eve's world better. And also significant difficulties in getting some products, like real coffee, that make it worse. But one thing that remains the same is that criminals never rest, and Eve is faced with a killer that strangled a maid in one of Roarke's hotels after raping her. On the same night in which the murder takes place, Roarke and Eve were in the hotel hosting a party for an actress who has decided to sell the possessions she accumulated throughout her career and start the Magda Lane Foundation of the Performing Arts.

    The killer did not care about being caught on the security cameras and is quickly identified as Sylvester Yost, an expensive gun for hire. When another of Roarke's employees is found dead, victim of the same man, it is clear that this is personal. Concurrently, the billionaire receives the surprising visit of an old friend from Ireland, Mick, who Roarke believed to be dead. Right from the start Eve suspects Mick is involved with the killings, but Roarke believes that even though he is a thief and a liar, Mick is not a murderer. It is very interesting to see who was right!

    As Robb has done in the previous novels, she provides us with further information on Eve's and Roarke's past, especially on the latter, since Mick is there to refresh the man's memory. There are also development in the relationship between Eve's aide, Peabody, and her "boyfriend", McNabb. Peabody has become one of my favorite characters in this series due to her sense of humor and candor. These elements together with the usual fast-paced action and high suspense level make this book another very good read....more info
  • Another spectacular show by Ms. Robb
    Her "In Death" books keep getting better and better. I find it hard to believe that I have to wait another 6 months for the next book in the series to be released. Once again this book takes place in New York in the future. Lt. Eve Dallas and her husband, the infamous Roarke find themselves caught between the past he tries hard to forget and his future. A serial killer is on the loose and his first murder takes place in one of Roarkes hotels. Lt. Dallas is the primary on the case but she is bumping heads with the FBI. The story is well told and you will lose yourself in these characters. The familiarity of the main characters makes these books all the better. We learn what loyalty means to Roarke and his meaning of "taking care of what is his". I would recommend all of the J.D. Robbs to anyone that likes Romance and Suspense....more info
  • Still great...
    This book is fantastic--as is the whole series! Robb/Roberts keeps getting better and better. Check out my reviews of Naked in Death and/or Glory in Death for more info......more info