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Survivor in Death (2005)

av J. D. Robb

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Serier: In Death (20)

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No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. The state-of-the-art security was breached, and the killers used night vision to find their way through the cozy middle-class house. Clearly, Dallas is dealing with pros. The only mistake they made was to overlook the nine-year-old girl cowering in the dark in the kitchen. . . Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan - and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas's strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories - and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back - and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them.… (mer)

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Honestly there is not a lot to say here except that this is one of my favorite "In Death" books. There are a couple of scenes that I found too outrageous to be believed (the ending with Nixie), anyone allowing Dallas to take a kid to live with her and Roarke instead of having her in foster care, etc. But I found that there were some wonderful callbacks to earlier cases that Eve had worked.

"Survivor in Death" opens up on a loving and happy family being murdered in their beds. Nixie Swisher, who is 9, ends up being the lone survivor. Due to Dallas and company not knowing why the Swisher's were attacked and if someone out there may be looking to finish the job with Nixie, Nixie is then moved in temporarily with Eve and Roarke.

We actually in this book get to see how would Eve be with a child of her own (honest, probably to a fault, still loving, but not outwardly so) and we get to see how much Roarke desires to one day have children (yep plural) with Dallas. And I can honestly see how easily a child could fit seamlessly in both of their lives. Heck, if you don't think Roarke would not be a stay at home dad and or taking the kids to work with him, you have not read an "In Death" book before. I can also see Summerset happily babysitting whenever they needed him to.

We do get several moving scenes in this one (seriously have a box of tissues nearby) and I did cry a few times while reading. This book brings up a lot of memories for Roarke and Summerset (we all know that Summerset's daughter was kidnapped, raped and murdered) and Summerset especially becomes more developed in this one. The scene when he is rocking Nixie to sleep and telling her about a garden...sigh. I can't even type it since I am welling up. I do have to say that I wanted to snap at Dallas a few times though. She acted like a jerk to Summerset and I was annoyed by it.

We get appearances by Mavis and of course Peabody, McNab, etc. What I thought was cool though is that we get reappearances by Richard DeBlass, Elizabeth Barrister (both in Naked in Death, #1-the case that brought Eve and Roarke together), and their adopted son Kevin (Vengeance in Death, #6)

The writing is top notch in this one I think. Robb definitely manages to hit your heart strings. The flow worked too, up until the end I thought. As I said above, I thought the ending was a bit too much to be believed. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
The incomprehensible murder of the Swisher family as they slept in their beds has New York Police and Security Department’s detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas stymied. The callous, professional executioners breached state-of-the-art security, wore night vision goggles, and brutally wiped out the family . . . except for the nine-year-old girl fearfully cringing in the dark kitchen.

Eve may have an eyewitness, but solving this grisly crime will take all her determination if she’s to find justice for Nixie.

The twentieth tale in the “In Death” series holds the reader rapt from the first page. There’s the strong sense of place, relatable, believable characters, a gruesome crime, a child in peril . . . all of these combine to create a riveting tale filled with relationships, characters readers know and love, and an emotional plot that runs the gamut from humorous to heart-wrenching. As always, the relationships between the characters, the romance, and the repartee all have a place in the telling of a tale that readers will find truly unputdownable.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | May 6, 2020 |
Dallas is on the hunt for assassins who killed a family in cold blood, but missed a little girl. Eve ends up taking her home for her protection. Watching Rourke and Eve being awkward around a child has its humorous moments. Always a good read.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
Peabody in back in action, following her injuries in the previous book; I found it difficult to believe that only "a couple of months" had passed between the two, due to the nature of her injuries in Divided in Death, even with the future medical tech, but hey, what's a bit of this world knowledge got to do with it, right?

One of the more difficult books for me to read in this series. A family (Mother, Father, Son & Daughter - or rather daughter's best friend) is assassinated with only one survivor, 9-year old Nixie. Killed in her place is her best friend, Linnie.

Dallas and her team sort the evidence, finding how and why, the commonality between this case, and several other murders (closed and open) in order to apprehend the perps and bring them to justice.

Moral delimmas for Dallas and Roarke, visits by the pregnostrous Mavis, "tit for tat" with Nadine - all the expected players, with a surprise visit from Dallas' favorite IAB officer...

Some throwbacks to earlier books as well. It's a good book, but difficult for me due to the children.
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  ashareem | Aug 16, 2018 |
3.5 stars

I thought Survivor in Death was just OK. There were moments when I laughed out loud and got misty-eyed, but I felt somewhat dissatisfied with the story as a whole. Eve seemed very cold to me. I understand due to her childhood, she'd have a hard time dealing with a kid victim. At times though, she seemed a bit heartless and that not the Eve I've come to learn. The normal camaraderie between everyone didn't feel as genuine this time. I didn't really care for the mystery either. I didn't like the idea behind the killings nor the fact that the killers were tied to groups from previous books. The ending seemed a bit contrived and convenient. I hope the next one is better. ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
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No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. The state-of-the-art security was breached, and the killers used night vision to find their way through the cozy middle-class house. Clearly, Dallas is dealing with pros. The only mistake they made was to overlook the nine-year-old girl cowering in the dark in the kitchen. . . Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan - and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas's strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories - and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back - and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them.

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