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Connections in Death
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Connections in Death
In Death Series, Book 48
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (February 2019)

Lieutenant Eve Dallas fights to save the innocent—and serve justice to the guilty—on the streets of New York in Connections in Death, the gritty and gripping new In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle's support.


Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he's thrilled to hear about his sister's new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve's investigation confirms that this wasn't just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle's been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.


Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they're concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering's murder has run out of chances...

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (February 2019)

Lieutenant Eve Dallas fights to save the innocent—and serve justice to the guilty—on the streets of New York in Connections in Death, the gritty and gripping new In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle's support.


Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he's thrilled to hear about his sister's new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve's investigation confirms that this wasn't just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle's been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.


Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they're concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering's murder has run out of chances...

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  • J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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  • Kirkus

    November 1, 2018
    Lt. Eve Dallas' 48th futuristic investigation takes her from a stratospherically upscale housewarming for her friend Nadine Furst, the journalist/screenwriter who won an Oscar for fictionalizing Eve's own adventures, to the mean--really mean--streets of New York.The good news for Rochelle Pickering, the child psychologist who's one of many guests at the party, is that Eve's wealthy husband, Roarke, who owns the building in which Nadine makes her splashy new home, has decided to hire her as head therapist at An Didean, the youth facility he's funding and building. The bad news is that shortly after Rochelle shares her joy with her brother, Lyle, an ex-con and ex-gangbanger who's turned his life around, he dies of a drug overdose in the apartment she's opened to him. Since Lyle was in good physical shape with no indication that he'd recently been using, all signs point to murder clumsily disguised as an accident--presumably by Dinnie Duff, the former girlfriend who visited Lyle minutes before he died and let three male friends into the apartment. Unlike Lyle, Dinnie's maintained her ties to the Bangers gang, and it's among their membership that Eve (Leverage in Death, 2018, etc.) and her partner, Detective Peabody, go looking for suspects. They find a bumper crop: top Banger Marcus Jones Jr., aka Slice; his business partner, disbarred attorney Samuel Cohen; Cohen's live-in, Bump & Bang dancer Eldena Vinn; Dinnie's current lover, Kenneth "Bolt" Jorgenson; and virtually everyone else they talk to. And eventually they find Dinnie, who's been raped and murdered in a much more emphatic way than Lyle. What they don't find is a story any more coherent than a series of interrogations in which small fry flip on bigger fry, punctuated by the occasional shoot'em-up.On the plus side, every one of those interrogations offers another outlet for the heroine's unique combination of street smarts, moral outrage, and curled-lip scorn.

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  • Library Journal

    November 15, 2018

    Robb's (Leverage In Death) futuristic police procedural universe continues to expand, exploring the connections among its large cast of characters. Anchored by Lt. Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department and billionaire husband Roarke, supporting characters add much-needed depth and humor to the gritty murders that dominate these novels. Robb fleshes out Down and Dirty club owner, Crack, who is dating Dr. Rochelle Pickering, Roarke's newest employee. When Rochelle's brother is found dead of an apparent overdose in her apartment, Eve begins an investigation that leads to the brutal underground of sex clubs, drug dealers, and two of the nastiest rival gangs in 2061 New York. Double crosses and all-around bad behavior abounds as Eve pulls together a large, cross-departmental team to discover why a rehabilitated former gang member's death is the catalyst for a full-out gang war. VERDICT Fast-paced and plot-driven, this 48th book in the series still has plenty of character growth, which should appeal to readers who prefer their procedurals with a touch of romance.--Charli Osborne, Southfield P.L., MI

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist "Dallas fans will be eager for a new Robb title, and this gritty, intense, and sexy procedural will have them reading way past their normal bedtimes."
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