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Apprentice in Death
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Apprentice in Death
In Death Series, Book 43
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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Lieutenant Eve Dallas must hunt down the deadly snipers terrorizing Manhattan in this fast-paced In Death thriller from J. D. Robb.


The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park's ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
Eve's husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we're all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...
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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Lieutenant Eve Dallas must hunt down the deadly snipers terrorizing Manhattan in this fast-paced In Death thriller from J. D. Robb.


The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park's ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
Eve's husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we're all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...
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  • From the book 1

    When Lieutenant Eve Dallas strode into the bullpen of Homicide after an annoying appearance in court, she wanted coffee. But Detective Jenkinson had obviously been lying in wait. He popped up from his desk, started toward her, leading with his obnoxious tie of the day.

    "Are those frogs?" she demanded. "Why would you wear a tie with piss-yellow frogs jumping around on—Christ—puke-green lily pads?"

    "Frogs are good luck. It's feng shui or some shit. Anyways, the fresh meat you brought in took a pop in the eye from some chemi-head down on Avenue B. She and Uniform Carmichael hauled him and the dealer in. They're in the tank. New girl's in the break room with an ice patch. Figured you'd want to know."

    Fresh meat equaled the newly transferred Officer Shelby. "How'd she handle it?"

    "Like a cop. She's all right, LT."

    "Good to know."

    She really wanted coffee—and not crap break-room coffee, but the real coffee in her office AutoChef. But she'd brought Officer Shelby on board, and on her first full day she'd taken a fist in the eye.

    So Eve, tall and lanky in her black leather coat, walked to the break room.

    Inside, Shelby sat drinking crap coffee, squinting at her PPC while wearing a cold patch over her right eye. She started to get to her feet, but Eve gestured her down.

    "How's the eye, Officer?"

    "My kid sister hits harder, Lieutenant."

    At Eve's finger motion, Shelby lifted the patch.

    The bloodshot white, the black and purple raying out from it had Eve nodding. "That's a nice one. Stick with the patch awhile."

    "Yes, sir."

    "Good work."

    "Thank you, sir."

    On the way to her office, she stopped by Uniform Carmichael's cube. "Run it through for me."

    "Detectives Carmichael and Santiago caught one down on Avenue B. We're support, just crowd control. We spot the illegals deal going down, five feet away. Can't just ignore it, but since we've got a body coming out, we're just going to move them along. Dealer? He's hands up, no problem. Chemi-head's jonesing some, and he just punched her. Sucker punch, sir. She took him down, and fast, I'll give her that. A little bit on the reckless side, maybe, but it's her eye his fist punched. We hauled them both in, with assaulting an officer added to the doper.

    "She can take a punch," Uniform Carmichael added. "I'll give her that, too."

    "Keep her tight for a few days, and let's see how she rolls."

    Before somebody else wanted her for anything else, Eve cut straight through to her office. She programmed coffee, black, without bothering to take off her coat.

    She stood by her skinny window drinking the coffee, her whiskey-­colored cop's eyes scanning the street traffic below, the sky traffic above.

    She had paperwork—there was always paperwork—and she'd get to it. But she had just closed an ugly case, and had spent the morning testifying over another ugly case. She supposed they were all ugly, but some twisted harder than others.

    So she wanted a minute with her coffee and the city she'd sworn to protect and serve.

    Maybe, if she was lucky, a quiet night would follow. Just her and Roarke, she thought. Some wine, some dinner, maybe a vid, some sex. When a murder cop ended up with a busy, billionaire businessman, quiet nights at home were like the biggest, shiniest prize in the box.

    Thank God he wanted those quiet nights, too.

    Maybe sometimes they did the fancy bits—it was part of the deal, part of the Marriage Rules in her book. And more than sometimes he worked with her over pizza in her home office. The reformed criminal...
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from July 11, 2016
    At the start of bestseller Robb’s exceptional 43rd Eve Dallas thriller set in a near-future New York City (after Brotherhood in Death), three ice skaters are shot dead at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Adding to the difficulty of the murder investigation is the weapon used—a tactical laser rifle with a range up to two miles. Eve’s team swings into action, as does tech-genius husband Roarke, in an effort to locate the firing site and to determine whether all the victims were random or one or more were targeted. On discovering the sniper nest, they realize that there are two people responsible for the shooting, and there will be more attacks; the second soon follows in Times Square, where four people die, including a cop. Feverish police work manages to identify the killers—a mentor and his trainee—and the race is on to stop them. Robb is in peak form as she blends intense action and clever twists with a stellar cast headed by the indomitable Lt. Eve Dallas. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House.

  • Kirkus

    Lt. Eve Dallas, of the New York Police Security Department, celebrates January 2061 by tangling with an unusually well-organized mass murderer. Make that murderers.There are actually two people behind the sniper killings of three skaters at Central Park's Wollman Rink. The older of them lays plans, gives directions, and sets a limit on the number of targets; the younger one, after briefly arguing for more victims, obediently pulls the trigger. When a New York cop is among the five fatalities in a second shooting spree in Times Square, the case becomes more personal. Eve, who, in an improbable but satisfying bit of detective work, has already located the East Side hotel room where the killers set up shop for the first round, now theorizes that most of the victims are camouflage for the targets they really wanted to hit. Unlike real-life spree shootings, which are depressingly resistant to such neat and tidy explanations, these two episodes, and a third, even more bloody massacre outside Madison Square Garden, fit Eve's bill exactly, and it's a real pleasure watching her identify and track down the mastermind and his apprentice. At that point, however, the breathlessly paced story seems to run out of steam, and the last movement, in which Eve plays legalistic games with the two perps she's captured--the only truly memorable characters here apart from the heroine--to ensure that both of them will remain in prison for the longest possible sentences, seems a mite overlong itself.Not much state-of-the-fantasy-art high-tech this time, and no wonder: shaken readers will instantly recognize the contemporary American landscape, filled with trigger-happy vigilantes and the firepower they need to make themselves famous, beneath the futuristic trappings. COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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