Thankless in Death (In Death Series #37)

Thankless in Death (In Death Series #37)

by J. D. Robb


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In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the year 2060 is drawing to a close in New York City and loved ones are coming together for Thanksgiving. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water…
Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke’s big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.
Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn’t made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him—but they didn’t think he was capable of this.
Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399164422
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Series: In Death Series , #37
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.27(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J. D. ROBB is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times–bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.


Keedysville, Maryland

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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Praise for the In Death series:

“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Gritty thrillers highlighted by humor and heart…The ‘In Death’ novels offer something for every fan of genre fiction.”—This Week (Columbus, OH)

“The series [is] groundbreaking in its unique combination of futuristic setting, suspense and romance.”—The Romance Reader

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Thankless in Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 297 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J d robb series are full of suspense and romance and you just can't put the book down highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again, excellent book. I don't know how she does it book after book after book. Sat down and read it one sitting.  Recommend to anyone who loves JD Robb/Nora Roberts. Now to just until the next one comes out.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THANKLESS IN DEATH is a throwback to Robb's early IN DEATH books in sheer gratuitous gruesomeness. The murders are unremittingly stomach-churning, although the victims are developed well (and not just convenient bodies). After quite some time of installments in this series that toned down the violence somewhat, I was unpleasantly surprised that Robb had suddenly dialed it back up to maximum. Also, Robb (a pseudonym for Nora Roberts) is again lazy about detail. One non-spoiler example: Robb makes a point of developing the parents of the killer and their friends as Jewish (which was a welcome novelty in her books). But then there is mention that the victims' families are planning a memorial for them on Saturday. Some quick Internet research would have yielded the factoid that even secular Jews would not schedule a funeral for Saturday, if for no other reason than no rabbi would officiate at one on Shabbat. (And these characters are depicted as caring about their traditions and heritage). For the most part, THANKLESS is a competent installment in the series with some nice moments (such as the return of Nixie from SURVIVOR, one of my favorites in the series). But, for whatever reason, this installment feels like it was dialed in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of emotion in this one. I enjoyed it. And Eve bought Peabody a present.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own all J. D. Robb books, including the novellas. This series used to be my favorite for tge ages, including James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, etc. However, Nora has gotten entirely predictable. Only between 1/2-3/4 of the material is new. The remainder is cut & paste from preceding books regarding Eve's childhood tramas, Roark's childhood trama, Roark's previous life of crime, etc. Also, Eve's character is in her early 30's but never matures. She balks at dressing like an adult, allowing anyone to even hint that she's "Mrs. Roark," performing "wifely" duties other than in the bedroom (why did she agree to marriage?), etc. At first Eve's quirks were believable, even endearing, but as time passes, most people mature & accept what life has thrown their way & move on. Eve only grows more selfish & childish. The only thing she accepts is Roark's constant help in closing her cases. She grows more childish in all other adpects of her relationship with Roark outside the bedroom. Also, Nora wants her readers to believe that Roark is the ultimate man, i.e., rich, movie star looks, has the"Midas" touch, well honed combat skills, impectible taste, immense ego, etc.; yet, continues to be unruffled by a wife who consistently refuses to verbally acknowledge he is her husband; if accidently is referred to as Roark's wife, immediately corrects her title to, " Lieutenant Dallas," even in social introductions. Get real. If EVe doesn't do some fast growing up, I'm going to quit buying & reading this series. It's getting boring as well as predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read everyone of this series, but this one is bothering me tremendously and the cruelty and torture is mentioned in greater detail than is normal even for this series. That's saying something considering the bizarre and revolting criminals we've seen in this series. Normally can't put them down but having to take long breaks between this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this series' latest book.  I've been reading this series from the beginning and in the last couple of books the characters don't seem to be going anywhere.  Roarke and Eve are rehashing their childhoods in every episode.  Eve doesn't seem to be maturing into the wife that Roarke needs.  Still fighting dressing properly, how ridiculous!   I'm not sure that I will be reading the next unless their is more depth than this recently book.  Sorry Nora, I love your books! and have read every one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a number of customer reviews about this book and one or two stated Eve needed to grow up . I disagree heartily; after reading this installment I do see where Eve is making progress. What these readers don't realize is this series has only covered just about 2 or 3 years. I find Eve is coming into her own and look forward to future stories. The only complaint I have is to see more of her personal life. I miss Mavis most of all!
Silver_Crow_Woman More than 1 year ago
Only for die hard I'll read anything by J D Robb fans. I have read and own all the In Death books and have been noticing a downward trend in the last few books but this one really hits rock bottom. Although set in the future except for mention of glides, androids etc as far as the story is concerned it could be present day New York. The strong point of all the In Death books has been the interplay of characters and the continued development of the characters such as Peabody and McNabb, Charles and Louise. This is no longer the case and the books have become boring police procedurals. There is of course the obligatory sex scenes with Eve and Roarke( these have gotten really old really fast) and the gruesome crime scenes. Ms Roberts really needs to either end this series or perk it up with interesting new characters. Don't believe I'll be buying any more of these books.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
JD Robb delivers another winner in the In Death series.  
IrisCrowe More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. It was fun to read, and I am sorry that I finished it within two days of buying the audiobook. I have been a fan of this series for over a decade now, and I enjoy the relationships  in the series. I will re-read the other books, and maybe buy more audiobooks. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The same Nora Roberts, getting tired of this series as each book becomes less and less entertaining. it seems Nora just slapped this one together, plot not very original,same characters, the book was predictable, characters stilted and I read a lot of her book, but will think twice next time before continuing in this series. Perhaps it's time to give it up Nora on this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The range of emotions this writer manages to evoke in this book are amazing. Love this series and these characters so much im glad this is more than romance although i am constantly thrilled with the way the very married lead characters marriage is kept central and important...looking forward to many more to come!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the In Death series. Every once in a while one comes along that is just really good and gets my emotions going! This is one of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I continue to be enthralled with J. D. Robb's (Nora Roberts)additions to her "In Death" series. The characters and stories remain fresh, even after all this time. Can't wait for more.
retta58 More than 1 year ago
J. D. ROBB never disappoints. I'm look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent story. An In Death series book is as always exciting, filled with suspense, whit, love, and above all characters new and old that you to want to know. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Keep them coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JD Robbs characters are funny, unique,and very entertaining. There is plenty of suspense and action, but also, good descriptive scenes. I look forward to each book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seemed in many ways too much like some of the former Death Series. Plot was good but not as great as some of her other books. Yes, I will continue to read the Death Series since all the characters and most of the time the plot are so well done. J.D. needs a break to regroup.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual another great JD Robb novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read as always
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Read it in under 24 hours. Had if all; action family emotion. This has just been added go my list of favorite In Death books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love the series, enjoyed the book, and now I can't wait for the next! Write faster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanna say 4
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great way to pull a lot of characters from other books all together at the end of the book.