Portrait in Death by J. D. Robb

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After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered.

Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality—in one fateful shot... 


About J. D. Robb

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J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
Published February 25, 2003 by Berkley. 372 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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In Roberts's latest In Death novel (after Purity in Death), she's charged with finding a killer who murders young people full of innocence and promise, photographs them after death, then taunts both a top reporter and Dallas herself with notes about his handiwork.

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All About Romance

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At the beginning of the novel, Eve is called in to investigate a particularly troublesome murder.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Besides Dallas, Roarke, Summerset and Nadine, we have Mavis and her coterie, entertaining Summerset when Eve cannot bring herself to do so, and Eve's puzzlement at being cut out of Roarke's life for the first time since their marriage.

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Open Book Society

The first picture was taken before the victim was killed without the victim’s knowledge and the second picture was taken after the murder, one where the killer posed the victim just as he wanted her.

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Eve Dallas is having a great day, her case load is light, she is married to a wonderful guy and the best thing of all, Summerset is going on vacation for three glorious, sneerless weeks.

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What makes her death so unique is that prior to her death there were pictures taken of her and sent to Nadine Furst, lead reporter for New York's Channel 75 news and a close friend of Eve Dallas.

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