In the future, Technology will rule the world, but we will still need cops, ask J.D. Robb.

What is the In Death series?

Written by Nora Roberts under her pseudonym, J. D. Robb, The …in Death series is set in New York City at the end of the ‘2050s. Yes, future cops!

The stories follow New York City Police and Security Department (NYPSD) Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, as they solve complex murder investigations.

In Death Books in Order:

   

  1. Naked in Death – It is 2058, New York City. Technology now completely rules the world. Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she’s knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire—and a suspect…
  2. Glory in Death – The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women.
  3. Immortal in Death – She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Eve Dallas put her life on the line to take the case when suspicion fell on her best friend.
  4. Rapture in Death – They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides. Eve Dallas finds the deaths suspicious. And her instincts pay off when autopsies reveal small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder?

   

  1. Ceremony in Death – Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics before personal loyalties. When a dead body is placed outside her home, Eve takes the warnning personally.
  2. Vengeance in Death – He is an expert with the latest technology and haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit—always solved moments too late to save his victims’ lives. Eve Dallas found that the victims had ties to a secret of ten years past—a secret shared by none other than Eve’s new husband, Roarke.
  3. Holiday in Death – No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York’s most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer who likes to dress up as Santa Claus, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours.
  4. Midnight in Death (short story) – Eve’s name has made a Christmas list, but it’s not for being naughty or nice. It’s for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance—or die trying…
  5. Conspiracy in Death – With the precision of a surgeon, a serial killer preys on the most vulnerable souls. The first victim: a sidewalk sleeper. No bruises, no signs of struggle. Just a laser-perfect, fist-sized hole where his heart had once been. Eve Dallas is assigned to investigate. But in the heat of a cat-and-mouse game with the killer, Dallas’s job is suddenly on the line.

   

  1. Loyalty in Death – An unknown bomber is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the “corrupt masses.” And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Eve fights back.
  2. Witness in Death – The opening night of the revival of Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” at New York’s New Globe Theater turns from stage scene to crime scene when the leading man is stabbed to death right on center stage. Now Eve Dallas has a high-profile celebrity homicide on her hands.
  3. Judgment in Death – In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon’s a baseball bat. The motive’s a mystery. Eve Dallas’s investigation uncovers a private club that’s more than a hot spot. Purgatory’s a last chance for atonement where everyone is judged. Where your ultimate fate depends on your most intimate sins.
  4. Betrayal in Death – At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid walks into suite 4602 for the nightly turndown. A killer leaves her dead. He’s Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder. A hit man for the elite. Eve Dallas knows him well. But in this case, knowing the killer doesn’t help solve the crime. Because there’s someone else involved. Someone with a more personal motive.
  5. Interlude in Death (short story) – Sent off planet to attend a seminar at a large law enforcement conference to be held at a posh resort owned by her husband Roarke, Lieutenant Eve Dallas finds her sojourn interrupted by murder, a case complicated by her personal history with the victim.

   

  1. Seduction in Death – Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. And now, she is dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug. Eve Dallas is playing and replaying the clues in her mind. He hadn’t intended to kill her. But now that he had, will he start hunting again?
  2. Reunion in Death – At exactly 7:30 p.m., Walter Pettibone arrived home to over a hundred friends and family shouting, “surprise!” It was his birthday. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair handed him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he was dead. No one at the party knew who she was, but Detective Eve Dallas remembers her all too well…
  3. Purity in Death – Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment. His pounding headache was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat and started swinging… The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice and Louie died instantly. Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there’s nothing to explain the man’s sudden rage or death.
  4. Portrait in Death – 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.

   

  1. Imitation in Death – Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas. He signs it, “Jack.” Now Dallas is in pursuit of a murderer who knows as much about the history of serial killers like Jack the Ripper and the Boston Strangler as she does.
  2. Big Jack (short story) – Someone is pursuing missing gems from a decades-old heist…someone who’s willing to kill for them. Eve Dallas will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all—and stop the danger and death that has surrounded them for years.
  3. Divided in Death – Reva Ewing was a former member of the Secret Service, and then a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises—until she was found standing over the dead bodies of her husband, renowned artist Blair Bissel, and her best friend. But Eve Dallas believes there was more to the killing than jealous rage.
  4. Visions in Death – On one of the city’s hottest nights, Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park. A victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of the lake. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes—removed with the precision of a surgeon—that have Dallas most alarmed. As more bodies turn up, each with the same defining scars, Eve is frantic for answers.
  5. Survivor In Death – No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city, but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. 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…

   

  1. Origin in Death – A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building. Dallas knows the victim was hiding something and suspects that his son—and successor—knows what it is.
  2. Memory in Death – Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead.
  3. Haunted in Death (short story) – Eve Dallas doesn’t believe in ghosts. But when a very recent corpse shows up in a haunted abandoned nightclub, alongside the bones of the famous missing singer, Bobbie Bray, everyone is spooked. Did Bobbie’s ghost finally get her revenge, or is there a more earthly explanation?
  4. Born in Death – Just as Eve Dallas begins to investigate the grisly double homicide of two young lovers, her friend Mavis need a favor. One of the moms-to-be in Mavis’s birthing class has gone missing. Normally, such a case would be turned over to Missing Persons. But Mavis wants no one else on the job—and Eve can’t say no.
  5. Innocent in Death – Eve Dallas doesn’t like to see innocent people murdered. And the death of history teacher Craig Foster is clearly a murder case. The lunch that his wife lovingly packed was tainted with deadly ricin. And Mr. Foster’s colleagues, shocked as they may be, have some shocking secrets of their own…

   

  1. Creation in Death – When the body of a young brunette is found in East River Park, artfully positioned and marked by signs of prolonged and painful torture, Eve Dallas is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier. The city was on edge from a killing spree that took the lives of four women in fifteen days. But this time, it becomes chillingly clear that the killer has made his attack personal.
  2. Eternity in Death (short story) – When notorious it-girl Tiara Kent is found dead in her plush Manhattan apartment, the murder looks to everyone like a vampire attack – everyone but the ever-practical Lieutenant Eve Dallas. As the hysteria spreads, Eve must act fast.
  3. Strangers in Death – Some murders still get more attention than others, especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman. Fortunately, Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband Roarke happens to own the prime real estate where Thomas Anders’s sporting-goods firm was headquartered. Before long, she’s knocking on doors to look for the answers she needs. But some things don’t add up…
  4. Salvation in Death – Seconds after partaking of wine during a Catholic funeral mass, Father Miguel Flores is dead on the altar. Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained enough potassium cyanide to kill a rhino. The autopsy reveals evidence of plastic surgery suggesting “Father Flores” may not be the man his parishioners thought.
  5. Ritual in Death (short story) – When a naked, knife-wielding man who thinks he has killed someone crashes a glamorous ball she’s attending, Eve Dallas is almost relieved. The clues point towards ritual murder, but Eve knows there is nothing supernatural about a deadly lust for power…
  6. Promises in Death – Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she’s been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she’s taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn’t just “one of us.”

   

  1. Kindred in Death – When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they found that their daughter has been brutally murdered. Specifically requested by the captain to investigate, Eve Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities.
  2. Missing in Death (short story) – Aboard the Staten Island ferry, a tourist sees something she shouldn’t have – soon no one can find her. But if she didn’t jump, and she’s not on board, where is she? Eve Dallas and her team know that all the answers lie in just what she was seen on that ferry .
  3. Fantasy in Death – Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve Dallas can’t find anyone who seemed to have a problem with the victim. Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks…
  4. Indulgence in Death – When a murder disrupts the Irish vacation she is taking with her husband, Eve Dallas realizes that no place is safe. But nothing prepares her for what she discovers upon her return to the cop shop in New York… A limo driver is shot through the neck with a crossbow.
  5. Possession in Death (short story) – After a Russian woman whispers her dying words to Eve Dallas, strange things begin to happen. Unable to concentrate on anything, Eve realises that in order to reclaim her mind, she must find the woman’s great-granddaughter – one of a string of young missing girls, forgotten by all.
  6. Treachery in Death – Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime. This is Peabody’s first case as primary detective—good thing she learned from the master. But soon Peabody stumbles upon a trickier situation when she overhears two fellow officers arguing. It doesn’t take long to realize they’re both crooked…

   

  1. New York to Dallas – When a monster named Isaac McQueen—taken down by Eve Dallas back in her uniform days—escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.
  2. Chaos in Death (short story) – When eye-witness testimony paints the killer as a green skinned monster, with swollen red eyes and goblin ears, even Eve Dallas is shaken. But as she gets closer, the trail suggests something even more disturbing – someone is playing at science…
  3. Celebrity in Death – Eve Dallas is managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It’s a little spooky seeing the actress playing her. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody—drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director’s luxury building.
  4. Delusion in Death – It was just another after-work happy hour at a bar downtown—until the madness descended. And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, more than eighty people lay dead. Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events.
  5. Calculated in Death – On Manhattan’s East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Eve Dallas knows better. When Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta’s murder was the work of a killer who’s trained…

   

  1. Thankless in Death – The Reinholds 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 killed by their own son, Jerry. Eve Dallas and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder, but not where Jerry’s going to strike next.
  2. Taken in Death (short story) – When twins Henry and Gala are kidnapped and their nanny killed, Eve Dallas steps in to take control. But video footage shows what appears to be their mother arriving and leaving with the obviously drugged seven-year-olds. Something is wrong, and Eve and her team are ready to work round the clock to get the children back alive…
  3. Concealed in Death – Leading the demolition of a long-empty building, Eve Dallas’s husband uncovers two skeletons wrapped in plastic. And by the time Eve’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved. The victims are all young girls.
  4. Festive in Death – Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who were loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat.
  5. Obsession in Death – Eve Dallas has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her—again and again…

   

  1. Devoted in Death – When Eve Dallas examines a fresh body in a seedy alleyway in downtown Manhattan, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—initials inside reading “E” and “D”…
  2. Wonderment in Death (short story) – New York, 2061. Darlene Fitzwilliams – a young heiress – kills her brother then jumps from a tall building. All the evidence suggests a tragic but familiar murder/suicide case for Eve Dallas. But when Eve discovers that Darlene has been visiting psychics and spiritual healers, things take a dark and unsettling turn.
  3. Brotherhood in Death – Just as Dennis Mira is about to confront his cousin Edward about selling the West Village brownstone that belonged to their grandfather, he gets a shock: Edward is in front of him, bruised and bloody…and then everything goes black. When Dennis comes to, Edward is gone. Luckily Dennis’s wife is a top profiler for the NYPSD—and a close colleague of Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
  4. Apprentice in Death – The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. 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.
  5. Echoes in Death – When the young woman―dazed, naked, and bloody―wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve―still in glittering gown and heels―springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.

   

  1. Secrets in Death – Du Vin isn’t the kind of bar Eve Dallas would usually patronize―nor the kind where a lot of blood gets spilled. But one February evening, a mortally wounded woman stumbles out of the chic Manhattan nightspot’s ladies’ room. Larinda Mars was a professional gossip. She also had a side business in blackmail…
  2. Dark in Death – On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck. As Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime―from the pages of her own book.
  3. Leverage in Death – The airline executives were about to finalize a merger at a nine a.m. meeting. Then marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives. Eve Dallas quickly confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced to set off the bomb. He was motivated only by a desperate need to save his wife and daughter―even if it meant committing suicide and mass murder.
  4. Connections in Death – Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, Rochelle finds her brother dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD.