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Innocent in Death

In Death Band 24

Lieutenant Eve Dallas hunts for the killer of a seemingly ordinary history teacher—and uncovers some extraordinary surprises—in this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.

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. It’s Eve’s job to get a feel for all the potential suspects—and find out why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant...so innocent.

Someone Eve
could easily picture dead is an old flame of her billionaire husband Roarke, who has turned up in New York and manipulated herself back into his life. Consumed by her jealousy—and Roarke’s indifference to it—Eve finds it hard to focus on the Foster case. But when another man turns up dead, she’ll have to keep in mind that both innocence and guilt can be facades...

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Praise for Innocent in Death

"For the first time in Robb's exceptional series, things are not copacetic on the home front for Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke. One of the enduring strengths of this series is the relationship growth among all the characters, but especially Eve. The remarkable Robb perfectly balances gritty suspense, dangerous drama and pulse-pounding romance!"-RT Book Reviews

"Once again Lt. Eve Dallas shows why she's 'New York City's top murder cop' in Roberts's 24th thriller...Besides a provocative puzzler, Robb provides an intense relationship update on Dallas and Roarke."-Publishers Weekly

"Roarke and Eve remain an appealing pair, and Eve's flashes of vulnerability contrast nicely with her no-nonsense approach to work."-Kirkus Reviews

More Praise for the In Death series

"Robb is a virtuoso."-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"It's Law & Order: SVU-in the future."-Entertainment Weekly

"J. D. Robb's In Death novels are can't-miss pleasures."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben

"Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction."-New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane
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  • Prologue
    Pop quizzes were killers. like ambushing assassins they elicited fear and loathing in the prey, and a certain heady power in the hunter.
    As Craig Foster prepared to take his lunch break and finish refining the quiz, he knew how his fifth-period U.S. history class would respond. Groans and gasps, winces of misery or panic. He understood completely. At twenty-six, he wasn't so far removed from the student section of the classroom to have forgotten the pain or the anxiety.
    He got out his insulated lunch sack. Being a creature of habit, he knew that his wife-and wasn't it just mag being married-would have packed him a poultry pocket, an apple, some soy chips, and his favorite hot chocolate.
    He never asked her to pack his lunch, or to make sure his socks were washed and folded in pairs and stacked in the right-hand side of his top drawer. But she said she liked doing things for him. The seven months they'd been married had been the best of his life. And it hadn't sucked before that, either, he decided.
    He had a job he loved, and was damn good at, he thought with a quick burst of pride. He and Lissette had a very decent apartment within reasonable walking distance of the school. His students were bright and interesting-and, bonus time, they liked him.
    They'd grumble and sweat a bit over the pop quiz, but they'd do fine.
    Before he got down to work, he shot his bride an e-mail.
    Hey, Lissy! How about I pick up that soup you like, and the big salad on the way home from work tonight?
    Miss you. Love every sweet inch of you!
    You know who.
    It made him smile thinking about how it would make her smile. Then he switched back to the quiz. He studied his comp screen as he poured out the first cup of hot chocolate and lifted the pocket bread filled with soy products masquerading as thinly sliced turkey.
    There was so much to teach; so much to learn. The history of the country was rich and diversified and dramatic, full of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, cowardice. He wanted to pass all of it on to his students, to make them see how the country, and the world they lived in, had evolved into what they were in the early months of 2060.
    He ate, added questions, deleted others. And he drank deep of his favorite chocolate as a soft snow fell outside the classroom window.
    As the days of his own short history ticked minute by minute closer to their end.
    Schools gave her the willies. It was a humbling thing for a tough-minded, kick-ass cop to admit, even to herself. But there it was. Lieutenant Eve Dallas, arguably New York City's top murder cop, would rather have been stalking through an abandoned tenement in search of a psychotic chemi-head juiced on Zeus than striding down the pristine hallways of staunchly upper-middle-class Sarah Child Academy.
    Despite the bright, primary colors along walls and floors, the sparkling glass of the windows, it was, for Eve, just another torture chamber.
    Most of the doors along the maze were open, and the rooms beyond empty but for the desks, tables, counters, screens, boards.
    Eve glanced over at Principal Arnette Mosebly, a sturdy, heading-¬toward-statuesque woman of about fifty. Her mixed-race heritage had given her skin the color of caramel cream and eyes of misty blue. Her hair was a glossy black worn in a ball of corkscrew curls. She wore a long black skirt with a short red jacket. The heels of her sensible shoes clicked and clacked on the floor as they walked along the second-floor corridor.
    "Where are the kids?" Eve asked.
    "I had them taken to the auditorium until their parents or guardians can pick them up. Most of the staff is there as well. I thought it best, and most respectful, to cancel afternoon classes."
    She paused a few feet away from where a uniformed cop stood in front of a closed door.
    "Lieutenant, this is beyond tragic for us, and the children. Craig..." She pressed her lips together, looked away. "He was young and bright and enthusiastic. His whole life ahead of h
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 400
Altersempfehlung ab 18
Erscheinungsdatum 01.09.2007
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-425-21754-2
Verlag Penguin US
Maße (L/B/H) 17/10,6/3,3 cm
Gewicht 191 g
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von Barbara aus Wien am 24.04.2009

Ich würde sagen, dass dieser Band wohl eines meiner Lieblingsbücher der "in-Death" Serie ist. Der Kriminalfall an sich ist interessant, gut mitzuverfolgen und einfach mal etwas ganz anderes als die meisten vorangegangen Fälle von Eve Dallas. Ein großer Pluspunkt bekommt das Buch von mir weil die Charaktere Eve und Roarke so ei... Ich würde sagen, dass dieser Band wohl eines meiner Lieblingsbücher der "in-Death" Serie ist. Der Kriminalfall an sich ist interessant, gut mitzuverfolgen und einfach mal etwas ganz anderes als die meisten vorangegangen Fälle von Eve Dallas. Ein großer Pluspunkt bekommt das Buch von mir weil die Charaktere Eve und Roarke so einige Probleme zu bewältigen haben, und ich lese einfach gerne wie die beiden miteinander interagieren. Die Ex-Geliebte von Roarke schüttelt das Leben der beiden ganz schön durcheinander und bringt sowohl Roarke als auch Eve zu Dingen die man wohl nicht so schnell von ihnen erwartet hätte. Toll ist auch die "besondere" Beziehung zwischen Eve und Summerset die sich durch das Aufkreuzen von Magdalana Percell ergibt.

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