• Desperation in Death

  • An Eve Dallas Novel
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,691 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a gripping new thriller that pits homicide detective Eve Dallas against a conspiracy of exploitation and evil…

New York, 2061: The place called the Pleasure Academy is a living nightmare where abducted girls are trapped, trained for a life of abject service while their souls are slowly but surely destroyed. Dorian, a thirteen-year-old runaway who’d been imprisoned there, might never have made it out if not for her fellow inmate Mina, who’d hatched the escape plan. Mina was the more daring of the two—but they’d been equally desperate.

Unfortunately, they didn’t get away fast enough. Now Dorian is injured, terrified, and wandering the streets of New York, and Mina lies dead near the waterfront while Lt. Eve Dallas looks over the scene.

Mina’s expensive, elegant clothes and beauty products convince Dallas that she was being groomed, literally and figuratively, for sex trafficking—and that whoever is investing in this high-overhead operation expects windfall profits. Her billionaire husband, Roarke, may be able to help, considering his ties to the city’s ultra-rich. But Roarke is also worried about the effect this case is having on Dallas, as it brings a rage to the surface she can barely control. No matter what, she must keep her head clear—because above all, she is desperate for justice and to take down those who prey on and torment the innocent.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.

©2022 J. D. Robb (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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child/sex trafficking is not entertaining

I hated it. Plus it gave a platform for Dallas's continuing diatribe on her childhood.

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OUTSTANDING!!

I have ALL in Death titles, All diamonds. Susan E brings all to life!!

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I honestly didn't care for the storyline. It is one of JD Robbs books that I won't listen to again.

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Pretty good story, better than the last one.

As always, Susan Ericksen’s performance is a 10! So, this far down the line in a successful series with over 60 titles, the stories are going to be formulaic - Eve rolls her eyes, complains about everything, Roark professes his love, Eve turns mean, Peabody softens the tension and eats something, Eve and Roark have sex, Jenkinson’s tie assaults Eve’s eyes, McNab dances around while working, Roark picks locks and/or hacks computer info, Mavis pops up, cop central characters appear as needed, Eve has a bad dream, Roark buys food for the cops, Eve pitches a fit, etc... Sometimes there is an interesting “hook” in them to at least make the obligatory elements palatable. This is one of them. It is a horrible prospect, the human trafficking and enslavement of young girls, The story begins with two such young girls escaping their nightmare - and of course, at least one of them becomes a case for our Lieutenant. The villains are despicable and of course Eve will make sure they pay. The story moves along nicely and has all our favorite characters, All-in-all it wasn’t a bad book. I’d recommend it to fans of the series. I wonder, though, who is actually writing these - it seems to me that, as books are released, the story quality alternates between being interesting and being a dud. This one was interesting.

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Phenomenal

Once again, I was unable to stop until it was finished. The horrific part is, this really happens and continues to. I love that she writes about the horror of the real monsters in this world. Keeping it at the forefront. I love hearing about the other characters in the series. I just wish more of this series would come faster.

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The ABSOLUTE BEST

I have read every single In Death book and can state, unequivocally, that Desperation In Death is the BEST of them all. Bravo.

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This (book) was a great one !

It was truly a hard one to get through! More than a few tears fell ! But a great story nevertheless!

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Great story

This book was a fantastic add to the series. I enjoyed it more than the previous book, though the storyline is heart wrenching. This book has all the feels and almost all our favorite characters. Highly recommend. Not giving spoilers.

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Feels more like a "Novella" in the series

I've read all of the books in the series and would give them all either 4 or 5 stars. This one seems lacking in character development. If it was the first you read, you would be lost. Many of the regular characters are never heard from directly other than referring to them.

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Getting stale.

While I always enjoy the Death series books, lately the stories have become a little ordinary; definitely not a page burner.

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